Friday, March 3, 2017

Citation Sovereign+, Latitude Gain Steep-approach Nods

Textron Aviation’s Cessna Citation Sovereign+ and Latitude have received steep-approach approval from both the U.S. FAA and EASA. With the certification to track approach angles of up to 6.65 degrees, these midsize jets can now operate into destinations such as London City Airport and Switzerland’s Lugano Airport. However, crews need separate approvals from authorities at these airports to conduct steep approaches there.

“This steep-approach certification for the Sovereign+ and Latitude further enhances the advanced capability of these aircraft, particularly for customers flying in Europe, where terrain or environmental regulations often require this increased capability,” said Textron Aviation senior vice president of sales and marketing Rob Scholl. Steep-approach capability for both Citation models will be standard.

Due to its downtown location next to London’s financial district, London City Airport requires a 5.5-degree glideslope versus a more typical 3-degree angle. Meanwhile, Lugano Airport's location in the mouth of a valley requires an even steeper 6.65-degree descent profile.

(Chad Trautvetter - AINOnline News) 

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