There’s a reason why the Cessna Citation Excel is in demand on the current used mid-sized business jet market. It’s reliable and has good performance and a comfortable cabin. But many aging Excels are in need of avionics, interior and paint upgrades. As a result, three high-level retired Cessna executives started Citation Partners—a company that takes in existing Excels and upgrades the interior, paint and avionics (it doesn’t include engine swaps since the hand-picked aircraft it refurbishes have plenty of time left on the existing engines). The company was showing a newly refurbished Excel at the 2021 NBAA-BACE convention in Las Vegas, and Aviation Consumer Editor Larry Anglisano sat down with Gary Hay for an overview.

Larry Anglisano is a regular AVweb contributor and the Editor in Chief of sister publication Aviation Consumer magazine. He's an active land, sea and glider pilot, and has over 30 years experience as an avionics tech.