Elliott Aviation delivered three Cessna Citation Excel/XLS jets upgraded with Garmin G5000 avionics in the past month and has another 15 Excel/XLS installations on its schedule, the Moline, Illinois-based MRO announced. “The demand for the Garmin G5000 avionics suite in the Citation Excel and XLS is very strong, and all indications show this program being a tremendous success,” said Elliott v-p of avionics programs and operational logistics Mark Wilken.
The G5000 retrofit on Excel/XLS replaces existing Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics including the autopilot and flight director found on the midsize business jet.
Features of the G5000 retrofit are WAAS/LPV, ADS-B, XM weather, electronic charts, SafeTaxi, engine monitor data, and emergency descent mode. It also has optional synthetic vision, turbulence detection, SurfaceWatch, under-speed protection, ChartView, controller pilot datalink communications (CPDLC), and lightning and hail prediction.
In addition to the Excel/XLS installs, Elliott has completed more than 25 G5000 installs on the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP and more than 350 G1000/G100 NXi installs on Beechcraft King Airs.