Avionics News January 2017 - 21
display panels. Some of the weight loss stems from
Garmin's decision to combine the two individual airand attitude-data packages into a single ADAHRS, or
Air Data Attitude Heading Reference System.
Some of the other components save weight elsewhere
in the G1000 NXi package - even the displays, which
weigh less despite measuring the same size.
According to Carl Wolf, Garmin's vice president
of aviation marketing and sales, "As innovators in
the avionics industry, we're excited to introduce the
G1000 NXi - the next
integrated flight deck.
Gary Burrell and Dr.
Min Kao, had a vision to
develop an intuitive and
highly advanced integrated avionics system for general
aviation aircraft, which became the G1000 integrated
flight deck, and today, over 16,000 of these systems are
flying worldwide. Building on its success, we're excited
to introduce the G1000 NXi, a faster, modernized and
lighter avionics suite with a superior feature set that will
carry on the lineage and achieved level of distinction that
pilots and aircraft owners have come to associate with a
Garmin integrated flight deck."
The cockpit experience
Garmin generously provided Avionics News with an
opportunity to spend about 80 minutes in a King Air 350
equipped with the three-display G1000 NXi, providing
an opportunity to offer some observations on the new
package - and contrasts with the original based on many
hours behind the original G1000 package - both two- and
three-screen variations. With Garmin's Scott Frye in the
left seat and aviation media relations professional Jessica
Koss in the main cabin, Frye introduced some of the
many advances and improvements built into the G1000
NXi. Our demonstration started and ended at Stearman
Field northeast of Wichita, with a trip to the Ponca City
Airport about 55 miles south in northern Oklahoma.
The first two things that jump out after activating the
avionics switch are:
How quickly the entire system boots up - the screens
light up almost immediately. The process happens in a
fraction of the time needed by the original G1000 package.
The improved graphics and response times on both the
PFDs and the higher-resolution MFD. Even the NXi's
PFD - with the same resolution as the original G1000
- delivers graphics details much sharper, cleaner and
crisper than before. The improvement particularly shines
on the MFD. Its higher resolution yields smoother color
graduations, fonts crisper and sharper - altogether easier
to read. Details provided by the Synthetic Vision move
far more smoothly across the MFD and PFDs.
The next impression - how rapidly screen rendering
occurs when calling up a new page or when scrolling
to points off the MFD map. No lags are apparent; the
movement and rendering happen as quickly as the
boot-up process - virtually
The new console control
sports a joystick function in
addition to the twist button,
making panning easier - and
the screen renders so quickly
that this writer couldn't move the cursor fast enough and
had to wait for the graphics processor to catch up and
redraw the terrain.
Credit belongs to the more-modern, high-speed processor
package supporting both the PFD and MFD displays.
The NXi package is extremely fast. Within seconds
of startup, we had immediate access to flight plan
data, frequencies and other critical data. Garmin also
incorporated contemporary animations and modernized
graphics design for improved readability. The new
LED back-lighting also contributes to increased display
brightness and image clarity.
Garmin's Connext wireless cockpit connectivity,
available with the optional Flight Stream 510,
unlocks additional capabilities within the NXi. The
Flight Stream 510 option enables Garmin's Database
Concierge, enabling the wireless transfer of aviation
databases from the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device
to the G1000 NXi. Beyond Database Concierge, Flight
Stream 510 also supports two-way flight plan transfer
between the NXi and portable devices, as well as
sharing traffic data, weather information, GPS data, and
backup attitude information. The portable device must
be running Garmin Pilot or ForeFlight mobile.
The user can choose to employ the ability to overlay
a geographical map within the HSI on the PFD; that
capability also supports the display of NEXRAD
weather radar datalink imagery, Flight Information
System-Broadcast weather, live weather radar, Garmin's
SafeTaxi airport diagrams, traffic, terrain and more.
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