Textron Aviation develops Citation Longitude for Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau

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Textron Aviation is configuring the newly certified Cessna Citation Longitude for flight inspection missions. The aircraft, which is anticipated to deliver in 2021, is being modified for the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) and will conduct flight validation and flight inspection operations.

The JCAB Longitude is outfitted with newly designed UNIFIS 3000-G2 flight inspection equipment to perform critical verification of navigation aids such as instrument landing system category I, II, and III approaches, ground based augmentation system (GBAS), very high frequency omni-directional range, tactical air navigation system (TACAN) and much more.

In addition to the Longitude, JCAB also operates five Citation CJ4 jets in a similar flight inspection capacity.

Bob Gibbs, vice president, defence and special missions sales at Textron Aviation, said, “From its early design stages, the clean-sheet design of the Citation Longitude gave us the flexibility to incorporate a wide-range of special missions capabilities into the platform.

“We’re pleased to be working with long-time customer JCAB as it expands its mission profile with the addition of the Citation Longitude. The enhanced performance, large cabin and advanced capabilities of the aircraft give JCAB a new level of efficiency and productivity in maintaining the operational integrity of its airports and airways.”

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