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Cessna CJ3

Cessna CJ3

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The CJ3 is the sixth generation of the popular CitationJet series, a class of private jets designed to be economical and high-performing. They aren’t the most luxurious private jets available, but they may be the most popular. Business travelers like the idea of a private jet that understands bottom-line thinking, without sacrificing performance or reliability. How does Cessna manage to create private jets with competitive capabilities and still keep costs down? Simplicity. The jets of the Citation series bypass much of the complexities of their competitors and use the most economic engines available. The CJ3 is the jet that Cessna is calling “the largest, fastest, most advanced aircraft of its kind.” Even taking into account Cessna’s natural bias towards their newest arrival in the Citation Business Jet fleet, their bold statement may be right.

When Cessna redesigned their popular CJ2 private business jet, known for its low operating costs and high performance, the result was the CJ3: bigger, faster, and better. The cabin stretched an additional two feet, the wingspan widened by three feet. Its cruise speed outdoes the CJ2 with a significantly reduced fuel burn.

The CJ3 is extremely fuel-efficient. Its owners continually report that it meets or exceeds Cessna’s fuel burn data of 150 gallons per hour. The economy of its fuel burn can be largely attributed to Cessna’s choice of engines. It uses two Williams/Rolls-Royce FJ44-3A turbofan engines, each of which delivers 2,780 lbs of thrust on takeoff (480 lbs more than the CJ2). They are equipped with firewall shutoff of fuel and hydraulics, as well as dual fire extinguishers for fire protection.

An additional contributing factor to the fuel-efficiency of the CJ3 is the use of natural laminar flow wings. This wing delays the onset of flow separation longer, which significantly improves the lift-to-drag characteristics.

Another of the CJ3’s strong points also contributes to its low operating cost: the simplicity (but reliability) of its flight systems. It uses the fully integrated Pro Line 21 avionics suite, the most advanced in its category. Industry professionals have rated Pro Line 21’s avionics as the very best avionics system available for situational awareness and information management.

Despite the CJ3’s economy in flight, it allows for a surprisingly high payload.
Its baggage compartments can carry a total of 74.4 cubic feet of luggage. The Citation Jets have been specifically designed to be able to easily operate from a short runway. The CJ3 can take off in just 3,450 feet.

The CJ3 has a significantly increased payload capacity in comparison to the CJ2. Its maximum take-off weight was increased to 13,870 pounds and the maximum fuel weight rose to 4,710 pounds. These alterations result in a better maximum range/payload flexibility, offering owners more options in flight planning. The most surprising result of the significant increase in payload is that, despite the additional weight, the CJ3 is faster than the CJ2.

Most private jet owners, originally interested in the CJ3 for its economical features, are pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it is. It seats six passengers in the twenty foot, ten inch cabin. Fourteen windows and a new configuration of LEDs make the cabin feel even roomier than it is. The cabin has multiple 110-volt AC power outlets and folding writing tables so that getting there can be as productive as being there.

As usual, Cessna carries through on its reputation for producing reliable, high-performing private jets at affordable costs in the CJ3. It is designed to be efficient in both purchase and operation costs while still maintaining a good level of comfort and competitive range.


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