Cessna Announces Larger, Advanced Citation Ten; Debut for Garmin G5000 Avionics, Revolutionary Cabin Management System

First flight of the new Citation Ten will be in late 2011, with certification and first delivery in 2013.

The Citation Ten’s restyled, clean cockpit design is anchored by the new, fully integrated Garmin G5000 system that centers on three 14-inch LCD primary and multifunction displays and four touch-screen control panels. Among the standard features of the new system are a pilot-vehicle touch-screen interface, TCAS II with Change 7.1, Synthetic Vision Technology, electronic charts, Garmin’s SafeTaxi, a dual flight management system with WAAS LPV and RNP 0.3 SAAAR capability, solid-state weather radar with turbulence detection and vertical scan capability, integrated terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS), ADS-B Out and Link 2000+ data link. Options include satellite weather and an ICAO Type 1A flight data recorder.

Most Advanced Passenger Cabin in the Industry

Cessna has teamed with Dallas-based Heads Up Technologies to develop an intelligent cabin management system (CMS) that integrates cabin electrical systems, avionics and communications through a fiber optic backbone and an intuitive touch-screen user interface, resulting in “the ultimate connectivity experience.”

“Together with Heads Up Technologies, we offer in the Ten a cabin and cabin management system designed top to bottom for productivity,” Pelton said. “We surround all this productivity with new styling, more space, new seats, new lighting and more stowage – frankly more options all around to easily meet demanding customer requirements.”

“I am very comfortable referring to our new Citation Ten CMS as revolutionary,” Pelton said.

Technology is the foundation of the Citation Ten CMS. Designers opted for exclusive use of fiber optics instead of the more commonly used copper cable, not only providing sufficient bandwidth for system growth but greatly reducing aircraft weight. This size aircraft requires almost 200 feet of cable for the CMS; a fiber optic backbone weighs less than one-tenth what a copper cable system weighs. Aircraft using current technology CMS architectures carry extra cable – and extra weight – to accommodate future system expansion; if not, expansion is limited. The Citation Ten’s fiber optic architecture is scalable, both for system growth and for various aircraft.

The Cessna CMS features an interactive, touch-screen system controller at each passenger seat for audio (digital media, MP3/iPhone), video (digital, Blu Ray), interactive moving map, cabin temperature, lights, window shades and even cabin diagnostics. The dual club-seat cabin arrangement also includes 110 or 220 volt electrical outlets and multiple USB/device inputs. High-speed Internet browsing, satellite radio and cabin Wi-Fi are available as options.

The Cessna CMS trip computer includes an interactive moving map with a global database featuring standard features like flight data displays and location indicator, and also offers access to points of interest information.

The new Citation Ten cabin mock-up is on display this week during NBAA at Cessna’s static aircraft display at Atlanta’s DeKalb Peachtree Airport (KPDK) following an unveiling on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. (EDT). More information also is available at www.cessna.com.

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