Garmin announced the addition of five aircraft eligible for its G1000 NXi integrated flight deck upgrade. Aircraft currently equipped with a WAAS G1000 integrated flight deck that are now eligible for the G1000 NXi include the Cessna 172/182/206 and Beechcraft Bonanza and Baron. The G1000 NXi includes capabilities such as wireless connectivity, SurfaceWatch and map overlay within the HSI. “Based on the success of the G1000 NXi upgrade programs that are available today, we’re excited to deliver this upgrade to thousands of additional aircraft owners and operators,” says Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “With the G1000 NXi, customers experience faster performance and find tremendous value in new features like wireless cockpit connectivity, visual approach guidance, SurfaceWatch, map HSI and more, all of which make this upgrade an absolute must-have in every aircraft.”
Aircraft that currently have a WAAS G1000 integrated flight deck that are now eligible for the G1000 NXi upgrade are the Cessna 172 R/S, Cessna 182T, Cessna 206H, Beechcraft Bonanza G36 and the Beechcraft Baron G58.
As part of the G1000 NXi upgrade for these aircraft, Flight Stream 510 and Connext technology enables Database Concierge, the wireless transfer of aviation databases from the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device to the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck. Additional features enabled by the Flight Stream 510 include two-way flight plan transfer, the sharing of traffic, weather, GPS information, back-up attitude information and more, among the G1000 NXi and the Garmin Pilot, FltPlan Go and ForeFlight Mobile applications. The G1000 NXi also includes geographical map overlay within the horizontal situation indicator (HSI), visual approach guidance and more.
The G1000 NXi supports the display of various Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) In benefits, including traffic and subscription-free Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather. Other standard features include SurfaceWatch runway monitoring technology, which provides visual and aural cues to help prevent pilots from taking off or landing on a taxiway, on a runway that is too short, or on the wrong runway based on performance data entered during preflight. Visual and audible runway distance remaining annunciations are also available via SurfaceWatch. Additional features that are available as standard include animated NEXRAD weather radar imagery, Vertical Situation Display (VSD), IFR enroute charts, VFR sectionals and Visual Reporting Points (VRPs).
Upgrading to the G1000 NXi takes little aircraft down time and disruption of the panel because the displays preserve the same footprint and connectors, so panel and wiring modifications are minimized, says Garmin.