This is the 2nd half of our 3 day trip to Fort Myers Page Field in the Cessna Citation Excel. On our non flying day we visit sanibel island and the it’s lighthouse. On the third day we depart Ft. Myers for St Louis. Our passengers were running behind and by the time we were taxing our jet to the runway, thunderstorms were already developing to the north of the airport. We had lots of traffic right after takeoff and were being immediately vectored to the north and started deviating to avoid the cells. There’s lots of good footage of the cockpit view during takeoff, landing and en route. I’ve included the ATC radio communication with our aircraft as well as the other airplanes in the area.
I’m posting these vlogs to share what life is like as a corporate pilot flying private jets. Enjoy the ride.
The Cessna Citation Excel, also known as the 560XL, is a comfortable highly reliable medium-sized private turbofan jet manufactured by Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas. In its design of the Citation 560XL Cessna blended it’s previously popular designs by using a shortened Citation X standup cabin attached to a Citation V wing and tail. They then added the highly efficient Pratt & Whitney Canada PW500 turbofan to power this roomy business jet. For easy landings, trailing link landing gear was added to give the pilot the ability to make those glassy smooth landings over and over again. In its standard configuration it has 8 plush passenger seats and a fully enclosed lavatory. During its production run 308 were built then Cessna switched to building the 560XLS with upgraded PW545B engines with even better performance. In the Excel cockpit pilot work load is reduced by the integrated Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics suite and Full Authority Digital Engine control for the engines. To set engine power the flying pilot simply advances the throttles to the appropriate detent and the FADEC system adjust all engine parameters for the requested power setting. This aircraft is a top of the line performer with its straight laminar wing and large turbo fan engines. it can take off in 3,590 feet and climb to cruise altitude in just 18 minutes. This airplane is easy to fly and great for short runways and high altitude airports like Eagle and aspen. Maximum takeoff weight 20,200 lbs Cruise speed: 435 ktas Range: 1,700 nm Service ceiling: 45,000 ft Rate of climb: 3,500 ft/min
Video is of a Cessna Citation Excel 560xl takeoff, landing, cockpit and interior cabin.