Sunday, July 1, 2007
The Sierra Stallion
It’s not your father’s Citation!
Pilots often nickname airplanes they love and, conversely, ones they dislike. There’s “Spam Can” for Cessna pistons and there’s the denigrating “Fork-Tailed Doctor Killer” for V-tailed Bonanzas; one of the most derisive is “Slow ’Tation” for Cessna’s entry-level jet. It’s hard to believe, but some folks malign the Cessna Citation as a “near jet” and use other less-than-flattering descriptions. " />
Jason Stone, chief pilot for AD Aviation in Liverpool, England, operates three Citations all over Europe with stage lengths up to 1,350 miles. Recently he test-flew the first Eagle II aircraft destined for England from Sierra’s Uvalde, Texas, facilities. “The difference in climb performance is unbelievable,” he says. “This Citation used to be slow, and now I have to work hard to keep up with the airplane. It’s just brilliant!”
To highlight the flexibility and speed of the Stallion, Mark Huffstutler flew the airplane from Scottsdale, Ariz., to Orlando, Fla., for the 2006 NBAA convention, posting a time of less than four hours over 1,650 nm. Averaging 370 KTAS, he landed with 106 gallons of fuel on board. “Owners can count on a day to day range of 1,400 nm while cruising at FL430,” Mark explained.
The Stallion re-engining program takes between 10 and 12 weeks to accomplish and costs approximately $1,530,000 depending on engine trade-in value. But with their current mods installed on your Citation, you’ll be able to beat most of the VLJs into the air and be on your way in style with every seat filled.
Sierra has no plans to sit on its laurels, they’re working on a re-engining program for the Cessna Citation II series that boosts the scruise speeds above 420 knots with payloads more than twice that of the Premier 1A and Hawker 400XP. According to Huffstutler, “Wait until you see our new Super II modification—you won’t believe it!”
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