Garmin G1000 Approved For DA-42 In Europe
Garmin International Inc., a unit of
Garmin Ltd., says its G1000 integrated avionics system has been
certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in the
Diamond DA42 Twin Star. The Type Certificate (TC) was presented to
Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH for its DA42, which features the
G1000 as standard equipment, during a special ceremony this morning
at the 2004 Berlin Air Show (ILA), commemorating the first new
aircraft certification granted by EASA.
This event also marked the first aircraft-level certification
for the Garmin G1000 system.
"We are excited for Diamond Aircraft, because the G1000
perfectly complements this innovative aircraft design," said Gary
Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. "This milestone could
not have been achieved without the hard work, dedication and
cooperation of a talented team of Diamond and Garmin personnel. The
team effort on this project resulted in the certification of this
new twin-engine aircraft, together with the first truly integrated,
all-glass flightdeck in this aircraft class."
The G1000 system aboard the DA42 Twin Star boasts two 10.4-inch,
high-definition LCDs. These active-matrix displays feature XGA
resolution (1,024x768-pixel count) and are capable of presenting
data in brilliant, sunlight-readable color.
The primary flight display (PFD) replaces traditional cockpit
instruments and digitally integrates flight information on a
single, large-format display for easier interpretation by the
pilot. The PFD interfaces with Garmin’s innovative Attitude
and Heading Reference System (AHRS), which features rapid,
in-motion alignment — and can reliably align, even while the
aircraft is in flight.
The multifunction display (MFD) puts all aircraft-systems
monitoring and flight-planning functions at the pilot’s
fingertips. The MFD paints a composite view of the aircraft’s
environment, enhancing situational awareness and providing the
pilot with all necessary information to make safe decisions during
each phase of flight. Engine performance and situational data such
as location, terrain, traffic, weather and airport information are
all digitally depicted and can be easily interpreted at a glance on
the large-format display.
The integrated design and reversionary capabilities of the G1000
allow all flight-critical data to transfer seamlessly to a single
display — in the unlikely event of a display failure —
for added safety and peace of mind during flight.
The Diamond DA42 Twin Star is a four-seat, all-carbon composite,
twin-engine piston aircraft that features highly efficient,
FADEC-controlled Thielert turbo-diesel power plants. With a
standard tank capacity of 52 gallons and low fuel consumption, the
DA42’s range is 780 to 1,700 nautical miles, depending on the
Garmin has already commenced technical training of its worldwide
service-center network regarding the installation and maintenance
of the G1000 system, demonstrating the company’s commitment
to supporting the G1000 on an international scale.