Friday, August 23, 2013
Cessna Aircraft Company celebrated Friday as the first production unit of its newest business jet, the Citation M2, took its maiden flight out of the company’s Independence, Kan., facility.
The M2 was announced in September of 2011 It is the latest in a succession of new Cessna aircraft to make its initial production flight, and type certification is expected this fall.
“The aircraft performed exceptionally well today,” said Cessna production flight test pilot Terry Martindale. "Through the almost two-hour flight, we completed a large portion of the production test flight procedures."
“When we announced the M2 less than two years ago, we knew a need existed for a jet of this size, capability and value,” said Brad Thress, Cessna senior vice president of business jets. “You will see operator feedback and owner insight practically everywhere you look in the M2.”
Cessna officials said the Citation M2 is the ideal aircraft to economically fly up to six passengers in comfort on a 1,300 nautical mile flight. Touch screen interactivity comparable to a smartphone provides pilots with precise performance information they need in a logical, familiar user interface.
“The flight of the M2 today is the latest demonstration of our deeply-held commitment to product development,” said Thress. “The Citation X took its first production flight this month, and the Citation Sovereign took its first production flight in April."