LAKELAND, Fla., April 21, 2009 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., it has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) for the Citation Mustang. SVT is now a FAA-certified option for the Mustang and all G1000-equipped 172 Skyhawks, 182 Skylanes, 206 Stationairs and the Caravan product line.
The Garmin G1000 SVT gives the pilot a simulated 3D graphical representation of the surrounding terrain and displays the aircraft’s position in an enhanced topographical database. Garmin’s SVT also includes other features such as simulated 3D depiction of obstacle identification, traffic, flight path marker, zero pitch line, runway information and airport signs.
Working closely with Garmin, Cessna conducted an extensive test and certification program on the SVT system prior to submitting it to the FAA for certification on Cessna aircraft.
In addition, the 200th Mustang is scheduled to be delivered next month to Maritime Air Charters located in Honolulu, Hawaii. A delivery ceremony is scheduled at Cessna’s facility in Independence, Kan., where the Mustang is manufactured.
The current fleet of Citation Mustangs has accumulated more than 34,000 flight hours, and the high-time aircraft has logged nearly 1,000 hours. The Mustang is currently certified in 57 countries including the United States.
The Citation Mustang is on static display in Cessna’s exhibit at this year’s Sun ’n Fun Fly-In.