Aircraft Spotlight: Citation Encore

July 27, 2011

Citation Encore

Citation Encore

If you were to walk out onto a busy general aviation ramp anywhere in the world today, chances are good that you’ll be able spot a Cessna Citation aircraft.  The Cessna Citation comes from a long distinguished family of aircraft that has not only become the most popular business aviation aircraft of its time, but revolutionized the industry as we know it today. 

In the late 1960s already as a successful piston-engine aircraft manufacturer, Cessna saw a niche in the business jet market that was missing.   With jet engine technology advancing at a rapid pace, Cessna designers saw an opportunity to introduce a light jet that could operate into short airstrips which were traditionally only delegated to turbo-prop aircraft.  Essentially, it was the best of both worlds.  The safety and comfort of a jet aircraft, but with the short field performance of a turbo-prop aircraft.  This revolutionary concept still holds true today for the newer generation Citations.

Desert Jet operates the Cessna Citation Encore, which is the latest and greatest achievement of the original Citation family.  Comfortably seating seven passengers in a center-club configuration with a belted lavatory for an eighth passenger, the aircraft can fly impressive distances of up to 1700 statute miles.  For example, Palm Springs to Chicago can be accomplished with much ease.  Not only will you be flying far, but you’ll be soaring with a maximum operating altitude of 45,000 feet.  Additionally, while the Encore can fly high to take advantage of the prevailing winds and better range, it will fly safely over most of the weather down below.
Citation Encore Interior

Interior

Comfort is the Encore’s middle name.  With a large aft baggage compartment equipped with a ski tube, the Encore can comfortably handle all of your luggage needs and more for that weekend trip to Aspen.  In cabin amenities include XM satellite radio, Bose noise-cancelling headsets, a satellite phone, a refreshment center, and a fully-enclosed lavatory to name a few.

Up front, Citation Encore pilots have all the latest technology to get you to your destination safely.  At their disposal is Honeywell’s Primus 1000 avionics suite which offers both the Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS) and the Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II).  These systems act as an added set of eyes in the sky to help pilots avoid rising terrain and other traffic flying nearby.

Ironically, not known for overall aircraft speed, the Citation name comes from a former Triple Crown winning thoroughbred stallion.  What it lacks in speed, the Citation Encore champions in just about every other category including performance, safety, comfort, reliability, class and value.  Since being first certified by the FAA in 1971 as the original Citation I, the Citation family has evolved over the years with much technological advancement.  However, one thing has always remained constant.  It has been tested, tried and affirmed as a true performer, proving the name still fits.

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