Citation has successfully made a great aircraft even greater in the Encore+. It offers improvements and upgrades in almost every area of an aircraft including the engines, avionics system, cabin interior, and performance specifications. When compared to its predecessor, the Encore+ has a 340-lb net payload increase and higher maximum takeoff weight; longer wings and aerodynamic capabilities; and adhesive metal bonding in place of vulnerable and expensive to replace mechanical fasteners.
The Encore+ is powered by two pylon-mounted PW535B engines. They produce 3,400 pounds of thrust and incorporate a FADEC to reduce pilot workload. The major inspection interval is 5,000 hours.
A Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21system replaces the Encore’s Honeywell Primus 100. The upgraded Pro Line boasts single-channel autopilot with dual channel flight guidance system, 3D navigation Flight Management System FMS-3000 and Communication Navigation Surveillance (CNS) radios. Three 8×10 matrix LCD screens and a Garmin GPS 500 display cockpit information. The new avionics suite is also lighter in weight, improving the payload capability to 1,170 lbs with full tanks. A few optional amenities include HF radio with SECAL, ADF receiver, a second 12 channel GPS receiver, and a Doppler turbulence detection weather radar.
The Encore+’s design elements have undergone modifications as well. The aircraft is built of high-strength aluminum alloys held together by extensive adhesive metal bonding. A trailing-link on the main gear of the retractable landing gear improves the braking system. An increased wing-length of 20 inches improves high-altitude flying and climb. Heaters added to the fuel system take away the need for anti-icing additives. And the list goes on…
As a result of the Encore+’s vast improvements from the earlier Encore, it outperforms most rivals in all areas. The Encore+ has a maximum takeoff weight of 16,830 lbs, and its maximum payload is 2,310 lbs. Its certified flight ceiling is at 45,000 feet. The aircraft has a high speed cruise of 426 knots.
The Encore+ is one of the most luxurious and accommodating private jets around. The cabin length is 17.3 feet, with a height and width of 4.8 feet each. Having undergone extensive cabin upgrades, the aircraft seats five passengers comfortably, but up to eight total. Seven large windows on each side (11×15) outline the aircraft. There is plenty of storage space internally and externally, located in the forward closet, across from the aft lavatory, in the tail cone, and a ski tube in the aft baggage compartment. Total baggage space measures 71 cubic feet.
In short, if the Encore is a dream-come-true private jet, then the Encore+ is an even better dream. Every single feature of the Encore has been improved. The Encore+ can carry heavier loads, longer distances, and can still keep the passengers comfortable and the pilots satisfied. The Encore+ is versatile, economical, luxurious, high-performing . . . and even looks great on the runway.
|General||Citation Encore+, CE-560|
|Category||Jet < 20,000 lbs.|
|Years Aircraft Manufactured||2006-2010|
|Serial Number Range||751-815, 823|
|Retail High Price||$9,150,000.00 / 7,180,005.00€|
|Retail Low Price||$5,395,000.00 / 4,233,456.50€|
|Characteristics||Citation Encore+, CE-560|
|External Dimensions (ft)||Citation Encore+, CE-560|
|Internal Dimensions (ft)||Citation Encore+, CE-560|
|Internal Length (Overall/Net Height)||17.3|
|Internal Width (Max/Floor)||4.8/3.2|
|Baggage||Citation Encore+, CE-560|
|Power||Citation Encore+, CE-560|
|Engines||2 P&WC PW535B|
|Output (lbs ea.)/Flat Rating||3400/ISA+12|
|Data based on latest manufactured year|