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Cessna Citation Bravo

Cessna Citation Bravo

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When Cessna decided to update its best-selling private jet, the Citation II, the result was the fuel-efficient Citation Bravo. It has a long range compared to other light sized private jets and excellent short runway capabilities, allowing its owner to choose from a large selection of small airports. Some examples of non-stop flights include New York to Miami, Los Angeles to San Francisco, and Aspen to Southern California.

One of the features that sets the Citation Bravo apart from the competition is its comfort. The engineers designed the cabin to be very quiet: they fitted this private jet with bagged insulation and an isolated interior shell to eliminate the low-frequency engine fan noise common in small private jets, and added a secondary seal on the cabin door to cut wind noise.

The cabins in small private jets often fluctuate in temperature throughout flight and cannot be controlled before engine startup, resulting in blistering cabin temperatures on the runway. The Citation Bravo offers a solution to this problem with an optional power cart that can be plugged into the jet on the ramp to cool it before the engines start.

The Bravo has several baggage compartments with a combined capacity of seventy three cubic feet, or about seven suitcases, four golf bags, and a few sets of skis. There is a convenient compartment beside the cabin lavatory for coats and carryon items, and all of the seats have storage drawers beneath them.

A frequent complaint that Cessna had received from its clients was the difficulty of boarding its jets. They fixed this problem by widening the airstair treads and adding an additional step to make boarding easier, particularly for female passengers in high heels.

The Bravo strikes the perfect balance between performance and cost. It costs the same as its predecessor, the Citation II, but outperforms it by far in climb, cruise, and altitude performance. The Bravo lost 150 pounds of fuel carrying capacity, increased the maximum takeoff weight by 500 pounds, and still managed to burn fewer pounds of fuel per hour.

The increased performance of the Citation Bravo is largely due to the new Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines. At the time of its design, no other light sized private jets were using the PW530A engines. They burn thirteen percent less fuel than the other engines in the series. Cessna’s engineers saw their potential and used them for the Citation Bravo.

Other updates on the Bravo were designed to help the crew out: easier preflight, servicing, and maintenance tasks, and so on. The Bravo is a very easy jet to fly, and pilots can become certified to fly it solo. The majority of the improvements on the Bravo, however, will be hard for the passengers to miss.

A landing gear new to the Citation series was added to the Bravo. The gear is the trailing link type, which connects the wheel axel on the landing gear to a gas strut that links up to the wing, allowing the strut to absorb the loads of landing and taxiing over uneven pavement. In other words, the new main landing gear will make taxiing over uneven pavement and landings extremely smooth.

Cessna put an end to cabin pressurization problems in the Bravo by increasing the pressurization to 9.1 psi and installing a digital pressurization controller. It also equipped the cockpit with systems providing TCAS traffic avoidance information, weather radar, and maps.

If the Citation Bravo’s technical capabilities and passenger offerings aren’t enough, consider its price. Its overall operating cost rivals that of even the best-selling turboprops. When compared to the average cost of other light business jets, it was second only to the CitationJet. In summary, it’s hard to find a better-performing light private jet anywhere, even if you pay more.


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Bravo – Two 12.8kN (2885lb) Pratt & Whitney Canada PW503As.

Bravo – Max cruising speed 743km/h (401kt). Max initial rate of climb 3195ft/min. Max certificated altitude 45,000ft. Range with four passengers and reserves 3520km (1900nm).

Bravo – Empty 3970kg (8750lb), max takeoff 6715kg (14,800lb).

Bravo – Wing span 15.90m (52ft 2in), length 14.39m (47ft 3in), height 4.57m (15ft 0in). Wing area 30.0m2 (322.9sq ft).

Bravo – Standard seating for seven with max seating for 10 in main cabin.

Information gathered from various internet sources. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure accuracy and veracity of sources. However, this information should not be used for flight planning or official purposes.

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