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    The cost of upgrades like ADS-B and LPV depend on a number of variables specific to your aircraft, but two of the most often considered are the type of Flight Management System (FMS) installed and the model of Radio Management Units (RMUs).
 you have a legally equipped airplane. Now, I know that’s a big price range. “Why the big variation in cost?” you ask? Well, it depends on a number of variables specific to your aircraft, but two most often considered are the type of Flight Management System (FMS) installed (Honey- well or Universal), and the model of Radio Management Units (RMUs) installed. Generally speaking, the upgrade is more expensive with a Honeywell FMS-equipped airplane.
Option 2: ADS-B Compliance with LPV Capabilities
So, you’re in the shop for the ADS-B work; why not take it a little further and get something more than just basic legality during the upgrade, like LPV approach-capa- bility? Localized Performance with Vertical Guidance approaches, or “LPV,” allows aircraft to descend to lower minimums at airports with precision GPS approaches. In bad weather, this can mean getting you to your intended destination more often than diverting to an alternate airport and waiting the weather out, or worse, driving to your final destination. This can have a ma- jor impact depending on how the aircraft is being used and to what airports the aircraft is typically
f lying. It’s an upgrade worth explor- ing, but not available to everyone. For instance, if you are operating a Primus 1000 avionics system, which is standard on the Citation Excel and XLS, and equipped with a Honeywell FMS, the option to in- corporate LPV capabilities may be cost-prohibitive. For those equipped with the Universal FMS, this option should cost roughly $300,000, which includes ADS-B compliance depend- ing on the status/version of other installed equipment. In the end, this option not only makes the airplane legal, but it gives you greater access to your desired destinations, and as a real bonus, increases the value of your airplane.
Option 3: Garmin G5000 Upgrade
As they say, “go big or go home” – and this is big. Garmin’s state- of-the-art G5000 integrated flight deck upgrade, available on the en- tire XL series, received FAA STC approval in mid-2019. Not only does this upgrade accomplish all your ADS-B requirements, it replaces nearly your entire Primus 1000 avionics system with a new panel. Garmin claims the upgrade will not only deliver a “truly modernized integrated cockpit,” but will give customers a “zero-time avionics suite that will substantially lower
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