Thu, May 14, 2009
One of the more intriguing upgrades we saw on our last visit to
Piper Aircraft was the availability of the G1000 avionics suite for
the PA-46-500TP Meridian six-seat single-engine turboprop aircraft.
Initial deliveries of Meridians equipped with the G1000 are already
"We are dedicated to providing our customers with the very best
technology our industry has to offer," said Piper President &
CEO James K. Bass. "Now, with the G1000 available for the Meridian,
we are giving this amazing aircraft an avionics suite that enables
it to meet its full potential."
Garmin's all-glass flightdeck in the Meridian presents all
flight-critical data -- from engine and flight instrumentation to
navigation, communication, weather, terrain and traffic data --
digitally on three large-format, high-resolution displays. The
15-inch multi-function display is flanked by two 10.4-inch PFDs;
Garmin's Synthetic Vision Technology will also be offered as
standard with the application.
"The G1000 gives pilots highly-detailed, highly-reliable, yet
easy-to-use information that ultimately makes flying safer and more
enjoyable, and we are confident Meridian pilots will appreciate the
advanced capabilities it offers," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice
president of marketing.
In addition to SVT, the G1000 suite on the Meridian will also
include the GFC 700 three-axis digital automatic flight control
system with autopilot; dual solid-state Attitude and Heading
Reference System; dual digital air-data computers; Mode S
transponder with Traffic Information Service; and GWX 68 weather
This marks Piper's second flight deck agreement with Garmin; the
first was for the Olathe, KS avionics manufacturer to supply the
avionics suite for the upcoming PiperJet. Despite recent advances
by rival Avidyne, whose glass panels are currently standard through
the Piper line... one senses this probably won't be the last time
we see "Piper" and "Garmin" in the same sentence, either.
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