The Garmin G1000 is very user friendly and familiar to most pilots due to many training King Air aircraft having it installed. With the Fusion being fairly new, the familiarity is less likely. However, the Fusion should not be ruled out because of this since even Garmin minded pilots will find Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion flight deck to be intuitive and easy to use. Its like going to a new city and instantly knowing your way around. You think, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could just point my finger there and it would do it for me?” And lo and behold, it does!
Ultimately, the important thing to remember is that the G1000 is a complete new avionics suite and the Fusion is (for the most part) three new touchscreens. The installation cost of the two units is similar. With Garmin you pay for new equipment. With Collins, you pay for new (and VERY good) technology.
In a head to head competition for the King Air enthusiast the Garmin G1000 is currently still on top with the number of units in the field and reputation established thus far. The G1000 will not easily fall to the new competitor, even with it coming from Collins; a company that has been around much longer than Garmin.
Chip McClure is the founder and CEO of Jet Acquisitions, an aircraft acquisition company based in Georgetown, Texas. He has worked in the aviation industry for over a decade, including multiple projects involving King Air. His company website is www.jetacq.com and Facebook page is www.facebook.com/chipmcclure.aviation/. To see the article as published go to http://kingairnation.com/g1000_vs_pro_line_fusion/