Cessna Citation V

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Citation V/Ultra
Citation Encore/Encore+
Cessna uc-35a citation 560 ultra v arp.jpg
The Citation 560 (here a US Army UC-35A) is a small business jet with twin aft-mounted turbofans
Role Corporate jet
National origin United States
Manufacturer Cessna
First flight August 1987
Introduction 1987 (Citation V), 1994 (Ultra), 1998 (Encore)
Primary users United States Army
United States Marine Corps
Produced 1989 (V)-2011 (Encore+)[1]
Number built 774 : 262 V, 279 Ultra, 168 Encore, 65 Encore+[1]
Developed from Cessna Citation II
Developed into Cessna Citation Excel

The Cessna Citation V is a business jet built by Cessna. Stretched from the Citation II, a Model 560 prototype flew in August 1987, it was certified on December 9, 1988, and delivered from April 1989, 774 were delivered until 2011. The upgraded Citation Ultra was announced in September 1993, the Citation Encore upgraded with PW535 turbofans was announced in 1998, before the improved Encore+. Its US military designation is UC-35.


The Citation V is a slightly stretched Citation II/SP, allowing a standard eight seats, with more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D5A turbofans.[2] The Model 560 variants are the fastest and farthest flying jets with the type certificate of the original Citation 500. The passenger cabin is 17.3 ft (5.3 m) long, 4.9 by 4.8 ft (149 by 146 cm) wide and high with a dropped aisle, has seven windows on each side and accommodates a four-seat club plus three chairs and a closed, belted lavatory.[3]


A preproduction prototype flew in early 1986 and the first engineering prototype made its maiden flight in August 1987. The Citation V was announced at the NBAA convention later that year, US certification was granted on December 9, 1988 and 262 were delivered between April 1989 and mid 1994.[2] The 1988 Citation V was followed in 1994 by the Citation Ultra with slightly more thrust, the Citation Encore in 2001 then the Citation Encore+ in 2007 through early 2010.[3] By 2018, Citation V/Ultra were priced at $1.1–1.6 million.[4]

Citation Ultra[edit]

The upgraded Citation V Ultra was announced in September 1993 and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification was granted in June 1994. It features more powerful 13.6 kN (3045 lb) JT15D5D engines and Honeywell Primus 1000 EFIS avionics.[2] Deliveries amounted to 279.[1] In 1994, the Ultra was named Flying magazine's "Best Business Jet" and it was produced until 1999. Both the Citation V and Ultra hold 5814 pounds of fuel.

Citation Encore/Encore+[edit]

The Citation Ultra Encore was announced at the 1998 NBAA convention, upgraded with new PW535 engines, plus trailing link main undercarriage, more fuel capacity, updated interior and improved systems.[2] Its maximum cruise altitude is FL 450.[5] Deliveries amounted to 168.[1] The Encore was certified in April 2000 with first delivery in late September 2000.

The upgraded Citation Encore+ was offered from 2007 through early 2010.[3] Deliveries amounted to 65.[1] It was certified by the FAA in December 2006.

The Encore+ adds FADEC and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics with a center MFD and both side PFDs. Its weight increased by 200 lb (91 kg) and, typically equipped, it can haul a 850–1,170 lb (390–530 kg) payload with full fuel. It can take off in 3,520 ft (1,070 m) in ISA conditions, has good hot-and-high performance and climbs directly to FL 450 in 27 min. It has a 1,800 nmi (3,300 km) range at 390 kn (720 km/h) TAS, the CJ3+ speed but slower than a CJ4. It can fly with one pilot but most are operated with two.[3]

Fuel burn is 1,200 lb (540 kg) for the first hour then 900–1,000 lb (410–450 kg), it costs $1,800–1,900 per hour overall with December 2018 fuel prices and $325,000 for fixed expenses. Light checkups are due every 150 h, basic maintenance at 300 h or 24 months, comprehensive inspections at 1,200 h or 36 months, engine hot section inspections at 2,500 h with 5,000 h overhauls and simple inspections at 10,000 and 12,000 h and at 10,000 and 15,000 landings.[3]

An Encore+ is valued at $3.4–3.8 million in December 2018 and it benefits from Textron Aviation's support. The CJ3 has better fuel efficiency and runway performance but a shorter cabin, the Learjet 45XR cruises faster and hauls more but needs longer runways and burns more fuel, while the CJ4 has better payload/range but is more expensive.[3]

Softer landing trailing link main landing gear reduced fuel tank capacity to 5,440 pounds, 360 pounds less than the Ultra's, but it has more range. The wheel track was narrowed 3.7 feet for better ground tracking and easier crosswind landing.

The wing leading edge is de-iced by Bleed air. Boundary layer energizers and a stall fence improve stall characteristics. Pressurization is digitally controlled and brake modulation is improved. Redesigned interior fittings and passenger seats provide more seated headroom. Passenger service units provide more even airflow and temperature control.

MTOW increases by 330 pounds to 16,630 pounds, to carry five passengers with full fuel, lengthening takeoff from the 3,180 feet needed by the Ultra. The improved PW535 high altitude thrust allow the Encore to climb faster and cruise higher.

Military designations[edit]

USMC UC-35D at Mojave, California

The UC-35A is the United States Army designation and UC-35C is the United States Marine Corps designation for the Citation Ultra, which replaced older versions of the C-12 Huron.[6]

Another version of the Model 560 is the OT-47B "Tracker", five of which were purchased by the Department of Defense for use in drug interdiction reconnaissance operations, based at Maxwell Air Force Base.[7] The OT-47B utilizes the F-16's APG-66(V) fire control radar system and the WF-360TL imaging system.[8] The OT-47Bs have been operated on loan to the Colombian Air Force[9] and Peruvian Navy.[10]

The UC-35B is the Army designation and UC-35D is the Marine Corps designation for the Citation Encore.[11][12]


Model 560 Citation V
approved on December 9, 1988, with 2,900 lbf (12.9 kN) JT15D-5A engines, 15,900 lb (7.21 t) MTOW and 861 US gal (3,260 L) usable fuel,[13] growth variant of the Citation II/SP JT15D-5A;[2][14]
Model 560 Citation Ultra
with 3,045 lbf (13.54 kN) JT15D-5D engines, 16,300 lb (7.39 t) MTOW,[13] and EFIS instruments;[14]
Model 560 Citation Encore
approved on April 26, 2000, with 3,400 lbf (15.1 kN) PW535A engines, 16,630 lb (7.54 t) MTOW, 806 US gal (3,050 L) usable fuel,[13] and improved trailing-link landing gear;[14]
Model 560 Citation Encore+
approved on December 14, 2006, with PW535B engines,[13] includes FADEC and a redesigned avionics.[14]
Army and Air Force transport version of the V Ultra.
Army transport version of the Encore
Marine Corps version of the V Ultra.[12]
Marine Corps version of the Encore.[12]
OT-47B "Tracker"
The DoD purchased five OT-47B models for drug interdiction reconnaissance.[8]


Civilian operators[edit]

The aircraft is operated by private individuals, companies, fractionals, charter operators and aircraft management companies.

Military operators[edit]

Specifications (Cessna Citation Ultra)[edit]

Data from Business & commercial aviation,[18] Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory 1999–2000 [19]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1-2
  • Capacity: 7–11 passengers
  • Length: 48 ft 11 in (14.9 m)
  • Wingspan: 52 ft 2 in (15.9 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 0 in (4.6 m)
  • Wing area: 342 sq ft (31.8 m2)
  • Empty weight: 9,925 lb (4,502 kg) BOW
  • Max takeoff weight: 16,300 lb (7,394 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 5,771 lb (2,618 kg)
  • Max. Payload: 2,275 lb (1,032 kg)
  • Cabin length: 17.4 ft (5.3 m)
  • Cabin height × width: 4.8 ft × 4.9 ft (1.5 × 1.5 m)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5D turbofans, 3,045 lbf (13.54 kN) thrust each


  • Maximum speed: Mach 0.755
  • Cruise speed: 420–430 kn (480–490 mph, 780–800 km/h)
  • Range: 1,960 nmi (2,260 mi, 3,630 km) two pilots and six passengers, no wind[20]
  • Service ceiling: 45,000 ft (13,716 m)
  • Rate of climb: 4,230 ft/min (21.5 m/s)
  • Fuel consumption: 2.4 lb/mi (0.67 kg/km) at FL410, 433 kn (802 km/h)
  • Cabin pressurization: 8.9 psi (0.61 bar)

See also[edit]

Related development


  1. ^ a b c d e "500-Series Technical Review". Textron Aviation. April 28, 2015. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e The Cessna 560 Citation V, Ultra & Encore from Airliners.net
  3. ^ a b c d e f Fred George (Dec 17, 2018). "The Ultimate Narrowbody Citation 560: Encore+". Business & Commercial Aviation.
  4. ^ Mark Huber (December 2018). "For many models, market hitting the apex" (PDF). Aviation International News. pp. 20–21, 24. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-12-27. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  5. ^ "Citation Encore specifications". Cessna. Archived from the original on 2008-04-12.
  6. ^ UC-35A information from GlobalSecurity.org
  7. ^ Jackson, Paul, Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1996–97, Jane's Information Group, 1996.
  8. ^ a b OT-47B information from GlobalSecurity.org
  9. ^ Picture of the Cessna OT-47B Citation Ultra (560) aircraft Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Peru Maps Military Aviation Revival", Flight International, October 21–27, 2003, p.17
  11. ^ UC-35B information from GlobalSecurity.org
  12. ^ a b c ""NAVAIR Oversees Final Marine Corps Cessna Citation Encore Delivery" May 24, 2006". Archived from the original on April 13, 2016. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
  13. ^ a b c d "Type Certificate data sheet No. A22CE" (PDF). FAA. April 20, 2021.
  14. ^ a b c d Citation V, Ultra and Encore info from Aviation Safety Network
  15. ^ Hoyle Flight International 11–17 December 2012, p. 48.
  16. ^ a b Hoyle Flight International 11–17 December 2012, p. 63.
  17. ^ New aircraft for peruvian army
  18. ^ Fred George (Jan 1997). "Citation Ultra". Business & commercial aviation.
  19. ^ Taylor 1999, p506.
  20. ^ Mark Huber (Aug 2007). "Citation V/Ultra is perhaps the best example of Cessna's well-honed ability to continually evolve a time-tested". BJT online.
  • Hoyle, Craig. "World Air Forces Directory". Flight International, Vol. 182, No. 5370, 11–17 December 2012. pp. 40–64. ISSN 0015-3710.
  • Lambert, Mark. (editor) Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1993–94. Coulsdon, UK: Jane's Data Division, 1993. ISBN 0-7106-1066-1
  • Taylor, Michael J.H. (editor) Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory 1999/2000. London: Brassey's, 1999. ISBN 1-85753-245-7.

External links[edit]

  • Cessna Citation family home page
  • "Success stretched". Flight International. 24 June 1989. Harry Hopkins explores the flying qualities of the latest addition to Cessna's range of business jets, the Citation V, which is stretched, faster, and has greater range.