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Cessna Aircraft debuted its new Citation M2 light business jet at the 64th NBAA
Annual Meeting and Convention. A cabin mock-up of the aircraft was displayed
at Cessna’s exhibit in the Las Vega s Convention Centre. The aircraft was officially
launched at the company’s headquarters in Wichita, Kansa s, on 26 September. It
is designed to address the market between the Citation Mustang very-light jet and
the Citation CJ business jet family.
“Operator feedback and owner insight have indicated a market for a Citation
with the size, speed and range of the Citation M2,” says Scott Ernest, Cessna’s
president and chief executive. “ 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.”
Cessna says the new aircraft accommodates two crewmembers and up to six
passengers, and features Garmin G3000 avionics, Williams International engines
similar to those found in the Citation CJ series and an all-new cabin design.
Priced at US$4.195 million, the Citation M2 has a ma ximum cruise speed of 400
knots (741kmh) and a range of 1,300 nautical miles (2,408km). The jet can operate
from runways as short as 3,250ft (991m) and will climb to 41,000ft in 24 minutes.
The jet is powered by a pair of FADEC-controlled Williams FJ44-1AP-21
turbofans, each producing 1,965lb 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 ser vice,” the airframe
The FJ44-1AP-21 produces 10-15 percent more thrust at altitude and consumes
less fuel during long-range cruise than the previous version of the engine, enabling
the M2 to climb quickly and cr uise fast and far. The turbofan also provides
“significantly higher performance at hot-and-high conditions and an increase in
the time between overhaul from 3,500 to 4,000 hours,” Cessna says.
The Garmin G3000 avionics suite centres on three, 14.1-inch primary and
multifunction liquid- crystal displays and two infrared, touch-screen control
panels. The controllers allow multi-f unction display page navigation a s well as
audio and FMS control. The displays provide split-screen capability so that two
separate vertical pages may be viewed side-by-side. Pilots may simultaneously view
maps, charts, the terrain terrain-awareness and warning system (TAWS) display,
flight planning information or weather.
“Popular options from other Citation models are standard on the Citation
M2,” Cessna says. Standard features of the avionics system include weather radar,
a TCAS-I traffic collision avoidance system, TAWS and automatic dependent
sur veillance-broadcast (ADS-B) equipment.
The main passenger cabin of the Citation M2 is 58 inches wide and 11ft long ,
with a 5-inch dropped aisle providing a cabin height of 57 inches.
The first flight of the new Citation M2 will take place in the first half of 2012,
with US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification (Part 23) expected in
the first half of 2013, followed by deliveries beginning in the second half of that year.
China was the busiest market for new orders announced during the
NBAA show, led by Minsheng Financial Leasing, which ordered 13
Embraer Legacy 650 business jets and signed a preliminary agreement for
20 Dassault Falcon jets
Deliveries of the Legacy 650s are scheduled to begin at the end of this
year, continuing through to 2016. The order follows a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) for 20 aircraft of various types, signed by the two
companies in July.
“The deal demonstrates strong confidence in our Legacy 650 by Chinese
industrial players and reaffirms Embraer’s belief in this strong and promising
market,” says Ernest Edwards, president of Embraer Executive Jets.
Minsheng’s agreement with Dassault is an MoU covering ten Falcon 7X
aircraft and another ten Falcon 2000S models. The French manufacturer
says China is poised to become its most active market this year.
Other significant orders announced at the show included a US$50
million deal for Hawker Beechcraft 800XPR jets from charter operator
XOJet, and an Airbus ACJ318 order from Austria’s Tyrolean Jet Services.
Despite renewed concern about the US economy, the 64th National Business Aviation Association Annual
Meeting and Convention, held in Las Vegas on 10-12 October, yielded its fair share of orders and optimism,
writes Andrzej Jeziorski. Attendance increased 7 percent from last year, to 26,077 visitors, while exhibitor
numbers rose 2 percent to 1,106.
Cessna Debuts New Citation M2 Light Business Jet at NBAA
China leads NBAA
28/10/11 8:26 PM
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