Following FAA type certification, the first production Cessna Citation M2 Gen2 light jet has been delivered by Textron Aviation to customer Elite Team Offices, headquartered in Clovis, California.
The milestone comes less than six months after Textron Aviation announced the latest model at NBAA-BACE 2021.
“We redefined the entry-level light jet segment when we brought the Citation M2 to market in 2013, and with this integration of next-generation interior technology and design, we know the M2 Gen2 will continue to be among the most popular light jet models,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, customer experience. “We’re thrilled to get this airplane into the hands of the customers who helped shape it. Guy Stockbridge and his Elite Team Offices operation represent the ideal customer for the M2 Gen2: a first-time aircraft owner whose missions demand a versatile aircraft with performance and cabin amenities often found only in larger jets.”
Stockbridge, owner of Elite Team Offices, started his enterprise as a home-based landscape maintenance business in 1987. Today Elite Team Offices employs more than 500 people across its landscape, landscape management, renewable energy civil grading, vertical and development construction companies.
“We are excited beyond explanation on finally owning our own light jet and what it will do for me, my wife, our teammates and clients,” Stockbridge said. “Knowing we can get to any project we have across the USA in hours seems unbelievable and amazing at the same time. We are looking forward to flying out of Wichita in our new M2 Gen2 jet straight to one of our solar projects in Arizona and be at home in the same day. What a blessing!”
Textron Aviation’s reimagined interior for the Citation M2 platform strengthens the focus on pilot and passenger comfort as well as productivity. Enhancements include premium interior styling, ambient accent lighting, remastered illuminated cupholders and a newly designed optional folding side-facing seat that converts into additional cargo storage.
New cabin equipment includes wireless charging capabilities and USB-A and USB-C ports at each cabin seat. In the cockpit, 3in (7.6cm) of legroom has been added to the co-pilot position. Cabin entry threshold materials have been improved for durability and maintainability.
The Citation M2 Gen2 has a range of 1,550 nautical miles and is designed for single-pilot operation. It seats seven passengers.