Yingling Aviation has launched a Garmin G5000 retrofit program for Cessna Citation Excel and XLS jets, the Wichita-based FBO and MRO announced last week. "This new STC from Garmin is what the market has been asking for,” Yingling avionics department manager Stuart Ashenden said. “It obviously meets the needs and desires of NextGen operators. We are already taking firm reservations and scheduling installations three months in advance.” The new program follows FAA approval of the G5000 Excel/XLS STC by Garmin, for which Yingling is an authorized facility.
A recent expansion of Yingling’s facilities at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) added four service hangars that include an upgraded paint hangar and additional space for interior and avionics work. “These additions have not only allowed us to provide MRO services to the growing base of Citation and King Air customers we have acquired since adding this segment a few years ago," Yingling v-p of business development Jerry Pickett added, "but they also give us plenty of capacity to provide rapid and efficient response to Excel and XLS operators who desire to upgrade to Garmin G5000 avionics.”