Multinational technology company Garmin International, Inc. has announced the FAA certification of its G5000 integrated flight deck for Textron Aviation’s Citation Excel and Citation XLS.
The G5000 replaces the previous flight deck on the Textron-owned Cessna aircraft with three landscape-oriented flight displays with split-screen capability, geo-referenced electronic charts and airport diagrams, and touchscreen controllers.
“With close to 50 customer commitments, the market has proven that the ever-popular Citation Excel/XLS is a perfect platform for the G5000,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing.
“Based on the tremendous success of our integrated flight deck retrofits, as well as the reception of our early adopter programs, Citation Excel/XLS owners and operators are excited to start flying behind the G5000 as it offers an unprecedented level of situational awareness, yields a significantly lower cost of operation and delivers an exceptional in-flight experience.”
Optional features on the new system include synthetic vision technology, Advanced Doppler weather radar features, access to global weather networks and SurfaceWatch, a system which helps to prevent pilots taking off incorrectly.
Garmin has also launched eLearning course in conjunction with the new certification, aimed at operational scenarios and considerations which help familiarise a pilot with the G5000 system.