Garmin Adds Features to Excel/XLS G5000 Retrofit

 - September 14, 2020, 12:00 PM

Garmin has added new options and features to the G5000 integrated flight deck retrofit upgrade for the Citation Excel/XLS. The new software-enabled features include stabilized approach monitoring, steep approach certification, and reactive windshear detection, as well as optional takeoff and landing data (TOLD) calculations.

New hardware approvals for these retrofitted aircraft include the Garmin AHRS, GRA 5500 radar altimeter, and the GTS 8000 TCAS II—all of which addresses third-party product obsolescence for these aircraft, Garmin said. In addition, CPDLC datalink message recording is now supported with an upgraded L3 cockpit voice recorder.

Besides new installations, the software features are also available for existing G5000 installs in these twinjets via a software upgrade. The G5000 integrated flight deck upgrade and new optional hardware for the Excel/XLS is available from Textron Aviation Service Centers and select Garmin-authorized dealers.

“Given the success and demand of the G5000 integrated flight deck upgrade in the Citation Excel and Citation XLS, we’re excited to introduce new features that will add significant capability to this upgrade,” said Garmin v-p of aviation sales and marketing Carl Wolf. “With the G5000, owners and operators receive zero-time avionics that yield a lower cost of operation, along with situational awareness tools that streamline cockpit operations, all of which make the G5000 upgrade in these popular aircraft an absolute must.”