August 30, 2013
Garmin is jumping into the competitive market for retrofitting Beechjets with a new flight deck modernization program.
Garmin is developing a supplemental type certificate to install the G5000 avionics suite in Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP aircraft. The company hopes to have the STC complete by 2015 and offer the upgrade through its dealer network.
The upgrade marks another expansion for Garmin’s G5000 platform, which pushes the avionics manufacturer into the Part 25 market and has been selected for Cessna’s new Citation X, Sovereign, Latitude and Longitude, along with the Learjet 70/75 aircraft.
Beechcraft and Nextant have been competing head-to-head in the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP refurbishment/remanufacturing market with new engines, interiors, winglets and upgraded cockpits. However, both Beechcraft and Nextant offer upgraded Collins Pro Line 21 systems. Nextant at one time was believed to have been looking at a potential Garmin offering in addition to the Pro Line, but no announcement has yet been made.
The G5000 platform offered for the Beechjet Hawker 400XP will include three high-resolutions 12-in. flight displays along with two touch-screen display/controllers. Pilots will be able to view maps, charts, checklists, TAWS, TCAS, flight plans, weather, and video input. The system will be designed for the latest NextGen technologies, including PBN/RNP 0.3 with LPV/APV approach capability and ADS-B. It also will have options for Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology. TAWS-B is standard with optional TAWS-A, as well as Garmin FlightCharts and Garmin Safe Taxi.