Garmin´s meteoric rise into the general aviation and corporate aviation cockpits has advanced one step further with the unveiling by Cirrus of the Garmin-built "Perspective" integrated cockpit at the EBACE business aviation convention in Geneva last week.
Set for first deliveries in third-generation SR22 models starting in June, the $ 48,000 G1000-based option features larger displays - up to 12in (305mm) from 10.3in - synthetic vision, dual solid-state attitude and heading reference system and safety features including a "level" button that straightens the aircraft in a panic situation. Although the avionics suite is officially an option, Cirrus chief executive Alan Klapmeier says all SR22s delivered from June will have the package after US Federal Aviation Administration certification is complete.
The announcement emphasises Garmin´s intention to capture more market share ranging from Part 25 business jet cockpits to sport-light-size aircraft, says Gary Kelley, vice-president of marketing for Garmin. The company´s highest-end placement to date is the Prodigy integrated avionics suite, a joint project with Embraer for the Phenom 100 very light jet and Phenom 300 light jet. Embraer reports more than 750 orders for the two aircraft, with deliveries of the Phenom 100 scheduled to begin later this year and the Phenom 300 one year later.
According to Flightglobal.com