An upgraded version of the popular Cessna Model 560/Citation V business jet and its Citation Ultra workhorse subvariant is the Citation Encore. It features the same passenger capacity (8 in corporate jet configuration), “glass cockpit,” and high-speed wing as the Ultra, but a number of other improvements make it a totally different breed of business jet.
Although the Citation Encore’s fuel capacity is much less than that of the Ultra’s, the use of more fuel-efficient turbofan engines gives the newer jet a range greater than that of its predecessor. Moreover, a smaller internal fuel tank meant that changes could finally be made to the standard Citation main landing gear. This was considered necessary since the original standard gear used on all earlier Cessna Citation aircraft was thought to be too stiff. The stiffness did not affect the safety of these aircraft in any way, but there was an irritating “kerplunk” that both pilots and passengers felt upon landing, even at low approach speeds. Fortunately, Cessna engineers were able to solve that problem with the Encore, and the result is a business jet that operates much more smoothly from takeoff to landing.
Good as the Encore already is, Cessna thought it would be wise to come up with an improved version of it before they moved on to the next major Citation aircraft—an encore of the Encore, so to speak. The result is the Citation Encore+ with upgraded avionics and computer-controlled engines to ensure fuel efficiency at all flying speeds.