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March 16, 2009
By Dave Hirschman
Garmin’s G1000 integrated avionics suites will soon start showing up in King Air 200s and B200s, now that the FAA has granted a Supplemental Type Certificate for the popular twin-engine turboprops.
“We’ve gone to great lengths to make sure customers who upgrade to this panel have the same leading edge technologies they would find in a jet,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president for marketing. “This retrofit is available to most King Air 200/B200 aircraft today because the STC takes into account the most common King Air configurations.”
The G1000 suite for King Airs will include two 10.4-inch primary flight displays and one 15-inch multi-function display. Garmin’s “synthetic vision technology” is available as an upgrade on King Airs and provides a GPS-derived view of surrounding terrain, obstacles, and traffic.
Garmin has set up a network of dealers to sell and install G1000s in King Air cockpits. A list of dealers/installers is available online. Garmin did not disclose prices for the panel upgrades and said dealers would offer quotes for individual aircraft.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
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