Representatives from throughout the business aviation community are pouring into Atlanta, Ga., for the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention.
Although the festivities technically kick off tomorrow, a couple of industry heavyweights hit the ground running today.
Cessna unveiled its Citation Ten, a modified version of the Citation X with 15 more inches of cabin space and increased power and efficiency from a pair of Rolls-Royce AE 3007C2 engines.
The aircraft will be the first to feature the Garmin G5000 avionics suite, marking the satellite-navigation company’s first venture into FAR Part 25 operations.
The fully integrated system relies upon three wide-aspect ratio 14-inch LCD primary and multifunction displays and four touch-screen control panels.
Both companies call the flight deck “revolutionary,” as it brings global weather, Garmin Synthetic Vision Technology and electronic flight charts to the fingertips of a pilot.
“Because the G5000 is scalable, aircraft manufacturers can choose as many displays as cockpit real estate will allow,” a statement from Garmin explains. “The landscape-oriented screens have multi-pane display capability that allows multiple pages to be viewed side-by-side on any of the screens. Therefore, pilots can simultaneously view maps, charts, checklists and aircraft systems synoptics, TAWS, TCAS, flight planning, weather or video input pages.”
The Citation Ten will make its maiden flight late next year, with company officials expecting the first delivery to occur in 2013. Winglets on the aircraft will increase performance another 211 NM in range while at high-speed cruise and other modifications provide 214 more pounds in maximum payload and a faster rate of climb to 45,000 feet, according to a Cessna statement.
“We are particularly excited about the advanced technology incorporated throughout the aircraft and the improved performance characteristics that give our customers a more efficient and a more productive aircraft and aircraft cabin that are designed to meet evolving requirements in business travel,” said Cessna CEO Jack Pelton.
A cabin mock-up of the Citation Ten can be viewed amongst Cessna’s static aircraft display at the DeKalb Peachtree Airport (PDK) in Atlanta during the NBAA Convention, which runs through Thursday.
Keep up with developments at the convention by clicking here to visit the association’s web site.