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Citation Sovereign

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Overview

The Citation Sovereign (Model 680) was developed by Cessna as a high-performance jet that would plug the gap between its Excel/XLS and Citation X models. Following its introduction at the 1998 NBAA convention it made its maiden flight in February 2002. FAA certification was awarded on 2 June, 2004 and EASA certification followed on 31 March, 2005. Deliveries began in late September.

The Sovereign has a stretched Citation Excel fuselage and the cabin maintains a 7,200 ft altitude while accommodating up to 11 passengers. It has a moderately swept high aspect ratio wing with trailing edge flaps that give good runway performance. Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306C engines each give 5,770 lbf of thrust and the Sovereign achieves a range of up to 3,200 nm.

Production of the Citation Sovereign ended in 2013 with a total of 350 built.

Its successor, the Citation Sovereign+, was announced at the October 2012 NBAA. The first production model rolled off the production line of the Wichita, Kansas manufacturing facility on 4 March, 2013. It first flew in April 2013 and was certified by the FAA in December 2013 and by EASA on 10 June, 2014.

The Sovereign+ features upgraded PW306D turbofan engines with autothrottles that each provide 5,852 lbf of thrust for a 848 km/h top speed and a FL450 direct climb. Winglets also contribute towards the longer range. Full fuel payload was increased and Garmin G5000 avionics were adopted. A typical configuration features nine passenger and two crew seats.

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News from Business Air News
Desert Jet expects Sovereign to be a top performer
May 10, 2021
The Sovereign, known for its versatility due to its short field capabilities, allows it to access runways that other super midsized aircraft cannot. It can cross the US non-stop. Desert Jet sees it as a complementary addition.
Skyline pulls out all the stops to perform medevac missions
March 29, 2021
The pandemic has created many additional steps in planning and dispatching a retrieval, yet Skyline Aviation can be ready in as little as three hours with the majority of flights departing within 24 hours of the enquiry.
GAMA's annual report reveals which types are on top
March 1, 2021
Aircraft shipments in 2020, when compared to 2019, saw piston deliveries decline 0.9 per cent, with 1,312 units; turboprop deliveries decline 15.6 per cent, with 443 units; and jet deliveries decline 20.4 per cent.
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