A Short single pilot IFR flight in the Cessna Citation Mustang (CE-510). I takeoff in light rain from the St. Louis Downtown Cahokia airport (KCPS) and fly an ILS approach and landing into the Spirit of St. Louis Airport (KSUS). It’s a very short eight minute flight between the two airports. When flying Single pilot in instrument conditions, especially on short IFR flights in congested air space, the pilot work load can be extremely high. A thorough familiarity with the autopilot and avionics is a must. In situations like this the autopilot acts as your dumb copilot, faithfully flying altitude and heading while you work the radios and set up the approach. It’s important to have as much of the cockpit and avionics set up before takeoff as possible. This morning I was being vectored for the ILS 26L approach two minutes after takeoff. With two to three minutes to localizer intercept there is very little time to get set up and familiarize yourself with the approach. If you don’t have time to get setup ask for a delaying vector before accepting the approach clearance. Passing to the south of Lambert (KSTL), the approach controller gives us a vector to the right to intercept the localizer. After being handed off to spirit tower I’m cleared to land. Closer to the airport my landing clearance is revoked and the controller directs us to continue. She does this so she can launch another aircraft before we land. After the departing aircraft is rolling down the runway we are again cleared to land. This video includes Air traffic control radio communications and more of the Garmin G1000 instrument panel.
A pre-dawn arrival and landing in a Cessna Citation Mustang at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. O’Hare is the world’s 2nd busiest airport and flying single pilot in this airspace can be a challenging experience. I arrived before 6:00 am so avoided the peak traffic times but even so, approach was very busy with airline traffic entering the terminal area. This was evident by the high number of ATC radio calls and the approach controllers request to maintain a higher than normal speed to the marker. No problem for the Mustang, which can slow rapidly. There’s no speed limit on the speed brakes and the gear extension speed is 250 Knots. Pull the throttles to idle, extend the speed brakes, drop the gear and your decelerating towards the outer marker like you just dropped anchor. In the center of the instrument panel on the Multi-Function Display (MFD) you can see how helpful the G1000 moving map display is for situational awareness. On the flight plan page I flip through various approaches to 27L and select and load the 27L ILs approach. With all the city lights on the ground it can be very difficult to visually identify and maintain the landing runway. The course line and all the approach fixes are presented on the MFD map and greatly aid in identifying the airport and the runway. More than one seasoned pilot has started his turn towards the airport and rolled out on the wrong runway. Once cleared for the visual approach the map display is great for confirming you’re on the correct course to the assigned runway. The lighting on runway 27L consist of an ALSF2 Approach Light System leading to the runway, a 4 light PAPI Precision Approach Path Indicator to the right of the runway for visually maintaining the glide path, and at the far end of the runway the pulsing white lights across the runway are hold short lights for use in land And Hold Short Operations LAHSO. Unfortunately, with an early morning summer takeoff I picked up lots of bug splats on the windshield which are visible in the video.
Video of a Cessna Citation Mustang (CE-510) takeoff and departure from Chicago Midway Airport. The video ends with a landing at Columbia Regional Airport and shows the extension of the speed brakes on the wing at touchdown. The speed brakes are activated by the flying pilot who toggles a switch on the throttles to extend the panels and spoil lift. This helps the aircraft settle more firmly on the runway for maximum braking. The Cessna Mustang is an easy to fly fuel efficient personal jet that can be flown single pilot or with a crew. It has Two FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) equipped Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615F engines that produce 1,460 pounds of takeoff thrust each. Setting power with the FADEC controlled engines is simple. Smoothly push the throttles up to the takeoff detent and leave them there till you’re ready to set climb power. After takeoff just pull the throttles back to the climb detent and the FADEC sets the appropriate power for the climb conditions. The cockpit instrument panel is dominated by 3 large monitors. These panels are at the heart of the impressive Garmin G1000 avionics suite. The Garmin 1000 brings a host of pilot friendly work load reducing features to the single pilot cockpit. One example is the airport diagram that can be displayed on the center multifunction display. This is great for night operations at unfamiliar airports. The solo pilot can monitor his taxi route to and from the active runway on this large beautifully lit monitor. The mustang has six seats including the crew seats and ample baggage space. The nose baggage compartment can hold a maximum of 320 lbs. and the tail baggage compartment a maximum of 300 lbs.
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Considered a very light jet (VLJ) it has a max ramp weight of 8,730 lbs and a maximum landing weight of 8,000 lbs.it’s max service ceiling is 41,000 ft and its flight plan speed is 340 kts. The fuel system holds a maximum of 2,580 lbs of fuel and a flight planning rule of thumb for fuel burn is 1st hour 700 lbs, 2nd hour 600 lbs, 3 rd hour 500 lbs.
The Cessna Citation Mustang is a sharp looking single pilot certified private jet. Its comfortable cabin seats four passengers and If flown single pilot, the copilot’s seat can serve as a fifth passenger seat. Powered by two fuel sipping FADEC controlled Pratt and Whitney Canada PW615F engines that produce 1,460 lbs. of thrust each, the Mustang cruises at 340 knots, has a range of 1,150 nautical miles, and can climb to 41,000 feet. Baggage is stored in the forward and rear external baggage compartments that hold a total of 57 cubic feet of bags. The cockpit is equipped with the proven Garmin G1000 three tube avionics suite. The G100 provides enhanced situational awareness, systems indications, Nexrad weather, and Jepp Charts. This aircraft is easy to fly, very capable and a lot of fun. It has a low operating cost of $860 per hour and used Mustangs are selling in the 1.8 to 2.5 million range.
The citation 510 is a 4 passenger business jet. It’s powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW615F turbo fan engines and has a max ramp weight of 8,730 lbs. It can climb to 41,00 ft and cruise at 340 ktas with a range of 1,150 NM. Apologies for typo, the mustang has the Garmin 1000 avionics package.