Citation Latitude For Sale
History of the Cessna Citation Latitude
Cessna revealed they were starting production on their new mid-size business jet at the National Business Aviation Association convention in 2011. The Citation Latitude was designed to be cheaper than its predecessor, the Sovereign+ and larger than the Citation XLS. The prototype first took to the air in February 2014 and gained FAA certification in June 2015. The first Latitude (also known as Model 680A) was delivered in the August of that year. In 2016, Cessna delivered 42 Latitudes, making it the most-delivered midsize jet of that year. By September 2018 136 had been delivered.
Low cost, high performance
Cessna’s vision for the Latitude was a jet that combined great range and cabin comfort with low operating costs. They started by utilising the best features of the Sovereign+ but then looked to improve the cabin and avionics. To keep costs down they didn’t take on any high-risk new attributes, keeping the same wing, cruciform tail and efficient Pratt & Whitney twin engines as the Sovereign+. However, cost-saving differences included the omission of composite materials for the frame, using an all-metal design instead.
It also comes with traditional flight controls, rather than a ‘fly-by-wire’ design. The rudder, elevator and ailerons operate via cables connecting to the control column from the control surfaces. These are cost-effective and there’s less to malfunction than the more technologically advanced systems.
The new, flat-floor shape of the fuselage gives the Latitude a welcome feeling of space in the cabin. This alteration was based on feedback from previous customers, stating that they wanted a ‘taller, wider and longer cabin’. This flat design was carried forward to the Latitude’s successor, the Citation Longitude, which began full production in February 2018.
Thinking of buying a Cessna Citation Latitude? Read the specifications below.
The Citation Latitude is 62ft 3in in length, 20ft 11in high and has a wingspan of 72ft 4in. There’s an external baggage capacity of 100 cubic feet and this is accessed by integrated steps.
It has a maximum cruise speed of 446ktas and a maximum operating altitude of 45,000ft. The climb rate is 3,800 per minute and it has a range (with four passengers) of 2,700 nautical miles. It requires a runway distance of 4,030ft to take off and 2,700 to land. The direct operating cost of the Latitude is $4.48/nm.
The aircraft’s empty weight is 18,656lbs, the maximum ramp weight is 31,050lbs and the maximum take-off weight is 30,800lb. It has a useable fuel capacity of 1,700 gallons.
The jet is powered by two PW306D1 FADEC-controlled turbofan engines, each giving 5,907lbs of thrust. The PW300 range is a series of turbofan engines, designed specifically for business jets. They regulate the ration of exhaust gases with bypass air, lowering both emissions and noise.
Maximum passenger comfort
The Latitude’s cabin is the widest and tallest of the Citation range so far. The 31-inch electronic door opens with one button press and inside there’s a comfortable standing height of 6ft. It measures 21ft 9in in length and 6ft 5in in width, with room for passengers to move about the cabin once in flight. It has a low cabin altitude of 5,950ft, which keeps the atmosphere feeling refreshed while in the air.
There’s standard seating to fit a maximum of nine passengers and two crew. All seats are adjustable: they rotate, recline, and move position, giving 30 inches of leg room. Each seat has side-well storage, which also doubles up as a drinks table. Foldaway tables give you ample room to work, if necessary, and there are universal power outlets at every seat.
There are six interior design schemes to choose from, including Jet Black, Silver Mirage and Toffee. The ten large windows have been well spaced out so that every seat has an outside view. Noise is kept under control, with the cabin remaining quiet throughout the flight.
The Clarity Wireless connectivity system is installed throughout the plane for all cabin management. The LED lighting, temperature, music and video are controlled through an app and the cabin speakers deliver excellent sound throughout. Passengers have access to digital media, interactive maps and satellite radio through the on-board WiFi.
In terms of on-board facilities, the Latitude boasts an expanded refreshment centre, with plenty of catering storage. It also has a spacious and stylish lavatory which Cessna states is 60% larger than their closest competitor. There are also accessible storage areas throughout the cabin for small bags and clothes that need to be hung.
Improved pilot environment
The cockpit benefits from increased space afforded by the larger fuselage. Mobile seats have more room to move in, and they are able to recline farther than those in the Sovereign+. Larger windscreens and more effective temperature controls create an improved environment for pilots over previous Citation models.
The flight deck has a G5000 avionics package, the fourth Cessna jet to be installed with Garmin. It has three 14-inch landscape flight displays. Touch-screen controllers mean that pilots can easily customise the flight management system. The Garmin Synthetic Vision Technology system gives the pilot a virtual-reality view of the surrounding terrain, including obstacles, traffic and runways.
The Citation Latitude also uses LinxUs, in collaboration with the Central Diagnostics Maintenance System, for fault-isolating. It monitors the jet during the flight, then immediately reports issues once it has landed.