Archer Aviation and Garmin have entered into an agreement for Garmin to supply the G3000 integrated flight deck for Archer’s Midnight Production Aircraft.
The compact and lightweight system offers both an extensive certification pedigree and the configurability needed for Archer to bring its aircraft to market. The large format displays and intuitive controls will 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 suppliers for Midnight’s bill-of-materials selected.
Archer CEO Adam Goldstein said: “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. We are excited to be adding Garmin to our growing base of world-class suppliers as we pave the way towards commercialization.”
Garmin aviation executive vice president and managing director Phil Straub said: “We are proud of this strategic relationship with Archer Aviation to provide the advanced Garmin G3000 integrated flight deck for their new Midnight aircraft and we are confident the G3000 will help them to provide advanced and efficient air taxi services for years to come.”
Garmin claims it maintains an exceptional reputation for delivering high-quality avionic technologies to general aviation, business aviation, rotorcraft, advanced air mobility, government and defense, and commercial air carrier customers.
Its extensive experience in the aviation space and demonstrated ability to reliably source flight deck avionic systems was a significant factor in Archer’s decision to enter into this relationship.
In February 2021, Joby Aviation announced that its eVTOL aircraft will feature the touchscreen Garmin G3000 integrated flight deck.
Earlier this month, Archer and Mecaer Aviation Group entered into an agreement for the design, development, qualification and supply of landing gear for Archer’s eVTOL Midnight Aircraft.