It’s a David-and-Goliath story, but lately it has been getting tougher to tell just who’s the Goliath.
The wraps officially came off Garmin’s new G1000 integrated avionics system late last month at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wis. Picked to fly aboard the Cessna Citation Mustang personal jet and Diamond DA-42 piston twin, the G1000 represents the first complete cockpit from the Olathe, Kan. avionics manufacturer.
Competition for panel space and pilot eyeballs continues to intensify, with avionics manufacturers announcing more new products at EAA AirVenture this week in Oshkosh, Wis. Avidyne introduced the eight-inch PFD4000, a replacement for the “six-pack” instrument cluster with a high-resolution screen and remote sensors, keeping unit thickness to 3.5 inches. Shipments of the PFD4000 are slated to begin next year.
Garmin late last month announced a deal to buy UPS Aviation Technologies, a subsidiary of United Parcel Service, for $38 million in cash. The acquisition is expected to close this quarter, after which UPS Aviation Technologies will change its name to Garmin AT.
EADS Socata celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first flight of its TBM 700 with a new and larger display at the 56th EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., held July 28 to August 3. Two 2008 TBM 850s, equipped with Garmin G1000 integrated avionics and outfitted with a new-style cabin interior, are the centerpiece of Socata’s 10,000-sq-ft display. These aircraft will also carry the TBM 850’s new paint scheme.
Jet Works Air Center recently broke ground on its 43,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar expansion in Denton, Texas. It is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year and will include 40,000 sq ft for additional aircraft maintenance and repair, inspections and avionics installations. Similar to the existing Jet Works facility, the new hangar will also accommodate long-range business jets such as the Global Express and Gulfstream V.
One of the more recent entrants into the market for integrated cockpit systems has emerged as the industry’s most prolific. Garmin has delivered nearly 5,000 of its G1000 integrated avionics systems for installation in a range of general aviation piston airplanes, turboprops and jets since introducing the glass cockpit five years ago.
Cirrus Design’s partnership with Garmin on a “high-end” cockpit upgrade for the SR22-G3 called Cirrus Perspective is turning out to be a hit with buyers, nearly all of whom are jumping at the chance to bring the optional avionics to their new airplanes.
The recent FAA approval of L-3 Avionics Systems’ SmartDeck integrated avionics system clears a path for integration of the cockpit into the production line of the first of two OEM customers the Grand Rapids, Mich. company has secured.
Aviation Sales Inc., Swiss aircraft maker Pilatus’ Western U.S. PC-12 distributor, has named Jet Works Aviation Inc. the new Southern Service Center for the PC-12 turbine single. The company, a turbine and avionics specialist, is located at Meacham Airport in Fort Worth, Texas.