Garmin® announces G5000™ flight deck modernization program for the Cessna Citation Excel and Citation XLS aircraft

Adds feature-rich capabilities, solves parts obsolescence and offers reduced cost of ownership

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced it will expand its portfolio of integrated flight deck
upgrades to now include 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 the 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

The G5000 integrated flight deck modernization program for the Citation
Excel and Citation XLS will feature three high-resolution 14-inch flight
displays situated alongside dual touchscreen controllers. Intuitive menu
structures contribute to the ease of operation and straightforward user
interface. 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
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
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

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

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 (SVT™), which
presents a 3D virtual depiction of 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 wireless 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 flight plans with
Flight Stream, while also receiving additional benefits such as 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+ and CPDLC

The G5000 integrated flight deck is a modernized avionics suite that is
equipped to meet and exceed industry requirements, while also offering a
lower cost of operation and a three-year warranty. For additional
information regarding the G5000 modernization program for the Citation
Excel/XLS, contact Dave Brown at 913-440-1714. Visit the Garmin exhibit
(1900) at the National Business Aviation Association Convention &
Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, Florida, November 1-3, 2016 for
additional information.

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