Retrofit Honeywell Primus Elite Coming for Citation X

 - June 23, 2010, 11:15 AM

Cessna has announced the Honeywell Primus Elite avionics suite will be available as a retrofit for the Citation X beginning next year. The company will be installing the system on new aircraft at the same time. A Cessna spokesman told AIN the work will be done exclusively by the company’s nine Citation factory service centers. “While we have announced that this feature will be available we are still working on final certification and won’t know the downtime required for installation until 2011. We are looking at a cost of about $585,000,” he said. The five-panel Primus Elite system features liquid crystal displays (LCD), offering high-resolution graphics for electronic approach charts with aircraft position worldwide, as well as XM satellite weather in the U.S. and southern Canada. In addition, improved moving-map capability will depict geographical and political boundaries as well as airspace and airways. LCD technology also provides greater reliability and longer service life than earlier displays. Honeywell’s planned improvement roadmap for the Elite platform includes options such as synthetic vision and advanced moving-map capability.