Garmin® G5000 integrated flight deck upgrade makes significant progress towards certification in the Citation Excel/XLS

OLATHE, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced progress toward the certification of the G5000™ integrated
flight deck program for Textron Aviation’s Citation Excel and Citation
XLS. The recent addition of a second aircraft will assist with
certification efforts and expedite flight testing and development within
the program. After quickly selling out the initial 25 delivery
positions, a second pre-STC incentive program has been created to allow
owners and operators the opportunity to lock in a 2019 delivery. The
G5000 integrated avionics suite modernizes the cockpit, increases
aircraft utility, addresses airspace modernization requirements, and
solves concerns related to parts obsolescence.

“Based on the tremendous reception of our initial early adopter program,
which has already sold out, we have now created a new program that
allows customers to plan their 2019 installations. Our excitement to
deliver a truly modernized integrated flight deck to these operators
continues to grow as we near certification of the G5000 in the Citation
Excel and XLS,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales
and marketing. “With the G5000, aircraft owners receive similar to
what’s in a brand new aircraft – a zero-time avionics suite that yields
a substantially lower cost of operation, that also solves a broad range
of global airspace modernization initiatives and ongoing maintenance

Certification efforts continue in collaboration with Textron Aviation as
functional testing of the system, software and hardware are in progress.
Development flight testing is nearly complete with the final software
that meets certification requirements. The recent addition of a second
aircraft will further refine the field installation process and expedite
certification of the G5000 in the Citation Excel/XLS.

“Development flight testing has progressed smoothly, as we have
accumulated over 125 flight hours and thousands of hours in system
development and ground testing,” said Grant Wittenborn, Garmin lead
flight test pilot for the program. “The flight deck has really
modernized the operational capabilities of this aircraft and we are
excited to transition from development to certification.”

As the G5000 for the Citation Excel/XLS progresses toward certification
in early 2019, a new incentive program provides up to 15 additional
owners and/or operators with five years of comprehensive database
coverage to those who place a firm commitment, offering a savings of
nearly $25,000.

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 are
geo-referenced and can be viewed across all three displays. The G5000
flight deck for the Citation Excel/XLS is expected to provide a
significant weight savings 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 throughout the aircraft’s flight envelope. New to the
Citation Excel, emergency descent mode is available as a standard
feature within the G5000 and is enabled by the autopilot in the event of
a loss in aircraft pressurization. Safety enhancing underspeed
protection (USP) is an optional feature that allows the autopilot to
assist with airspeed management, while also enabling fully coupled
go-arounds, greatly reducing pilot workload.

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 approach minimums throughout the
world as the G5000 has PBN/RNP 0.3 with LPV/APV approach capability.

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

  • 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 for terminal and enroute FAA DataCom
  • Datalink weather, including access to global weather products and
    text/voice communication through the Iridium satellite network.

As an additional option for this upgrade, Connext® wireless
cockpit connectivity via the Flight Stream 510, enables wireless flight
plan transfer and more between compatible mobile devices, including
Garmin Pilot™, FltPlan Go and ForeFlight Mobile. Owners and operators
can more easily manage flight plans with the Flight Stream 510, 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.

Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval is targeted for early 2019
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 static display (SD 20) to see a Citation Excel equipped
with the G5000 integrated flight deck and visit the Garmin exhibit
(2695) at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando,
Florida, October 16-18, 2018 for additional information.

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