Cessna Citation Excel (Model 560XL) is a family of jet business jets developed by Cessna. It is the base aircraft for the XLS and XLS + models.
With the success achieved by Cessna with its Citation X series (Model 750), the company decided to apply the model’s achievements to strengthen its position in the more traditional market for smaller aircraft. The Excel series was a combination of classic early models with the latest Citation X developments. To create Excel, Cessna applied a shortened version of the X model fuselage (6.4 meters shorter) and crossed it with a supercritical wing from Citation V Ultra models.
The aircraft’s power plant adopted the P&W Canada PW500 jet engine. Thanks to the fuselage of the large model X, the Excel aircraft became the most spacious among light corporate aircraft with the ability to accommodate 10 passengers in a dense cabin configuration and 6 passengers in the VIP version.
The Citation X program was officially announced at the Business Aviation Association Convention in 1994, and the prototype took off for the first time in 1996. By 1998, when the aircraft received a type certificate from the FAA, Cessna already had over 200 orders for it. By the year 2000, when customers received their 100th Excel, the Cessna Wichita plant was on board every 3 days. By the time the Excel model was replaced with the Citation XLS version, 308 units were produced. The plane became a record holder for safety – there were only 4 incidents without casualties.
The Citation XLS model was the first “rework” of the Excel model. In addition to the new “glass” cabin from Honeywell, the XLS also received improved PW545B engines.
The Citation XLS + model, as is customary with all Cessna Pluses, has received some additional improvements and a remote control system for the aircraft.
- Type: Business Jet
- Powerplant: two twin-circuit turbojet engines Pratt & Whitney PW545C at 1,868 kgs each
- Maximum number of passengers: 10 people
- Practical ceiling: 13 716 m
- Range: 3,441 km
- Maximum take-off weight: 9.16 t
- Cruising speed: 815 km / h
- Wingspan: 17.17 m
- Wing Area: 34.35 sq. m
- Length: 16.0 m
- Height: 5.23 m