G5000 For Beech 400s

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Garmin has announced a planned G5000 retrofit for Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP aircraft. The company hopes it will have the STC ready in 2015. Although both designs are out of production, hundreds remain in service and Garmin VP Carl Wolf said the glass cockpit will modernize the legacy bizjet. “This upgrade offers existing owners and operators a chance to breathe new life into the aircraft they love," said Wolf, who noted the new panel will give the aircraft a 200-pound increase in useful load. The G5000 upgrade will naturally include the full complement of functions and features that Garmin packs into its avionics.

The suite for the Beech products will include three high-resolution 12-inch displays with touch-screen controllers and multi-pane capability allowing pilots to simultaneously see multiple pages at the same time. "Therefore, pilots can simultaneously view maps, charts, checklists, TAWS, TCAS, flight plans, weather, video input and more," said the Garmin news release. Synthetic vision will be an option.