Garmin expects ‘imminent’ EASA approval of G5000 for Cessna Citation, XLS

Garmin expects “imminent” approval of the G5000 for the Citation Excel/XLS in Europe. (Photo: Garmin)

European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulatory approval of the G5000 flight deck for the Cessna Citation Excel and XLS is “imminent,” according to an Oct. 11 announcement from Garmin.

EASA approval will allow European Cessna Citation Excel and XLS operators to access Localizer Performance With Vertical Guidance (LPV) and Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A capabilities. The G5000 installation on the Citation Excel/XLS includes a fully digital Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) and an Emergency Descent Mode (EDM) that can be activated by the autopilot in the event of a loss of aircraft pressurization. the plane.

“Working alongside EASA, we are excited to bring this complete flight deck solution to the European market and further expand the G5000 upgrade program for the Citation Excel and Citation XLS fleet,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of sales and marketing for Garmin. statement.

In March 2021, the company also introduced support for access to the Future Air Navigation System (FANS-1/A+) and Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS). With this upgrade, the European Citation Excel/XLS will be equipped with avionics approved to meet the new updated requirements for operating in North Atlantic Track System (NATS) airspace.

According to Garmin’s Wolf, more than 100 Excel and XLS aircraft have either upgraded or committed to upgrading their cockpit configuration to the G5000.

Kevin A. Perras