July 20, 2010
By Thomas A. Horne
Garmin International has announced that its G1000 avionics suite has earned supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for installation in Cessna’s CitationJet. Some 360 of these early CJs—the first in the CJ line—were built between 1993 and 2000.
The $385,000 ($405,000, with the synthetic vision option) STC does away with the CJ’s hodge-podge of Honeywell and Universal avionics, replacing the original panel with three large display units, a pedestal-mounted keypad, WAAS LPV capability, Garmin’s GFC 700 autopilot and flight control system, dual AHRS, Class-B TAWS, Garmin’s SafeTaxi and FliteCharts, plus many other standard and optional features.
Also included is target N1 display information, which calculates optimal takeoff and climb fan speed values and marks them on vertical tape readouts. Owners also realize a 100-pound weight savings with the G1000 installation. The conversion will be performed at Cessna service centers, and take approximately four weeks of down time.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
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