Daher has announced it is offering avionics upgrade kits that can retrofit in-service TBM models that have Garmin G1000 systems—which includes TBM 850s and 900s, as well as modernized TBM 700s—to the next-generation G1000NXi flight deck configuration. Available through Daher TBM authorized distributors, the upgrade involves changing out the two primary flight displays, the multifunction display and the control keypad, along with new software and database installations.
The upgrade will offer TBM operators faster system boot-up and software loading, in addition to the ability to manage more data and display charts. It also adds improved wireless cockpit connectivity, allowing aviation database uploads from mobile devices using the Garmin Flight Stream. Another feature is the enhanced “feel” for pilots through the new keyboard joystick, providing more accurate panning and fluid navigation on the multifunction display pages.
The kit is being offered at an introductory price of $59,995 for orders received by year-end, which includes buying back the removed equipment. G1000NXi retrofit kits will be available beginning in January, according to Daher.
“This latest upgrade underscores our firm commitment to offer TBM customers the latest enhancements,” said Nicolas Chabbert, the senior vice president of Daher’s airplane business unit. “I expect to see a large share of the 347 TBM 850/900s currently equipped with the [original] G1000 version being converted to the new system.”