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October 5, 2010
By Thomas A. Horne
Following up on its success retrofitting CitationJets and 90- and 200-series King Airs, Garmin reveals that yet another program will offer G1000 retrofits to the King Air 300 and 350. A supplemental type certificate (STC) will allow the new retrofit installations to begin in mid-2011, Garmin says.
The retrofit includes two 10.4-inch diameter primary flight displays and a 15-inch multifunction display. The list of standard and optional add-ons is vast and includes Garmin’s electronic stability and protection (ESP) system; synthetic vision; a Class-A TAWS (Terrain Awareness and Warning) with worldwide terrain and obstacle database; Wi-Fi datalink; airborne weather radar; dual attitude and heading reference systems (AHRS); and Garmin’s GFC 700 automatic flight control system.
Garmin claims a weight savings of more than 200 pounds when the G1000 replaces the standard King Air avionics.
“We have received a tremendous response to our G1000 retrofit programs,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “By installing a G1000 retrofit flight deck, customers are able to completely revitalize their aircraft with state-of-the-art avionics capabilities and features that make flying safer.”
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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