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Garmin G1000 Avionics System introduced in DA40-180 Diamond Star

Diamond Aircraft has previewed the world’s first certified application of the fully integrated G1000 Glass Flight Deck in its DA40-180 Diamond Star. In contrast to currently available glass cockpits, the fully integrated G1000 system dispenses with conventional panel mounted avionics equipment and offers additional features previously unavailable in propeller driven airplanes. The system includes dual PFD/MFD sunlight readable 10-inch display panels, a centrally mounted audio controller and a remote mounted avionics compartment. The flexible equipment architecture allowed Diamond’s engineers to completely redesign the instrument panel to provide improved viewing angles, accessibility, cockpit space, ventilation and aesthetics. The all new instrument panel consists of several flat planes, each angled to offer the best viewing angles and operating ergonomics. The entire panel is finished with integrally lit, laser etched polycarbonate overlays, normally found only on turbine aircraft.

"Garmin's all-glass cockpit offers an increased level of situational awareness, further enhancing the many safety advantages of the Diamond Star," said John Gauch, Diamond's vice president of sales and marketing for North America. "The G1000 avionics system is revolutionizing the way aircraft are being designed and we are proud to be the first to offer this exciting equipment in an aircraft positioned to serve both the recreational and training markets."

True to Garmin’s tradition of technological innovation, the modular design and open architecture of the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics system makes it possible to provide the same state-of-the-art functionality to a broad range of aircraft. The G1000 has been selected for Diamond’s twin engine DA42 Twin Star as well as the Cessna Citation Mustang. Flight-critical information is uniquely integrated and digitally depicted on the large-format PFD and MFD to simplify operation, enhance situational awareness and increase fight safety. Additionally, the DA40-180 Diamond Star configuration will include the following:

• Digital audio control system
• Dual integrated radio modules that provide WAAS-capable IFR GPS; VHF navigation with ILS; and VHF communication with 16-watt transceivers and 8.33-kHz channel spacing
• Mode-S transponder
• Solid-state Attitude and Heading Reference System
• Digital air data computer
• Optional weather and terrain data
• Interface to the Bendix/King KAP 140 2-axis Autopilot

"We are excited about launching the G1000 system in the DA40 Diamond Star," said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. "Diamond has proven to be an excellent partner to work with on this advanced avionics package." An estimated price premium of $25,000 over a conventional IFR equipped DA40 is expected for the G1000 system. First deliveries are expected end of first quarter 2004.

The complete line of Diamond Aircraft is available through Diamond Regional Distribution Centers. For further information, or for the distributor near you, visit the Diamond Aircraft website at www.diamond-air.at, or call +43 2622 26700. For more information on Garmin products, visit their website at www.garmin.com. Diamond Aircraft is a leading manufacturer of composite light aircraft for the sport/recreation and training markets

Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa,
South America
Phone: +43 2622 26700-0
e-mail: sales@diamond-air.at
www.diamond-air.at
North America
Phone: 1-888-359-3220
e-mail: sales@diamondair.com
www.diamondair.com

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