What’s New

South-Africa VFR charts now available from flygarmin

Garmin is constantly working to source new map and chart data from various sources around the world and they are happy to announce a new option starting today for those flying in South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

South Africa VFR charts are now available for Aera 660/795/796 and G3X Touch for $29.99.

Follow the link below and sign in with your details: https://fly.garmin.com/fly-garmin/garmin-pilot/

Step 1: Click on portables

Step 2: Click on add your portable to flygarmin

Step 3: Enter your portable device details

Step 4: As per attached picture – Click on software updates to ensure your devices are updated to the latest software version

Step 5: Select IFR/VFR database in the left frame and choose South-Africa VFR to purchase

Garmin is pleased to announce the GFC 600 and GFC 500

(solid state, attitude-based autopilots for fixed-wing general aviation aircraft)

The unique design of these autopilots delivers superior in-flight characteristics, self-monitoring capabilities and minimal maintenance needs when compared to older-generation autopilot systems. Boasting a robust feature set, GFC 600 and GFC 500 incorporate a number of technologies that can improve safety, such as Garmin ESP™ (Electronic Stability and Protection), under speed protection, Level Mode, Flight Director (FD) and more. The GFC 600 autopilot is intended for high-performance piston single/twin-engine and turbine aircraft that have a wide range of aircraft speed and performance characteristics, while GFC 500 is intended for less complex piston single-engine aircraft. Built upon the acclaimed performance of the popular GFC 700 autopilot, GFC 600 and GFC 500 provide pilots with a suite of advanced autopilot capabilities that are an economical addition for a growing number of aircraft.

GFC 600 Autopilot for High-performance Single/Twin-engine Piston and Turbine Aircraft

GFC 600 is designed as a standalone autopilot that boasts superior integration capability with G500 and G600 glass flight displays, Garmin navigators as well as a variety of third-party flight displays, instruments and navigation sources. The self-contained GMC 605 autopilot controller incorporates backlit keys and a bright, sunlight-readable display that depicts autopilot status and mode selection. An intuitive built-in control wheel also provides convenient adjustment of aircraft pitch, airspeed and vertical speed modes. When the level button is selected, the aircraft automatically returns to straight-and-level flight. Standard mark-width design of the GFC 600 autopilot controller allows for routine installation into the aircraft’s avionics stack. EASA validation to follow. GFC 600 includes environmentally hardened GSA 87 autopilot servos designed for harsh operating conditions. The servos contain a brushless DC motor and a gear train that eliminates the need for a mechanical slip clutch, offering improved performance and reducing maintenance requirements when compared to decades old servo designs.

If a G600/G500 flight display is not installed in the aircraft, an optional GI-285 autopilot annunciator panel can display the selected autopilot mode in the pilot’s primary field of view and retains an identical footprint of third-party autopilot annunciators on the market. In the absence of a compatible airspeed and pressure altitude source, an optional air data module attaches to the backplate of the GMC 605. Initial Supplemental FAA   Type   Certificate   (STC) for GFC 600 has been completed in the A36 Bonanza and B55 Baron aircraft with the 58 Baron, and more aircraft  models,  as  well as GFC 500 Autopilot for Certificated Single-engine Piston Aircraft. Built upon the popular G5 electronic flight instrument, the GFC 500 autopilot integrates specifically with G5 to provide pilots with an economical autopilot and modern flight instrument (G5 is sold separately). The GMC 507 mode controller contains large, dedicated keys and knobs, a control wheel that allows for easy adjustments to aircraft pitch, airspeed and vertical speed and a level button that returns the aircraft to straight-and-level flight. Similar to GFC 600, the GSA 28 servos utilized on GFC 500 also contain brushless DC motors and gear trains that eliminate the need for a mechanical slip clutch. G5 provides input and display of altitude preselect, heading, vertical speed target, airspeed target and Flight Director command bars for the GFC 500. The  optional  GAD™ 29 adapter allows GFC 500 and G5 to interface with select Garmin GPS or VHF navigators. Initial FAA STC for GFC 500 is expected to be completed on select Cessna 172 aircraft models in the fourth quarter of 2017, with select Cessna 182 and Piper PA-28 aircraft models and more to follow. As usual Garmin will work with EASA for a STC validation after the initial FAA STC has been received.

GFC 600 and GFC 500 Feature Set: Cutting Edge Autopilot Design and Reliability

 The full-featured GFC 600 and GFC 500 autopilots provide thousands of existing general aviation aircraft with a simple, light-weight, cost-effective autopilot upgrade path. GFC 600 and GFC 500 both incorporate solid state attitude with robust self-monitoring capabilities to provide superior autopilot performance, high reliability and stability benefits that are similar to the popular GFC 700 autopilot.

In addition to traditional autopilot capabilities such as altitude hold, vertical speed and heading, GFC 600 and GFC 500 also include the following features:

  • Premium functions and advanced capabilities such as altitude pre-select1 and indicated airspeed hold mode; VNAV will be a growth function when appropriately equipped
    • Pilots can select, couple and fly various instrument approaches, including GPS, ILS, VOR, LOC and back course approaches2,3
  • Built-in GPS roll steering capability eliminates the need for external roll steering converters for smoother navigation tracking when installed with a compatible navigator
  • Level Mode button, which automatically engages the autopilot to restore the aircraft to straight-and-level flight
  • Underspeed protection helps prevent the pilot from stalling the aircraft if the autopilot is engaged in an inappropriate manner
    • Overspeed protection helps prevent the pilot from exceeding aircraft maximum speed (VNE) if the autopilots engaged in an appropriate manner
  • With the addition of an optional yaw servo, Yaw Damping (YD) mode minimizes yawing oscillations while also helping to maintain coordinated flight by keeping the slip/skid indicator centred
    • Flight Director command bars can be displayed on G5 with the GFC 500, while GFC 600 displays Flight Director on a variety of flight displays, such as G500 and G600
  • Pilots can fly coupled ‘go-arounds’ during missed approach sequencing. A remotely-installed go-around button commands the Flight Director to display the appropriate pitch attitude required for the missed

approach procedure and activates a loaded missed approach when paired with a GTN™ 650/750 navigator

  • An optional pitch-trim servo adds automatic trim and manual electric trim
    • Control wheel steering is available on GFC 600, which allows the pilot to adjust pitch, roll, altitude hold, vertical speed or airspeed references using the control yoke

Garmin ESP™ (Electronic Stability and Protection)

 As a standard feature, pilots receive Garmin ESP with the GFC 600 and GFC 500 autopilots. Electronic Stability and Protection, which works to assist the pilot in maintaining the aircraft in a stable flight condition. Garmin ESP functions independently of the autopilot and works in the background to help pilots avoid inadvertent flight attitudes and provide airspeed protection while the pilot is hand-flying the aircraft.

Should the pilot become inattentive and exceed pre-determined pitch, roll or airspeed limitations, Garmin ESP provides gentle nudges on the flight controls to lessen the aircraft’s pitch attitude or bank angle. The correcting force becomes stronger if the aircraft pitch, bank or airspeed excedance grows further away from the present limits. In the event the pilot becomes incapacitated and the system detects it has been activated for an extended period of time, the autopilot engages with the Flight Director in Level Mode, bringing the aircraft to level flight until the pilot commands otherwise. Autopilot torque is limited such as the pilot can always overpower the servo and hand- fly the aircraft. For manoeuvring flight, Garmin ESP can be disabled manually.


Garmin Introduces D2™ Charlie Aviator Watch

GPS Smart watch with High-resolution Mapping, Weather Radar Overlay and More

 Garmin is pleased to announce the D2 Charlie aviator watch, an elegant and functional timepiece that boasts global navigation information, rich and colorful moving maps and a host of connectivity options. Designed with pilots, aviation enthusiasts and aspiring pilots in mind, the D2 Charlie aviator watch features high-resolution mapping, real-time worldwide weather radar, as well as airport information that includes frequencies, runway information, METAR data and more. Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology also allows customers to measure heart rate 24/7 alongside daily activity tracking1. Available with leather and silicone bands or in a titanium edition featuring titanium and silicone bands, D2 Charlie can easily adapt in seconds using these new QuickFit™ bands for use in the cockpit, on the golf course or in the boardroom. Read more on this product on our on-line shop http://centuryavionics.co.za/wrist-worn/

Garmin Announces Third-Party Autopilot Support

for G5 for Certificated Aircraft to Integrate with Select Pre-Existing Autopilots

Garmin is pleased to announce the G5 electronic flight instrument will soon be compatible with a wide-range of third-party autopilots available on the market. Utilizing the new GAD 29B adapter, the

G5 directional gyro (DG)/horizontal situation indicator (HSI) can interface with a variety of autopilots to provide heading and course error from G5 to drive the autopilot. With a compatible navigation source, the G5 can also interface with select autopilots for coupled flight in heading and navigation modes. Additionally, when interfaced with a GTN 650/750 or GNS 430W/530W, the G5 can provide GPSS roll steering navigation from the navigator to the autopilot. Pilots can simply select GPSS on the G5 and heading mode on the autopilot and the autopilot will fly smooth intercepts, holding patterns, procedure turns and more.

Third-party autopilot support is expected to include the following autopilots: 

  • Century II/III
  • Century IV (AC), IV (DC)
  • Century 21/31/41
  • Century 2000
  • Cessna 400B
  • Cessna 300 IFCS/400 IFCS
  • Honeywell (Bendix King) KAP 100/150/200
  • Honeywell (Bendix King) KFC 150/200
  • Honeywell (Bendix King) KAP 140
  • Honeywell (Bendix King) KFC 225
  • S-TEC 20/30/40/50/55/60-1/60-2/65
  • S-TEC 60 PSS
  • S-TEC 55X

Garmin expects to expand third-party autopilot compatibility for the G5 electronic flight instrument in the future. The GAD 29B is expected to be available in September 2017. Effective immediately, all new orders will include the new GAD 29B adapter at no additional cost. Please, contact our Order Management to change your pre-existing orders to include the new GAD 29B adapter. Additionally, Garmin is working on an amendment to the existing G5 supplemental type certification (STC) that allows a certificated aircraft owner to mount the G5 electronic flight instrument flush with their aircraft instrument panel. Garmin expects the FAA STC to be complete Q3 2017. Garmin is continuing to work with EASA to incorporate these changes into the EASA STC as well. Timing for EASA approval is related to a number of factors and Garmin will provide a formal announcement and update once EASA certification has been achieved.  Please, contact your regional sales manager with further questions.

Be ready for the 2020 Mandate – ADS-B out

ADS-B Out is an airspace requirement and already required in many parts of the world.If a new transponder is installed in an IFR or VFR aircraft, it is highly recommended that it be equipped with serviceable ADS-B and Mode S transponder in order to comply with the future effective dates for planned Mode S and ADS-B equipage.

Mode S and ADS-B Planned Dates of Applicability
The proposed fitment of approved ADS-B equipage is as follows:
2018 – IFR Forward fit: Any aircraft that is first registered on or after 1 January 2018 and is operated under IFR must carry a serviceable ADS-B transponder that complies with the requirements below.
2020 – All IFR aircraft: On and after 1 April 2020 operated under IFR must carry a serviceable ADS-B transponder that complies with the requirements below.
2020 – Mode S for New aircraft and Mode S for Newly installed transponders: Any aircraft that is first registered or modified by having its transponder replaced on or after 1 April 2020, and is operated in Class A, B, C or E airspace must carry a serviceable ADS-B and Mode-S transponder that complies with the requirements below.

Any aircraft that operates above 10,000 feet AMSL in all declared airspace types must carry a serviceable ADS-B transponder that complies with the requirements below. If a new transponder is installed in an IFR or VFR aircraft, it is highly recommended that   it be equipped with serviceable ADS-B and Mode S transponder in order to comply with the future effective dates for planned Mode S and ADS-B equipage.

To become compliant, you will need at least the following equipment:
›    ATC Mode-S Transponder (compliant with DO260B)
›    ADS-B out capable GNSS Sensors / Multi-Mode-Receivers /Flight Management System
›    EASA / FAA approved STC package
›    Aircraft Documentation update
›    Sufficient installation time: modification may require multiple days work, likely to coincide with Heavy Maintenance checks

Click here to read about the FAA report
Read more about common questions asked and answered by Garmin

Century Avionics awarded new dealershipfor Becker Avionics International

Becker is a leader in digital avionics technology. They set the standard in customer-centric, state-of-the-art ground and airborne solutions.  Becker Avionics is a privately held high-tech company that develops, manufactures and distributes the latest communications, navigation, surveillance and search & rescue equipment for airborne and ground applications.  Becker Avionics has a longstanding history of over 50 years in providing equipment to General and Corporate Aviation, ATC, law enforcement and military organizations around the world. In order to support international market requirements the Company has established branches around the world.

For more information please contact our team +27 11 701 3244 | mornec@centuryavionics.co.za

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