Garmin G5000 upgrade soon available for Cessna Citation XLS+ and XLS Gen2 at Textron Aviation service centres


The Garmin G5000 integrated flight deck will soon be available for the Cessna Citation XLS+ and XLS Gen2 and available for installation at Textron Aviation service centres, following STC approval by the FAA anticipated in the first half of 2024.

Textron Aviation said the G5000 avionics upgrade modernises the cockpit and addresses the evolution of FAA airspace, while also offering a lower cost of operation.

Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker customers receive factory-direct support, maintenance and modifications by Textron Aviation, through its global network of service and part centres, mobile service units and 24/7 1Call AOG support.

“Garmin’s G5000 integrated flight deck is already a popular modification for Cessna Citation Excel and XLS customers because it offers unmatched situational awareness, lower cost of operation and an improved inflight experience,” said Brian Rohloff, senior vice president of customer support. “We look forward to expanding this upgrade option to additional Citation operators as we continue to design and deliver the best customer experience and support our customers through the entire lifecycle of their aircraft.”

Garmin’s G5000 avionics suite is designed to provide pilots with an intuitive and modern flight deck, including three landscape-oriented displays with split-screen capability, intuitive touchscreen controllers, and geo-referenced Garmin SafeTaxi airport diagrams.

The G5000 upgrade installation on the Citation XLS+ and XLS Gen2 includes a fully digital Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS).

The system also includes Emergency Descent Mode (EDM) as a standard feature. In the event an aircraft loses cabin pressurisation, EDM is capable of automatically descending the aircraft to a pre-set altitude without pilot intervention. Underspeed protection (USP) allows the autopilot to assist with airspeed management, while also enabling fully coupled go-arounds. Additionally, operators gain access to more airports and lower approach minimums throughout the world as the G5000 has PBN/RNP 0.3 with LPV/APV approach capability.

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