The Citation Bravo

 Citation Bravo Exterior

Cessna Citation Bravo


When Cessna decided to update its best-selling private jet, the Citation II, the result was the fuel-efficient Citation Bravo.  It has a long range compared to other light-sized private jets and excellent short runway capabilities, allowing its owner to choose from a large selection of small airports.  Some examples of non-stop flights include New York to Miami, Los Angeles to San Francisco, and Aspen to Southern California.

One of the features that sets the Citation Bravo apart from the competition is its comfort.  The engineers designed the cabin to be very quiet, fitted with bagged insulation and an isolated interior shell to eliminate the low-frequency engine fan noise common in small private jets.   Additionally, a secondary seal on the cabin door was added to cut wind noise.

The Bravo has several baggage compartments with a combined capacity of seventy-three cubic feet, or about seven suitcases, four golf bags, and a few sets of skis.  There is a convenient compartment beside the cabin lavatory for coats and carry-on items, and all of the seats have storage drawers beneath them.

A frequent complaint that Cessna had received from its clients was the difficulty of boarding its jets.  They fixed this problem by widening the airstair treads and adding an additional step to make boarding easier.

The Bravo strikes the perfect balance between performance and cost. It costs the same as its predecessor, the Citation II, but outperforms it by far in climb, cruise, and altitude performance.  The Bravo lost 150 pounds of fuel carrying capacity, increased the maximum takeoff weight by 500 pounds, and still manages to burn fewer pounds of fuel per hour.

The increased performance of the Citation Bravo is largely due to the new Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines.  At the time of its design, no other light-sized private jets were using the PW530A engines.  They burn thirteen percent less fuel than the other engines in the series. Cessna’s engineers saw their potential and used them in the Citation Bravo.

Other updates on the Bravo were designed to aid the crew:  easier preflight, servicing and maintenance tasks, and so on.  The Bravo is a very easy jet to fly, and pilots can become certified to fly it solo.  The majority of the improvements on the Bravo, however, will be hard for passengers to miss.

A landing gear new to the Citation series was added to the Bravo.  The gear is the trailing link  type, which connects the wheel axel on the landing gear to a gas strut that then  links up to the wing.  This allows the strut to absorb the loads of landing and taxiing over uneven pavement.  In other words, the new main landing gear will make taxiing over uneven pavement and landings extremely smooth.

Cessna put an end to cabin pressurization problems in the Bravo by increasing the pressurization to 9.1 psi and installing a digital pressurization controller.  It also equipped the cockpit with systems providing traffic avoidance information, weather radar and digital maps.

If the Citation Bravo’s technical capabilities and passenger offerings aren’t enough, consider its price.  Its overall operating cost rivals that of even the best-selling turboprops.  When compared to the average cost of other light business jets, it was second only to the Citation Jet.



The Citation X


There was much excitement in the aviation community when Cessna first announced its goals for the Citation X – in short, to completely outdo the competing private jets. Cessna exceeded everyone’s expectations with the Citation X – it was the fastest, most comfortable, and most efficient jet on the market. It was even awarded the prestigious Collier Trophy in its debut year, in honor of the advances it had made in aviation and aerospace technology.

The Citation X truly is the fastest mid-sized business jet available.  It regularly cruises at .90 mach.  It can fly from Los Angeles to New   York in less than six hours, or from Pittsburg  to San Diego in  four hours flat.

Getting the Citation X to cruise at .90 Mach was no small feat. Aerospace engineers spent months analyzing the jet’s aerodynamic structure with computational fluid dynamics computer technology. The proposed design of the jet was subjected to tests in a wind tunnel, and then analyzed by computer programs to locate the problematic high-drag areas. Subsequently, precision instruments corrected the frame, sometimes to as little as 1/100,000th of an inch. These minute modifications went on for months.

The end result, as already stated, was unequalled speed. It stands to reason that since Cessna spent so much effort on fine-tuning the aerodynamic structure of the jet, little attention would be given to fuel efficiency. But, since Cessna’s objective is to make high-performing, fuel-efficient business jets, the Citation X has a fuel flow of 336 gallons per hour. At the time of its debut, not only was it the fastest private jet, it was also the most fuel-efficient mid-sized business jet on the market.

At the time of its design, engineers all over the private jet industry were being pressured to create more reliable, higher-performing products that operated at a drastically lower cost. Rolls-Royce certainly met the requirements in the creation of the high-bypass AE3007C1 turbofan engine, which delivers 8,600 pounds of thrust. It was later fine-tuned specifically for the Citation X to run at a lower temperature so that the jet could run its engines longer. The engines on the Citation X had the highest thrust-to-weight ratio available at that time as well as the lowest specific fuel consumption for a private jet in its class.

Rolls-Royce implemented the Full Authority Digital Engine Controls (FADEC) system on the AE3007C1 engine. The system manages the engine’s performance for the pilots so that no damage is incurred through excessive speed or operating estimates. This system makes the pilot’s job a lot easier and greatly reduces engine wear and tear. The engines have fewer obligatory scheduled inspections than other similar engines, and are generally reported to be extremely reliable.

In case the bragging rights that come with owning the fastest mid-sized business jet aren’t enough, consider its cabin. The cabin stretches to a length of 23.9 feet and a width of 5.5 feet (the most spacious cabin at that point in the Citation series). The ceiling is 5.7 feet high. Standard seating configurations include eight “executive” seats (extra-large, extra comfortable seats with full reclining capacity) and a fully equipped galley. A bathroom, large enough to double as a dressing room, is located at the rear of the private jet and a closet, large enough to store garment bags, is within reach.

The Citation X’s baggage storage compartment is heated and pressurized so that belongings won’t be damaged in flight. The compartment holds a total of 82 cubic feet, or roughly 770 pounds of luggage.

One last feature of the Citation X that is usually not discussed when comparing private jets is its external visual appeal. The sleek design, featuring clean lines, looks fast, even when it is just sitting in a hangar. The bragging rights that come with it aren’t so bad, either — .90 Mach isn’t a cruise speed that private jets normally reach.

Of course, no discussion of Cessna’s private jets would be complete without mentioning their choice of avionics – in this case, the Honeywell Primus 2000 autopilot/flight director system. This system has five 7×8 inch screens that replace standard analog instruments with a clean, easy-to-read EICAS display. It has a dual flight management system and comes standard with Honeywell GPS. In 2004 Cessna announced that Enhanced Vision System: a useful tool which uses  infrared sensors to create a visual for the pilot when flying IFR (Instrument  Flight Rules), such as during snow and rain storms, fog, or at night as an option on the Citation X.

The Citation X truly merits all of the excitement and hype it has garnered. It is a versatile jet that can efficiently handle both short trips and international flights, and is unmatched in speed, efficiency and reliability. It isn’t without good reason that Cessna calls the Citation X the “fastest, most efficient business jet ever built.”



Learn the Basics from “No Plane – No Gain

Learn the Basics

Business aviation is the use of any “general aviation” aircraft for a business purpose. The Federal Aviation Administration defines general aviation as all flights that are not conducted by the military or the scheduled airlines. As such, business aviation is a part of general aviation that focuses on the business use of airplanes and helicopters.

Business aviation means jobs: over 1 million in America #bizav
Business aviation allows companies to visit more locations in less time #bizav

The business aviation community consists of companies of all sizes that rely on many different types of aircraft – from single-pilot airplanes, to turbine aircraft that fly internationally, to helicopters that survey rush-hour traffic – and the fixed-base operations and many other services that support flight operations at the nation’s 5,000 public-use airports. The vast majority of businesses in this community – 97 percent – are small- to mid-size businesses and other entities including nonprofit organizations.

Business aviation helps companies across the U.S. #bizav
Many small companies use business aviation to help their companies #bizav

Business aviation is a diverse composite of entrepreneurs and organizations – nonprofits and companies of all sizes – located in all parts of the United States, often in small towns and rural areas. Business aircraft can range from helicopters to fixed-wing turbine or propeller airplanes, with the prop-and turboprop- driven categories composing the majority of America’s business aviation fleet.

Business aviation is an economic engine for America #bizavHow many admired companies use #bizav? Almost all of them.

Business aviation is often an economic lifeline for areas with limited options for business transportation. Business aviation also provides vital air transportation in times of public need, including fire and rescue and medical evacuation services, and represents an essential transportation link for communities without scheduled airline service.

#Bizav is a critical transportation lifeline to unities across the U.S.For communities far from airline hubs, #bizav is a transportation lifeline.

The Citation 560XL

Citation Excel N1MM-3

The Citation Excel is technically a mid-sized jet,  yet it still fits in the super light jet class– its cabin length is 18.7 feet  and it can fly up to 1,961 miles (1,704 nautical miles) – but it can take off  in 3,590 feet and climb to cruise altitude  in just 18 minutes, performance statistics reminiscent of light private jets.  At any rate, the Excel boasts excellent handling capabilities, reliable systems and consistent delivery of smooth, quick flights.

The Citation Excel’s cabin holds eight passengers in a cabin that’s quiet and draft-free due to the triple-sealed entry door and triple-pane windows. It is 5.7 feet high and 5.5 feet wide, which is about average for a midsized private jet.  Details like fold-out tables and sliding headrests make the interior comfortable.  There are several different seating arrangements to choose from, including one option with a three-person divan.  An external compartment provides 80 cubic feet of storage space, along with some additional space in an internal closet.

This private jet can climb to its cruise level in just eighteen minutes and can cruise at 423 ktas.  The Excel has a range of 1,907 miles (1,657 nautical miles) with four passengers.  It can take off on runways as short as 3,590 feet – the shortest takeoff distance of any midsized jet.

The Excel outperforms competing private jets due in large part to its two Pratt & Whitney PW545 engines.  They are designed with a high-pressure core to increase thrust to 3,804 pounds apiece.  Increased air flow through the engine’s core allows the engines to operate at higher temperatures.  A Teflon seal was added to prevent oil leaks, and the single-channel electronic control engine allows the pilot to configure fuel flow at the beginning of flight and leave the system to do the rest during flight.  Manual fuel control remains available for emergencies.

The Citation Excel comes standard with two air conditioning systems to keep the cabin comfortable, even in the most extreme outside temperatures.  A long-travel trailing link landing gear ensures smooth landings and taxiing.  High-capacity carbon brakes give this jet powerful braking capabilities that other private jets of its size do not have.  The brake wear is minimal and, like all other systems in the Excel, is extremely reliable.

Subtle design details exhibit Cessna’s custom of creating simple, high-performance jets.  The frame is made from riveted, hot-bonded aluminum alloy, which reduces assembly cost but slightly increases drag.  Any lessened aerodynamic capabilities are made up for by the unusually low position of the wing, which greatly reduces drag.

The Citation Excel was designed with the needs of the pilot in mind.  The preflight check is easy to carry out and many flight systems only have to be set once after takeoff, then automatically adjust in flight.

The avionics system is probably the most pilot-friendly feature of the Excel.  The engineers of  the Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics suite realizes the importance of details  like consolidating multiple displays into a few, easy-to-interpret ones and  placing screens close to the controls to which they apply.  All of the information needed is displayed on three sleek screens.  The relevant controls are located directly on the screens’ faceplates to improve pilot hand-eye coordination and flight performance.

In short, the Citation Excel is a solid, reliable private jet that can take you anywhere a mid-sized jet can go at the cost of light-jet travel.  Its comfort, performance, and reliability match Cessna’s high standards in private jet travel.

We currently Base (4) Citation 560XL and Citation a 560XLS in BFI and RNT for both Part 135 and part 91 usage.

The Citation VII – N161SD

Cessna Citation VII



Anyone familiar with the private jet industry knows about Cessna’s line of business jets, the Citations. They are designed to be economic, high-performing and comfortable, and they consistently stand out in the market. The Citation VII is the high-end version of the Citation VI. It uses different engines to increase cruise speed and takeoff performance. The cabin is more comfortable, featuring improved design options and increased soundproofing. The interior of the Citation VII was designed to compete with the most luxurious midsized jets. Each customer can choose from a wide variety of interior design options. Options range from fancy wood finishes to extensive cabin entertainment systems. Additional soundproofing was added to the 438 cubic feet cabin so that business meetings (or naps) can be conducted without interruption. The fully enclosed lavatory has been expanded enough to double as a dressing room. The cabin holds eight passengers and has 51 cubic feet (415 pounds) of baggage space available in an external compartment.

However, the most distinctive difference between the Citation VII and the Citation VI is its upgraded engines. It comes equipped with two Honeywell TFE731-4R-2S engines, flat rated to 4,080 pounds of thrust each – 780 pounds more than the engines used on the Citation VI. These engines improve takeoff performance by 180 feet at sea level, and by 630 feet at high-altitude airports. Its climb rate is improved as well – it can reach 37,000 feet in eighteen minutes. It cruises between 417 and 459 knots, and is a good choice for short trips.

Taxiing and landings are very smooth due to the Citation VII’s trailing link landing gear. Pilots report excellent control and performance in stalls, easy landings, and very effective brakes. The two Honeywell TFE731-3B-100S engines are extremely reliable and allow for great flexibility in flight operations.

The avionics system of the Citation VII is almost identical to the system used in the Citation VI. It uses analog autopilot instead of digital autopilot to reduce acquisition cost and weight. The Honeywell digital SPZ-8000 flight control system comes standard in Citation VIIs. It includes many safety checkup systems that are uncomplicated where checking the status of many vital flight systems is literally as easy as pressing a button.  The Citation VII is certified to FAR part 25 safety standards, the same standards that commercial jets must adhere to.

The upgrades to the Citation VII result in a better private jet than the original model, the Citation III. It is more luxurious, higher-performing, and has increased speed and range capabilities. The Citation VII was so successful that it became the mainstay of the Citation line for several years and continues to be widely used for private jet travel.

We currently Base a Citation VII in Boise, ID (BOI).




Flying Private Jet – Brand New Private Jet Site Launches

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Flying Private Jet launches their new private jet and luxury website.


[ press release] — The ability to fly private jet has never been more attainable to people that are less than excessively affluent. This is largely due to the fact that the economic conditions are such that the private jet companies have had been to more competitive than in years past. If you have ever thought about getting on a private jet and traveling to your destination, there is no time like the present. launched July 2013 and is now one of the top sources for everything private jet and more content continues to roll out concerning private jets, flight and the luxury lifestyle. If you have questions regarding private jets you will be able to visit to get the information that you need. There is also a contact form if you should have any questions regarding information you have read on the website.

There are different options available for individuals who desire to fly elsewhere than the commercial airlines. Depending on your budget you may desire to fly solo or charter a flight that is not open to the public. There are different companies that have connections and some individuals but no matter what, none of these flights will be available to the general public. This will allow you to have exclusivity and it will also enable you to get quicker flights to more airports than the commercial airplanes can go into because of their size.

If you fly more than fifty hours a month you may find it helpful to get fractional ownership of a jet. This would enable you to have more control of your flying and more access than you would if you were to only have a membership or a card of some sort. If you are not sure how much flight time you will be using you can speak to a broker that will be able to advise you on the best type of jet plan that is going to work for you.

Finding the right option for you will make sure that you get the best bang for you buck. The staff at will be able to help you experience the lifestyle that you want to experience without having to put out more money than necessary. There could be tax benefits for owning a jet so make sure that you ask your broker or staff on the website about the different options that are available.

Fuelerlinx Upgrades Bizjet Fuel-tankering Calculator

August 28, 2014, 3:28 PM

Fuelerlinx has partnered with Denmark-based flight-planning engine Aviation Cloud to enhance the multi-leg fuel-tankering calculator function in its subscription fuel-pricing service. The company previously had a rudimentary system in place that based its calculations solely on Great Circle routing and took no account of winds aloft. Since fuel represents the majority–as much as 70 percent–of a business aircraft’s operating costs, carefully planned fuel tankering can help lower these costs.

Fuelerlinx’s improved fuel-tankering calculator, which now has a flight-planning component, incorporates data such as airways, real-time weather and vertical profiles for any type of business jet. The software also provides regularly updated fuel pricing, volume price breaks at more than 700 locations around the country and minimum upload to avoid ramp fees.

“It will calculate the maintenance cost per minute and what we call the tankering burn-off percentage, the cost of carrying extra fuel to altitude,” Fuelerlinx CEO Kevin Moller told AIN. “It will take into account all those different variables.” According to the company, the system quickly aggregates data, based on user input and individually customized contract fuel pricing, to help users avoid having to deal directly with FBOs or take on fuel at each stop, thus simplifying flight planning for a multi-leg trip.