WICHITA, Kan., (Oct. 13, 2023) — Textron Aviation, an industry leader in bringing new aircraft and product updates to market, today announced that its renowned Cessna Citation M2 Gen2 will include Garmin Autothrottles beginning in mid-2025, reducing pilot workload and improving the flying experience.
The Cessna Citation M2 Gen2 is designed and produced by Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.
Garmin Autothrottles further enhances the Citation M2 Gen2's capabilities by optimizing engine power, simplifying flight management and increasing overall operating efficiency. With this advanced technology, pilots can expect to experience smoother and more predictable flight profiles, providing them with even greater control and precision while flying.
"Adding Garmin Autothrottles into the Citation M2 Gen2 exemplifies Textron Aviation's ongoing commitment to product investment across our entire product lineup,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, Sales & Flight Operations. “With its intelligent automation and streamlined operation, the integration of autothrottles in the aircraft provides pilots added precision and efficiency.”
Fully integrated with the Citation M2 Gen2’s Garmin G3000® avionics system, Garmin Autothrottles streamlines operations from takeoff to landing by managing aircraft speed, engine performance and power to allow the aircraft to climb, descend or maintain altitude. It automatically manages engine thrust, optimizing airspeed and fuel efficiency, and adjusts engine power based on factors like altitude, airspeed, and aircraft weight. By maintaining precise control over these parameters, it ensures a smoother and more comfortable flying experience for passengers. Additionally, Garmin Autothrottles includes features to prevent exceedance conditions and provides alerts to pilots if any deviations occur, enhancing overall peace of mind.
Textron Aviation’s investment in the Citation M2 platform strengthens the model’s focus on pilot and passenger comfort and productivity. The M2 Gen2 features premium interior styling, ambient accent lighting, illuminated cupholders and an optional folding side-facing seat that converts into additional cargo storage. In addition to luxury styling, the cabin also focuses on productivity, with wireless charging capabilities and USB-A and USB-C ports at each cabin seat. In the cockpit, three inches of legroom were added to the co-pilot position in the M2 Gen2 for enhanced comfort. With a maximum cruise speed of 404 knots and a range of 1,550 nautical miles, the M2 Gen2 can operate at airports with runways as short as 3,210 feet and climbs to 41,000 feet in 24 minutes. The aircraft is designed for single-pilot operation and features two Williams FJ44 –1AP engines, Garmin G3000 avionics and seating for seven passengers.
Cessna Citations continue to lead in light jet deliveries, with more than 5,000 delivered throughout the world. Textron Aviation offers customers the broadest range of products on the market. From the Cessna Citation M2 Gen2, to the upgraded efficiency and comfort of the CJ3+ and the versatile CJ4 Gen2, Textron Aviation’s Citation family of light business jets has evolved to offer a range of capabilities, systems and options unmatched in its class.
We inspire the journey of flight. For more than 95 years, Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, has empowered our collective talent across the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands to design and deliver the best aviation experience for our customers. With a range that includes everything from business jets, turboprops, and high-performance pistons, to special mission, military trainer and defense products, Textron Aviation has the most versatile and comprehensive aviation product portfolio in the world and a workforce that has produced more than half of all general aviation aircraft worldwide. Customers in more than 170 countries rely on our legendary performance, reliability and versatility, along with our trusted global customer service network, for affordable and flexible flight.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Pipistrel, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit: www.textron.com
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