It is no great surprise that when I saw the advertisement for the release of the Carenado Citation 560XL, I was both excited and apprehensive. With over two decades, and many thousands of hours flying the similarly configured Citation V/Ultra as an air ambulance pilot, the initial images of the Carenado 560XL made my heart quicken. At the same time, I was aware that I had to be realistic in my expectations given this is a product that is essentially entertainment software – so let’s take a look!
The Carenado 560XL Citation models the original version of the Cessna Citation 560XL (Excel) that was initially fielded in 1998. Met with wide praise from both pilots and passengers alike, the mid-sized business jet has been upgraded over the past two decades with several improved variants (the XLS and XLS+) resulting in a fleet size of more than 900 aircraft, with the aircraft in continued production.