Elliott Aviation Delivers First Garmin Autoland Upgrade in King Air B200

Installation of the automated landing system marks a new technological opportunity in the aftermarket for King Air operators with G1000 avionics.

Elliott Aviation upgraded a Beechcraft King Air with Garmin’s Autoland system. [Credit: iStock]

Elliott Aviation said it delivered the company’s first Garmin Autoland upgrade in a Beechcraft King Air B200. The delivery is a milestone for Elliott and also marks the next step in the development of Garmin’s G1000 NXi platform for the King Air.

The Autoland system is designed to take control of the aircraft in an emergency and land it autonomously at the nearest suitable airport. This technology is meant to bring additional safety and peace of mind to the cabin for passengers and pilots concerned about possible pilot incapacitation.

"We are thrilled to deliver our first Garmin Autoland upgrade in a King Air B200," said Dan Edwards, CEO of Elliott Aviation. "Safety is always our top priority, and the Garmin Autoland system represents a groundbreaking advancement in aviation technology. This achievement reflects our team's expertise and commitment to providing our customers with the latest and most advanced avionics solutions."

The company previously performed similar upgrades to Daher TBM 940s that had not been equipped with the Autoland system—specialized by Daher as Home Safe—at the factory. The Moline, Illinois, company said the King Air upgrade “underscores Elliott Aviation's dedication to staying at the forefront of technological advancements within the aviation industry.”

Founded in 1936, Elliott Aviation provides a range of aviation services including avionics, maintenance, accessories, paint, interiors, and aircraft sales.

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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