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14 October 2016

Thales-designed rudder-by-wire on Cessna citation Longitude’s first flight

With Thales-designed rudder-by-wire onboard, Textron Aviation’s new Cessna Citation Longitude successfully completed its first flight, achieving a important milestone for this super-midsize business jet.

The Citation Longitude is the largest Cessna to date and is equipped with Thales’s rudder-by-wire electronics, which enable lifecycle cost savings, weight reduction, improved safety and enhanced passenger comfort.

The rudder-by-wire solution is based around a pair of Thales Smart Electronic Control Units (SECUs). It uses electrical signals to augment pilot inputs from rudder pedals, enhancing stability, flight trim and pilot control.

Thales’ flight control electronics are now used by every major North American business aircraft manufacturer.

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The rudder-by-wire showcases the extent of our flight control expertise and the efficiency of our development tools.

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Photo: @courtesy Textron Aviation

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