CJ Updates: Gulf Coast Avionics Receives Approval of Extensive Garmin Touchscreen Avionics Upgrade for Citation 501

CJ Updates: Gulf Coast Avionics Receives Approval of Extensive Garmin Touchscreen Avionics Upgrade for Citation 501

UpdatesGCA-CITATION-AFTER-Rick Garcia, President and CEO of Gulf Coast Avionics Corporation, announced on March 5, 2015 that the company recently received an FAA field approval for an extensive digital panel upgrade on a legacy Cessna Citation 501
business jet.
“The customer wanted to upgrade the capabilities of his Citation 501 and the only way to do it cost-effectively was to work with the Orlando FSDO to earn the field approval,” Garcia stated. “I really have to complement our Chief Inspector, Sarah Smith, and the entire engineering and installation group. This was not an easy task, but the result is a beautiful and very capable Citation.”
Ms. Smith stated, “As you can imagine, there was a lot of paperwork and documentation that went along with the physical installation process. As far as we know, this was the first field approval for this package in the 501. We are very grateful to the Orlando FSDO representatives for all of their cooperation and guidance as we worked through the process.”
Smith explained that the Citation 501 panel upgrade included:
Dual Garmin GTN 750 Touchscreen GPS/NAV/COMM/MFDs
Dual Garmin GTX 33 transponders
Garmin GMA 35 remote audio processor
Garmin GDL 69 XM WX satellite receiver
Garmin GPSS roll steering integration with the GTN 750
and legacy autopilot
Garmin TAWS-B interface
Bendix/King RDR-2000 weather radar interface
Jeppesen electronic charts capability
“Our engineering team also designed new metal instrument panels that were laid out to the owner’s specifications,” Smith said. “Interfacing the new avionics with the legacy radar, TCAS and autopilot was pretty straight-forward for our team.”
“The customer was absolutely thrilled when he saw it for the first time,” Garcia said. “While the finished panel is fantastic, it was the result of a lot of really hard work and dedication by our professional team. I can tell you that at every level this is not a project that many shops would want to take on.”
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