The first-of-its-kind project was done in collaboration with Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana in Bogotá, Colombia.
Rick Garcia, President and CEO, Gulf Coast Avionics Corporation recently completed its first Garmin G1000 panel upgrade on a Colombian Air Army King Air B200.
“This project had many unique aspects to it,” Garcia said. “It was our (GCA’s) first Garmin G1000 installation in a King Air B200 and it was the first time we ever did an installation in cooperation with the Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana (CIAC) in Bogotá, Colombia.”
“Its ultimate success is a true testament to not only the technical knowledge and experience of our team here in Lakeland, but also the cooperative efforts by them and the installers at CIAC,” he said. “It was a marvelous team effort.”
Andy Smith, GCA’s Installation Sales Manager, explained that all of the B200’s panel design, engineering and wiring harness fabrication was done at the company’s facility in Lakeland, then shipped to CIAC’s aircraft maintenance center in Bogotá.
“We went down to CIAC’s facility early on then worked remotely with their technicians on-site,” Smith said. “They handled all of the hands-on part of the installation and did a great job. I returned when it was completed for the final configuration.”
“As any shop can attest, installing a G1000 avionics suite is not an easy task – especially the first time,” he said. “After seeing the finished panel, my hat went off to the guys at CIAC. They did a tremendous job with the project.”
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