Kitchener Aero Breathes New Life into King Air 200 Avionics
Operators of the venerable King Air 200 can now bring their avionics up to date. Kitchener Aero Avionics is offering a digital cockpit upgrade for the King Air 200. While Kitchener offers the full G1000 cockpit suite upgrade, it also offers a more cost-effective retrofit package that includes the dual Garmin G600 flight display system with Taws-B, replacing the standard heavy-iron avionics suite that originally came with King Air 200s.
Garmin’s G600 offers PFD and MFD with synthetic vision, an autopilot/flight director interface, and digital AirData and AHRS attitude/heading reference. The technology is derived from Garmin’s G1000 integrated avionics system.
Included in the upgrade is Garmin’s GTN650 touchscreen navigator along with the Garmin GTX33ES transponder with ADS-B Out. Other systems in the package include Garmin’s new GWX70 weather radar and GTS825 traffic avoidance system, GDL69 XM dataink, an L-3 trilogy electronic standby instrument System and an S-Tec 2100 three-axis digital flight control system.
According to Barry Aylward, Kitchener’s president, the full G1000 upgrade, including equipment and installation, costs approximately $400,000. The alternative, with similar options, has a price tag of approximately $300,000. “The initial installation took about six weeks but having done one now we believe that we can improve on that and get it down to four to five weeks depending on options,” Aylward told AIN.
He pointed out that the upgrade shaves weight, as the removal of old wiring, J-boxes and avionics provisions saves 250 pounds. Also included are antenna re-bonding and new antenna cables.