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 is a straight wing Citation capable of seating 8-10 passengers comfortably in a roomy stand up cabin. The excel was designed with a shortened citation X fuselage, the tail and wing of a Citation V and powered by two and Pratt and Whitney 545A turbofan engines that produce 3,804 lbs of thrust each. The blending of prior successful Citations make this a very impressive jet. It can depart short runways and climb straight to 43,00 feet. It normally cruises at 420 knots and has a 1,850 nm range. The Avionics in the instrument panel pictured here are the Honeywell Primus 1000 integrated digital avionics three screen EFIS system with dual radio control units and two Universal 1C FMS Systems. 30 minutes of emergency attitude display is provided by a Megitt AMLCD backup attitude indicator.