Cessna Announces 2007 Upgrades for the Skyhawk, Skylane and Stationair

November 09, 2006

Palm Springs, CA - November 9, 2006 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the 2007 upgrades for the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, 182 Skylane and 206 Stationair at this year's Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Expo in Palm Springs, Calif. Highlights include a significant enhancement to the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics suite with the introduction of the Garmin GFC 700 Automatic Flight Control (AFCS) and Flight Director (FD) system as standard equipment on all Skylane and Stationair models. In addition, for the Skyhawk, Skylane and Stationair, Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), Garmin SafeTaxiTM and Garmin FliteCharts will be standard, and Garmin ChartView powered by Jeppesen will be optional.

"The Garmin GFC 700 autopilot on the 182 Skylane and 206 Stationair will fully integrate the avionics system making this our most sophisticated single engine piston cockpit to date – many of these capabilities were only found in jets before now," said John Doman, Cessna vice president of worldwide propeller aircraft sales. "Every component of the now fully-integrated all-Garmin system has been engineered to work seamlessly together. The autopilot functions will be located on the G1000 flight displays, and more information than ever will be available to the pilot because the GFC 700 is capable of using all of the data available to the Garmin G1000 avionics system, thereby adding new navigational features that increase functionality and safety and reduce pilot workload."

The GFC 700 autopilot will offer many new elements, including the following:

  • All-digital, dual-channel, two-axis flight control – this system features an attitude-based (versus rate-based) autopilot, including fail-safe mode, which prevents or eliminates autopilot malfunctions, such as hardovers or trim runaways.

  • Flight Director – this offers pitch and roll guidance to show the pilot the attitude for a standard climb or turn.

  • Flight Level Change – this ensures the aircraft maintains airspeed while climbing or descending to a pre-selected altitude.

  • Go-Around Mode – This engages the Flight Director in a wings-level, seven-degree pitch-up attitude to help the pilot safely navigate an aborted landing.

  • Pitch Hold – this mode, in conjunction with the Flight Director, maintains a constant pitch attitude.

New features for 2007 on all of the currently produced single engine piston Cessna models will include standard Garmin SafeTaxiTM, Garmin FliteCharts and optional Garmin ChartView powered by Jeppesen. The 172 Skyhawk, 182 Skylane and 206 Stationair will also have Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and VNAV capabilities. The 182 and 206 WAAS system will be coupled with the GFC 700 autopilot. The WAAS navigation features include Lateral Performance with Vertical Guidance approach (LPV) and WAAS Vertical Navigation (VNAV). WAAS is a GPS-based navigation system that provides precision guidance to aircraft at airports where there are currently no precision approaches. The WAAS signal feeds highly precise positioning information to the G1000 receiver and the system provides enhanced enroute situational awareness, superior vertical guidance for landing approaches, and increased runway accessibility in adverse weather conditions.

SafeTaxiTM provides a pilot with a graphical picture of more than 700 airports in the United States, showing the aircraft's exact position in relation to labeled taxiways, runways, and buildings during taxi. The G1000 also uses the XM satellite system to provide the pilot with weather information overlaid on the multifunction flight display's (MFD's) moving map, giving the pilot unprecedented situational awareness.

The Garmin FliteCharts or ChartView provide navigational aid to pilots with the ability to electronically display these flight navigation charts on the primary flight display (PFD) in the cockpit. ChartView will depict the airplane's position on the plan view of the electronically displayed chart. While backup paper charts are still required, they will rarely be necessary with the electronic configuration, making this is a significant move toward a paperless cockpit.

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