First G1000 Retrofit STC For Company
Garmin tells ANN the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
recently granted a supplemental type certification (STC) for the
G1000 avionics suite in the King Air C90A/GT. This is Garmin's
first G1000 retrofit STC... and it paves the way for future G1000
retrofit installations such as the King Air 200 and B200, a G1000
retrofit program Garmin announced in September at the
2007 National Business Aviation Association conference.
"This STC is an immense achievement for the Garmin team," said
Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "Now, King Air
C90 pilots can continue to fly this legendary aircraft while
enjoying the distinct benefits of the G1000 such as increased
safety of flight, reduced pilot workload, unparalleled situational
and weather awareness, and supreme reliability."
The G1000 avionics suite 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). On the King Air C90, the system also includes
Garmin's GFC 700 three-axis, fully digital, dual channel autopilot.
The GFC 700 includes features you would expect in this class of
aircraft such as coupled WAAS approaches, vertical navigation, and
Flight Level Change (FLC).
Other standard features of the G1000 avionics suite include Wide
Area Augmentation System (WAAS), Class-B Terrain Awareness and
Warning System (TAWS), dual integrated solid-state Attitude and
Heading Reference Systems (AHRS), and dual integrated digital air
data computers. In addition, Garmin's GDL 69A is standard equipment
that brings integrated satellite weather datalink and
digital-quality audio via XM WX Satellite Weather (US only).
Also included in the C90's G1000
avionics suite are Garmin's SafeTaxi and FliteCharts. SafeTaxi is a
built-in database of over 775 US airport diagrams that provide the
capability to view aircraft position on taxiways. 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
ChartView, which brings an electronic version of Jeppesen's
extensive library of charts and airport diagrams to the G1000's
MFD. ChartView displays approach charts, geopolitical features,
airspace, airways and airport diagrams.
Installation of the G1000 suite in the King Air C90 also results
in a weight savings of approximately 100 pounds, according to
Garmin. Orders for the King Air C90 retrofit are being accepted