Cessna Caravan family gets latest Garmin avionics software starting 2024


Cessna Caravans in formation

Textron Aviation has upgraded the avionics of its Cessna Caravan range of turboprops — the Cessna Caravan and Cessna Grand Caravan EX. Due for launch in 2024, the latest Garmin avionics suite will deliver greater performance and improved user experience to pilots, said the manufacturer.

“We strive to provide excellent flying experiences for pilots, and this update for the Caravan demonstrates our commitment to incorporating the latest technology and innovation based on customer feedback,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, Sales & Flight Operations. “We’re invested in the future of this legendary turboprop and the future of flight.”

Equipped with the Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite, Caravan operators will experience an array of new advanced features and technology from Garmin. Notable additions that will come standard include the GDL 60 datalink, the GTX 345DR diversity transponder and the GI 275 electronic standby.

The GDL 60 will offer high-bandwidth data exchange and connectivity options, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and LTE networks. The GDL 60 provides cockpit and personal electronic device connectivity, and external Wi-Fi and LTE networks for external connectivity while the aircraft is on ground. It also features the ability to complete automatic wireless database downloads over network connections. The GTX 345DR will offer ADS-B Out/In standard and will also include diversity antenna coverage. The ADS-B In applications available have been expanded with the GTX 345DR to include CAVS (CDTI Assisted Visual Separation) and ROA (Runway Occupancy Awareness). The GI 275 electronic standby provides a modern, sleek glass touchscreen display.

Caravan operators will be able to choose new optional features, such as the Garmin GWX 8000 weather radar, which adds Automode and Lightning and Hail Prediction. They will also have optional Taxiway Routing, which provides visual guidance for Caravan operators when maneuvering at the airport.

Previous optional features are being refreshed for Caravan operators as well. The Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) refresh includes enhanced terrain, airport signs and runway depictions. The SVT refresh also introduces multiple viewpoints for the first time and integrates with the new Taxiway Routing feature to display routing guidance. Additionally, Sirius XM Weather through the GDL 69A SXM has been enhanced to include new products.