I caught up with N254CS on the Cessna ramp at Wichita and began the walk-around with my demo pilot, Chelsea Carlin. The preflight began inside the cockpit by turning on the master switch to watch the new Garmin NXi avionics come alive in just five seconds. The difference between the original G1000 and the new NXi is immediately noticeable, not simply because of the faster boot-up speed, but thanks to the improved resolution and brilliance of the displays. Missing on the NXi, however, is an electronic version of the pilot operating handbook, as well as any electronic method to calculate weight and balance.
A typically equipped T206 is delivered with an autopilot and ADS-B In and Out standard, as well as backup instruments to support the NXi. The system includes VFR charts and the option for electronic checklists. Other T206 options include synthetic vision, terrain awareness, air conditioning, an L3 Stormscope and a SafeFlight angle of attack indicator. Those real leather seats will set you back an additional $4,500.