Diamond Goes With Garmin For The Twin Star

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This week, Diamond Aircraft announced its selection of the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics system for the new DA42 Twin Star. The G1000 system is configured with two 10-inch displays, a primary flight display (PFD) and a multi-function display (MFD), in landscape orientation. The avionics suite boasts a number of features, including: WAAS-capable IFR, oceanic-approved GPS, solid-state Attitude and Heading Reference System and a digital air data computer. The Twin Star's fuel consumption is said to be 10 gph at 180 knots using less-expensive Jet A or even diesel fuel. With a base price, including the glass cockpit, of $360,000 in 2002 dollars for 2004 deliveries, the small twin is a new twist in a sagging market. "Garmin's all-glass cockpit perfectly complements the set of new technologies, including the modern composite design and highly efficient FADEC-controlled Thielert turbo-diesel power plants," said John Gauch, Diamond's vice president of sales and marketing for North America. "The G1000 avionics system offers an increased level of situational awareness, further enhancing the many safety advantages of the Twin Star."