The extremely successful Citation Jet series presented the second generation in 2001 – the CJ1 model boasts improvements in economy and performance, but comes with all of the advantages of the original, making it one of the best small cabin light jets for just under $2 million.
The private jet design hits all three target elements of the brand: simplicity, economy and performance. The use of a new natural laminar flow wing rather than a straight wing is the result of a four-year collaboration between Cessna and NASA and improves the lift-to-drag characteristic up to 20%.
The Cj1 model is very fuel-efficient, burning an average of 134 gallons per hour, attributed to the choice of engines – two Williams/Rolls-Royce FJ44-1A turbofans. This contributes to the low operating cost and simplicity of the flight systems. The Pro Line 21 avionics package, complete with PFD (Primary Flight Display) and MFD (Multi Function Display) flat-panel screens provide reliable and easy-to-read metricts.
The simple avionics system incorporates various automated features and is ideal for a single pilot, specifically designed to operate on short runways. Ample baggage space includes several compartments and the total payload capacity of 1,400 pounds.
The interior is simple and comfortable with seating available for five passengers. The full-length dropped aisle gives the cabin a warmer feel and it can be further customized. The fastening system implemented in the double-sealed doors reduces cabin noise. The custom leather seats are highlighted by the deluxe cabinetry and wood fixtures.
Its dimensions, range and payload flexibility make the Cessna CJ1 the ideal economical private jet for short-range missions.
Top speed of the jet is 389 knots (720 km/h), with a range of 1,297 nautical miles (2402 km) and the asking price is $1,595,000. With an exterior design that is safe, unique and makes the aircraft stable and easy to fly, the CJ1 is a phenomenal aircraft.
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