Cessna CitationJet/M2

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CitationJet/M2/CJ series
A midsized 525A CJ2, gear and flaps extended
Role Business jet
National origin United States
Manufacturer Cessna
First flight 29 April 1991
Status Active, In production
Produced 1991-present
Number built 2000 as of June 8, 2017[1]
Unit cost
M2: US$4.7M (2018)[2]
CJ2+: US$7.044M (2012)[3]
CJ3+: US$8.295M (2018)[2]
CJ4: US$9.195M (2018)[2]
Developed into Cessna 526 CitationJet

The Cessna CitationJet/M2/CJ series (Model 525) are light business jets part of the Cessna Citation family, built by the Cessna Aircraft Company. Its variants are marketed under the CJ, CJ1, CJ1+, M2, CJ2, CJ2+, CJ3, CJ3+, and CJ4 names. As of June 2017, 2,000 have been delivered with five million hours flown.[1]


The CitationJet is a low-wing cantilever monoplane with retractable trailing-link tricycle landing gear, a pressurized cabin, a T-tail, and is powered by two Williams FJ44 turbofan engines that are pylon mounted on the rear fuselage. Basically an all new aircraft, the CitationJet used a modified version of the Citation's forward fuselage, but with a new supercritical laminar flow wing, and a new T-tail configured tailplane. It features EFIS avionics and single pilot certification. The CitationJet's fuselage is 11 inches (27 cm) shorter than the Citation I's, but has a lowered center aisle for increased cabin height.


CJ1 side view, four windows
A Citation M2 in Australia

Model 525[edit]

Model 525 serial numbers 0001 to 0359, powered by Williams FJ-44-1A turbofans, are marketed as the CitationJet. Being launched in 1989, it was developed as a replacement for the Cessna Citation I.[4] The CitationJet's first flight was on April 29, 1991, with its first delivery on March 30, 1993.[5]
CitationJet CJ1
Model 525 serial numbers 0360 to 0599 are marketed as the CitationJet CJ1 and are powered by the same Williams FJ-44-1A. It was improved with a more-modern EFIS avionics suite and a moderate increase in maximum takeoff weight.
CitationJet CJ1+
Model 525 serial number 0600 and higher are marketed as CitationJet CJ1+ and are powered by Williams FJ-44-1AP turbofans. With the same airframe, it has an updated avionics package and FADEC engine control.

The GE Honda HF120 engine was announced as a retrofit option for the CJ/CJ1/CJ1+ in 2014.[6]

Citation M2
Model 525 marketed as Cessna Citation M2 are powered by improved FJ44-1AP-21 turbofans offering 10 to 15% more cruise thrust and up to 5% more hot-and-high thrust, and are equipped with modern Garmin G3000 avionics replacing Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21.[7] Launched in September 2011, it is based on the then out-of-production CJ1 variant and features a new cabin layout and a more efficient FJ44 version.[8] The initial M2 prototype first flew on 9 March 2012, it was not a conforming airframe but was testing the Garmin G3000 avionics and Williams FJ44-1AP-21 turbofans while one another aircraft was expected to join the certification program in May 2012 to be used for aerodynamics testing.[9] With 150 produced since introduction in 2013, it became Cessna's entry-level jet after the Citation Mustang stopped production in May 2017.[10]

Model 525A[edit]

CJ2 side view, six windows
CitationJet CJ2
Model 525A serial numbers 0001 to 0299, marketed as the CitationJet CJ2 is a 5-foot stretch of the CJ1 (Model 525) powered by Williams FJ44-2C turbofans and first delivered in 2000.
CitationJet CJ2+
Model 525A serial numbers 0300 and higher, marketed as the CitationJet CJ2+ and first delivered in April 2006, offer increased performance with updated avionics and Williams FJ44-3A-24 turbofans with FADEC control. In 2014, Cessna started offering an upgrade package for the CJ2+ called Alpine Edition. It incorporates Garmin G3000 avionics and new cabin stylings similar to those introduced by Cessna to the CJ1+ when it became the M2.[11] The CJ2 went out of production due to low demand in January 2016.[12]

Model 525B[edit]

CJ3 side view, seven windows
CitationJet CJ3
Model 525B are marketed as the CitationJet CJ3 are a further stretch of the CJ2 powered by Williams FJ-44-3A turbofans. Unveiled at the September 2002 National Business Aviation Association convention, it first flew on April 17, 2003, was FAA certified in October 2004 and deliveries began in December of that year. The cockpit with Rockwell Collins avionics is designed for single-pilot operation but can accommodate two crew members. Its customizable cabin typically has six club seats in a center-style configuration with an accessible in flight baggage compartment and external baggage access.
CitationJet CJ3+
Garmin G3000 avionics.[13] FAA certified in 2014.[14]

Between its production debut in late 2004 till spring 2018, 500 have been delivered, 2004-2009 models are sold for $3.5 million and $5.0-5.5 million for 2009-2014 models. It can cruise at its Mach 0.737 (423 kn; 783 km/h) MMo at FL450 over 1,900 nmi (3,500 km) with four passengers, or more than 2,000 nmi (3,700 km) at a slower speed, exceeding Textron predictions. Hourly, it burns 165 US gal (620 l) its engine maintenance cost $313.60, its parts $251.72 and labor cost is $298.[15]

Model 525C[edit]

The longest CitationJet, the CJ4, has 5+1 starboard windows
Cessna Citation CJ4 (Model 525C)
Its wing design comes from the moderately swept wing of the Citation Sovereign.[16] Powered by Williams FJ44-4A turbofans, it has a maximum range of 2,165 nmi (4,010 km). Its cabin is 21 inches longer than the CJ3 and can seat up to nine persons plus one in the cockpit. It was introduced in 2006, first lifted off on May 5, 2008, from McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas and first deliveries starting up in 2010.

In 2011, the Federal Aviation Administration temporarily grounded the CJ4 and issued an airworthiness directive because of fires in the original Lithium-ion battery equipment:

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Model 525C airplanes. This emergency AD was sent previously to all known U.S. owners and operators of these airplanes. This AD requires replacing certain lithium-ion batteries installed as the main aircraft battery with either a Ni-Cad or a lead acid battery. This AD was prompted by a report of a battery fire that resulted after an energized ground power unit was connected to one of the affected airplanes equipped with a lithium-ion battery as the main aircraft battery. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.[17]


CJ2 planform view, showing its straight wing and uncovered main wheels
Cockpit of a Swiss-registered CJ3 fitted with Rockwell Collins Proline 21 avionics
Like several other members of the Citation family, the CitationJets are certified for operations with a single pilot
model M2 (CJ1)[18] CJ2+[19] CJ3+[20] CJ4[21]
Crew Single Pilot Certified
Maximum Passengers 7 9 9 10
Length 42 ft 7 in (12.98 m) 47 ft 8 in (14.53 m) 51 ft 2 in (15.59 m) 53 ft 4 in (16.26 m)
Height 13 ft 11 in (4.24 m) 14 ft (4.27 m) 15 ft 2 in (4.62 m) 15 ft 5 in (4.69 m)
Wingspan 47 ft 3 in (14.40 m) 49 ft 10 in (15.19 m) 53 ft 4 in (16.26 m) 50 ft 10 in (15.49 m)
Wing Area 240 ft² (22.3 m²) 264 ft² (25 m²) 294 ft² (27.32 m²) 330 ft² (30.66 m²)
Wing Sweep 0 degrees 12.5 degrees
Cabin height 57 in (1.45 m)
Cabin width 58 in (1.47 m)
Cabin length 11 ft (3.35 m) 13 ft 7 in (4.14 m) 15 ft 8 in (4.78 m) 17 ft 4 in (5.28 m)
Maximum Takeoff Weight 10,700 lb (4,853 kg) 12,500 lb (5,670 kg) 13,870 lb (6,291 kg) 17,110 lb (7,761 kg)
Maximum Landing Weight 9,900 lb (4,491 kg) 11,525 lb (5,228 kg) 12,750 lb (5,783 kg) 15,660 lb (7,103 kg)
Maximum Zero Fuel Weight 8,400 lb (3,810 kg) 9,700 lb (4,400 kg) 10,510 lb (4,767 kg) 12,500 lb (5,670 kg)
Usable Fuel Weight 3,296 lb (1,495 kg) 3,930 lb (1,783 kg) 4,710 lb (2,136 kg) 5,828 lb (2,644 kg)
Usable Fuel Volume 492 gal (1,862 l) 587 gal (2,221 l) 703 gal (2,661 l) 870 gal (3,293 l)
Basic Operating Weight 6,990 lb (3,171 kg) 8,030 lb (3,642 kg) 8,540 lb (3,874 kg) 10,280 lb (4,663 kg)
Useful Load 3,810 lb (1,728 kg) 4,595 lb (2,084 kg) 5,530 lb (2,508 kg) 6,950 lb (3,152 kg)
Maximum Payload 1,410 lb (640 kg) 1,670 lb (757 kg) 1,970 lb (894 kg) 2,220 lb (1,007 kg)
Full Fuel Payload 514 lb (233 kg) 665 lb (302 kg) 820 lb (372 kg) 1,122 lb (509 kg)
Turbofan × 2 Williams FJ44-1AP-21 Williams FJ44-3A-24 Williams FJ44-3A Williams FJ44-4A
Thrust (each) 1,965 lb (8.74 kN) 2,490 lb (11.08 kN) 2,820 lb (12.54 kN) 3,621 lb (16.11 kN)
Maximum Cruise 404 ktas (748 km/h) 418 ktas (774 km/h) 416 ktas (770 km/h) 451 ktas (835 km/h)
Maximum Range 1,550 nmi (2,871 km) 1,781 nmi (3,298 km) 2,040 nmi (3,778 km) 2,165 nmi (4,010 km)
Takeoff Field Length 3,210 ft (978 m) 3,360 ft (1,024 m) 3,180 ft (969 m) 3,410 ft (1,039 m)
Landing Distance 2,590 ft (789 m) 2,980 ft (908 m) 2,770 ft (844 m) 2,940 ft (896 m)
Maximum Operating Altitude 41,000 ft (12,497 m) 45,000 ft (13,716 m)
Maximum Climb Rate 3,698 fpm (18.8 m/s) 4,120 fpm (20.9 m/s) 4,478 fpm (22.75 m/s) 3,854 fpm (19.6 m/s)

See also[edit]

CitationJet Cabin

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


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