Cessna Citation M2 Makes First Flight

  • Sep 1, 2013 11:58am GMT

Cessna Aircraft Company successfully made the first maiden flight of their new Citation M2 light business jet last week. The M2 departed on the two-hour flight from the company's facility in Independence, KS.

“The aircraft performed exceptionally well today,” said Cessna production flight test pilot Terry Martindale. “We departed Independence and proceeded to an altitude of 17,500 feet. Through the almost two hour flight, we completed a large portion of the production test flight procedures. This is the first aircraft equipped with the Garmin G3000 avionics, and the system goes beyond what people might be expecting in terms of familiarity, versatility, situational awareness and ease of use. You can sense that pilots designed the cockpit. Everything is where you need it to be.”

The Citation M2 is the follow-on the popular Citation Mustang jet. Offering increased speed, range, payload and avionics upgrades - the M2 complements Cessna already robust product line. The Citation M2 also features the new Garmin G3000 avionics suite, featuring high-resolution multi-function displays. Like it's predecessor, the M2 will be powered by two Williams FJ44 turbo-fan engines.