When it comes to choosing a Super Mid jet either for membership or ownership two planes always come up: Cessna’s Citation X and Bombardier’s Challenger 300. Choosing between them is no easy task, both offer different experiences in terms of speed, cabin comfort and size, flight range, price, passenger capacity and avionics.
- Challenger 300: 459 mph
- Citation X: 525 mph
- Challenger 300: -Height: 6.1 ft -Width: 7.2 ft
- Citation X: -Height: 5.7 ft -Width: 5.5 ft
- Challenger 300: 3,100 nm
- Citation X: 2,890 nm
- Challenger 300: $27 million
- Citation X: $23 million
- Challenger 300: $8,575 Hourly Rate
- Citation X: $7,630 Hourly Rate
- Challenger 300: 8
- Citation X: 8
- Challenger 300: The Challenger 300’s flight deck is equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system, displaying information across four 12×10 inch LCD screens. The system comes standard with an Engine Indication and Crew Alerting System, which gives pilots engine performance information such as fuel flow, oil and turbine temperatures, and environmental control information. Other systems included in the Challenger 300 include the Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System and Traffic Collision Avoidance System
- Citation X: An easy to read Honeywell Primus 2000 autopilot and flight director system is displayed across five 7×8 inch screens within the flight deck. An Enhanced Vision System is available as an option for pilots as well, which helps to increase visuals for flight crews during low visibility conditions, such as rain, snow, or fog.
- So, who’s the Winner? As often happens, it depends on the mission and your taste. If you travel long distances, and need space and comfort, the Challenger would be a great choice. On the other hand, if speed is of the essence, and the routings don’t require as much range, the Citation X will get you there fast and at a lower cost.
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