Cessna Aircraft Company Completes FAA Certification Flight Test of Safe Flight Instrument Citation X Automatic Throttle System
White Plains, NY (January 9, 2013) — Cessna has successfully completed the Certification Flight Test for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) of Safe Flight Instrument Corporation’s AutoPower® automatic throttle system for the Cessna Citation X. The FAA STC is expected within the next month.
Following the FAA certification flight, Cessna Engineering Test Pilot U.J. Pesonen stated: “That’s an impressive auto-throttle system. It is very smooth in speed command changes.” The Cessna Citation X AutoPower® System accurately and smoothly controls speed and thrust, increasing safety and performance capabilities of the aircraft − especially during the critical landing phases of flight. The AutoPower® system delivers significant flight performance advantages resulting in increased situational awareness, reduced crew workload, greater passenger comfort and extended range/payload potential. The system accurately holds speed and is exceptionally smooth during all flight conditions.
AutoPower® systems and components from Safe Flight have demonstrated unprecedented reliability on more than 9,000 corporate, commercial and military aircraft, including the Bombardier CL604/605 and CL850, the Gulfstream G200 and most recently G150, the Hawker 850 as well as the Citation X. AutoPower® is available for installation at all Cessna Citation Service Centers.
Safe Flight Instrument Corporation, a leader in aviation safety and flight performance systems, was founded in 1946. Headquartered in White Plains, New York, the company pioneered the development of Stall Warning and Angle-of-Attack, Automatic Throttle Systems, Wind Shear Warning, and many other innovations in aircraft instrumentation, flight performance, and control systems for fixed and rotary winged aircraft. Safe Flight products are installed on over two-thirds of the world’s aircraft in the general aviation, commercial, and military sectors.