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.
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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