Cessna said Wednesday it has added auto-throttles to the Garmin G5000 avionics package of the Citation Latitude mid-size business jet.
A common feature on larger aircraft, the addition of auto-throttles to the Latitude flight deck will play a role in reducing pilot workload. The Garmin G5000 avionics keep the most important flight information available at the pilot’s fingertips using touch screen displays while the auto-throttle simultaneously controls engine power and adheres to flight parameters using the system’s auto-pilot feature.
“Auto-throttles are a valuable addition to the already impressive flight deck on the Latitude. Because the pilot no longer has to manually control the engines, auto-throttles represent a big leap ahead in convenience and ease of operations for business jet operators in the mid-size category,” said Terry Shriner, Cessna business leader for the Latitude.
Earlier this week the airframe manufacturer said the Citation Latitude is on schedule for its first prototype flight in the first quarter of 2014.