Garmin is announcing an STC upgrade to the market for modern flight deck upgrades in the form of a G5000 touchscreen-controlled flight deck in the Citation Excel and XLS. Only available through select Garmin dealers and certified Textron Aviation service centers, the upgrade is expected to reduce the basic operating weight by roughly 200 lbs. With FAA approval on the docket for 2018, the G5000 avionics will effectively replace the Excel/XLS’s Honeywell Primus 1000 flight deck.
The upgrade consists of coupled WAAS/SBAS approaches (PBN/RNP 0.3 with LPV/APV approach capability), flight level mode changes, a digital automatic flight control system with emergency descent feature, vertical navigation and fully coupled go-around capability with optional underspeed protection. The display itself boasts two touchscreen controllers to manage three 14-inch high-resolution displays in landscape orientation, a multi-panel layout (which is fully customizable to show maps, charts, checklists, TAWS, TCAS, flight plan information and weather), an engine indication array which appears on the center MFD, and optional Chartview (Jeppesen) terminal charts.
The Garmin’s FliteCharts and SafeTaxi diagrams come standard along with ADS-B out and TAWS-A alerting. Customers can further upgrade the synthetic vision, ground clutter-suppression digital weather radar, global weather and text/voice via Iridium sitcom, SurfaceWatch runway advisories, Connext wireless cockpit connectivity, windshear alerting, active and passive traffic surveillance using TCAS II/ACAS II technology, urbulence detection, SiriusXM weather and Data Comm, including Link 2000+ and CPDLC. Garmin also revealed that charts are georeferenced and can be viewed on all three 14-inch displays with a geographical map overlay is available for display within the HSI on the PFD.