Garmin Glass Cockpit Flies In HondaJet

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The folks at Honda might not like to talk much about their little jet, or its little engines -- which it plans to manufacture under a recent deal with GE -- but everyone else in the aviation world sure wants to talk about them. On Friday, Garmin announced that its G1000 integrated avionics system is onboard and flying in the experimental HondaJet. The jet is equipped with a three-panel configuration of the G1000 system -- a 10-inch multifunction display flanked on either side by 10-inch primary flight displays, Garmin said. The jet is currently undergoing 200 hours of additional flight-testing at Piedmont Triad Airport in Greensboro, N.C., Garmin said. "We are pleased to be associated with the experimental HondaJet program, because it represents multiple technology innovations that hold much promise," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. The experimental six-seat HondaJet is powered by two fuel-efficient HF118 turbofan engines mounted in a unique over-the-wing configuration. The HondaJet also incorporates a new fuselage design and airfoil innovations. The jet completed its first flight in December.