Textron Updates CJ3


In the absence of new airframe announcements at NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas, manufacturers are leaning into model upgrades and Textron has introduced a second generation of its CJ3. The Gen2 version was announced a day ahead of the show start on Tuesday, and Textron has a mockup of the plane on display. Service entry is anticipated in 2025. Textron CEO Ron Draper said many of the upgrades came from customer feedback. “We brought in a number of current owners and had them spend days here a couple times, working through what features they would really love in the airplane,” Draper told a media briefing.

Chief among the pilot-friendly upgrades is the addition of Garmin autothrottles, an optional enhanced vision system, touchscreen interface and a GDL 60 datalink system. The back gets new seats with a swivel option, charging ports at each seat and stowable tables. The lav has new skylights and an optional sink and vanity. Many of the cabin materials are made from renewable and biodegradable materials. Because of the autothrottle and some other devices, the aircraft needs a fresh certification, thus delaying entry to service to 2025.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. The auto-throttle is nice and makes the EDM more useful but still no “Safe Return” or auto-land. Since a target market of the CJ series is single pilot operations, these would vastly increase sales potential.