Garmin launched a G5000 avionics modernization program for the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP, targeted for FAA STC approval in 2015, that will be available at certain Garmin dealers. The company estimates that the glass cockpit retrofit for the light twinjet will cost between $450,000 and $500,000 installed. In addition to modernizing the flight deck, the new avionics package is lighter and thus raises the jet’s useful load by 200 pounds.
The Garmin flight deck for the 400A/400XP will include three landscape-oriented, 12-inch LCD flight displays, as well as two touchscreen display/controllers. According to Garmin, the displays permit multiple pages to be viewed side-by-side, allowing pilots to simultaneously view maps, charts, checklists, terrain, air traffic, flight plans, weather and video input, among others, on the three displays. The G5000 also features a digital autopilot, PBN/RNP 0.3 with LPV/APV approach capability, Doppler weather radar and options for synthetic vision, ADS-B and TAS/Tcas traffic solutions.
“The G5000 is the ideal solution for Beechjet 400A/400XP operators,” said Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing Carl Wolf. “This upgrade offers existing owners and operators a chance to breathe new life into the aircraft they love with situational awareness tools, safety enhancements and NextGen capabilities.”