““[Bill Gates] has been historically one of my best supporters…One of my favorite e-mails he ever sent me…I proposed this crazy project. And he sent back this two-line response: ‘This has got to be the craziest thing you’ve ever suggested. Please proceed.’” ”
Cessna To Upgrade Citation X
Cessna has announced a revamped version of its Mach 0.92 Citation X, which it first delivered in 1996. What's new? For starters, the X is gone-the model has been rebranded the Citation Ten. More significantly, the Ten boasts a 15-inch-longer cabin with new interior; an iPhone-like cabin-management system with controls at each seat; and the Garmin G5000 avionics suite. It is also slightly faster than its predecessor and will burn 145 gallons less fuel on a typical 2,500-nautical-mile trip. Design and equipment changes will result in a 214-pound increase in maximum payload; a 211-nautical-mile boost in range at high-speed cruise (to 3,107 nautical miles); and a higher initial maximum cruise altitude.
The Citation Ten is scheduled to make its first flight at the end of 2011 and is to enter into service in 2013. No price has been set.