Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Next Step In Glass Panels

Garmin’s new G2000 flat-panel display introduces total touch screen—almost

Of course, the G2000 will offer all the same upgrade potential as the G1000, featuring Synthetic Vision, a virtual, 3D replication of terrain features ahead, and Enhanced Vision, Garmin's version of the standard infrared FLIR system.

As before, Flite Chart and Safe Taxi will help with positional orientation, and you can even add Garmin's new Enhanced Stability and Protection (inevitably ESP) system that monitors a number of flight parameters and can adjust the aircraft attitude accordingly. ESP monitors airspeed, altitude and attitude, and can recognize when a pilot exceeds normal pitch and roll limits, and will recover the aircraft to straight and level flight. If a pilot enters a dive that exceeds normal airspeed limits or a bank beyond reasonable requirements, the ESP feature will nudge the controls with progressively more insistent corrections as airspeed/attitude becomes farther out of bounds.

The system also can monitor a flight at high altitude, recognize when a pilot becomes unresponsive from hypoxia, and descend to a lower, more breathable altitude. ESP is designed to function when the pilot is hand-flying the airplane and the autopilot is turned off.

Garmin expects certification on the Corvalis 400TTX by the end of this year, meaning the G2000 will be incorporated on the 2012 Corvalis TTX. Cessna hasn't announced a price for the 2012 models yet, though it will probably be just south of $700,000. (The 2011 Corvalis TT has a base tab of $644,000. Cessna will no longer offer the normally aspirated Corvalis 350.)

Since the G2000, like the G1000 before it, is intended for OEM installation only, Garmin won't be announcing pricing on the G2000. That's because the system won't be offered for retrofit. In other words, there's no way you can buy a G2000 package and have your local shop do the installation in your 20-year-old Bonanza or Mirage, no matter how much money you have.

At this writing, Garmin has introduced the G1000, G2000, G3000 and the G5000, the latter for installation on Part 25 turbine equipment. No one knows what the plans are for the unused G4000 designation, if any. Similarly, Garmin hasn't announced whether they'll introduce a non-TSO'd version of the G2000 intended specifically for experimental aircraft as they did with the G900X based on the G1000.

I wasn't a big fan of touch screen on the original aera portables, but the execution on the new Garmin G2000 is so intuitive and professional, the system should be a guaranteed replacement for the G1000 on hundreds of new GA aircraft.

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