Diamond Aircraft will put Garmin’s new G500 glass cockpit in its DA20-C1 two-seat trainer, making the company among the first to offer the new system.
Diamond President Peter Maurer said he had wanted to offer an entry-level all-glass cockpit in the DA20 for years, but certified systems then available were too expensive. The U.S. Air Force uses the DA20 at its flight screening facility in Pueblo, Colo., near the U.S. Air Force Academy.
The system is also in the Aviat Husky tailwheel airplane, this year’s EAA sweepstakes aircraft. The G500 system, similar to the G600 but with fewer features, also will be used on aircraft built by Found, Maule, True Flight (Tiger), Waco Classic, and by Tecnam on the P2002 Sierra and Piper on the Seminole and Warrior.
A DA20 with the Garmin G500 will be available starting in October and costs $184,980. Early purchasers will get enhanced avionics and synthetic vision free.