Textron Aviation’s recent surge in product investment is evident by the newly available head-up display aboard the Citation Longitude.
Textron Aviation’s announcement this week of an available head-up display aboard the 3,500-nm range Citation Longitude provides clear evidence of a surge in product investment – $200 million to $2300 million per year. Garmin’s GHD 2100, driven by Citation Longitude’s G5000 integrated avionics system, features a 30-deg. wide by 24-deg. high field of view combiner and compact overhead projector. It offers all the standard HUD symbology including flight path vector, acceleration cue, speed deviation and air data. It also will offer standard synthetic vision with future growth provisions for EVS.
Textron Aviation officials declined to quote a price for the HUD, but Rob Scholl, senior VP sales and marketing, said that it would be “priced very competitively” with Rockwell-Collins HGS3500 that’s available on Embraer Legacy 450 and 500.
The $24 million Citation Longitude is powered by well-proven Honeywell HTF7500 turbofans. In addition to the five flight test aircraft, the first four customer aircraft are being assembled at Textron Aviation’s Wichita factory. Textron Aviation is using computer-controlled mills to make single-piece spars, ribs and upper and lower wing skins, thereby eliminating hundreds of parts. Robots drill 9,000 holes in the wing structure with high precision, providing tight dimensional tolerance in the final assembly. The aircraft is designed to have the lowest direct operating costs in class because of its advanced, high sample rate diagnostics system and maintenance-friendly design.