The Citation Excel (Model 560XL) is a turbofan-powered, medium-sized business jet built by the Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas, USA. A member of the wide-ranging Citation brand of business jets. It was designed as an improvement to the popular Citation V Ultra. While having a light aircraft feel about it, it offers all the comfort and amenities of a mid-size jet. However, it retains essentially the same performance, short-field capabilities and operating economics of the Citation V Ultra.
Introduced at the 1994 NBAA show, the first Excel was delivered in February 1996. Later, the Excel was evolved into the Citation XLS and then the Citation XLS+ models.
Additional Cessna Information
Cessna saw a market for an aircraft with the Citation X’s features but aimed at a more traditional market, where it would chiefly compete with twin-turboprop aircraft. Rather than being a direct variant of another Citation airframe, the Excel was a combination of technologies and designs. To produce the Excel, Cessna took the X’s wide, stand-up cabin fuselage, shortened it by about 21 feet (6.4 m) and mated it with an unswept wing utilizing a supercritical airfoil (based on the Citation V Ultra’s wing) and the tail from the Citation V.
The Excel has the largest cabin in its class of light corporate jets and can seat up to 10 passengers (in high-density configuration; typically the number is six to eight in a corporate configuration), while being flown by a crew of two.
By the time the XL was superseded by the Citation XLS, a total of 308 had been built.
The Citation XLS was the first “makeover” that the Excel received. Besides a glass cockpit based on the Honeywell Primus 1000 EFIS avionics suite, the XLS featured the upgraded PW545B engines with increased performance.
The Citation XLS+
The Citation XLS+, or just “Plus” was the upgraded version of the aircraft, with the inclusion of FADEC engine controls, improved PW545C engines, and a completely revised nose design similar to that found on the Citation Sovereign and Citation X. The Citation XLS+ features Collins Pro Line 21 Avionics and a four screen LCD EFIS display as opposed to the three tube (CRT) Honeywell display in the XL and the three screen LCD Primus 1000 in the XLS.
Specifications for Citation XLS "
Basic Operating Weight: 5805 Kgs
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 9162 Kgs
Maximum Landing Weight: 8482 Kgs
Maximum Payload: 1147 Kgs
Length: 16.00 m
Height: 5.24 m
Wing Span: 17.19 m
Wing Area: 34.35 m2
Height: 1.73 m
Width: 1.38 m
Length: 5.64 m
Volume: 12.77 m3
Seating Capacity: 8