OLATHE, Kan. /October 16, 2014/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced new capabilities and enhanced operational benefits for King Air C90 aircraft and the availability of the new Platinum Plus upgrade package for the King Air 200/300 series, which provides substantial savings on safety enhancing G1000 options. The new King Air C90 update offers a number of new features and optional equipment upgrades tomeet the demands of owners and operators around the world. The latest update includes NextGen components such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) compliance, user-defined holding patterns and the approval of optional equipment, which expands global operational capability.
“We continue to make a series of investments to ensure King Air pilots have access to state of the art equipment and features on new and existing G1000-platforms, which decreases cost of ownership of the aircraft,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “These key upgrades minimize pilot workload, improve situational awareness and expand operational benefits, giving owners and operators even more compelling reasons to upgrade to the G1000 Integrated Flight Deck.”
New enhancements offer owners and operators the opportunity to prepare for the demands brought on by NextGen. These options ensure aircraft meet industry requirements while expanding capabilities to allow for greater flexibility and improved situational awareness. These new features include:
• Barometric Vertical Navigation (Baro-VNAV) approach capability
• ADS-B Out Compliance
• Area Navigation (RNAV) capability that includes the ability to fly procedures with Radius-to-Fix (RF) segments
Pilots now have the flexibility to quickly build user-defined holding patterns. These holds may be created over an existing fix in the navigation database or over a user-defined waypoint. Unpublished holds or those assigned by air traffic control are easily created and displayed on the multi-function display (MFD), further simplifying the process of flying a holding pattern.
Search and Rescue (SAR) Options
For operators conducting SAR missions, the G1000 can automatically generate flight plans for three search patterns: Parallel Line Search, Expanding Square and Sector Search patterns. SAR is available as an option and aids in crew situational awareness during these missions by streamlining the process of entering and managing search patterns.
Industry-Leading Solid State Radar
Available in November as standard equipment, the GWX™ 70 offers significant improvements in capability, reliability and cost of ownership, compared to earlier generation magnetron-based weather radar systems. The GWX 70 encompasses exceptional range and adjustable scanning profiles with precision target definition for accurate, real-time weather analysis in the cockpit. Pilot-adjustable horizontal scan angles of up to 120° allows for precise scanning along a route of flight, while vertical scanning enables pilots to interpret storm tops, gradients and storm cell development at various altitudes.
Access More Airports, Remote Locations
The optional GRS 7800 Attitude Heading and Reference System (AHRS) enables free-gyro mode, greatly expanding the authorized area of operation up to North 84 degrees latitude. With the GRS 7800, operators increase their global operational capabilities and have access to more remote locations throughout the world.
Platinum Plus NBAA Promotion for King Air 200/300
The King Air Platinum Plus Package expands upon the existing Platinum Package to include additional upgrades and optional features. King Air owners placing an order for the G1000 Integrated Flight Deck by January 24, 2015, may take advantage of substantial savings on safety enhancing G1000 options, including Garmin’s Electronic Stability and Protection (Garmin ESP™) system, Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT™) and Garmin ChartView™. The electronic monitoring and exceedance-correcting technology offered by Garmin ESP works to assist the pilot to ensure the aircraft maintains a safe, flight-stable condition. Garmin ESP functions independently from the autopilot while the pilot is hand-flying the aircraft, providing gentle control inputs back towards stable flight whenever pitch, roll or high-speed deviations exceed the recommended limits. Coupled go-arounds are also enabled by this technology, which greatly reduces pilot workload during critical phases of flight. SVT enhances situational awareness to provide a rich, three-dimensional depiction of terrain, obstacles, the runway environment and more, while ChartView gives pilots access to Jeppesen’s extensive library of charts and airport diagrams. The King Air Platinum Plus promotion is available for $29,995, offering a savings of over $16,000.
For 200/300 King Air owners and operators, these updates are available today. For King Air C90 operators, the latest software is anticipated to be available in November from select Garmin Authorized Dealers as a free upgrade (installation charges may apply). This upgrade is further extended to include support for three-bladed propeller King Air C90 aircraft. Owners and operators may contact a Garmin Authorized Dealer for pricing information. Visit Garmin at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, FL, October 21-23, 2014 to discuss King Air G1000 upgrades. For more details regarding the G1000 upgrade for the King Air series, contact Scott Frye at 913-440-2412.
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