Textron Aviation announced that its Cessna Citation M2, which is making its LABACE show debut here this week, has gained certification in Brazil and Argentina, “paving the way for deliveries to begin.” The new M2 jet received its U.S. FAA type certificate in December 2013 and the equivalent approval from Europe’s EASA in June. So far this year, Textron has delivered 31 of the type.
“The market in Latin America has shown tremendous interest in the Citation M2 due to its competitive acquisition and operating costs, its airport performance and its advanced onboard systems,” said Textron Aviation’s Latin America and Caribbean sales vice president Robert Gibbs. The seven-passenger, Williams FJ44-powered M2 has a maximum cruise speed of 404 kts (748 km/h) and range of 1,580 nm (2,924 km). Its Cessna Intrinzic flight deck is built around Garmin G3000 avionics, with high-resolution, touch-screen multifunction displays and split-screen capability.
Meanwhile, the Citation Sovereign+, which can seat up to 12 passengers, is being prepared to start Brazilian deliveries in September. Textron Aviation said it expects certification “soon” for the type by Brazil’s ANAC agency. The aircraft received FAA certification in December 2013 and EASA certification in June. It has also gained certification in Mexico, Argentina and Chile. A total of 24 had been delivered by the end of the second quarter of this year.
“Customers in São Paulo or Buenos Aires can reach the whole of South America non-stop, while a large portion of the U.S. is one flight away for customers leaving Manaus or Caracas,” said Textron’s senior sales and marketing vice president Kriya Shortt. She continued: “One of the best attributes of the Sovereign+ for Latin America is its ability to operate from smaller airfields, with a take-off distance of 3,530 feet.” The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D engines and has a range of 3,188 nm, and a Cessna Intrinzic cockpit based on Garmin G5000 avionics.
Big Textron Presence
Textron Aviation, which earlier this year acquired Beech Holdings, has a large and prominent position in the LABACE show static display, combining Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft and helicopters from the company’s Bell Helicopter subsidiary adjacent to it. On display in São Paulo are 13 fixed-wing Textron aircraft: one each Beechcraft King Air 350ER, 350, 250 and C90GTx; a Baron G58 twin and Bonanza G36 single, both piston-engined aircraft; a Cessna Citation Sovereign +, XLS+, CJ4 and M2; a Cessna Grand Caravan EX; and also a Cessna Stationair 206 and TTx.
The U.S. airframer says that it “remains bullish” on the Latin American market, which it says “takes on an even greater level of importance” now that Cessna and Beechcraft have come together under a single banner. The Textron companies are also joined by their regional distribution and customer support partners, TAM Aviação Executiva and Lider Aviação.
Gibbs noted that business aviation in the region had grown more than 4 percent in the last year to include more than 5,000 business turbine aircraft. “The three largest markets in the region for Textron Aviation products are Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela,” he said. These countries, he pointed out, “also produce nearly 80 percent of Latin America’s oil, which corresponds to their reliance on business aviation to manage far-flung oilfields.”
Textron Aviation is keen to promote its product line not only for business aviation applications, but also as special mission platforms. “All 20 current production aircraft–including a Special Mission Beechcraft King Air 350ER on display this week in São Paulo–fit numerous mission profiles, such as air ambulance, flight inspection, aerial surveillance, training and utility transport,” said the company.
King Airs Get ProAdvantage Support
Textron Aviation subsidiary Beechcraft announced that it will be offering its ProAdvantage customer support program for the global fleet of King Air twin turboprops. ProAdvantage is a legacy support solution, previously exclusively available for Cessna Citation customers. It provides life-cycle maintenance and spare parts support for aircraft airframes and avionics, engines and, when applicable, auxiliary power units. ProAdvantage also includes ProParts, ProTech and ProPropeller.
ProParts, the cornerstone element of the ProAdvantage package, provides coverage for line, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and parts such as wheels and tires, avionics, brakes, motors, actuators, gauges and light bulbs.