Garmin Announces Availability of G1000 Software Upgrade for King Air C90 Aircraft

Garmin is pleased to announce new capabilities and enhanced operational benefits for the King Air C90 aircraft, which are made available through the latest software upgrade.  This latest update offers new features including, NextGen components such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) compliance, user-defined holding patterns and the approval of optional equipment, which expands global operational capability.

New enhancements offer King Air C90 owners and operators the opportunity to prepare for the demands brought on by NextGen. These options ensure aircraft meet industry requirements while expanding capabilities to allow for greater flexibility and improved situational awareness. These new features include:

  • Barometric Vertical Navigation (Baro-VNAV) approach capability
  • ADS-B Out Compliance 
  • Area Navigation (RNAV) capability that includes the ability to fly procedures with Radius-to-Fix (RF) segments

As part of the latest upgrade, pilots now have the flexibility to conveniently build user-defined holding patterns. These holds may be created over an existing fix in the navigation database or over a user-defined waypoint. Additionally, for operators conducting SAR missions, the G1000 can automatically generate flight plans for three search patterns: Parallel Line Search, Expanding Square and Sector Search patterns. SAR is available as an option and aids in crew situational awareness during these critical missions.

Optional equipment upgrades are now available for operators who pursue the latest software upgrade. The industry leading GWX 70 solid state radar offers significant improvements in capability, reliability and cost of ownership, compared to earlier generation magnetron-based weather radar systems. The GRS 7800 Attitude Heading and Reference System (AHRS) is also available as an optional equipment upgrade. The GRS 7800 enables free-gyro mode, greatly expanding the authorized area of operation up to North 84 degrees latitude.   

For King Air C90 operators, the latest G1000 software update is available immediately from select Garmin Authorized Dealers as a free upgrade (installation charges may apply). For additional information regarding the G1000 upgrade for the King Air series, contact Scott Frye at 913-440-2412.