There’s a new G1000 in town, G1000 NXi. And while the name might imply a minor upgrade to the legendary flat-panel system, nothing could be further from the truth. NXi is a new ballgame.
Since its introduction a decade ago in the Cessna Citation Mustang and Skyhawk, Garmin’s seminal flat-panel avionics suite has become the de facto standard in aircraft avionics, commanding a huge market share among owner-flown airplanes from two-seaters to light jets. The system was the first of its kind, and it borrowed heavily from both the user interface and hardware design of the company’s wildly popular GNS 430 and GNS 530, multifunction navigators that between the two of them account for as many as a quarter of a million installations in light and not-so-light airplanes around the globe.