Cessna's Citation Latitude & Longitude Progressing Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is making progress on two key lineup additions for their family of Citation business jets. The Citation Latitude and Citation Longitude programs are both meeting performance and technical objectives, with both programs bringing new performance and innovation to two different categories of business aviation. “The enthusiasm continues to build for the Citation Latitude,” said Terry Shriner, business leader for the Latitude and Longitude. “We recently completed cyclic testing of the electrically-operated main cabin door, having simulated 19,000 flights with nine passengers and two crew members. The critical design review for the throttle quadrant and the environmental controls is also completed. Over half of the 28,000 necessary parts are complete. The first prototype is being assembled, and we expect to have it flying by first quarter of 2014.” In response to customer feedback, Cessna designed the Latitude with a roomy, six-foot tall (1.8 m) cabin and a flat cabin floor. The Latitude will have a range of 2,500 nm (4,630 km), a max cruise speed of 440 ktas, and configurations for seating seven to nine passengers. Cabin noise levels is expected to be lower than similar category aircraft and the cabin altitude will not exceed 6,000 feet (1,828 m), making for a more comfortable flight. The prototype is expected to power on for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2013.