Elliott Aviation has started a Garmin G5000 installation on a Citation 560XL, a first for the company. The STC was issued on June 7, 2019. Elliott Aviation currently has 16 more Citation 560XL aircraft booked for Garmin G5000 installations. The aircraft is also receiving Prizm cabin lighting and Smart Vision Shades, provided by Elliott Technologies.
Elliott Aviation was the first company to complete a Garmin G5000 retrofit, which was in 2015 on a Hawker 400XP. They have now completed more than 30 Garmin G5000 systems. They have sold and scheduled 17 Garmin G5000 systems for the Citation Excel/XLS. Elliott says they have installed 350 Garmin G1000 and G1000NXi systems in King Airs, “more than all other dealers in the world, combined” according to the company.
The Garmin G5000 Citation Excel and XLS retrofit completely replaces all existing Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics, including the flight director system and autopilot. The G5000 retrofit reduces cost of avionics ownership. It offers ADS-B out, WAAS/LPV, weight savings, dual channel digital flight control system and an integrated engine indication and crew alerting system (EICAS). The Garmin G5000 also includes many options including synthetic vision, turbulence detection, SurfaceWatch, underspeed protection and Chartview. Additional options like CPDLC Link 2000 services, FANS 1/A, Lightning and Hail Prediction will be added as future options. This solution also solves all coming CRT obsolescence issues that operators are facing. The STC will apply to nearly 700 aircraft.
For operators who are looking to just complete the ADS-B mandate and have a discount on a future G5000 upgrade, Elliott Aviation has a Garmin ADS-B STC bridge program that replaces the current transponders with Garmin GTX 3000 smart transponders. Over 150 Citation Excel/XLS and Beechjet 400A/XP’s have completed the Garmin ADS-B bridge program. In addition to ADS-B compliance, Elliott says the program provides significant financial incentive to purchase the Garmin G5000 at a later date.
The Elliott Technologies product, Prizm cabin LED lighting, features full color spectrum mood lighting controlled through a mobile app or existing cabin lighting controls. It is available for up wash, down wash, lower accent, galley, lavatory and cupholders. The system has custom preset mood lighting configuration and allows for customer selectable preset lighting configurations. The PRIZM lighting is expandable to meet the needs of most turbine powered business aircraft.
“We expect the Garmin G5000 program for the Citation Excel and XLS to be a huge success,” said Conrad Theisen, director of Avionics Sales for Elliott Aviation. “We have seen a lot of interest from early adopters with 17 aircraft sold. Since the STC is now approved, we are now expecting another group of Citation Excel and XLS operators to make the upgrade to Garmin G5000.”