Cessna Close to First Brazilian Delivery of Garmin G1000-equipped Caravan
SÃO PAULO, Brazil. – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is poised to make its first Brazilian delivery of a Garmin-equipped Caravan turboprop.
Cessna announced in late 2007 it would begin offering the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics suite as standard equipment in its popular line of turboprops. The company earned Federal Aviation Administration certification for the upgraded configuration and began deliveries in April; European Aviation Safety Agency certification followed in July.
A Cessna 208 Caravan with an Oasis executive cabin interior is on display here this week at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition.
“We took a record 272 Caravan orders in 2007, and orders continue to be brisk this year,” said John Doman, Cessna vice president of worldwide propeller aircraft sales. “We have significantly increased production rates, and we’re looking forward to starting deliveries of the upgraded Caravans across the globe.”
The Garmin G1000 system designed for the Caravan line – the Cessna 208, the Grand Caravan (208B) and the Super Cargomaster – includes three 10” displays and incorporates the GFC700, an integrated, dual-channel digital autopilot. Other features include a flight director, go-around mode, Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and SafeTaxiTM. Radar, TAWS-B, XM radio and XM weather are optional features.
Additionally, Cessna now offers an optional TKS anti-ice system on cargo pod-equipped Caravans. The system releases glycol-based fluid through laser-drilled panels on the leading edges of the wings and horizontal and vertical stabilizers to reduce ice accumulation. A slinger ring on the propeller also emits fluid to minimize ice accumulation on the prop, windshield, cargo pod and landing gear. Cessna is currently developing a TKS option for non-cargo pod-equipped Caravans.
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