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Cessna debuts new Citation M2 light business jet

Oct. 11, 2011, Las Vegas, Nv. - The new Citation M2 light business jet introduced by Cessna Aircraft Company will make its public debut this week at the 64th NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention.

October 11, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

A cabin mock-up of the aircraft will be on display at Cessna’s exhibit in the Las Vegas Convention Center Oct. 10-12.


Officially launched at an event at Cessna world headquarters in
Wichita, Kan., on Sept. 26, the Citation M2 is positioned between the
Citation Mustang and the Citation CJ family. The aircraft features
Garmin G3000 avionics, engines similar to those found in the Citation CJ
series and an all-new cabin design.



With room for two crew and up to six passengers, the $4.195 million
Citation M2 has a maximum cruise speed of 400 knots true airspeed (741
kilometers per hour) and a range of 1,300 nautical miles (2,408
kilometers). The aircraft can operate at airports with runways as short
as 3,250 feet (991 meters) and will climb to 41,000 feet (12,497 meters)
in 24 minutes.


“Operator feedback and owner insight have indicated a market for a
Citation with the size, speed and range of the Citation M2. We expect to
see customers new to the Citation family, Mustang owners looking for a
logical next step or CJ1+ operators who want a new, more advanced
Citation,” said Scott Ernest, Cessna president and CEO.


The Citation M2 is powered by a pair of FADEC-controlled Williams
International FJ44-1AP-21 turbofan engines, each producing 1,965 pounds
of thrust. This new and improved version of Williams’ FJ44 engine
incorporates improvements gleaned from more than 6 million hours of
operation of the 4,000 FJ44 engines in service. The FJ44-1AP-21 produces
10-15 percent more altitude thrust (depending on conditions) and
consumes less fuel at long range cruise than the previous version,
enabling the M2 to climb quickly and cruise fast and far. The engine
also provides significantly higher performance at hot and high
conditions and an increase in the time between overhaul (TBO) from 3,500
to 4,000 hours.


The Citation M2’s clean cockpit design is anchored by the fully
integrated Garmin G3000 avionics suite that seamlessly integrates
numerous system components into an easy-to-use flightdeck to simplify
operation and enhance situational awareness during flight and when
taxiing. The G3000 system centers on three 14.1-inch LCD primary and
multifunction displays and two infrared, touch-screen control panels.
The touch-screen controllers react to changes in an infrared grid rather
than traditional surface resistance sensors for better response under a
variety of conditions. The controllers allow multi-function display
page navigation as well as audio and FMS control. The MFD and PFD
provide split-screen capability so that two separate vertical pages may
be viewed side-by-side. Pilots may simultaneously view maps, charts,
TAWS, flight planning or weather.


Popular options from other Citation models are standard on the
Citation M2. Among the standard features of the avionics system are
weather radar, TCAS I, terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) and
ADS-B Out.


From the cockpit divider aft through the rear lavatory, the main
passenger cabin of the Citation M2 is 58 inches wide (1.47 meters) and
11 feet long (3.3 meters) with a 5-inch dropped aisle providing a cabin
height of 57 inches (1.45 meters). Eight large windows, roomy pedestal
seats and intuitive cabin appointments highlight the all-new interior,
of which materials and colors can be hand-selected by customers.


Cessna’s proprietary Clairity ™ cabin technology system
that includes the latest interface options for greater in-flight
productivity and connectivity is optional.


First flight of the new Citation M2 will be in the first half of
2012, with Federal Aviation Administration certification (Part 23)
expected in the first half of 2013, followed by deliveries beginning in
the second half of 2013.


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