Garmin International will expand its portfolio of integrated flight deck upgrades to include a G5000 modernization program for the Citation Excel and Citation XLS. The Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) is targeted for approval in late 2018.
The G5000 modernization program will feature three high-resolution 14-inch flight displays situated alongside dual touchscreen controllers and is estimated to provide a weight savings of 200 pounds or more compared to the current system.
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, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rule-compliant Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out solution.
“We’re excited to grow our integrated flight deck upgrade programs to include the ever-popular Citation Excel and XLS,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing.
An option for this upgrade, Connext wireless cockpit connectivity can enable wireless flight plan transfer and more between the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device and the G5000 integrated flight deck.