JetTech Adds ADS-B To Citation Modification Program

 - March 14, 2014, 2:00 PM
JetTech’s Citation 500 STC will include ADS-B OUT and IN capability.

To help meet the demand for equipment needed for the Jan. 1, 2020 ADS-B OUT mandate in U.S. airspace, JetTech has received an STC amendment that adds ADS-B capability to Cessna Citation 500 series jets. The amended STC covers Citation 500s modified by JetTech with Garmin GTN 650 and 750 touchscreen com and navigation systems.

A new benefit of the amended STC is that JetTech can install the GTN 650/750 in Citation 500s Serial Number 1 through 274 that are fitted with Bendix FGS-70 autopilots. Now the JetTech STC covers more than 2,000 Citation airframes, according to the company, and the model numbers include the 500, 501, 550, 551, S550 and 560.

The ADS-B portion of the STC uses Garmin’s GDL 88, a dual-link transceiver that provides ADS-B OUT on the 1090ES frequency and ADS-B IN services, such as free datalink weather and traffic information on the 978UAT frequency. Also installed for the ADS-B upgrade is Garmin’s GTX 33ES transponder. The STC adds Garmin’s new GWX 70 radar, GDL 69A Sirius XM WX receiver, GAD 42 remote adapter and GMA 35 audio panels, plus antennas. JetTech can add its STC for installation of Garmin G600 glass panels as well.

JetTech has also developed an STC for installation of the GTN 650/750 in CitationJet models with serial numbers 0001-0359. FAA approval is pending.

In partnership with Ultra Electronics Flightline Systems, JetTech announced a digital engine display upgrade for the Citation 500 series jets. The new system will replace the analog vertical tape gauges in the Citations but plug into existing connectors and use the same mounting fasteners. The display will meet Level B software certification standards and feature field upgradeability, monitoring and recording of all engine parameters, fuel computer functions and reversionary mode, according to JetTech.