December 22, 2010
By Dave Hirschman
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved the installation of G1000 integrated avionics suites in the King Air 200 and B200 models, Garmin officials announced.
“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, while also enjoying the utility and affordability of their King Air,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “Receiving EASA validation is an important milestone for Garmin’s G1000 retrofit program, and we believe it will be a popular avionics upgrade for owners and operators.”
Installation of the three-screen system (a pair of 10.4-inch PFDs and a single 15-inch MFD) modernizes King Air panels, allows them to comply with the most stringent airspace regulations, and provides now familiar benefits such as synthetic vision, WAAS approaches, terrain avoidance, weather, and traffic displays.
Installation of the G1000 system actually saves weight as it’s about 200 pounds lighter than the electro-mechanical avionics equipment it replaces.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor 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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