A year of charter and corporate flying in the Cessna Citation Encore, Citation II, Citation Mustang. Citation Excel and the beechcraft King Air 350. This is a representative video of a year of flying with cockpit views of takeoffs and landings.
A Cessna Citation II, CE-550, departs the Tampa International Airport(TPA) and repositions to the Orlando Executive Airport(ORL) in central Florida. Shortly after takeoff and during the turn to the east the citation passes over McDill air Force base which is only about 5 miles south of Tampa. This is a short repositioning flight at 11,000 feet and for most of the flight we’re in and out of the lower clouds. There is some Air traffic Control communication in this video but it’s hard to hear due to the background noise generated by the defog fan. Once in the terminal area we’re cleared for the visual approach to runway 7 behind another airplane doing pattern work. After the lowering the landing gear the aircraft about to land is directed by Tower to go around and this air plane can be seen climbing in front of the Citation II.
A Citation 550 crosses the beach at 3,000 ft for a landing at Naples Florida
A Citation II flight from St Louis to Dallas Love. This video includes cockpit and cabin views. The Cessna Citation II or Citation 550 was designed as a Stretched version of the Citation one configured for 8-10 passengers. It first flew in 1977 and competed with the turboprop market as a step up entry level jet. When production had ceased Cessna had built 603 CE-550’s. It’s powered by two Pratt and Whitney JT15D-4 turbofan engines that generate 2,500 lbs of thrust each. It cruises at 360 kts and has a range of 1,200nm.
The Cockpit view from a Cessna Citation 550 corporate jet as we fly around weather. We use weather radar and a GNS 530 with XM Satellite and WX Weather Service to avoid the cells. This combination is the best way to go. I like to think of the Garmin as my strategic display for weather planning and the weather radar as my tactical display for maneuvering around cells. At our destination we have to fly around some cells and get into a little rain just before landing.