The Citation M2 on display at Oshkosh is, according to Cessna, “what our customers are asking for – ease of cockpit navigation, friendly transition for the pilot moving up or new to the jet market, comfortable cabin and efficient speed and range.”
Since the program was announced, nearly nine months ago, Cessna’s M2 engineering team has incorporated customer comments and suggestions into the design of the M2.
“Those upgrades include a shortened throttle quadrant pedestal and extended crew seat tracks to increase leg room in the cockpit. We have also integrated more switches into the Garmin Touch Screens to create a clean, intuitive interface for the pilots,” Rohloff said.
The program is on track for 2013 delivery. With nearly 200 hours on two M2 flying articles, flight test remains a priority to move closer to FAA certification (Part 23).
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.