Cessna, after introducing its Mustang M2 last month, introduced the Citation Latitude at the NBAA convention in Las Vegas this week.   While the name itself makes me hum an old favorite Jimmy Buffett song, the airplane itself will be impressive, positioned between the Citation Sovereign and Citation XLS in Cessna’s lineup.

The aircraft will offer 2+8 seating, a full stand-up cabin, a 2,000 nautical mile range, maximum cruise of 442 knots and a fuel fuel payload of 1,000 lbs. with a list price of $14.9 million.

Powered by two PW-306D turbofan from Pratt & Whitney Canada, each with 5,700 lbs. thrust and FADEC controls, the Latitude plans a 2015 entry into service.

The cockpit will utilize the Garmin 5000 system, as Garmin continues to move upmarket in its avionics offerings.  That system will include three 14 inch primary multifunctional displays and four touch screen control panels.

The avionics suite will include an integrated Flight Director/Autopilot and Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS).  TCAS II, Synthetic Vision Technology, electronic charts, Garmin’s safe taxi, and a dual FMS with WAAS LPV and RNP, a solid state weather radar with turbulence detection and vertical scan, integrated terrain awareness and warning (TAWS) and ADS-B and Link 2000 data links.  Satellite weather and flight data recorders will be optional.

Cessna’s press release from the announcement can be found here.

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