Kestrel Aircraft has selected the Garmin G3000 glass-panel touchscreen suite as the primary avionics offering for its all-composite single-engine turboprop, company CEO Alan Klapmeier announced yesterday at EAA AirVenture. “I have a passion for avionics; it is the critical aspect for the pilot-vehicle interface,” he said. “The G3000’s wide-aspect-ratio screen provides great real estate for a user-friendly interface with the pilot.”
Klapmeier also gave an update on the Kestrel program, saying that the company needs to raise $125 million to see the aircraft through certification. He said Kestrel hopes to start assembling a prototype aircraft next year, but cautioned that this timeline depends on the company’s securing additional funding. “The project is clearly behind schedule because we have not raised the money we needed to or expected to,” he said. If additional funding is raised in the near term, the aircraft could be delivered to customers in 2016, Klapmeier said, acknowledging, “That’s later than we anticipated.”
Kestrel currently employs 110 people at its facilities in Superior, Wis., and Brunswick, Maine. Klapmeier said the development program has made good progress over the last year with regard to vendor selection, major component testing and validation of construction techniques for the all-composite aircraft. This includes the ability to manufacture a single-piece fuselage.