Flying Classroom/Laboratory

A private aircraft for research and education

TU Delft is one of the few universities in the world with its own aircraft for applied research and education. The Cessna Citation II PH-LAB was originally built as a corporate aircraft, but now functions as a versatile flying laboratory and classroom.

The Cessna Citation is a twin-engine, aluminium aircraft which can accommodate two pilots and eight passengers, or alternatively, computers and equipment for experiments. With its two Pratt & Whitney turbine engines, the Citation can reach altitudes of more than thirteen kilometres and a cruising speed of 710 kilometres an hour. This enables it to operate at the same altitude as regular commercial air traffic. There is also a wide range of operational possibilities for research, including taking measurements at low or high air speeds or during weightlessness. Students, doctoral candidates, researchers and external parties can use the aircraft, which offers ample facilities for accommodating test equipment. The Cessna Citation is also specially equipped with sensors for collecting advanced flight data via the Flight Test Instrumentation System. Via a fly-by-wire system designed in-house, the aircraft is also able to be piloted by a computer system and the aircraft's dynamic properties can be altered as well. Together with the NLR (Netherlands Aerospace Centre), in-house modifications to the aircraft can also be designed and certified.

If you are interested in collaboration with TU Delft’s Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, in which the laboratory aircraft Cessna Citation could play a role, then please contact: T.J. Mulder, Cessna Citation Manager, +31 15 27 85368,

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