Textron adopts Garmin Autothrottles for Citation M2 Gen2

Cockpit of Cessna Citation M2 Gen2 jet.
Photo Credit: Textron Aviation

Textron Aviation is set to equip its Cessna Citation M2 Gen2 with Garmin Autothrottle capabilty in mid-2025.

This upgrade will not only reduce pilot workload but it also paves the way for smoother, more predictable flights, setting a new standard in private aviation.

The Cessna Citation M2 Gen2

The Cessna Citation M2 Gen2 itself represents a significant development for Textron. This light jet aircraft combines cutting-edge technology, intelligent automation, and a commitment to passenger comfort, making it an appealing choice from the perspective of both pilots and travelers.

Garmin Autothrottles

Garmin Autothrottles is a game-changing technology that integrates with the Citation M2 Gen2’s Garmin G3000® avionics system.

This innovative system optimizes engine power, simplifies flight management, and significantly improves overall operating efficiency.

Pilots can anticipate a host of benefits, including smoother flight profiles, enhanced control, and precision throughout their journeys.


Streamlined Flight Operations

One of the most remarkable features of Garmin Autothrottles is its ability to manage the aircraft’s speed, engine performance, and power, from takeoff to landing.

It automatically adjusts engine thrust to optimize airspeed and fuel efficiency, responding to factors such as altitude, airspeed, and aircraft weight.

This dynamic control ensures a comfortable and stable flying experience for passengers.

Enhanced Safety Measures

Garmin Autothrottles doesn’t just focus on performance but also on safety. It includes features that prevent exceedance conditions and provides real-time alerts to pilots in case of any deviations.

These enhancements contribute to overall peace of mind, setting a new standard for safety in private aviation.

Textron Aviation’s decision to introduce Garmin Autothrottles to the Citation M2 Gen2 demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to product innovation.

Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president of Sales & Flight Operations, affirms this dedication, stating that this integration reflects Textron Aviation’s commitment to providing precision and efficiency to their customers.

Photo Credit: Textron Aviation

Passenger Experience

The Citation M2 Gen2 extends its focus on comfort and productivity to both pilots and passengers. Inside the cabin, you’ll find premium interior styling, complete with ambient accent lighting and illuminated cupholders.

An optional folding side-facing seat can be converted into additional cargo storage, adding to the convenience of the cabin’s design.

The cabin interior also incorporates productivity features, including wireless charging capabilities and USB-A and USB-C ports at each cabin seat.

Passengers can stay connected and powered up throughout their journey, making it ideal for business travelers and those seeking an efficient and enjoyable travel experience.

Enhanced Comfort for Pilots

In the cockpit, pilots will enjoy an extra three inches of legroom in the co-pilot position, designed to enhance comfort during longer flights.

With a maximum cruise speed of 404 knots and an impressive range of 1,550 nautical miles, the M2 Gen2 can operate at airports with runways as short as 3,210 feet. This exceptional aircraft can also climb to 41,000 feet in just 24 minutes.

The Citation M2 Gen2 is powered by two Williams FJ44-1AP engines and features Garmin G3000 avionics, ensuring optimal performance and reliability.

With seating for seven passengers, this aircraft is designed for single-pilot operation, making it an excellent choice for a wide range of travel needs.

By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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