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Citation X

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Overview

Upon its introduction in 1996, the Citation X (model 750) became the fastest civilian aircraft in the world. It was introduced at the October 1990 NBAA convention in New Orleans and the prototype made its maiden flight on 21 December, 1993. Type certification was received on 3 June, 1996.

The first Citation X was delivered in July 1996 to golfer and long-time Cessna customer Arnold Palmer, who set a speed record in September 1997 of 473 knots on a 5,000 closed course. Other owners included film director Sydney Pollack, entrepreneur Steve Fossett, Formula One driver Nelson Piquet and at least one former US president.

The Citation X was approved by Transport Canada on May 22, 1998, and by the European Joint Aviation Authorities in 1999.

The wing, tail, tail cone, gear and systems of the Citation X were designed from scratch. It was the first aircraft from Cessna to use a Rolls-Royce engine and fully integrated avionics, and while it has the same fuselage diameter as the Citations VI and VII, the wing attachment to the fuselage, slung under rather than passing through, is different from that in any previous Citation.

The large diameter of the engine intakes reduces the noise from the pod-mounted engines and improves fuel efficiency, and the highly swept wing with supercritical airfoil increases the the top speed. The Citation X has 37 degrees of sweepback at the quarter chord and the horizontal and vertical stabilisers are also highly swept and are arranged in a T-tail configuration.

Its controls are powered by dual-hydraulic systems for redundancy. One of the major challenges of the overall design was finding enough space in the wing to run all the necessary hydraulic lines. At the time, the chief engineer of the program explained: “The Citation X needs just as many hydraulic pumps and actuators as a large airliner, but has much less space inside the wings.”

In 2018, after a 22 year run, production of the Citation X came to an end. The imminent arrival of the Citation Longitude meant crossover in terms of range and capacity and so the 750 series was phased out.

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Maintenance centres
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Duncan Aviation
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Family-owned Duncan Aviation is known for its maintenance expertise, one-shop capabilities and fast turntimes.
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Completions centres
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Duncan Aviation
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Duncan Aviation is a maintenance and repair organization supporting the aviation needs of government and business operators worldwide. Services include airframe and engine inspections, major retrofits for cabin and cockpit systems, full paint and completions, and aircraft sales and acquisitions.

Duncan Aviation also has aircraft components solutions experts available 24/7/365 to handle any aircraft system problem with immediate exchanges, rotables, loaners or avionics/instrument/accessory/propeller repairs and overhauls. Complete service facilities are located in Nebraska, Michigan and Provo.

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News from Business Air News
Helijet launches mid-range charters from Vancouver
February 19, 2024
First a Learjet and now a Citation X; Helijet is building up its fixed wing charter services from Vancouver International airport, effective from the start of March.
Solojet offers Citation X for fractional ownership
January 8, 2024
Solojet will be the first Brazil-based company to offer the Citation X for fractional ownership. The aircraft will undergo a complete retrofit programme and be painted in the Solojet Shares colours.
LED logo light gains PMA tick for King Airs and Citations
October 16, 2023
PWI has applied LED technology to many Beech King Air lighting challenges, and this tail floodlight addresses visual branding, aircraft visibility and thus mission safety.
October 6, 2023Duncan extends Honeywell product support
October 4, 2023Alerion further expands diverse jet fleet
July 25, 2023Spirit completes 13-month project improving 11 Citations
July 7, 2023Gulfstreams and Citations join the Alerion fleet
May 28, 2023‘Seats are the stars’ in Duncan's refurbished Citation
December 18, 2022Chartright adds mid-size to charter fleet
August 29, 2022SmartSky completes STC for Citation X
May 30, 2022StandardAero marks 25 years of R-R AE 3007 support
January 24, 2022First West Star-developed STC for FANS installed on Citation X
January 24, 2022Spirit to provide FMS 6.1 Citation X upgrade
November 5, 2021Duncan to modify Avance L5 STCs to include Gogo 5G
September 13, 2021Trio develops FAA compliant ICAO recorder
August 26, 2021Honeywell gains EASA approval for RDR-7000 weather radar
June 10, 2021Citation X and Challenger 300 join Clay Lacy fleet
June 8, 2021Sixth Citation X at Fort Worth creates Baker's dozen
January 19, 2021Premier acquires lease of four Citation X jets
December 21, 2020Citation X fleet leader Mountain adds another unit
November 8, 2020Duncan drives home DART deal and Gogo for Gulfstream
September 26, 2020Duncan cleared for Avance L5 installation on Citation 750
July 20, 2020FAA releases TSO for Honeywell 3-D radar system
November 10, 2019Eight more jets join Gama's US managed fleet
November 1, 2019Textron expands in-flight connectivity for Citations
April 30, 2019Fleet growth imminent for European operator
April 9, 2019Silver Air shines in the super mids with a PURE Citation X
July 11, 2018Air BP continues to serve Blackbushe
August 10, 2014Me & my aircraft – Super midsize jets: Surprising resilience from super mids as manufacturers continue to innovate
February 11, 2013ASL brings Citation X to the Benelux
November 13, 2012Me & my aircraft; Super midsize jets: Latest models bring advanced technology to super midsize arena
May 9, 2012Buyer's Guide: The future is not what it used to be
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