Spring is typically thought of as a time of new beginnings. You could definitely say that about Garmin’s G3000 avionics system! Cessna’s new Citation M2, a G3000 equipped aircraft, recently got its wings, while another was the first in a long line of new jets to be delivered to NetJets. Some exciting milestones have been met as it relates to the G3000 in the last several weeks!
The Cessna Citation M2 is one step closer to flying with the G3000! The M2 “received its wings” last week, as the first set of wings were attached to the fuselage last week. Mating the wings to the fuselage marks the beginning of aircraft system testing; including hydraulics, flight controls, and of course, the avionics! This step is a significant milestone in the overall aircraft production process and brings the M2 one step closer to certification which is expected later this year.
Adding to the latest series of benchmarks, NetJets took delivery of the first of up to 125 Embraer Phenom 300 series aircraft. Equipped with the latest Garmin G3000 avionics suite, the Prodigy Touch Flight Deck is the first touch screen-controlled glass flight deck designed specifically for light turbine aircraft. Three 14.1 inch displays encompass two Primary Flight Displays (PFD’s) and one Multi-Function Display (MFD). Further adding to situational awareness and reducing pilot workload, each PFD may be split into a Multifunction Window (MFW) to view essential information such as the moving map, flight plan data, or approach charts. Two 5.7 inch touch-screen controllers also compliment the integrated system, allowing pilots the ability to input flight sensitive information with ease.
Garmin has continued to introduce innovative and technologically advanced avionics over the last 24 years. As these milestones, benchmarks, and goals are met, it will be exciting to see what further advances are made beyond the G3000 and before we know it, the G5000!