Textron Aviation enhances proven Cessna Caravan platform with next-generation Garmin G1000 NXi avionics
Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced it has introduced the Garmin G1000 NXi integrated flight deck to the new production of its authoritative Cessna Grand Caravan EX and Cessna Caravan platforms. The company has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for the Garmin G1000 NXi-equipped Caravan platform, allowing deliveries to commence in the U.S. and Europe.
“The Cessna Caravan product line continues to lead the modern single-engine utility turboprop segment, and introducing the new Garmin G1000 NXi avionics further confirms our commitment to investing in this proven and versatile platform,” said Rob Scholl, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing. “The Caravan platform has the capability to perform an impressive range of challenging missions, and now with a more streamlined and connected experience in the cockpit, pilots will have the modern design and state-of-the-art technologies at their fingertips.”
The G1000 NXi avionics platform brings customers the latest in performance enhancements. Features include significant flight display modernization with faster processing times, improved graphics rendering and enhanced readability with LED back-lighting. Capability improvements include map overlay on the HSI, improved FMS capabilities to include visual approaches, standard ADS-B out and optional ADS-B in, the ability to view VFR and IFR charts on the moving map, animated Sirius XM weather depiction and more. As an option, SurfaceWatch will also provide enhanced runway situational awareness.
The Cessna Caravan fleet of more than 2,600 aircraft is certified in 100 countries with more than 19 million flight hours amassed since the aircraft was introduced. Caravan aircraft fulfill roles for multiple missions, ranging from flight training to recreation, commuter airlines to VIP transport, cargo carriers and humanitarian missions. The aircraft was engineered for challenging missions, high payloads and short, rough runways, while providing single-engine economy and simplicity