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PH-CTG Cessna 500 Citation c/n 500-0234 - RLS / RLD Flight Inspection - Groningen Airport Eelde - 8 October 1990 Groningen Airport Eelde (GRQ)

The Cessna 500 Citation is a twin-engine executive jet aircraft for 2 crewmembers and up to 6 passengers. The Cessna 500 Citation was the successor of the Morane-Saulnier MS-760 Paris II and the HFB-320 Hansa in service with the RLS. The Rijksluchtvaartschool operated seven Cessna 500 Citations. The Cessna 500 was the standard jet trainer operated by the KLM Luchtvaart School and its predecessor the Rijks Luchtvaart School in the period 1972-1997. However the aircraft were primarily used for flight instruction, the Dutch Government used the aircraft also as VIP-transport. The Rijksluchtvaartschool was owned by the Dutch Government before it was sold to the KLM in 1991. Like the RLS before, the KLM Luchtvaart School was based at Groningen Airport Eelde in the Netherlands. The KLS was renamed to KLM Flight Academy.

The 1974-built Cessna 500 Citation PH-CTG was not only operated for flight instruction, but also as a calibration aircraft for the RLD. As calibration aircraft, it was the successor of HFB-320 Hansajet PH-HFC, that was phased out in 1985. Next to the titling, the special tasks of Citation PH-CTG were visible by the bottom of the airframe and the electronics bubble on the roof.
On 26 March 197, Cessna 500 Citation s/n 500-0234 (ex N234CC) was registered PH-CTG in the Netherlands by the Dutch Government on behalf of the Rijksluchtvaartschool. On 19 February 1997, after almost for 22 years being operated in the Netherlands, registration PH-CTG was cancelled and on 24 June 1997, the Citation was registered N70CA with ABI LLC in the USA. Over the years, the N70CA was registered with a number of owners. On 16 September 2011, the N70CA was registered with Aero Sales Inc. in Salem, Oregon. After the CofA expired on 30 September 2014, registration N70CA was cancelled on 8 January 2018.
On 8 October 1990, when the photo was taken at Groningen Airport Eelde, the PH-CTG was equipped as calibration aircraft for the RLD Flight Inspection. The Cessna 500 Citation was painted in the revised RLS colors and wear with RLD titles in stead of RLS titles.

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