April 16, 2009
By Thomas A. Horne
Garmin International on April 16 announced that its G1000 avionics suite is now certified for installation in the Piper Meridian single-engine turboprop. The first G1000-equipped Meridians are expected to be delivered immediately.
The Meridian’s G1000 will have a 15-inch-diagonal multifunction display (MFD), plus two 10.4-inch-diagonal primary flight displays (PFDs). Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) will be standard on the new Meridians’ G1000s. Garmin’s SVT shows terrain, traffic, and obstacles, and includes flight path markers and highway-in-the-sky corridors, which Garmin calls “Pathways.” Garmin’s SafeTaxi and FliteCharts are also standard. SafeTaxi is a database of 850 runway diagrams that show the airplane’s position on an airport. FliteCharts are electronic depictions of departure procedures, standard terminal arrival routes, approach charts, and airport diagrams. Jeppesen’s ChartView, another option, can display approach charts and airport diagrams on the MFD.
Also included in the package is WAAS certification, Garmin’s GFC 700 automatic flight control system and autopilot, a Mode S transponder with Traffic Information Service-Broadcast, and Garmin’s GWX 68 weather radar. Available options are a GDL 69A satellite weather and audio datalink receiver via XM WX Satellite Weather, and Class-B Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) with a worldwide terrain and obstacle database.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
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