Cessna has started deliveries of the newest member of the Citation family. Although the CJ4 bears it name CJ it’s about 90 percent new technology.
A recent BCA magazine article gave a very detailed comparison of the CJ4, Embraer Phenom 300 and Learjet 45. I’m familiar with all these aircraft and their manufactures will give you a bottom line comparison. I cannot recommend that anyone other than an airline purchase an Embraer product. Embraer is new to the general aviation market and lacks an established service network.
Both Learjet and Cessna are established names in the general aviation marketplace. You will not regret purchasing either of these aircraft. The old timers in businesses aviation, remember the Citation being the brunt of all the “SLOWtation” jokes. Cessna did it’s best to put those joke to rest with the Citation X. I think it may have been the driving motivation of manufacturing the world fastest business jet.
The CJ4 is certified to fly single pilot placing it in competition with the new generation of VLJ’s. Cessna is the only aircraft in this category that I would recommend.
BTW: Cessna created the single pilot/owner flown, VLJ, 30 years ago and all the hype by the newcomers is just that…hype.
Comparing the Learjet 45 to the Cessna CJ4 is like comparing a luxury Bentley to a Chevrolet. They will both get you there however the Learjet will do it a little faster, more comfortably and with a lot more panache. The CJ4 does offer some advantage in short field performance, single pilot flexibility and cost over the Learjet. I recommend you hire a professional to help determine which aircraft will suit your personal needs best.
Posted by: Ivan Klugman (Integral Aviation Solutions)