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Safran Nacelles takes flight with Cessna’s new Citation Longitude business jet


October 12, 2016

Another new aircraft equipped by Safran Nacelles has gone airborne as Cessna’s Citation Longitude completed its maiden flight with PERT® thrust reversers on this super-midsize business jet’s two Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines.

Taking off October 8 from Beech Field Airport in Wichita, Kansas, USA, the prototype Longitude performed a two-hour mission that evaluated the aircraft’s systems, stability and control.

Safran Nacelles’ patented PERT (Planar Exit Rear Target) thrust reverser incorporated on the Longitude features two blocker doors that serve as the engine's exhaust exit during flight, and which are deployed on landing for the reverse thrust function. With this concept, the PERT design combines thrust reverser effectiveness with an optimized weight.

The Safran Nacelles PERT® thrust reverser

Safran Nacelles produces the PERT thrust reverser for numerous aircraft applications, with more than 1,200 delivered to date.

According to Cessna, its prototype Longitude will continue to expand the performance envelope, while the company’s first production model – scheduled to fly in the coming weeks – will be primarily used for systems testing.

Designed to offer operators the lowest ownership costs in the super-midsize business jet category, the Longitude provides full-fuel payload of 1,500 pounds, a maximum cruise speed of 476 knots and a high-speed range of 3,400 nautical miles.