Cessna reaches ‘Wing Mate’ stage with Citation M2
The new Citation M2 business jet has reached the ‘Wing Mate’ stage of production at the Independence facility and expects to achieve certification in the second half of 2013.
Completing wing mating allows the production team to start the engne installation stage and also allows the beginning of some testing of the aircraft systems.
“The M2 program is progressing well, and we are all looking forward to advancing to the certification process and starting customer deliveries,” said Dick Friesen, Cessna value stream manager for the Mustang and M2 in Independence, Kansas. “This is the moment when we can see an aircraft take shape, and we hope it is equally exciting for our customers who want to start flying their M2.”
The aircraft will be fitted with Williams International jet engines that will allow the aircraft to cruise at 400ktas.
The Citation M2 will be fitted with the Cessna proprietary Intrinzic Flight Deck powered by Garmin G3000 avionics. The aircraft will be able to carry up to seven passengers and has a range of 1,300 nautical miles.
Photograph: Production team prepares to mate fuselage and wings of the Citation M2 business jet