The Citation S/II is favored for its straightforward design. This feature is best enjoyed in the cockpit, which has an intuitive, logical layout that makes flying easier. With a 340-degree cockpit visibility, it has simple controls for vital systems like fuel and de-icing. The Citation S/II can be flown by a single pilot, which reduces travel/operating costs.
The Citation S/II has very good handling characteristics, due largely to its engineers’ decision to use the straight wing design. Not only does this make the jet less susceptible to Dutch rolls caused by strong wind gusts, but it also increases the ratio of lift per increment of angle-of-attack. This makes for effortless takeoffs and landings.
Just because the Citation SII systems are simple does not mean they aren’t safe. The Citation SII is certified under FAR part 25 airworthiness standards – standards that are mandatory for big airliners like the Boeing 747.
The Citation series was a positive change for the private jet industry. It was so influential that the president of Cessna was awarded the Collier Trophy. This award recognizes major achievements in the advancement of aviation.