New Flight Deck Features For Cessna, Beechcraft Models

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Image: Textron Aviation

Image: Textron Aviation

Textron Aviation has announced that it will be offering improved flight deck capabilities for 2019 Cessna and Beechcraft piston models. According to the company, the upgraded features include new standard and optional equipment as part of Garmin’s G1000 NXi next-generation flight deck and are designed to provide “enhanced control and connectivity in the cockpit.”

Along with a Garmin GMA 1360 audio panel, the GFC 700 Autopilot with Enhanced Automatic Flight Control System (E-AFCS) will now come standard on 2019 Cessna Skylane, Cessna Turbo Stationair HD, Beechcraft Bonanza G36 and Beechcraft Baron G58 pistons. The GFC 700 E-AFCS, which includes electronic stability and protection with auto-level, underspeed protection and coupled go-around features, will be offered as an option on new Skyhawks as well. New Baron G58s will come equipped with Garmin’s GWX 75 Doppler weather radar and Textron will be offering the GSR 56 Iridium satellite receiver as an optional feature for all Cessna and Beechcraft pistons.

“Today, new and experienced pilots alike continue to rely on our renowned Cessna and Beechcraft pistons to experience the joy of flight firsthand,” said Textron’s vice president of piston sales, Christopher Crow. “We’re thrilled to once again elevate the capabilities of these aircraft and connect the next generation of aviators with the latest technology and equipment needed to fly with added confidence, ease and control.”

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"Today, new and experienced pilots alike continue to rely on our renowned Cessna and Beechcraft pistons to experience the joy of flight firsthand," said Textron's vice president of piston sales, Christopher Crow. "We're thrilled to once again elevate the capabilities of these aircraft and connect the next generation of aviators with the latest technology and equipment needed to fly with added confidence, ease and control."

Love it...he must have read the article about the fly-by-wire Navion and wanted to make sure we consider Textron's "modern" legacy airplanes stuffed with Garmin razza matazz.

Now we can buy a $500K Skyhawk with " The GFC 700 E-AFCS, which includes electronic stability and protection with auto-level, underspeed protection and coupled go-around features". Gee, i was really liking the fly-by-wire Navion. Decisions, decisions.

Posted by: Jim Holdeman | January 16, 2019 9:53 AM    Report this comment

It's amazing to me that they can offer all of these exciting options, but still don't offer a basic ADS-B In from the factory. You'd think that safety in flight would be a priority for them. I don't see that they're listening to their customers or the market place at all!

Posted by: Thomas Wiley | January 16, 2019 10:49 AM    Report this comment

I think if Mr Wiley were to go to the Textron page and research Beech products, he may discover that they do offer this, and the aircraft are so equipped from the factory

Posted by: Thomas Ibach | January 17, 2019 2:09 AM    Report this comment

Since when does any Cessna or Beechcraft model have a "Flight Deck"?

Is that the one that is adjacent to and right in front of the passenger seats on the "Passenger Deck"?

Posted by: Jeff Land | January 17, 2019 8:20 AM    Report this comment

My Ibach, you are correct in that the Beech page states they are ADS-B In & Out equipped. Here it is per Thomas Turner:

"Here's what we're up against with an ADS-B solution for legacy G1000 airplanes, and the very latest:

- Textron Aviation holds the STC for the G1000 in G36 Bonanzas and G58 Barons. Any change to incorporate ADS-B must be done by Textron Aviation or with Textron Aviation's consent.
- Garmin has told me Textron Aviation has not permitted Garmin to offer an ADS-B update for these airplanes.
- I have spoken many times with Textron Aviation to the Vice Presidential level, imploring them to provide an update for our members who own legacy G1000 (pre-ADS-B) Bonanzas and Barons.
- Most of the time Textron Aviation has responded that it has no plans for providing such an update. It recommends these owners install ADS-B certified equipment that does not interface with the G1000, i.e., to do what all pre-G1000 Bonanza and Baron owners must do. The difference is that traffic, weather and transponder functions would not display on the G1000, and owners would have to turn off the existing G1000-integrated transponder. We have documented Textron Aviation's attitude and response in ABS Magazine.
- Last year about this time Textron Aviation changed its response and said that integrated ADS-B would be part of a legacy G1000 upgrade to NXi. Textron Aviation said then, and repeated several times in the spring, that an announcement was to be made last summer, presumably at Oshkosh. No announcement was ever made. My subsequent inquiries have consistently resulted in vague replies that this may be available "sometime next year."
- During my most recent call to Textron Aviation today (October 2018), I was told that the NXi update may be available in 2019 but that an ADS-B OUT only software update to legacy G1000s is "definitely in the works" in time for the January 1, 2020 ADS-B mandate. I was advised to check back with Textron Aviation about this option "after the first of the year."
- A very few ABS members report having integrated ADS-B into their G1000s using one-time approvals obtained through local avionics shops. This may be a possibility; owners should contact their installers to pursue this option.

I reminded Textron Aviation that G36 and G58 owners are their most recent customers, and that an ADS-B solution is vital for continued operation of these airplanes after January 1, 2020. I will continue to press Textron Aviation, and keep you updated if any progress is made.." - Thomas Turner

Now maybe, just maybe this announcement means they're going to start offering it, but the announcement doesn't actually say that ! Now, how about the Cessna product line?

Posted by: Thomas Wiley | January 17, 2019 5:14 PM    Report this comment

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