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Garmin International, Inc. today celebrated the delivery of its 500th G1000 integrated flight deck upgrade for King Air aircraft.

For more than a decade, the G1000 has modernized the King Air cockpit by providing operators with enhanced operational benefits and increased aircraft utility, while also offering significant weight savings and a lower cost of operation. Earlier this year, Garmin began deliveries of the G1000 NXi for King Air aircraft, which carries on the lineage and success of the renowned G1000 integrated flight deck.

“As one of the most successful avionics retrofits in this class of aircraft, we have seen G1000 installations in King Air aircraft of varying backgrounds – from fleet workhorses to individual operators,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “We would like to express our gratitude to not only our customers, but our talented and trusted dealer network who have helped us to achieve such a tremendous milestone. We look forward to growing the success of this program even further so thousands of owners and operators can continue to experience the benefits of the G1000 and G1000 NXi integrated flight deck in the King Air cockpit.”

The milestone G1000 was installed by Elliott Aviation in Moline, Illinois in a King Air B200 operated by Keewatin Air, a long-time Garmin customer. Keewatin Air provides medevac and air ambulance services in remote areas of the rugged Canadian Arctic. This milestone upgrade marks Keewatin Air’s ninth G1000 integrated flight deck upgrade within their fleet of King Air aircraft, with intentions to add more in the future.

“For the past eight years, the Garmin G1000 retrofit program for King Air aircraft has played a major role in the success of Elliott Aviation. This program shines above all others because it replaces the entire avionics suite – not just parts of the system – and it literally zero-times the aircraft avionics with the latest technology and best-in-class Garmin customer support,” said Mark Wilken, Elliott Aviation vice president of avionics programs and operational logistics. “Elliott Aviation viewed this program as a true winner from the beginning and we look to forward retrofitting many more King Air’s with G1000 NXi for years to come.”

Announced in January 2017, the successor to the ever-popular G1000 integrated flight deck, the G1000 NXi, has continued to build upon its success. Boasting modernized flight displays, the G1000 NXi supports faster map rendering and smoother panning throughout the PFD and MFD. Features such as wireless cockpit connectivity – including wireless aviation database updates using Garmin Flight Stream, enhanced situational awareness with SurfaceWatch™ and more, are all available with the G1000 NXi. Modernized situational awareness tools such as geographical map overlay within the HSI and visual approaches add to the G1000 NXi feature set. Additionally, King Air owners and operators with an existing G1000 integrated flight deck can upgrade to the G1000 NXi with minimal aircraft down time and disruption to the panel as the displays preserve the same footprint and connector.

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