LONDON – Textron Aviation has delivered a specially equipped Cessna Citation Longitude jet to the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB).
The aircraft has been role modified to carry out flight validation and flight inspection operations to ensure the integrity of airways in Japanese national airspace.
In addition to the new Citation Longitude, the JCAB currently operates five Citation CJ4 jets in a similar flight inspection capacity.
Textron management statement
Bob Gibbs, vice president, Special Mission Sales for Textron Aviation, commented on the ongoing relationship between the Wichita manufacturer and JCAB, saying:
“Textron Aviation is honored to, once again, be selected as the aircraft provider of choice for the JCAB. The Longitude continues the legacy of Cessna Citation flight inspection jet aircraft in service by the JCAB.”
“The performance, large cabin and capabilities of the Longitude provide the JCAB a new level of efficiency and productivity in maintaining the operational integrity of its airports and airways.”
Role modification equipment
The new aircraft is role equipped to check the operation of a range of ground-based navigation aids and instrument landing systems.
The new JCAB Longitude is outfitted with the UNIFIS 3000-G2 flight inspection equipment to perform critical verification of navigation aids such as Instrument Landing System Category I, II, and III (ILS Cat I,II,III) approaches, Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS), Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Range (VOR), Tactical Air Navigation System (TACAN) and much more.
About the Citation Longitude
The new Citation Longitude integrates latest technology throughout the aircraft, with customers benefitting from the lowest direct operating costs for an aircraft in this class.
Powered by 2 FADEC-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines, the Longitude offers best in class maintenance intervals of 800 hour/18 months and Textron Aviation maintenance and diagnostic systems (AReS).
The spacious cockpit incorporates easier access and an ergonomic design that fully focuses on crew comfort and efficiency. No other super-midsize business jet offers more range, greater payload or higher cruise speed at a lower direct operating cost.
The Longitude became the newest member of the Cessna Citation family following its certification in September 2019.
The Japan Civil Aviation Bureau
JCAB is Japan’s civil aviation authority, and forms part of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLITT).
The Bureau oversees the Ministry’s air navigation services department, aviation safety and security department, aviation network department and international affairs.
About Textron Inc.
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, Cessna, Beechcraft, Pipistrel, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, and Textron Systems.
Like the role equipped Citation Longitude just delivered to JCAB, Textron support government, military and civilian customers with solutions for special mission operations.
Typical critical mission operations include air ambulance, aerial survey, utility transport, flight inspection and flight training roles.