Sierra/Garmin G501SP glass panel retrofit receives STC

Marking the completion of the Sierra/Garmin Citation I “glass panel” retrofit program, the FAA has approved Sierra Industries’ Supplemental Type Certificate, which allows the installation of the three-screen digital flight deck suite in all Cessna Citation 501 model aircraft, utilizing the same displays as the well-known Garmin G1000 system.

The G501SP flight deck includes individual Garmin GDU 1040 10.4-inch LCD Primary Flight Displays for pilot and copilot and a centrally-mounted 10.4-inch LCD Multifunction Display. The standard package is available at an installed price of $284,000. Typical installation time is estimated at five weeks. Optional upgrades include twin Cobham LCD engine instrument displays, Jeppesen Charts, XM Radio, TAWS-A or -B, a pedestal-mounted alphanumeric keypad, and Garmin SVT Synthetic Vision System.

The digital avionics package integrates the latest in GPS, terrain, weather and aircraft traffic technologies, enhancing situational awareness and streamlining the pilot’s workload, according to company officials.

The G501SP package and options are available for installation at Sierra’s Uvalde, Texas, facility and in kit form for dealer installation at other locations. The system is applicable to all Cessna Citation 501 aircraft with either Pratt & Whitney JT15-D or Williams FJ-44 engines.

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