- October 19, 2010, 3:43 PM
Honeywell chose not to participate in the avionics selection opportunity for the new Citation Ten program, a Honeywell spokesman told AIN yesterday here at the NBAA Convention. “Honeywell was invited to continue its participation on the Citation X,” he said, “and greatly values our long-lasting relationship with Cessna and with Cessna operators. We made a business decision to not participate in the Citation Ten cockpit in the context of Honeywell’s strategic focus on large-cabin and long-range classes of aircraft.” While Cessna Aircraft is upgrading the current Citation X’s Honeywell Primus 2000 CRT-based avionics with the Primus Elite LCD system beginning with 2011 models, the new Citation Ten will feature the Garmin G5000 avionics suite. The G5000 represents Garmin’s first foray into avionics approved for Part 25-certified aircraft. Owners and operators of the more than 300 Citation Xs that have been delivered thus far can opt to upgrade to the Primus Elite system, too. For the Citation X, the Primus Elite upgrade costs $310,000 for a two-display system, $415,000 for three displays and $585,000 for five displays, according to Honeywell. In addition to replacing the CRTs with LCDs, advantages of the Primus Elite upgrade include graphical datalink weather and electronic charts.