Cessna Citation CJ4 flies to Gen2


Textron Aviation announces stair door, cabin and connectivity upgrades for the Cessna Citation CJ4 with the new version Gen2, its largest jet in the light jet segment. Most of the improvements reflect ways to improve passenger comfort. For starters, the company introduced a lower entry point on the redesigned stairs to make boarding easier. An updated galley area offers more storage options, and premium seats in the cabin provide more choice and more in-flight storage options.

On the Gen2 model, the door has a new stair and handrail assembly. Textron Aviation

An upgrade to the wireless cabin management system includes a media server capable of streaming preloaded audio and video files and the ability to view SiriusXM satellite radio and moving maps. The wireless system can also be used to control cabin lighting, shades and room temperature through a mobile device interface.

“With the CJ4 Gen2, we focused on a design that improves passenger comfort with a raised cabin to match the performance capabilities already endorsed by Citation CJ4 owners,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, experience client for Textron Aviation. “Technological developments have allowed us to introduce new design elements. A first for the Citation light jets are the CoolView skylights and a vanity option, which give our customers the feel of a large airplane with light jet performance capabilities.

Citation CJ4 Flight Deck
Up front, the Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite is equipped with weather radar courtesy of Collins’ RTA-4112 system. Textron Aviation

The jet retains the CE-525C type rating, allowing single-pilot operations. Up front, the CJ4 Gen2 includes the Collin Pro Line 21 avionics suite with two PFDs and MFDs, and a single FMS (a second FMS is an option). Weather avoidance information is enhanced with the installation of the Rockwell Collins RTA-4112 MultiScan radar system. According to a company spokesperson, “After visiting members of our Customer Advisory Board, our priority with these upgrades in the CJ4 Gen 2 is generally focused on the in-cabin experience. We will continue to explore cockpit investment opportunities in the future. The CJ4 Gen2 Pro Line 21 suite is an extremely reliable, user-friendly and capable platform with cutting-edge technology that gives pilots the support and peace of mind they demand.

With a maximum cruising speed of 451 knots and an IFR range of 1,926 nm, the CJ4 Gen2 preserves the luggage capacity of 1,040 pounds of the previous version. The list price for the new version is set at $ 10.75 million and deliveries begin in the first quarter of 2021. Over 5,000 total units of the Cessna Citation Jet series have been delivered worldwide; the first CJ4 was delivered on April 20, 2010.


Kevin A. Perras