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New Garmin retrofits for PC–12, Citation Excel, XLS

Garmin International announced that its engine indication system (EIS) TXi should be certified for installation in certain Pilatus PC–12/45 and PC–12/47 turboprop singles in the first half of 2022. Additionally, Garmin said its GFC 600 flight control system would also be certified “in the coming months” in select PC–12/47 airplanes; the GFC 600 is already certified for PC–12/45 variants.

The Cessna Citation Excel and Citation XLS business jet fleet has been retrofitted with Garmin's G5000 integrated flight deck. Photo courtesy of Garmin International.

The EIS TXi puts engine information on a 10.6-inch flight display that can accommodate a primary flight display (PFD) or a multifunction display (MFD) with a vertical EIS strip, or on a 7-inch flight display portrait mode as a dedicated EIS display. The EIS TXi provides real-time data using colors, bands, and radials to show normal operating ranges and limitations at a glance. Engine torque, propeller rpm, gas generator rpm and interstage turbine temperature can be configured to change their markings based on pressure altitude, outside air temperature, and more. Additional standard gauges include oil pressure and temperature, fuel flow, fuel quantity, and electrical system status.

The system also comes with limit timers. These keep track of engine exceedances, use timers to log the duration of any time-based excursions, and flash to alert the pilot. The date, time, and duration of the exceedance is also recorded.

A fuel planning function lets pilots enter fuel data after a fuel stop, then automatically provides fuel range, endurance, and fuel over destination information during a flight.

Certification for Garmin's EIS TXi installation in certain Pilatus PC-12 models is expected in the first half of 2022. Photo courtesy of Garmin International.

The EIS TXi has a data-logging function that stores engine parameters—including exceedances—that are stored on an SD card and the information can be wirelessly paired with Garmin’s Flight Stream 510, then transferred and stored on the Garmin Pilot app, and automatically downloaded to the flyGarmin website.

Together with Garmin’s GFC 600 autopilot, G600 PFD, GTN Xi navigators, GTX ADS-B transponders, and GWX weather radar, the EIS TXi provides a complete retrofit package that allows owners to fully modernize their cockpits.

Citation Excel and XLS

Garmin also announced that 10 percent of the Cessna Citation Excel and Citation XLS business jet fleet has been retrofitted with Garmin’s G5000 integrated flight deck.

“We are thrilled that so many owners and operators have chosen to upgrade the Citation Excel/XLS with the G5000 since we announced program certification just two years ago,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation and marketing. “Offering an unprecedented level of situational awareness, the G5000 also yields a significantly lower cost of operation and delivers an exceptional in-flight experience, making it an attractive upgrade in these popular aircraft.”

The G5000 uses three landscape-oriented flight displays with split-screen capability to show charts, checklists, terrain avoidance and warning system, traffic alert and collision avoidance system, flight plan, and other information. Also included in the upgrade is an automatic flight control system, an emergency descent mode for use in the event of a loss of pressurization, and autopilot-enabled coupled go-arounds. The autopilot also enables an optional underspeed protection feature that prevents low-airspeed conditions.

With the G5000, there’s also Performance-based navigation and required navigation performance (PBN/RNP) 0.3 with LPV/APV approach capability, allowing operators to access more airports and lower approach minimums throughout the world; Controller-Pilot Data Link Communication-Departure Clearance (CPDLC-DCL), which automates clearance delivery at more than 60 airports in the United States; and en route CPDLC for datalink messages to exchange messages with air traffic control in the United States and Europe.

Among other features, the G5000 comes with synthetic vision; SurfaceWatch for preventing takeoffs or landings on taxiways, or runways that are too short; datalink weather; Doppler weather radar; and FANS-1/A+ and ACARS support that allows pilots to fly the North Atlantic Track System (NATS).

Optional Connext wireless cockpit connectivity via Flight Stream 510 enables flight plan transfers between compatible mobile devices, including Garmin Pilot, FltPlan Go, and ForeFlight mobile, as well as Database Concierge—the wireless transfer of aviation databases from the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device to the G5000.

Thomas A. Horne

Thomas A. Horne

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
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.
Topics: Avionics

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