Cessna CitationCJ4 | Business jet traveler

Even with $8-a-gallon jet-A fuel in some places, the used business jet market is still on fire, with some models fetching higher prices than the plane was selling for new a few years ago. barely. Perhaps nowhere is this madness more apparent than in what I will call the broad segment of the light jet market – a sector dominated by the Pilatus PC-24, Embraer Phenom 300/E and Cessna Citation CJ4 . All three planes offer respectable speed and range, a comfortable cabin for their size, and decent operating economy, fuel prices aside. In this triumvirate, the CJ4 doesn’t offer the most modern avionics or the most spacious cabin, but it might be the best value.

Cessna delivered the first Citation CJ4 (Model 525C) in April 2010 and has handed over 320 to customers since then. It is the largest light jet in Cessna’s CJ series, a line that is entering its fourth decade. The manufacturer launched the original Model 525 CitationJet in 1989 as a replacement for the vintage Citation I of the early 1970s. With each subsequent iteration, the CJ1, 2 and 3, the aircraft grew a little faster and a little longer. But it would be a mistake to call the CJ4 just another extended and updated CJ. While the 17,110 pound (maximum takeoff weight) model is not a blank sheet of paper design, it is a “lessons learned” aircraft from a company that has learned a lot about small jets over the years. over the past 50 years.

While Cessna wanted to introduce a variety of design features and technologies into the eight- to 10-passenger CJ4, it also wanted to mitigate risk, so it successfully applied integrated elements in many of its other newer aircraft. It borrowed the smoother wing geometry from the larger Citation Sovereign and the larger passenger door from the Citation Mustang. The more powerful Williams FJ44-4A engines are derivatives of those of the CJ3. The pepperier engines and slippery wing allow the CJ4 to cruise at 453 knots and climb straight to 43,000 feet. The range is 1,963 nautical miles and the full-fuel payload is 1,000 pounds. (Maximum payload is 2,100 pounds.)

The pilots’ seats have two inches more legroom and the dashboard has a more logical and ergonomic layout. Proven avionics: four-screen Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 with the latest safety enhancements, including electronic charts, graphical weather link, MultiScan weather radar, and terrain avoidance and anti-aircraft systems. -collision. Like all CJs, the CJ4 can be flown as a single pilot and has excellent short-field capabilities: when fully loaded, it can take off in less than 3,500 feet, and for most missions it only needs 3,000 feet of track.

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A well-equipped cabin

The cabin was refined for its time, offering the Rockwell Collins Venue cabin management system, switch panels at each seat position, and power outlets for laptops or other accessories on two passenger seats. The Venue system controls all in-flight entertainment equipment, including a Blu-ray player, moving maps and a 100 gigabyte hard drive for personal media storage. The standard package included a satellite radio receiver and two plug-in, arm-mounted 10.6-inch high-definition monitors. You can purchase additional receivers and monitors that can be plugged in and moved between any of the six main passenger seats. Venue also controls all indirect cabin lighting as well as electronic window shades, which can be set anywhere from bright to blackout. The CJ4 also has a rear flush washbasin with belt seat, which was optional until serial number 100, then became standard. The aft lavatory also features a small vanity and pocket doors for added privacy.

Cockpit Citation CJ4

Cockpit Citation CJ4

LED reading lights are not dimmable but are installed as part of an integrated light/gasper combination. The environmental system has separate pilot, co-pilot and cabin controls and air valves which can be rotated 360 degrees and have louvers and a separate shut-off ring.

Compared to the smaller CJ3, the CJ4’s fuselage has been stretched 21 inches, providing more legroom for passengers. Overall, the cabin is 58 inches wide, 57 inches high — including the space created by the abandoned center aisle — and 22 feet, four inches long.

The aircraft accommodates nine passengers in six standard single executive seats, a two-seat kibitzer facing the side opposite the cabin entry door, and a belted rear toilet seat. (If no co-pilot is on board, the passenger capacity increases to 10.) The kibitzer can be replaced with a single side-facing seat and a larger refreshment center. The six single seats in the main cabin area feature sturdy folding arms that can be stowed out of the way to improve comfort for taller passengers. Quick-change cabin mounts allow operators to swap seats and monuments to accommodate various missions. For example, you can replace the large front refreshment center with a smaller one and a side-facing seat when you need extra passenger space. Two external cargo bays – one in the nose and one in the rear fuselage – combine to provide a capacity of 70 cubic feet of luggage.

Range and attractive prices

With full fuel, the CJ4 can take on 1,000 pounds of payload or about five occupants and travel 1,926 nautical miles with NBAA IFR reserves at 430 knots. Power comes from a pair of Williams International engines with 5,000 hours between overhauls.

Prices for used CJ4s manufactured between 2010 and 2015 range from $5.282 million to $6.621 million, figures that represent a retention of 72-80% of original value, according to aircraft pricing service Vref .. You’ll pay between $800,000 and $1 million more for a comparable vintage Embraer Phenom 300. The Pilatus PC-24s, which were first certified in 2017, are relatively new to the market, and the few second-hand devices on offer come at exorbitant prices that sometimes exceed $9. million, or 105% of new ones.

Cessna refreshed the CJ4 cabin last year and new planes are now badged as CJ4 Gen 2 and sell for north of $11 million. Additional features include new pull-out stairs, seating options, ambient lighting, and a galley with improved storage.

No, the CJ4 isn’t the newest or flashiest entry into the ‘big light’ business jet segment, but in an overheated market, flash isn’t everything.

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2015 Cessna Citation CJ4

Used price (typical): $6.6 million

Engines: 2 Williams FJ44-4A turbofans (3,621 lb thrust each)

Avionics: Collins Pro Line 21

Team: 1–2

Passengers: 8–10

Vary: 1963nm

Maximum cruising speed: 453 knots

Cabin: 58″ (W), 57″ (H), 22’4″ (L)

Luggage: 70 cubic feet

Kevin A. Perras