Diamond Aircraft has selected Garmin’s G1000 integrated avionics for the D-Jet personal jet, deliveries of which are to begin early in 2007. The G1000 is already available in Diamond’s DA40 piston single and DA42 twin, as well as Cessna and Mooney piston singles, the Beech Bonanza and Baron, and Cessna’s Citation Mustang very light jet (VLJ).
The G1000 cockpit in the D-Jet will have three large liquid-crystal displays, and the standard digital avionics suite includes dual-redundant autopilot, attitude and heading reference systems, air-data computers and navigation/communication radios. Traffic information service and terrain awareness and warning system are standard.
Meanwhile, Embraer has begun taking orders for its $2.75 million VLJ, for deliveries beginning in mid-2008, and its $6.65 million light jet, for deliveries starting a year later. It has yet to announce an avionics manufacturer for its first purposed-designed business jets, with the G1000 a candidate.
GRAHAM WARWICK/WASHINGTON DC
Source: Flight International