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Source: Kurt Barnhart, 785-826-2972,
News release prepared by: Natalie Blair, 785-826-2642,

Thursday, June 25, 2009


SALINA -- Kansas State University at Salina has acquired a complete G1000 integrated avionics training suite to be used by students in the avionics maintenance and professional pilot degree programs.

The ground-based suite includes line replaceable units, avionics racks, line replaceable unit racks and connector kits.

"This educational training equipment will advance our excellent avionics program to the next level, and improve the already superior hands-on experience for our K-State at Salina professional pilot students," said Kurt Barnhart, head of the department of aviation at K-State at Salina.

"It also will allow K-State at Salina to offer an advanced avionics installation class and a G1000 troubleshooting class," he said.

In addition to two new avionics classes, the training suite will be used to familiarize aviation maintenance students with the system and give students in the flight program a chance to be familiar with the system prior to climbing in the cockpit of one of the K-State aircraft equipped with the system. Students in the avionics program will learn theory and troubleshooting as well as how to install the Garmin G1000/900X.

Garmin's G1000 is an all-glass avionics suite for aircraft. It is a seamlessly integrated package that makes flight information easier to scan and process. The G1000 design brings new levels of situational awareness, simplicity and safety to the cockpit.

K-State at Salina's educational fleet of learning aircraft includes a heavy concentration of glass panel, technically advanced aircraft. This allows K-State at Salina to offer Garmin G1000 glass panel accelerated training, which lets students train for private and instrument pilot certificates simultaneously in order to reach their career goals more quickly.