What are the top 3 upgrades that you would like to have in your aircraft? What specific equipment/model do you want installed in your aircraft? Explain why.
Flying a Gulfstream G550 has been a great experience. However, the 3 upgrades that I consider would be helpful are synthetic vision system (SVS) to augment the head-up display (HUD), and enhanced flight vision system (EFVS). Faster Internet connectivity is also desirable. And, lastly, a larger crew rest area for long international flights.
ATP. Gulfstream G550
While wholly unnecessary for an airplane like the Pilatus PC-12, FADEC and autothrottle would be fun to have, and would reduce pilot workload just enough to be noticeable. On the PC-12 NGX, the Pratt & Whitney PT6E comes with both, making 2 for 1! Also quite unnecessary would be a spoiler system, but the addition could make the PC-12 a super-short-runway capable machine, adding to its already remarkable performance numbers.
Comm-Multi-Inst. Pilatus PC-12
Dir of Training
I’d like the owner of the Citation CJ2 that I fly to install Tamarack active winglets for the performance increase and the cool ramp presence. And, since most pilots are gadget people, a Garmin G3000 would be nice in the CJ2 or my Citation Encore+. Lastly, Wi-Fi in the airplane would be fantastic, even though it would be difficult to justify the cost.
ATP/CFII. Citation CJ2/Encore+/Westwind I/Cessna 310 & Piper Navajo
Corporate Aviation Services/
Could use a couple of improvements for our Falcon 2000 – for example, LED landing lights and nav lights, which last longer and are brighter. In the cockpit, I’d add HUDs with EFVS for better situational awareness.
ATP/CFII. Falcon 2000
The Cafaro Co
ATP. Falcon 2000LX & Hawker 900XP
Sr Jet Pilot
Calgary AB, Canada
I’d like to see an updated flight management system (FMS) providing better interface with information presented on the nav display.
ATP. Embraer ERJ135
Moss Beach CA
Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion upgrade for our Citation CJ3 is what I’d like to see. This modern suite will enable us to fly with better situational awareness.
ATP. Citation CJ3
Canobolas NSW, Australia
It’ll be phenomenal to have ADS-B In, and automatic transmission of engine trend data to the tracking company. Also, I’d also like to have consistent, reliable, affordable Internet service that works worldwide.
ATP/A&P. Gulfstream V
ATP. King Air B350i/B350ER
Captain B350 & Contract Pilot
My preference would be to start upgrading the P&WC PT6A engines powering our King Air 350i. Also, I’d like an electric freon air compressor that can run on a GPU. And, regarding avionics, if I didn’t have Collins Pro Line Fusion, I’d add the Garmin G1000 package.
ATP. King Air 350i
Av Dept Mgr
I operate a Falcon 10, and, if I had the chance of upgrading it, I’d choose a glass cockpit using a variety of multifunction displays (MFDs) to simplify operation and navigation. I’d also improve the heater and air conditioning systems, and I’d have reclining seats installed.
Mississauga ON, Canada
I’d begin with avionics, upgrading to Universal FMS UNS-1L or better. This way, we’d operate a newer system, and have superior performance and updated navigation capabilities. I’d also like to have Wi-Fi installed in our aircraft from Gogo or another similar company in order to allow connectivity for both pilots and passengers.
ATP. Sabreliner 65
Grand Rapids MI
There are a few upgrades that I’d like to see in our aircraft. First, an ergonomic cockpit. Second, more cargo space. Third, cup holders. And fourth, better sights and optics.
Comm-Multi-Inst/Helo/A&P. Boeing AH-64D/E
Chief Test Pilot
El Paso TX
Autothrottles would be my choice of upgrade for the reduction in workload. The Phenom 300 almost got a rudimentary version. There is a CSC button on the autopilot control panel, but I’ve never heard an authoritative explanation as to why it was abandoned. Another improvement would be automated calculation of V-speeds, weight and balance, and takeoff/landing distance in our Garmin G3000. These are workload-reducing features available in many other aircraft.
ATP. Phenom 300
Owner & President
Comm-Multi-Inst. King Air B200
First, I’d like to see EFVS-to-land capability in my Falcon 2000LX. It would mean a better chance of landing under low ceilings. Second, inflight Internet connectivity would be extremely helpful. It’d be good for both passenger productivity and crew flexibility. Other than that, I’m very pleased with my current aircraft configuration.
ATP. Falcon 2000LX
My upgrade preference for my Challenger 300 would be Collins Pro Line 21 Advanced. It would save time and reduce pilot workload and operating costs. However, in order to have Pro Line 21 Advanced, I’d need the dual-channel integrated flight information system (IFIS). I’d also add MultiScan weather radar to make operations safer for crew and passengers in case of severe weather.
ATP. Challenger 300
Flight North Holdings
Winnipeg MB, Canada
ATP/CFI. TBM 900 & Bell 407
Dir of Operations
I’d improve my Gulfstream G650ER by adding more range, better crew rest area, and, finally, SVS with EFVS on a HUD.
ATP. Gulfstream G650ER
Senior Dir Aviation
St Louis MO
FalconEye CVS is the first upgrade that I’d install in the aircraft we operate. It allows pilots to have exceptional situational awareness. Another addition for my aircraft would be fast, inexpensive Internet connectivity that works globally, even in oceanic or remote areas.
ATP/CFII/A&P. Falcon 7X/900EX
Aviation Dir & Chief Pilot
Corporate Cowboy Jet
We operate a Gulfstream G450 and a G280 in our flight department. I feel that upgrading to SVS would be a great improvement for our operations.
ATP/A&P. Gulfstream G450/G280
Bee Ngak Tong
ATP. Citation Sovereign & Learjet 60
Seletar Jet Charter
If I had the chance to upgrade my aircraft, I would start by enhancing Wi-Fi connectivity. Also, I’d have installed the Garmin G5000 integrated flight deck. And, lastly, I’d renew my aircraft’s look by having it painted.
Peter Van Weele
ATP. Citation Excel/Sovereign
Brown & Brown
Port Orange FL
My preferred upgrades would be improved Wi-Fi connectivity for domestic ops, and more widely available satellite-based international coverage. Finally, more advanced avionics to make flights safer and more comfortable.
ATP. Gulfstream G550/G450/G-V/G-IV/G200 & Challenger 601
President, Consultant & Captain
MPC Aviation Services
ATP/CFII. Citation CJ3 & King Air 350
Top 3 upgrades that I’d like to have in our Gulfstream G200 are HUDs to make operations much easier for pilots. Second, better satellite signal and high-speed Internet would benefit pilots and passengers alike. And finally, more staff, like full-time flight attendants.
ATP. Gulfstream G200
Upgrades that I’d like to see in my Hawker 400XP are Garmin’s G5000 integrated flight deck. Also, upgrades on the pair of P&W JT15Ds turbofans that power our plane, and winglets to improve aircraft performance.
ATP. Hawker 400XP
I’d be very pleased if our aircraft could get an interior cabin update, newer avionics, and exterior paint.
ATP. Learjet 60
Dir of Ops