Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted supplemental type certification (STC) for the G1000 avionics suite in the Beechcraft King Air 300 and 350.
“The G1000 continues to be a remarkably popular upgrade because it brings leading edge capabilities to aircraft that pilots and operators have loved for years,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “For that reason, we continue to expand our line-up of G1000 upgrade platforms, opening the door for even more operators to revitalize their aircraft with state-of-the-art technology. With this STC, the G1000 is now available for a wide range of King Air C90, 200, B200, 300 and 350 models, offering the most comprehensive coverage of any avionics upgrade available for the King Air line.”
The G1000 avionics suite for the King Air 300/350 integrates all primary flight information, navigation data, communications, terrain awareness, traffic, weather, and engine instruments on a large 15-inch multi-function display (MFD) and two 10.4-inch primary flight displays (PFD). The G1000 upgrade includes the GFC 700™ three-axis, fully digital, dual channel, fail safe automatic flight control system (AFCS). The GFC 700 includes features such as coupled LPV approaches, vertical navigation, and flight level change (FLC).
The King Air 300/350 STC also includes approval for Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT™) that presents a 3D depiction of terrain, obstacles, traffic and the runway environment on the G1000’s PFD so that the image replicates what pilots would see outside the cockpit on a clear day. Land, water and sky are clearly differentiated with shading and textures that are similar to the topographical colors found on the MFD moving map. SVT works seamlessly to alert pilots of potential ground hazards by displaying terrain and obstacles which pose a threat to the aircraft with appropriate TAWS alert coloring, as well as voice alerts. SVT also includes pathways (or Highway-In-The-Sky) to help pilots stay on course when flying en route legs, VNAV legs, GPS/WAAS vertical approach procedures, ILS approach procedures, and arrival and departure procedures. SVT is certified and available immediately for King Air 300/350 owners and is an optional upgrade.
Standard features of the G1000 avionics suite include LPV approaches, dual integrated solid-state attitude and heading reference systems (AHRS), dual integrated digital air data computers and Class-B terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS). Class A TAWS is available as an option. In addition, Garmin’s GDL 69A™ is standard equipment that brings integrated satellite weather datalink and digital-quality audio via XM WX Satellite Weather™ (service available to U.S. customers with a XM subscription). For worldwide weather information, voice calling and text messaging capability, the Garmin’s GSR 56 transceiver is available as an option.
The King Air 300/350 STC also qualifies the aircraft for Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) operational approval. This will allow aircraft to safely fly more optimum profiles, gain fuel savings and increase airspace capacity.
Also included in the 300/350’s G1000 avionics suite are Garmin’s SafeTaxi® and FliteCharts®. SafeTaxi is a built-in database of over 1,000 U.S. airport diagrams that provide the capability to view aircraft position on taxiways, and a European version of SafeTaxi with nearly 500 European airport diagrams is also available. FliteCharts is an electronic version of the Departure Procedures, Standard Terminal Arrival Routes, approach charts and airport diagrams, and may be viewed directly on the MFD. Also available as an option is Garmin ChartView™, which helps simplify operations, enhances situational awareness and increases safety during flight. With ChartView, the aircraft’s position is overlaid on an electronic version of Jeppesen’s charts and airport diagrams.
Garmin has established a select list of G1000 retrofit dealers to sell and install the G1000 on the King Air series, and a complete list of these dealers is available at www.garmin.com/buzz/g1000. King Air owners interested in this panel upgrade should contact an authorized G1000 retrofit dealer for an installation quote and to place an order.
Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading supplier of equipment to both OEM and aftermarket customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes navigation, communication, flight control, and surveillance products that are known for innovation, reliability, and value. Garmin offers solutions for Part 23 and Part 25 certificated aircraft, Part 27 and Part 29 certificated rotorcraft, as well as solutions for experimental and light sport aircraft.
Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin, G1000, FliteCharts and SafeTaxi are registered trademarks, and GFC 700, SVT, GDL 69A and ChartView are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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