Garmin® approaches first flight of the G5000 integrated flight deck in the Citation Excel/XLS

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced progress toward a major milestone and incentives for the
G5000™ integrated flight deck program for Textron Aviation’s Citation
Excel and Citation XLS. The G5000 integrated avionics suite modernizes
the cockpit, increases aircraft utility, addresses mandate requirements
and provides operators with a significantly lower cost of operation
while solving parts obsolescence issues.

“Operators of the Citation Excel and XLS continue to express excitement
for the G5000 integrated flight deck and now they have further incentive
to reserve their place in line,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president
of aviation sales and marketing. “We look forward to completing our
certification and adding these popular aircraft to the growing list of
business jets flying with the G5000. If you plan to attend the NBAA-BACE
next week in Las Vegas, please visit the Garmin exhibit where we will be
demonstrating the attributes of the G5000 system and can discuss the
Excel and XLS retrofit program with you.”

Certification efforts continue in partnership with Textron Aviation. The
initial installation of the G5000 integrated flight deck in the Citation
XLS development aircraft is complete and first flight is scheduled for
later this year.

As the program is progressing toward certification in late 2018, Garmin
is announcing a five-year warranty and five years of comprehensive
database coverage for the first 25 aircraft to place a firm commitment
for the G5000. This provides zero-cost of avionics operation for the
first five years in service.

The G5000 integrated flight deck for the Citation Excel and Citation XLS
features three landscape-oriented flight displays with multi-pane
capability, allowing pilots to simultaneously view maps, charts,
checklists, TAWS, TCAS, flight plan information, weather and more.
Electronic charts and Garmin SafeTaxi® airport diagrams can
be viewed across all three displays and are geo-referenced. The G5000
flight deck for the Citation Excel/XLS is estimated to provide a weight
savings of up to 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 includes a fully
digital Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), offering precise
performance and optimized for comfort throughout the aircraft’s flight
envelope. 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, as well as enabling fully coupled go-arounds, greatly
reducing pilot workload during this critical phase of flight.

With the G5000 upgrade, the Citation Excel/XLS receives a fully
integrated, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation
Safety Agency (EASA) rule-compliant Automatic Dependent
Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out solution. Additionally, operators
gain access to more airports and lower minimums throughout the world
when incorporating the G5000 integrated flight deck, which features
PBN/RNP 0.3 with LPV/APV approach capability.

The G5000 integrated flight deck for the Citation Excel and XLS also
supports additional options:

  • SVT™ synthetic vision technology, which presents a 3D virtual
    depiction of terrain, obstacles, traffic and the runway environment.
  • 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.
  • Link 2000+ and CPDLC support.
  • Support for terminal and enroute FAA DataCom operations.
  • Datalink weather, including SiriusXM Aviation weather for the U.S. and
    Canada, and access to global weather products and text/voice
    communication through the Iridium satellite network.
  • The new GWX 80, which offers 3D volumetric scanning, hail, lightning
    and wind shear prediction.

As an additional option for this upgrade, Connext® wireless
cockpit connectivity (via the Flight Stream 510 installed in the G5000
integrated flight deck) enables wireless flight plan transfer and more
between Garmin Pilot™ and other compatible applications on a mobile
device. Owners and operators can more easily manage flight plans with
Flight Stream, which enables Connext, while also receiving additional
benefits such as the sharing of traffic, weather, GPS and more across
multiple mobile devices in the cockpit. Flight Stream 510 also enables
Database Concierge, the wireless transfer of aviation databases from the
Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device to the G5000 integrated flight deck.

Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval is targeted for late 2018
and will be available from Textron Aviation Service Centers and select
Garmin dealers. For additional information regarding the G5000 upgrade
program for the Citation Excel/XLS, contact Dave Brown at (913) 440-1714
or [email protected].
Visit the Garmin exhibit (C12412) at the National Business Aviation
Association Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas, Nevada,
October 10-12, 2017 for additional information.

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Garmin International Inc.Jessica Koss, 913/397-8200 [email protected]