Illinois-based Elliott Aviation's ADS-B solution for the Cessna Citation Excel and XLS recently received FAA STC approval. The STC and equipment installation kit is now available through the Garmin dealer network, and Elliott is also currently performing installations.
Elliott's solution features integration to cockpit equipment such as TCAS II and ADS-B In via a Garmin Flight Stream wireless gateway. The STC features remote-mount Garmin GTX-3000 transponders and can be installed in any aircraft with the Honeywell Primus II radio package, such as the Hawker 800A/800XP and Hawker 1000.
The solution does not require current Honeywell equipment to be sent out for upgrades, which lowers the chance of additional repair costs. In addition, the ADS-B upgrade costs at least 40 percent less than the current one being offered by Honeywell, according to Elliott Aviation.
“This solution can save Honeywell operators tens of thousands of dollars,” said Conrad Theisen, director of avionics sales for Elliott Aviation. “There are so many [operators of] Honeywell airplanes that have been looking for a cost-effective solution, and we can provide one to them.”