European Facility For Airborne Research

European Facility For Airborne Research July 19, 2018, 00:26

Aircraft: CITATION - NLR

Aircraft acronym CITATION - NLR Registration number PH-LAB
Operator Netherlands Aerospace Centre Transnational Access status Closed to TA
Manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company, Citation II Engine category Jet
Aircraft type Research Categories


  • Length: 14.39 m
  • Height: 4.57 m
  • Wingspan: 15.9 m
Airplane dimensions 14.39 m 4.57 m 15.9 m

Flying performances

Min speed 44 m/s
Max speed 197 m/s
Usual speed during measurements 0 m/s
Usual speed during transit flights 160 m/s
Ascent rate 15 m/s
Min altitude
  • Above sea: 100 ft
  • Above ground: 100 ft
Max ceiling 43 000 ft
Usual ceiling during measurements 43 000 ft
Ceiling limitations


Empty weight 3 725 kg
Max take-off weight 6 620 kg
Max payload 1 300 kg
Max scientific payload n/c
Usual scientific payload during measurements 1 150 kg
Scientific payload for max endurance n/c

Max endurance at min scientific payload and max fuel 6 h (Y-coordinate of 1st point)
Endurance at max scientific payload n/c

Max range 3 000 km (at min scientific payload and max fuel)
Conditions for max range


Range at max scientific payload None km
Usual range during measurement flight 0 km

Weather conditions limitations

IFR, VFR, approved for flight into known icing conditions

Take-off runway length 1 050 m

2 x Pratt&Whitney JT15D-4


On-board OEM equipment includes a three-tube Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS), a Flight Management System (FMS) with a Global Positioning System (GPS) sensor and a Flight Director / Autopilot

Crew and scientists on board

Crew (pilots + operators)

2 + 1

Seats available for scientists



Length 4.78 m
Width 1.49 m
Height 1.57 m

main door: W0.60 m x H1.29 m ; emergency exit

Cabin pressurized


More information

cabine volume: 10.7 m3 ; distance underside fuselage - ground : 0.44 m

Aircraft modifications

Nose boom





hatch in bottom fuselage: W0.10 m x L0.20 m

Hard points

3 fuselage stations, 2 attach points per fuselage station, max load: 200 kg per hard point


provisions for inlets on experimental emergency door.

Additionnal systems

an additional stand-alone 3000 psi hydraulic system for operating test equipment on research actuators.
Numerous facilities in the cockpit and cabin for accomodating test equipment.
A "roof rack" on top of the fuselage that can accommodate multiple antennas.

Acquisition systems

A multi-channel digital data acquisition and recording system that can handle a large number of parameters with high accuracy at a high sample rate is available. Datalink facilities can be provided.

Electrical power

Aircraft total electrical power (kW)

2 x 400 A, 28 VDC

Electrical power (kW) and voltages (V) available for scientists

A separate electrical system dedicated to powering on-board test equipment, isolated from the aircraft electrical system for added safety: 28 VDC, 115 VAC 400 Hz, 220 VAC

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 312609

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