Archer Aviation Inc. has entered into an agreement with Garmin for the supply of the Garmin G3000 integrated flight deck for Archer’s production aircraft, Midnight.
Garmin believes its G3000 integrated flight deck offers an ideal solution for the Midnight cockpit, with the compact and lightweight system offering both an extensive certification pedigree and the configurability needed for Archer to bring its aircraft to market. The large format displays and intuitive controls aim to provide pilots with the situational awareness needed to operate Midnight. The extensive reach of Garmin avionics will make the Midnight aircraft familiar to a large swath of pilots.
Part of Archer’s commercialization strategy is to focus its in-house development on only the key enabling technologies that cannot be sourced from the existing aerospace supply base. The Garmin relationship further advances Archer’s approach of establishing strategic relationships for supply of components already being used on certified aircraft today. Archer now has more than 64% of its suppliers for Midnight’s bill-of-materials selected.
“By aligning Archer’s product sourcing needs with the experience and capabilities of well-established leaders in the aviation industry, we can help reduce our certification risk, as well as development timelines and costs,” said Adam Goldstein, Archer’s CEO. “We’re excited to be adding Garmin to our growing base of world-class suppliers as we pave the way towards commercialization.”
“We are proud of this strategic relationship with Archer Aviation to provide the advanced Garmin G3000 integrated flight deck for their new Midnight aircraft,” said Phil Straub, Garmin Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Aviation. “It is an honor to be selected and trusted by Archer and we are confident the G3000 will help them to provide advanced and efficient air taxi services for years to come.”
A significant factor for Archer in the decision to enter the agreement was Garmin’s extensive experience in the aviation space and its ability to reliably source flight deck avionic systems.