The Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP is a famously rugged bizjet, one that goes fast, costs relatively little and has a decent enough cabin. The biggest gripe is that its avionics, at least in most versions, are outdated. So there looks to be a ready market for Garmin’s latest program, the G5000 Integrated Flight Deck modernization program, that plugs the G5000 touch-controlled avionics deck into the cockpit of the 400, adding all kinds of user-friendliness along with a handful of safety features new to the 400.
The flight deck features three high-res, 12-inch flight displays situated alongside dual touch-screen display controllers that serve as the primary crew interface to the system, simplifying operation and ease of control. Landscape flight displays offer multi-pane capability, allowing up to six independent pages to be displayed simultaneously. Charts can be viewed across all three displays.
Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP pilots will also get the integration of Garmin’s SurfaceWatch, which offers visual and aural cues to help prevent pilots from taking off and landing on a taxiway, on a runway that’s too short or on the wrong runway based on performance data entered during preflight. In addition to charts, pilots can simultaneously display maps, checklists, TAWS and TCAS information, flight plans, weather and more.
The G5000 upgrade brings with it an estimated weight savings of 150 pounds, the GFC700 autopilot, with the capability to fly coupled WAAS/SBAS and PBN/RNP 0.3 with LPV/APV approaches, along with VNAV and FLC modes. There’s also optional underspeed protection and coupled go-arounds. There’s TAWS, synthetic vision, ADS-B Out, and the digital color Garmin GWX70 weather radar.
Learn more at the Garmin website.