Cessna C525B Citation, CJ3

Cessna C525B Citation - CJ3 is an economical, easy to fly and one of the top end member of the Cessna C525 Citation family. Cessna C525B Citation is extended and enhanced the Cessna C525A Citation - CJ2 model. The Cessna C525B Citation CJ3 incorporates improvements and features that please the pilot and passenger (ie enhanced avionics, extended fuselage, etc).

Cessna C525B Citation variant was introduced in September 2002 at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. Its first test flight happened on April 17, 2003 and got its type certificate from the FAA in October 2004. First airplanes were offered for sale in December 2014.


The Williams FJ44-3A is a twin spool co-rotating, axial flow turbofan engine with medium bypass ratio. There is mixed exhaust and high cycle bypass ratio. The engines produce approximately 2800 lbs of flat-rated static thrust at take-off power at sea level and ambient Temperature of 22 degrees Celsius.

The engines are producing about 920 lbs more takeoff thrust per one engine than the original old Cessna C525 Citation Jet. Compared to the maximum take off weight, Cessna C525B Citation CJ3 adding over 3,400 pounds more compared to the Citation Jet

The main external visual difference compared to the Cessna C525A Citation - CJ2 are missing thrust attenuators at the rear part of the engine exhaust.

The Cessna C525B Citation - CJ3 has the first engine within the light business jet segment which came with the standard with   FADEC (full-authority digital engine controls). FADEC streamlines engine control by ensuring correct startup sequence, power output, engine management and maximum fuel efficiency. FADEC on FJ-44 also delivers time-limited engine maintenance and diagnostics, which saves the maintenance costs and reducing the possibility of the failure.

Fuel system

The main difference of the Cessna C525B Citation - CJ3 is the capacity of useful fuel. Compared to the other variants of the Cessna C525 Citation, the useful fuel of C525B - CJ3 is 4.710 lbs.

Mass & balance limitations

Max Ramp Weight: 14.070 lbs
Max Take Off Weight: 13.870 lbs
Max Landing Weight: 12.750 lbs
Max Zero Fuel Weight: 10.510 lbs
Basic/Standard Empty Weight: 8.185 lbs
Useful Load: 5.885 lbs
Useful Fuel Capacity: 4.710 lbs

2,040 nm

  • Maximum Passengers


  • Useful Load

    5,530 lb

  • Takeoff Field Length

    3,180 ft

Weight & balance limitation chart
Cessna C525B Citation - CJ3
Ramp Weight (MRW) 14,070 lb (6,382 kg)
Takeoff Weight (MTOW) 13,870 lb (6,291 kg)
Landing Weight (MLW) 12,750 lb (5,783 kg)
Max Zero Fuel Weight (MZFW) 10,510 lb (4,767 kg)
Usable Fuel Capacity (FOB) 4,710 lb (2,136 kg)
Typically-Equipped Empty Weight (BEM) 8,720 lb (3,955 kg)
Useful Load (PLD) 5,350 lb (2,427 kg)
Maximum Payload (Max PLD) 1,790 lb (812 kg)
Payload with full fuel tanks 640 lb (290 kg) (3 male PAX iaw standard weights)


Cessna C525B Citation - CJ3´s cruising speed at ISA conditions is 480 mph (cca 420 kt TAS) at its maximum cruising level - FL450. At ISA conditions, airplane is capable to reach its maximum FL450 in approximately 25 minutes.

A few performance improvements of the Cessna C525B Citation - CJ3 variant allow to operate airplane from the runways as short as 3200ft on private basis. This feature alows to operate the airplane from wider variety of the airports, or benefit from higher payload. In Europe, the airports, which are mainly affected and benefit from improvements are Firenze, London-City, Bolzano, Cannes and many others.

Main performance improvments which affect the improved landing performance are the improved brakes.

Flaps difference: Other than the other Cessna C525 Citation variants, the trailing edge flaps of the CJ3 and CJ3+ are only extend to 55° instead of 60° in ground-flaps setting.

Aircraft Performance Cessna C525 Citation - CJ3
Maximum Cruise Speed 417 ktas (772 km/h)
Certified Ceiling 45,000 ft (13,716 m)
Takeoff Distance required (TODR) to 35ft/15m 3,180 ft (969 m)
Landing Distance required (LDR) from 50ft 2,770 ft (844 m)
Rate of Climb at Sea Level at ISA 4,478 fpm (1,365 mpm)
Range (max) 1,875 nm (3,472 km)

Cockpit layout & avionics

The avionics equipment of the Cessna C525B Citation - CJ3, same like other members of the Cessna C525 Citation family, the single pilot operations. Onboard avionics consists of Collins autopilot with ProLine21 and FMS 3000 with performance database, avionics diagnostics, LandMark TAWS 8000 (Class B), dual Com/Nav, SKYWATCH HP (TCAS I). Options for airplanes flying within US, is asatellite receiver that downloads and displays graphical weather. Onboard avionics of the Cessna C525B Citation - CJ3 is integrated system of avionics. 

Primary flight data and more advanced flight instruments and indications are arranged in the panel with an intuitive layout of ProLine21 system. Primary flight, weather, navigation, and engine data is consolidated in large LCD for information control situational awareness.

The data is displayed on Two 8 x 10-inch Primary Flight Displays and one 8x10 inch MFD, which are reversible. Flight path management, navigation, and communications panels are handled by the Collins FMS-3000 Flight Management System (FMS) and Pro Line 21 CNS.

Passenger cabin

The passenger cabin is arranged with six comfortable seats in a center-style design. The first four seats in the cabin are in the club style configuration with the side table, same like in other variants of the Cessna C525 Citation.  Dropped floor makes walking across the cabin much easier like in other C525 varaints.

Seventh seat is the belted passenger toilet seat (belted potty) in the rear part of the passenger cabin.

Cabin & interrieor Cessna C525B Citation - CJ3
Height 57 in
Width 58 in
Length 15 ft 8 in
Standard Seating Capacity 6+1
Baggage Capacity 65 cubic ft (1.8 cubic m)

Cessna C525B Citation, CJ3 general dimensions

Exterior Dimensions Cessna C525B Citation - CJ3
Height 15 ft 2 in (4.62 m)
Length 50 ft 2 in (15.29 m)
Wingspan 53 ft 4 in (16.26 m)