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NOAA Cessna Citation II (CE-550)
Generally NOAA-mission specific projects. Project schedules http://www.aoc.noaa.gov/projects.htm. Reimbursable projects considered as schedules allow.
While NOAA programs are usually planned three years in advance, requests for the use of these aircraft can be made anytime. Requests for aircraft time should be submitted on NOAA Form 56-48 which can be found at: http://www.omao.noaa.gov/fleettimereq.html Instructions for its completion and submission are also located at this website. Any questions regarding this procedure can be addressed to the Chief, Programs, AOC at 813-828-3310 x3076
Airborne Platforms
The Cessna Citation (CE-550) is a versatile twin-engine jet aircraft modified for acquiring remote sensing imagery.
Dr. James McFadden
NOAA/Aircraft Operations Center
P.O. Box 6829 MacDill AFB, FL 33608-0829
(813) 828-3310 X 3076
Aircraft TypeJet Citation II/ Model C550
Payload6,800 lbs (fuel, personnel, cargo)
RangeNormal Cruise (98%): Range-1325 nm Max. Cruise (104%): Range-1200 nm Max. Endurance: Range-1610 nm
Ceiling43,000 feet (without supplemental cabin oxygen)
EnduranceNormal Cruise (98%): 4 hrs 15 min Max. Cruise (104%): 3 hrs 40 min Max. Endurance: 5 hrs
Capability The aircraft is equipped with two equal sized camera ports which can support a wide variety of remote sensing configurations including large format aerial photography as well as data collection for digital cameras, hyperspectral, multispectral, and LIDAR
Airspeed Range350 knots (true)
Runway Requirements
Max Takeoff Weight14,500 lbs
Max Fuel Weight5,008 lbs
Flight Crew2
Number of Seats3
Airworthiness Certificatepublic
Typical UsesThe Citation primarily supports the Remote Sensing Division of the National Geodetic Survey, collecting remote sensing data in support of coastal mapping and remote sensing research. Imagery acquired onboard the Citation is used for updating the shoreline
Data Systemuser supplied
Special Field Support Needs
Research Power3x15 amps @ 115 volts (3 power strips) 3x30 amps @ 28 volts DC (3 power strips) plus single 100 amp option
Cabin Environmentpressuized
Rack Space Available19" racks
Available Inletsnone
Available AperturesDual Sensor Camera Ports with electrically operated doors Drift sight port
Available Hard Pointsnone
External Podsnone
Standard InstrumentsColor weather radar, radar altimeter, integrated flight director system, GPS Flight Management System, traffic alert
Training Requirementsclass 3 medical
Available InstrumentsNormal configuration includes Wild RC-30 on the Right Side and Applanix DSS Camera system on the left side. A POS/AV IMU system and other components are installed in a certified scientific rack.
Other Systems
User Support
Aircraft characteristics are documented at http://www.aoc.noaa.gov/aircraft_cessna.htm
19 Oct 2009 13:07