Garmin has released a free software upgrade–version 6.21–which increases the capability of its G500/G600 flight displays. The G600 version is available immediately, while the G500 version will be released in February. Some new capabilities include control of altitude preselect for KFC 200/250 autopilots using the G500/G600 when paired with a GAD 43e autopilot interface adapter; provision of basic GWX 70 weather radar functions; support of Cessna 400B/800B/1000 IFCS autopilots (when paired with a GAD 43e); and flight director display with Century IV/41/2000 autopilots.
Epic Aircraft unveiled a revised instrument panel for its E1000 single-engine turboprop here at AirVenture. The automotive-style panel was designed in-house and features the Garmin G1000 glass-panel avionics system. The $2.75 million E1000 is intended to be the certified version of Epic’s LT kit aircraft. Epic filed for certification 18 months ago and CEO Doug King expects to complete the process in 2015 and have the first conforming aircraft flying at the end of 2013.
Cessna Aircraft’s single-engine line is likely to experience price hikes as the company seeks to improve profit margins on all of its aircraft, even as sales of some models slump. That was the word from Cessna vice president Jodi Noah here at EAA AirVenture Monday. “We will be pursuing price increases on a few of the different products primarily because we want to be able to offer the different products in our line-up.
The first production model of Cessna’s new Citation Sovereign completed its maiden flight last Wednesday, logging more than 2.5 hours in the Kansas sky. The flight included tests of its Garmin G5000 avionics with autothrottles, as well as the autopilot, engines and aircraft systems. The aircraft took off and landed at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, where Cessna’s main manufacturing facilities are located.
Cessna Aircraft, in a relatively quiet ceremony on Monday, rolled out the first production unit of the new Citation X upgrade at its Wichita, Kansas manufacturing facility. A crowd of some 200 Cessna employees hailed the rollout and CEO Scott Ernest claimed that the 8- to 12-passenger twinjet, with a top speed of Mach 0.935, is the fastest (though not yet certified) civilian aircraft in the world. (The certified Gulfstream G650 has a maximum speed of Mach 0.925.)
For a market that company president and CEO Scott Ernest describes as remaining soft, Cessna is continuing its product development schedule. During the company’s press conference here yesterday he announced that the Wichita airframer has launched a new version of its midsize Citation Sovereign, and invited show attendees to visit the new aircraft, which has been under development for the past year-and-a-half, at the static display. Three of the upgraded Sovereigns are currently flying and have thus far accumulated approximately 800 flight-test hours.
Safe Flight Instrument is celebrating its 65th anniversary with several new programs, including a speed-control system for the Cessna 400 and 208, Lancair Evolution, Quest Kodiak and Viking Twin Otter and autothrottles for the Gulfstream G150, Cessna Citation X and Hawker 800 series.
It’s no secret that Cessna is in the early stages of developing a new single-engine turboprop–one designed for fast, comfortable traveling and intended to complement the company’s highly successful utilitarian turboprop single, the Caravan.