Cessna Citation engine retrofit specialist Sierra Industries of Uvalde, Texas, has taken a step into the avionics realm with a new program to engineer an integrated digital Garmin glass cockpit upgrade for legacy Cessna Citation 501s.
Developed in cooperation with Garmin International and featuring the primary flight (PFD) and multifunction (MFD) displays from the G1000, the retrofit package is featured at the Sierra booth (No. 5851). The G501SP upgrade is well under way toward FAA supplemental type certification early next year.
The G501SP flight deck will include individual Garmin GDU 1040 10.4-inch PFDs for pilot and copilot, and a centrally mounted 10.4-inch MFD replacing the original Sperry electromechanical ADI and HSI instruments. Upgrade options include twin Meggitt LCD engine instrument displays, Garmin’s SVT synthetic-vision technology, Jeppesen charts, XM weather, TAWS-A or -B and a pedestal-mounted flight management alphanumeric keypad.