Textron Aviation unveiled a new “Gen2” version of the Cessna Citation CJ3 light business jet at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) show in Las Vegas. The company is displaying a mockup of the upgraded jet’s cabin at its static display at the show. Currently in development, Textron Aviation expects the CJ3 Gen 2 to enter into service in 2025.
The new version of this light business jet features a number of improvements to the aircraft’s cockpit and systems. The changes, while useful, won’t dramatically alter the CJ3’s position in the market but will provide operators with new technology – including features that in the past were more likely to be found only on much larger business jets. That will keep the CJ3 a strong seller in the light jet segment.
Gen2 changes include updates to the aircraft’s Garmin G3000 avionics system, including new software and hardware. Additional features include Garmin Autothrottles to reduce pilot workload and provide flight-envelope protection, an Optional Enhanced Vision System (EVS) to provide improved clarity and optimized situational awareness, a touch screen interface, and GDL60 for aircraft connectivity, including remote transmission of flight plans, automatic database updates, as well as wireless transmission of aircraft diagnostic data. Cessna has also added 4.5 inches of legroom for the pilot.
The CJ3 Gen 2 offers standard seating for a pilot and up to nine passengers, a maximum range of 2,040 nautical miles, and a maximum payload of 2,135 pounds.