Textron Aviation announced on Friday that the Cessna Citation M2 Gen2 business jet will be outfitted with Garmin Autothrottles. Textron Aviation announced on Friday that the Cessna Citation M2 Gen2 business jet will be outfitted with Garmin Autothrottles. Designed to reduce pilot workload, the upgrade will be available starting in mid-2025.
The Garmin autothrottle system will be fully integrated with the M2 Gen2’s Garmin G3000 avionics suite, allowing it to manage engine performance and power “based on factors like altitude, airspeed, and aircraft weight.” Textron noted that the system also includes features that will prevent exceedance conditions and alert pilots if deviations occur.
“Adding Garmin Autothrottles into the Citation M2 Gen2 exemplifies Textron Aviation’s ongoing commitment to product investment across our entire product lineup,” said company senior vice president for sales and flight operations Lannie O’Bannion. “With its intelligent automation and streamlined operation, the integration of autothrottles in the aircraft provides pilots added precision and efficiency.”
The Cessna Citation M2 Gen2 was introduced in October 2021 at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, entering service in April 2022. The model has a top cruise speed of 404 knots, 1,550 nm range, and useful load of 3,180 pounds. Powered by Williams FJ44-1AP engines, the M2 Gen2 seats up to seven passengers and is capable of operating off of runways as short as 3,210 feet. In the cabin, it offers USB-A and USB-C ports at each seat, ambient accent lighting, illuminated cupholders, and an optional folding seat that can be converted for additional storage.
Textron Aviation reports that it has delivered more than 5,000 Citation-family aircraft to date.