Marshall Aviation Services (MAS) based at Broughton, North Wales, and part of the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, recently completed a significant avionics upgrade with the installation of a Garmin G1000 full glass cockpit aboard a Beechcraft King Air 300. The aircraft, for an undisclosed European operator, made its post-retrofit maiden flight on April 24, flying to Berne.

The G1000 avionics installation has become an appealing option for all King Air pilots seeking greater situational awareness and reduced pilot fatigue, with MAS leading the way among independent European MRO companies in undertaking such work.

The upgrade, applicable for the 200, 300 and 350 King Air series, integrates all primary flight, navigation, weather, terrain, radio frequency, engine and fuel data readouts on large format high definition LCDs. The upgrade installation includes Garmin synthetic vision technology, autopilot, RVSM, ADS-B compliance, geo-referenced charting, and data-link weather and satcom.

“We are delighted to have worked on this contract, the first major installation on a King Air 300 in the entire EMEA region,” said MAS general manager Jason Davies. “It is the first step in our goal to become a European centre of excellence for Garmin products and we plan to upgrade more King Air aircraft as our capability expands.”

With some 425 King Airs in Europe alone, of which more than 265 are 200 and 300 series aircraft, the market for upgrading the older flight decks with the new G1000 system is significant.