Cessna Citation Latitude Prototype Makes Successful First Flight

  Cessna Citation Latitude Prototype Makes Successful First Flight

Business Wire

WICHITA, Kan. -- February 18, 2014

Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is celebrating
the successful first prototype flight of its highly-anticipated Citation
Latitude midsize business jet.

Cessna's Citation Latitude completes successful first flight. (Photo: Business
Wire)

Cessna's Citation Latitude completes successful first flight. (Photo: Business
Wire)

The first flight of the Citation Latitude tested flaps, landing gear,
pressurization systems, anti-ice capabilities, stability and control. The test
flight reached an altitude of 28,000 feet and attained speeds of 230 mph (Mach
0.6). Cessna flight engineers said all systems are performing as expected.

Aaron Tobias, Cessna senior flight test pilot, says: “I feel fortunate to be
able to fly for a living, and it is a privilege to be part of the crew
piloting the Cessna Citation Latitude on its maiden flight. The Citation
Latitude was great today, which is to say it behaved just as anticipated. The
Garmin G5000 avionics are an enormous leap forward in flight management. When
combined with the widest Citation cabin and the flat cabin floor, the improved
cooling system, the electrically operated door and the lower cabin altitude,
you have in the Latitude an amazing aircraft that we believe sets very high
benchmarks for performance, capability, and comfort. The Latitude will be
tough to beat.”

Brad Thress, Cessna senior vice president of Business Jets, says: “The
successful maiden flight of the new Cessna Citation Latitude is a testament to
the men and women at Cessna who continue to lead the industry by example.
Cessna has certified 18 different aircraft during the past decade, and our
expertise is unrivalled when it comes to delivering new aircraft to the
marketplace. The Latitude team engineered a game-changing mid-sized jet in a
very efficient and accelerated manner, using proven Cessna technologies and
mature systems. The result is an aircraft with incredible operating
efficiencies at an unmatched price point in this category of business jet.”

Students attending Wichita State University on a Cessna-funded engineering
scholarship were invited to watch today’s maiden flight at the Cessna’s
telemetry monitoring station at the company’s headquarters. The station
receives a live feed from the prototype aircraft, allowing engineers to
monitor the flight’s progress and receive real-time systems updates. Seven
aeronautical engineering students attended the session.

Dr. Royce Bowden, Dean of the College of Engineering at Wichita State
University, said: “Cessna is a fantastic supporter of engineering excellence,
and is clearly dedicated to developing and nurturing the pipeline of engineers
for the aviation industry. Today’s opportunity provides students with a
glimpse into the real-world results of engineering, and being able to watch
the test flight develop first-hand is a unique experience.”

Cessna’s Citation Latitude will have the widest fuselage of any Citation jet,
designed with a flat cabin floor and 6 ft (1.83m) of cabin height and a 2,500
nm (4,630 km) range. The two-pilot Latitude accommodates up to nine
passengers, and can attain a flight level of 43,000 ft (13,106m) in just 23
minutes. The Citation Latitude is designed with a powerful new cabin cooling
system, Garmin G5000 avionics and auto-throttle capabilities, an
electronically-operated cabin door, and lower cabin altitudes for a more
comfortable flight. The aircraft was announced at the National Business
Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA) in
October 2011. Type certification for the Citation Latitude is expected in the
second quarter of 2015.

Passengers on the Citation Latitude will be able to fly non-stop between such
cities as Los Angeles and New York, Houston and Bogotá, Colombia, Rome to
Dubai, and Singapore to Beijing. Visit Cessna.com to learn more about the
Citation Latitude.

About Cessna

Unmatched experience in aircraft design and manufacturing has established
Cessna Aircraft Company as the world’s general aviation authority. Since its
inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered nearly 200,000
airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,600 Citation business
jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. Today, Cessna
has two principal lines of business: aircraft sales and aftermarket services.
Aircraft sales include Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine utility
turboprops and single-engine utility and high performance piston aircraft.
Aftermarket services include parts, maintenance, inspection and repair
services. In 2013, Cessna delivered 467 aircraft, including 139 Citation
business jets, and reported revenues of $2.784 billion. More information about
Cessna Aircraft Company is available at cessna.com.

About Textron

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of
aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with
innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its
powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen,
Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is
available at textron.com.

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may project revenues or describe strategies, goals, outlook or other
non-historical matters; these statements speak only as of the date on which
they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any
forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to known and unknown
risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results to
differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking
statements, including, but not limited to, the efficacy of research and
development investments to develop new products or unanticipated expenses in
connection with the launching of significant new products or programs; the
timing of our new product launches or certifications of our new aircraft
products; our ability to keep pace with our competitors in the introduction of
new products and upgrades with features and technologies desired by our
customers;changes in government regulations or policies on the export and
import of our products; volatility in the global economy or changes in
worldwide political conditions that adversely impact demand for our products;
performance issues with key suppliers or subcontractors; difficult conditions
in the financial markets which may adversely impact our customers’ ability to
fund or finance purchases of our products; and continued demand softness or
volatility in the markets in which we do business.

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Contact:

Cessna Aircraft Company
Stephanie Harder, +1-316-517-8702
sharder@cessna.com
or
Andy Woodward
+1-316-517-1927
awoodward@cessna.com
 
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