Garmin International opened NBAA’08 by announcing a pair of offers to purchasers and operators of its G1000 integrated flight deck that include price breaks on popular options and an extended warranty on the system itself.
Lakeland, Fla.-based Gulf Coast Avionics announced it has completed its first installation of a Garmin G600 retrofit package. The glass avionics suite was installed in a Twin Commander 690C turboprop, the first of four the company has scheduled for modification along with a Cessna 402. The aircraft required the design and fabrication of new panels for both the pilot and copilot stations to accommodate the comprehensive upgrade.
Elliott Aviation is showing a Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200 at the Orlando Executive Airport static display that sports a new Garmin G1000 integrated avionics glass cockpit. The aircraft arrived at NBAA from Illinois with a Collins Pro Line 4 panel.
Frasca International (Booth No. 4636) has been awarded a contract by the FAA to build a Cessna Citation Mustang level-5 flight training device (FTD). The FTD, to be located at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, will accurately replicate the very light jet’s Garmin G1000-equipped flight deck.
Synthetic-vision flight presentations are about to become a ubiquitous presence in dozens of business aircraft models thanks to certification programs that have been completed recently and additional test programs which are about to get under way.
Garmin announced at EAA AirVenture that its G600 combined PFD/MFD six-pack instrument cluster replacement unit received FAA TSO approval and is now available for delivery at a retail price of $29,995. The company also said it received approved model list supplemental type certification for installation of the G600 in 785 aircraft types weighing up to 12,500 pounds.
Although EAA’s AirVenture 2008 wasn’t a big show for avionics manufacturers, Honeywell’s Bendix/King showed that the manufacturer is serious about the general aviation market with the introduction of the new AV8OR Handheld navigator and two AV8OR synthetic-vision system (SVS) handheld/electronic flight bag (EFB) units.
Avidyne last month introduced the Entegra PFD4000, an eight-inch primary flight display system intended to compete with Garmin’s G600 retrofit display product.
Garmin would not confirm its participation in the HondaJet program, but these photos and illustrations of the G1000 system and its architecture appeared in the report Honda R&D Americas chief engineer Michimasa Fujino submitted to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
It’s a David-and-Goliath story, but lately it has been getting tougher to tell just who’s the Goliath.