Garmin’s G5000 integrated flight deck has achieved STC approval for retrofit in the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP. The avionics suite features two touch-screen controllers and three 12-screen displays capable of displaying as many as six independent pages simultaneously in the landscape orientation. The touch-screen controllers are mounted in portrait orientation below the displays.
Instrument charts with own ship position capabilities can be displayed on any of the three screens. The system also includes SurfaceWatch, which provides aural and visual alerts to warn pilots who are about to take off or land on a taxiway or on a runway that doesn’t support the performance capabilities of the airplane. The new installation also includes an integrated autopilot and ADS-B out capability, complying with the mandate for ADS-B by 2020.
Other advanced capabilities, which are now becoming more and more commonplace in new avionics systems, include synthetic vision, TAWS-B terrain alerts (TAWS-A is optional), TCAS traffic, electronic checklists, weather and more.
“This flight deck modernization program offers owners and operators a state-of-the-art flight deck that yields a substantially lower cost of operation and delivers an exceptional in-flight experience, which is all backed by a three-year warranty and 12 consecutive years of award-winning avionics product support,” said Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing, Carl Wolf.
An added benefit to the new Hawker/Beechjet installation is a useful-load increase of approximately 150 pounds.