In the three years since Garmin introduced the G1000 integrated avionics suite, the Olathe, Kan. avionics maker’s system has largely dominated the glass-cockpit market for general aviation pistons, turboprops and very light jets. Adding to this success, the company yesterday announced more applications for its popular G1000 suite–as standard equipment on production Cessna Caravans and as a retrofit for King Air 200s and B200s.
Cessna’s Caravan line–the Caravan 675, Grand Caravan and Super Cargomaster–will come from the factory with the G1000 with 10-inch displays and the GFC 700 flight control system beginning in the first half of next year. Also available as optional equipment on the Caravan is Garmin’s GWX 68 weather radar, GDL 69A XM Satellite Radio and weather, ChartView and second transponder.
“Our customers have been very satisfied with the Garmin G1000 system in our single-engine products and the Citation Mustang,” said Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton. “We’re delighted to offer the same high level of glass-panel technology to our Caravan customers.”
Meanwhile, the King Air 200-series retrofit is now being unveiled since the King Air C90 G1000 retrofit program is in final STC certification.