The Cessna name is well-known in aviation circles. From very small personal aircraft to mid-size jets, Cessna has extensive manufacturing capabilities. The Citation Bravo from Cessna is a personal jet that has diverse applications, from charter services to small business shuttle services. Since Cessna is actively involved in marketing the airplane, the company makes the specifications for the Citation Bravo freely available to the public.
Cessna states that the maximum altitude is 45,000 feet. The takeoff distance is 3,600 feet, or the length of the runway must be at least this long. The landing distance is 3,180 feet. With two engines running, the rate of climb is 3,195 feet per minute. With only one engine running, the rate is 1,133 feet per minute. Its maximum speed with both engines on is 464 miles per hour. To give you an idea of time-of-flight, it will take about two-and-a-half hours to fly from Chicago to Miami.
Cessna states the fuel burn rate is 2,471 lbs. of fuel for two hours and 48 minutes, cruising at an altitude of 43,000 feet. This is for 1,151 land miles. With six passengers, the range is 1,681 miles. To give you an idea of range, the distance from Chicago to Miami is roughly 1,200 miles. Cessna states these figures are for zero wind. No airplane manufacturer can give 100 percent precise numbers. If an airplane encounters a lot of headwind, the fuel consumption will go up. If it encounters a lot of tailwind, the consumption will go down. Wind and weather are outside of anybody's control, but it does influence the range and fuel usage of an airplane.
The Bravo uses two Pratt and Whitney Canada PW530A turbofan jet engines. Pratt and Whitney states the maximum thrust of these engines is 4,500 lbs. Multiplying by two, the total thrust of the engines is 9,000 lbs. Pratt and Whitney prides itself on these engines, stating that more than 575 operators use the PW500 series of engines.
The Bravo's maximum fuel capacity is 4,824 lbs. The maximum takeoff weight is 14,800 lbs., fuel included. The maximum landing weight is 13,500 lbs. The difference of 500 lbs. is calculated in by the crew, since fuel consumption will lighten the plane as it is flying. Dividing 14,800 lbs. by 9,000 lbs. of thrust, every pound of thrust will have to push roughly 1.64 lbs. of airplane on takeoff.
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