Cessna Unveils Next-gen Corvalis with Touch-screen Garmin G2000

 - March 29, 2011, 4:01 AM

Cessna Aircraft today unveiled its new Corvalis TTX high-performance, single-engine piston at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Fla. The upgraded Corvalis features new standard and optional equipment, all-new interior and paint scheme options and, perhaps most important, the Intrinzic flight deck that uses the new touch-screen Garmin G2000 avionics system as its platform.

Intrinzic is described as a Cessna-designed cockpit that “incorporates the latest developments in human factors engineering, ergonomics and user experience” to make flying simpler.

“We’ve taken an airplane with incredible performance and made flying it even more natural and instinctive with Intrinzic,” said Jack Pelton, Cessna chairman, president and CEO. “At the heart of the new Cessna TTX is the first touch-screen-controlled glass flight deck ever designed for a piston aircraft. The G2000 represents a new generation in advanced avionics–simplified, organized, intuitive.”

But what really raises eyebrows is the Cessna chief’s following statement: “This interface is so advanced, it’s the same as what you’ll find in the upcoming Cessna Citation Ten business jet.” Combined with the definition of intrinsic (the correct spelling)–“belonging to the essential nature or constitution of a thing”–Pelton hints that Intrinzic could be a common avionics user interface across the Cessna product line, from the Cessna pistons all the way up to the Citation Ten (and beyond). Such a common interface could be done, no matter the specific Garmin model–the G1000, G2000, G3000, G4000 or G5000. This would follow similar trends at Gulfstream and Dassault.

The Intrinzic’s G2000 avionics suite features two 14-inch wide aspect ratio, high-resolution LED displays and an infrared, touch-screen controller–the GTC 570 that was just introduced last week. The GTC 570 allows multi-function display page navigation, as well as audio and environmental control.

Other standard avionics–all from Garmin–include a remote-mounted, digital audio panel with improved squelch and noise immunity, dual AHRS, GFC 700 autopilot, GTS800 traffic system, GTX 33ES transponder with provisions for ADS-B In and Out capability and electronic stability protection to help a pilot maintain stable flight and help prevent the onset of stalls, spins and overspeeds.

The Corvalis TTX also has the L-3 Trilogy glass panel standby instrument system, making it the first Cessna piston with no analog instruments. A standard pulse oximeter is available to monitor pilot blood-oxygen levels, with the this real-time data displayed on the MFD.

Two options include Garmin’s GSR56 Iridium satellite datalink for worldwide weather and voice/text capability (subscription required) and the Avidyne TWX670 lightning detection system.

Interior appointments include four new interior schemes–stealth, tranquility, classic and twilight–all of which feature Citation-grade leather. Responding to customer requests, the Corvalis TTX is approved for operation with the rear seats removed for more carrying capacity. Cessna is also offering two new exterior paint designs.

The TTX retains the Corvalis’ title as the fastest fixed-gear single-engine piston aircraft, with a maximum cruise speed of 235 knots. The four-seat composite aircraft has a range of 1,250 nm and is powered by a Continental TSIO-550-C six-cylinder, fuel-injected, twin turbocharged engine with dual intercoolers. New for the TTX will be a five-year parts and labor warranty on the engine.

Cessna said it will begin delivering Corvalis TTXs next year.