General Aviation Textron enhances Cessna Caravan family with new flight deck features

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Textron Aviation has announced, that it will enhance the Cessna Caravan and Grand Caravan EX with new flight deck features.

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New features will become available to new production Cessna Caravan and Grand Caravan EX turboprop aircraft. The flight deck capabilities include new standard and optional equipment as part of the G100 NXi flight deck by Garmin.

According to Textron Aviation, the new features will be available on all aircraft that will be produced in 2019.

Rob Scholl, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing commented: “The Cessna Caravan platform is renowned for its outstanding performance, payload and dispatch reliability [...] Elevating the capabilities of the aircraft with advanced avionics ensures our customers have access to the latest technology needed to succeed as pilots and operators.”

All enhancements in the flight deck will lead to greater control for pilots and better overall connectivity in the cockpit. As an option, customers can add Garmin´s Enhanced Automatic Flight Control System (E-AFCS), which has automated features to help pilots retaining optimal envelopes.

Moreover, added features include Underspeed Protection (USP), Emergency Descent Mode (EDM), Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP) as well as Go-Around and auto-level functions. Another option is the Garmin GSR 56 Iridium Satellite Data Transceiver Link. The satellite voice communication and text message capabilities lead to better access to weather services.

Audio panels, which have 3D capabilities now also belong to the new standard equipment of the Cessna Caravan and Grand Caravan EX turboprops. In addition, Flight Stream 510 allows pilots to stream traffic, GPS information and weather from the flight deck to other devices like tablets.

Textron Aviation is a subsidiary of Textron Inc. and is home to the Cessna, Hawker and Beechcraft brands. In over 90 years of existence, Textron Aviation has delivered more than 250,000 aircraft in over 143 countries.

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