Cessna’s Skyhawk goes glass

Cessna Aircraft Co. has received type certification for its 172S Skyhawk equipped with the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit.

“Certifying this airplane with the all-glass, fully-integrated Garmin G1000 avionics is a testament to how far the industry has come and provides a glimpse into what the future holds,” said Jack Pelton, Cessna’s chairman, president and CEO.

Cessna offers two versions of the Skyhawk G1000 avionics package: 172R Skyhawk GA and 172S Skyhawk SP with NAV III. The 172R Skyhawk GA is designed to address the operational requirements of the flight training market, as well as for those wanting the latest in glass cockpit technology without the need for an autopilot or FIS XM/weather datalink. The 172S Skyhawk SP NAV III option incorporates nearly all of the same features as the NAV III G1000-equipped Skylanes and Stationairs, which were introduced in late 2003.

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