Avionics upgrade gives Citation II operator LPV/LNAV/GPS approach capabilities
as well as active weather radar, traffic and ADS-B conformity.
On January 28, 2015, Dewey Conroy, Vice President and COO of Pacific Coast Avionics announced that the company recently completed a touchscreen GPS/NAV/COM and digital weather radar upgrade on a Cessna Citation Series II business jet. The aircraft is owned and operated by an extruded plastics products manufacturer with multiple U.S. locations.
“The aircraft’s legacy NAV/COM/DME, ADF, transponder and radar had been in the panel for 30-plus-years and they were not only becoming unreliable, but they lacked the capabilities the owner needed to meet his growing business travel needs,” Conroy said. “The new Garmin touchscreen radios, ADS-B, active traffic and BendixKing vertical-profile radar give the pilots advanced operational and situational awareness capabilities at a true fraction of the cost of a newer aircraft.”
The Citation II’s panel upgrade included:
• Dual Garmin GTN 750 touchscreen GPS/NAV/COMs
• Garmin GMA 35 Remote Audio Control System
• Garmin GDL 88D ADS-B Transceiver
• Garmin GTS 825 Air Traffic Surveillance and
Collision Avoidance System
• BendixKing RDR 2000 Digital Vertical Profile
“This is the fourth Citation II we’ve upgraded with a similar system, so the entire project was rather straightforward,” Conroy explained. “It’s always a challenge to integrate new digital technology into older aircraft systems. The biggest parts of the upgrade were fabricating the new wiring harnesses and interfaces, along with the new panel center section to accommodate the Garmin GTN 750s.”
For more information, visit www.PCA.aero.