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The Cessna Citation CJ3+ performance is impressive within the light jet, making it a popular choice for owners and operators alike.

While it isn’t the top performer within its class, it provides respectable and reliable performance figures.

Citation CJ3 Plus Engine Performance

The Cessna Citation CJ3+ owes its impressive performance to a pair of robust Williams FJ44-3A engines that each produce 2,820 pounds (1,279 kilograms) of thrust.

Not only does this powerful powerplant define efficiency and agility for this aircraft; it also strikes a perfect balance between speed and fuel consumption.

How Fast Can the Citation CJ3 Plus Fly?

The Cessna Citation CJ3+ is capable of cruising at 416 knots (761 km/h).

This is a comfortable cruise speed for the class of aircraft and is to be expected.

However, this speed is quite a bit lower than the popular Phenom 300E.

How High Can the CJ3 Plus Cruise?

The Cessna Citation CJ3+ flies higher than most commercial aircraft with a maximum cruising altitude of 45,000 feet (13,716 meters).

This altitude allows it not only to fly over bad weather and congested airways but also covers more ground in less time due fuel being burnt at an optimal rate while still maintaining high speed levels throughout entire flight.

The thinner atmosphere at these heights reduces drag on the plane making for smoother rides.

Citation CJ3+ Range and Efficiency

The Cessna Citation CJ3+ has an impressive range of 2,040 nautical miles (2,347 miles / 3,778 kilometers),

The aircraft consumes about 150 gallons per hour.

Such effectiveness does not imply more extended hours alone; it means streamlining expenses related to operations.

Cessna citation CJ3+ performance range map with London as the origin city - range of 2040 nautical miles
Maximum range of the Cessna Citation CJ3+ starting from London, UK

Runway Performance of the Citation CJ3+

The Cessna Citation CJ3+ shines not just up above but below as well where it demonstrates incredible efficiency on the ground too.

The CJ3+ requires a minimum runway length of 3,180 ft (969 m).

What’s more impressive still lies in its landing abilities which call for bringing itself into full-stop within just around 2,720 ft (829 m).

Exterior Dimensions of the CJ3+

The external size of a Cessna Citation CJ3+ plays a major role in its outstanding operational abilities and great performance record.

The CJ3+ measures 51.1 ft (15.6 m) in legnth, with its height being 15.2 ft (4.6 m).

This wide wingspan extends up to about 53.3 ft (16.2 m), providing necessary aerodynamic efficiencies for achieving such high speeds as well as covering long distances like those covered by the CJ3+.

On top of all these features, maximum take off weight is 13,870 lbs (6,291 kg) whereas maximum landing weight is 12,750 lbs (5,783 kg).

Featured Image Source: Alan Wilson from Stilton, Peterborough, Cambs, UK, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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