The design of the Citation Jet CJ1 focuses on simplicity, economy, and performance. Creating an aerodynamic structure that handles well and is financially prudent to produce proved to be a challenge, but Cessna was up for it. In a joint venture with NASA, Cessna designed the natural laminar flow wing for the new Citation Jet over the course of four years. This wing further delays the onset of airflow separation, which improves the lift-to-drag characteristics by 10-15 percent when compared to earlier straight-wing designs.
The CJ1 burns an average of 134 gallons of fuel per hour. The economy of the CJ1’s fuel burn can be largely attributed to its dual Williams/Rolls-Royce FJ44-1A turbofan engines, which each deliver 1900 pounds of thrust on takeoff.
The CJ1 also saves on operating costs through the simplicity of its flight systems. This Citation uses the Pro Line 21 avionics package with PFD (Primary Flight Display) and MFD (Multi-Function Display) flat panel screens. The CJ1 was the first business jet to be equipped with these screens, with the exception of the gigantic BBJ (Boeing Business Jet).
The CJ1 has a payload capacity of 1,400 pounds and a maximum takeoff weight of 10,600 – 100 pounds more than the MTOW of its predecessor, the Citation Jet. The CJ1’s maximum fuel weight also increased by 300 pounds. The alterations result in better range/payload flexibility, which offers owners more options in flight planning. The most surprising result of the significant payload increase is that the CJ1 is actually faster than the Citation Jet.
The CJ1 was specifically designed to operate on short runways. At sea level, the CJ1 can take off in 3080 feet. The CJ1 takes off in 5710 feet at 5000-foot altitudes.
As for the cabin, the CJ1 offers seating for five passengers, and the full-length dropped aisle gives the cabin a roomier feel. The double-sealed door reduces cabin noise.
The CJ1 is ideal for small companies and individuals seeking an economical private jet for short-range missions.
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