Textron Aviation brings enhanced flight deck features to Cessna and Beechcraft piston lineup

Textron Aviation, a Textron Inc. company, has revealed enhanced flight deck capabilities for new production Cessna and Beechcraft piston platforms.

The features include new standard and optional equipment as part of Garmin’s G1000 NXi next-generation integrated flight deck, providing pilots with enhanced control in the cockpit.

Christopher Crow, vice president at Piston Sales, said: “Today, new and experienced pilots alike continue to rely on our renowned Cessna and Beechcraft pistons to experience the joy of flight firsthand. 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.”

New equipment includes the latest Garmin GMA 1360 audio panel with enhanced audio capabilities and Bluetooth audio link to pair portable electronic devices to the flight deck. Other equipment like the GFC 700 Autopilot with Enhanced Automatic Flight Control System (E-AFCS), is now standard on 2019 production of Cessna Skylane, Cessna Turbo Stationair HD, Beechcraft Bonanza G36 and Beechcraft Baron G58 pistons, and optional on the Cessna Skyhawk.

With E-AFCS, pilots benefit from a lineup of automated features designed to help maintain an optimal flight envelope, while enhancing situational awareness. Added features include Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP) with auto-level functionality, Underspeed Protection (USP), and Coupled Go-Around.

Factory-new Baron G58 aircraft, equipped with Garmin’s new GWX 75 Doppler weather radar, provides pilots with onboard weather information, and allows operators to customize the weather picture on each individual display in the cockpit. When used with optional turbulence detection and ground suppression technology, the radar enables Baron pilots to more easily navigate around challenging weather.

Optional features for all Cessna and Beechcraft pistons include Garmin GSR 56 Iridium satellite receiver, providing near worldwide access to downlink weather services and allows pilots to make voice calls and send text messages and a subscription service available through Garmin.