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Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Friday, February 28, 2014

Gateway Jets Brings Cessna Citation M2 to St. Louis for Demonstration Flights
By Carmelo Turdo
The Cessna Aircraft Company's Citation M2 jet visited St. Louis yesterday for a series of demonstration flights for potential customers.  The flights, sponsored by Gateway Jets and hosted by Jet Aviation at St. Louis Downtown Airport, were designed to give potential pilot/owners (whether full ownership or fractional managed through Gateway Jets) a first-hand experience operating the aircraft through its performance envelope.  The flight crew from Cessna Aircraft Company gave a thorough pre-flight walk-around tour inside the warm hangar courtesy of Jet Aviation St. Louis prior to repositioning the jet on the north ramp at St. Louis Downtown Airport.  Two flights were completed, the second with Gateway Jets owner Corey Tomczak flying the jet.  Tomczak was impressed with the automated systems and the versatility of the Garmin G3000 avionics suite.      

The Citation M2 is a step up from the company's Citation Mustang, offering greater range, speed and passenger capacity without the quantum leap in purchase and operating costs of a much larger jet.  The jet's 1300nm range, five passenger/2 crew capacity and 400kt speed form a winning combination of performance and efficiency.  Automated diagnostics and proven, reliable systems are the hallmark of Cessna business jets, and the Citation M2 delivers on all counts.  

Here are some views of the Citation M2 demonstrator yesterday during pre-flight tour and takeoff for the first flight:  

Special thanks to Gateway Jets and Jet Aviation St. Louis for giving The Aero Experience access to the aircraft during preparations for the first flight.  For additional information about Gateway Jets, click on the link or contact Corey Tomczak at 618-670-5782.

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