The new breed of very light jets (VLJs) now under development could turn out to be the biggest catalyst for business aviation growth since Bill Lear’s halcyon days in Wichita. But with cost, reliability and ease of use foremost in the minds of VLJ developers, the digital cockpit systems in these pintsize business jets of tomorrow will be unlike anything most pilots have seen.
Garmin last month said it has gained its first STC covering installation of a retrofit version of the G1000 avionics system. Approved in the King Air C90A/GT, the G1000 suite integrates primary flight information, navigation data, communications, terrain awareness, traffic, weather and engine instruments on a 15-inch-diagonal multifunction display and two 10.4-inch primary flight displays.
Cessna Aircraft broadened its single-engine aircraft line yesterday after the company submitted the winning $26.4 million bid for bankrupt Columbia Aircraft, a Bend, Ore.-based producer of high-performance, all-composite piston singles. The Wichita manufacturer disclosed at the NBAA Convention in September that it had signed a letter of intent to buy Columbia, though the bankrupt airframer still had to be formally auctioned.
Garmin received FAA STC approval to install G1000 avionics retrofits in the Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90A/GT. The $350,000 retrofit (uninstalled) results in a weight saving of approximately 100 pounds. Notably, this is Garmin’s first G1000 retrofit STC, and it paves the way for future G1000 retrofit installations such as the King Air 200 and B200, a program Garmin announced in September at the NBAA Convention.
Garmin last week received FAA STC approval to install G1000 avionics retrofits in the Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90A/GT. The installation results in a weight saving of approximately 100 pounds. Notably, this is Garmin’s first G1000 retrofit STC, and it paves the way for future G1000 retrofit installations such as the King Air 200 and B200, a program Garmin announced in September at the NBAA Convention.
Garmin named three additional OEM platforms for its G1000 avionics system, in the Cessna Caravan, Socata TBM 850 and under-development PiperJet. Cessna announced at the show that it is making the G1000 standard equipment in the Caravan starting in the first half of next year. The upgrade will be brought to all current production Caravan models.
Following the same successful road map that has served the company since its founding in 1989, Garmin International has secured a milestone contract to supply the integrated avionics system aboard Cessna’s newest business twinjet, the $2.3 million Citation Mustang.
The annual avionics trade show hosted by the Aircraft Electronics Association is a good place to get the lowdown on emerging industry trends and try out the latest cockpit and cabin gear from an array of manufacturers and suppliers.
Ryan International, the Columbus, Ohio manufacturer of traffic-collision awareness devices, has introduced a 3-ATI hazard MFD that is capable of providing traffic, terrain and weather information on a single color LCD. The company’s Multi-Hazard Display is designed for use with the Ryan 990BX traffic advisory system.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last month certified the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics system as part of the type certificate for the Diamond DA-42, a four-place diesel twin built in Austria.