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Cessna Reveals Advanced Cockpit in New Corvalis TTX

By Mac McClellan, Editor-at-Large, EAA 747337
Corvalis Intrinzic
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The Garmin G2000 system in the Corvalis TTX has touchscreen control like the systems Garmin has designed for the Citation Ten and the HondaJet.

Corvalis TTX
The Cessna Corvalis TTX.

March 29, 2011 — Cessna took the wraps off a new version of its Model 400 Corvalis composite piston single at Sun ’n Fun, revealing the most comprehensive avionics system yet in a piston single. In fact, the company made up a new name to describe the Garmin G2000 system - it's the Intrinzic.

The headline is that the Garmin G2000 system in the Corvalis TTX has touchscreen control like the systems Garmin has designed for the Citation Ten and the HondaJet, among other turbine airplanes. But the Intrinzic system also includes huge 14-inch-wide flat glass displays and, like the jets, it has the capability to manage a number of aircraft systems, not just avionics functions.

The touchscreen control in the Intrinzic uses an infrared light system to detect an input instead of the pressure-sensitive, or the capacitance, type used on other touchscreen devices. In the G2000, like in the jet systems, placing your finger over an icon or other button the screen actually breaks the beam of an array of infrared lights that cover the screen. This is the most positive way for a touch to be interpreted accurately without a double hit, or an unintended "drag" across the screen.

Cessna and Garmin also have worked together to integrate G2000 functions so that managing all phases of flight will be more intuitive, and require less pilot input than in systems now found in piston singles. Full capability autopilot functions are standard, including Garmin's ESP (electronic stability protection) that uses the autopilot servos to "nudge" the controls in the proper direction to help a pilot recover from an unusual attitude even when he is hand flying.

Another new feature is an Iridium satellite receiver that can download weather information anywhere in the world. Of course, the XM Weather system is there for domestic operations, along with all of the charts, terrain warnings, and moving maps you expect in a full-capability system. The Intrinzic also includes Garmin's Mode S transponder with the extended squitter, plus the GTS 800 traffic system, so the Corvalis TTX is ready to meet the NextGen ADS-B both in and out requirements.

The new TTX performance is unchanged with a top speed - if everything is just right - of 235 knots, and typical cruise speeds faster than 200 knots. However, the interior is being redesigned using the same leathers and materials Cessna uses to complete the cabins of its Citation business jets, and there are new paint colors and paint schemes available.

Cessna expects to certify the Corvalis TTX and begin deliveries by early next year.

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