On October 25, 2016, Garmin International Inc. announced a G5000 modernization program for the popular Citation Excel and Citation XLS. The Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) is targeted for approval in late 2018 and will be available from select Garmin dealers, as well as Textron Aviation Service Centers.
“For over five years and across multiple airframes, the G5000 has received enthusiastic praise from aircraft operators as it offers an unprecedented level of situational awareness, yields a significantly lower cost of operation and delivers an exceptional in-flight experience,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “With this, we’re excited to grow our integrated flight deck upgrade programs to include the ever-popular Citation Excel and XLS, providing these customers with an attractive path to achieve global airspace modernization initiatives with a state-of-the-art avionics suite.”
The G5000 integrated flight deck modernization program for the Citation Excel and Citation XLS will feature three high-resolution 14-inch flight displays alongside dual touchscreen controllers. The G5000 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
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 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 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
With the G5000 upgrade, the Excel/XLS will receive a fully-integrated Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out solution. Other features include PBN/RNP 0.3 with LPV/APV approach capability, and optional synthetic vision technology (SVT™), which works seamlessly with Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) alert coloring and voice alerts by displaying obstacles and terrain threats. This upgrade will also support Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) operations.
For more information, go to www.garmin.com/aviation.