Textron Aviation service centers are now offering Garmin’s new G1000 NXi integrated flight deck for its Beechcraft King Air 200, 250, 300 and 350 twin turboprops, as well as for new-build piston aircraft. The latter includes the Cessna 182 Skylane, Cessna 172 Skyhawk, Cessna T206 Turbo Stationair HD, Beechcraft Baron G58 and the Beechcraft Bonanza G36.
The G1000 NXi flight deck offers faster processors, LED back-lighting and improved graphics. Other new features include map overlay on the horizontal situation indicator (HSI), as well as ADS-B in and out capabity, VFR and IFR chart visibility and animated XM weather depiction. Garmin claims the technology offers a weight savings of up to 250 pounds for the King Airs, which would allow operators to add an additional passenger, baggage or more fuel.
King Air owners can easily upgrade to the G1000 NXi with minimal downtime because panel modifications are not required. Textron Aviation is offering the King Air upgrades using a Garmin STC covering the King Air 200/250, and one will soon be available for the 300/350. The company's service training team will also aid piston customers with transitioning to their new G1000 NXi aircraft.