Flying Innovation Award Nominee: Garmin G1000 NXi

The integrated avionics system is competing with four other products for general aviation's top overall prize.

The Garmin G1000 NXi avionics system in the Beech King Air 350.Garmin

The Garmin G1000 NXi avionics system represents a significant update to the original G1000 cockpit that first appeared in light airplanes well over a decade ago. The new system's computer processors are much more powerful, allowing for the addition of new features and lightning-fast operation. The displays are crisper and brighter too, making the latest integrated cockpit from Garmin a winner right out of the starting blocks.

Aircraft manufacturers have either made the switch to G1000 NXi or are in the process of doing so as production of the earlier version of the cockpit has been discontinued. Cirrus was the first to introduce the NXi system, in the 2017 Generation 6 SR22. Just as G1000 became a de facto standard for avionics 15 years ago, G1000 NXi is positioned to carry on that legacy for years to come.

Flying will announce the winner of the 2018 Innovation Award later this month during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The G1000 NXi avionics system was a winner of a 2017 Flying Editors' Choice Award and is competing for the top overall prize for 2018 with the Cirrus Vision Jet, ForeFlight Scout ADS-B receiver, Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset, and Mooney Ovation Ultra.