Garmin's G5000 integrated flight deck retrofit for Cessna Citation XLS+ and XLS Gen2 jets is expected to arrive soon, having already been installed in 120 Citation Excel and XLS models since 2019.
The existing upgrade program has brought "significant technology and financial benefit to operators," said Garmin Vice President of Aviation Sales and Marketing Carl Wolf, in a news release. "We look forward to expanding this program to include the Citation XLS+ and XLS Gen2, bringing the same advanced avionics capabilities and lower operating costs to more Citations in the fleet."
An automated emergency descent activates in case of cabin pressure loss, a standard feature that is able to guide the aircraft to a preset altitude automatically.
Synthetic vision display has been upgraded to include a 3D exocentric view of the airport for improved situational awareness during ground operations, and includes 3D structures, signage, and markings to help reduce runway incursions. Pilots can use the touch-screen controller to program a taxi route that is depicted on either the 2D or 3D display. The SafeTaxi database, and other internal software, can be updated via Garmin's PlaneSync system.
The G5000 upgrade includes fully integrated ADS-B, including traffic awareness, as well as the GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar, with an automated mode for simplified operation.