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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cessna Launches Citation M2 Business Jet

Cessna on Monday unveiled the Citation M2 light business jet, which fills the gap between the Citation Mustang and the Citation CJ family, the company announced in Wichita, Kan.

The new jet features Garmin G3000 avionics systems, including three 14.1-inch LCD primary and multifunction displays and two infrared, touch-screen control panels, and a new cabin design.  It is powered by a pair of FADEC-controlled Williams International FJ44-1AP-21 turbofan engines, each producing 1,965 pounds of thrust. With an aluminum frame, the new jet has a T-tail and a straight wing, which includes LED lights.

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

The $4.195 million jet has room for two crew and up to six passengers with a crust speed of 400 knots true airspeed (741 kilometers per hour) and 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 can climb up to 41,000 feet (12,497 meters) in less than 30 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.

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