The mid-sized Citation XLS derived from the Citation Excel, but could go faster and further. The Citation XLS+ is an improved version of the already successful Citation XLS, featuring better performance capabilities by way of upgraded engines. The XLS+ received FAA certification in 2008.
The Citation XLS+ is technically a mid-sized jet – its cabin length is 18.7 feet and it can fly up to 1,858 nautical miles; however, it can also take off in 3,560 feet and climb to cruise altitude in just 15 minutes, performance statistics reminiscent of light private jets. At any rate, the XLS+ boasts excellent handling capabilities, reliable systems, and consistent delivery of smooth, quick flights.
The 5.7 feet high interior of the XLS+ holds nine passengers in a cabin that’s quiet and draft-free, due to the triple-sealed entry door and triple-pane windows. Details like fold-out tables, sliding headrests, and seats two to four inches wider than in previous models make flying comfortable. A couch (rated to takeoff/landing safety standards) comes standard. Indirect LED lighting is installed to give the cabin a roomier, more natural feel and comes with the benefits of producing less heat and lasting longer. An external compartment provides 80 cubic feet of storage space, along with an additional 10 cubic feet in an internal closet.
This private jet boasts a maximum cruise speed of 431 knots and can climb at a rate of 3,500 fps at sea level. It can take off on runways as short as 3,560 feet – one of the shortest takeoff distance of any midsized jet.
The XLS+ outperforms competing private jets and its predecessor due largely to its two Pratt & Whitney PW545C high bypass engines. They are designed as axial turbofans to increase thrust to 4,119 pounds apiece (144 lbs more thrust than the engines used in the Citation XLS and the winner in its class).
The Citation XLS+ comes standard with two air conditioning systems to ensure that the cabin remains comfortable, even in the most extreme outside temperatures. A long-travel trailing link landing gear ensures smooth landings and taxiing. High-capacity carbon brakes give this jet powerful braking capabilities that other private jets of its size do not have. The brake wear is minimal and, like all other systems in the XLS+, is extremely reliable.
Subtle design details illustrate Cessna’s custom of creating simple, high-performance jets. The frame is made from riveted, hot-bonded aluminum alloy, which reduces assembly cost and slightly increases drag. This is more than made-up for by the straight-wing design and narrower, pointed nose, which greatly reduce drag.
The avionics system is a direct result of customer feedback and wants, and completely pilot-friendly. The fully-integrated Pro Line 21 avionics suite features four, large 8×10 in screens for command simplicity and convenience. It comes with fully integrated Collins FMS-3000, dual CDUs, Diagnostic System, Pilot Electronic Checklist function, Performance Database and Dual comm/nav.
In short, the Citation XLS is a solid, reliable private jet that can take you anywhere a mid-sized jet can. Its comfort, performance and reliability match Cessna’s high standards in private jet travel.