Gulf Coast Avionics completes Cessna Citation upgrade
Lakeland, FL — Rick Garcia, President and CEO, Gulf Coast Avionics has announced that the company completed a dual touchscreen Garmin GTN750 GPS/COMM/NAV/MFD and dual Garmin ADS-B transponder installation in a 1997 Cessna Citation CJ2.
“This installation is a fantastic example of how an owner can add significant operational, situational awareness and safety capabilities to a legacy business aircraft, without the significant cost and downtime of a total panel upgrade,” Garcia said. “We were able to accomplish all that the owner wanted, including engineering and fabricating new pilot-side and centre instrument panels, on time and on budget.”
“Working with the Jettech GTN STC, this was a rather straightforward upgrade to the Citation’s legacy analog radios,” stated Gulf Coast Avionics’ Sales Manager, Matt Schloss. “Probably the biggest challenge was the integration of the new Garmin avionics with the Citation’s Honeywell EFIS displays and the analog autopilot and weather radar.”
“The STC had all of the primary system integration instructions covered, but every time you open up the panel of a 21-year old airplane, you may well be infor a surprise,” he said. “Fortunately, this Citation was in exceptional condition so there were just a few unexpected issues.”
The Gulf Coast Avionics Cessna Citation CJ2 touchscreen upgrade includes:
- Dual Garmin touchscreen GTN 750 GPS/COMM/NAV/MFD units
- Garmin GMA 35c Remote Audio Panel
- Garmin GTX 345 ADS-B Out/In Transponder
- Garmin GTX 335 ADS-B Out Transponder
- Garmin Flight Stream 510 Connext Interface
- Fabricating and painting new metal pilot-side and centre instrument panels.
“The owner is extremely pleased with how the airplane turned out,” Garcia said. “He primarily flies it single-pilot and is very happy to have the added workload reducing and safety enhancing features that the new Garmin touchscreen avionics offer. This upgraded Citation will efficiently meet his travel needs for years to come.”
Gulf Coast Avionics was appointed the first Garmin avionics dealer in 1990 and has received Garmin’s prestigious Platinum Award for leading sales for 28 consecutive years.