We are excited to announce a new G5000 integrated flight deck modernization program for the popular Citation Excel and Citation XLS aircraft. The target date for STC approval is in late 2018 and will be available from select Garmin dealers, as well as Textron Aviation Service Centers.
The G5000 integrated flight deck modernization will feature three high-resolution 14-inch flight displays situated alongside dual touchscreen controllers. The Intuitive menu structures within G5000 feature a straightforward user interface, contributing to ease of operation. G5000 also offers optimal situational awareness, which features landscape oriented flight displays with multi-pane capability, allowing pilots to simultaneously view maps, charts, checklists, TAWS, TCAS, flight plan information, weather and more. Geographical map overlay within the HSI is also available on the PFD. Charts can be viewed across all three displays and are geo-referenced, including Garmin FliteCharts terminal approach procedures or optional Garmin ChartView powered by Jeppesen, as well as Garmin SafeTaxi airport diagrams. The G5000 flight deck for the Citation Excel/XLS is estimated to provide a weight savings of 200 pounds or more compared to the current system, allowing additional baggage, passenger and/or fuel load flexibility.
The G5000 installation on the Citation Excel/XLS will include a fully digital Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), offering optimized performance throughout the aircraft’s flight envelope. The G5000 system also supports a wide range of capabilities including coupled wide area augmentation system (WAAS/SBAS) approaches, vertical navigation and flight level change (FLC) modes. New to the Citation Excel and available as a standard feature on both the Citation Excel/XLS, emergency descent mode is automatically enabled by the autopilot in the event of a loss in aircraft pressurization. Safety enhancing autopilot underspeed protection (USP) is an optional feature and allows the autopilot to assist with airspeed management. Fully coupled go-arounds are also enabled by this technology, greatly reducing pilot workload and bringing sophisticated flight monitoring and performance capability to these aircraft.
The G5000 upgrade offers lower cost of operation, exceeds modern airspace initiatives and solves parts obsolescence among the Citation Excel/XLS with zero-time avionics. With the G5000 upgrade, these aircraft will receive a fully integrated, FAA and EASA rule-compliant ADS-B Out solution.
Owners and operators have access to more airports throughout the world when incorporating the G5000 integrated flight deck into their Citation Excel/XLS aircraft, which features PBN/RNP 0.3 with LPV/APV approach capability. Pilots are provided an elevated level of situational awareness with optional synthetic vision technology, which presents a 3D depiction of virtual terrain, obstacles, traffic and the runway environment so the image on the display replicates what the pilot would see outside the cockpit on a clear day. SVT works seamlessly with Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) alert coloring and voice alerts to warn pilots of potential ground hazards by displaying obstacles and terrain that may pose a threat to the aircraft. The G5000 offers TAWS-A alerting as standard, providing alerts such as excessive closure rate and large glideslope deviations. This upgrade will also support Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) operations.
An option for this upgrade, Connext wireless cockpit connectivity can enable flight plan transfer and more between the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device and the G5000 integrated flight deck. Owners and operators can more easily manage database subscriptions with Flight Stream, while also receiving additional benefits such as wireless flight plan transfer and the sharing of traffic, weather, GPS and more across multiple mobile devices in the cockpit.
The G5000 flight deck modernization program will also support additional options, including:
- Advanced weather radar capabilities, including turbulence detection and ground clutter suppression
- Wind shear alerting
- SiriusXM Aviation weather for the U.S. and Canada, providing comprehensive weather data such as NEXRAD radar imagery, METARs, TAFs, lightning, winds aloft, echo tops and more
- Access to global weather products and text/voice communication through the Iridium satellite network
- Active and passive traffic surveillance using TCAS II/ACAS II technology, featuring Garmin patented CLEAR CAS (Correlated Location Enhanced ADS-B Receiver Collision Avoidance System), which uses a blended surveillance method of active interrogation and passive reception of ADS-B data
- SurfaceWatch, which supports visual and aural cues to help prevent pilots from taking off and landing on a taxiway, on a runway that is too short or on the wrong runway based on performance data entered during preflight
- FAA Data Comm operational support, including Link 2000+, CPDLC