New Pilot Training Webinars
If you can’t come to the training, let Garmin bring online training to you. Check out the new pilot training sessions and other listings available now through May 28
GFC 600 PILOT TRAINING
Learn the fundamentals of using our GFC™ 600 digital flight control system and its advanced capabilities to couple and fly various instrument approaches, flight profiles and more.
Europe/Africa – 2 p.m. CEST, May 5
GTN and G1000 PILOT TRAINING
Get an overview of the Garmin design logic for its GPS-based navigation systems and learn insider tips and tricks for getting the most out of your GTN or G1000® system and its capabilities.
Europe/Africa – 2 p.m. CEST, May 14
GTN FOLLOW-ALONG SCENARIOS
Receive step-by-step, scenario-based operational training on our GTN series navigators, using the downloadable GTN simulator app on your tablet or PC.
Europe/Africa – 2 p.m. CEST, May 19
GFC™ 500 PILOT TRAINING
Receive scenario-based training on our GFC 500 digital flight control system and the advanced capabilities it provides — including the Garmin ESP™ feature, coupled approaches and more.
Europe/Africa – 2 p.m. CEST, May 28
Garmin Customer Promotions
Garmin is pleased to announce upcoming promotions on several popular products. From upgrading navigators, displays, transponders and more, to rebates on portables and money-saving combinations, customers will be able to upgrade their avionics with ample savings.
GNS to GTN Upgrade Program
From March 30, 2020 to May 29, 2020, Garmin is offering a credit toward the purchase of a new GTN 650Xi series or GTN 750Xi series touchscreen navigator with a qualifying trade-in to Garmin of a GNS 480, CNX 80, GNS 430/530 or 430W/530W series navigator. Additionally, customers who also purchase a qualifying GTX™ transponder and GMA™ audio panel on the same purchase order can receive up to an additional $2,000 in credit! Returns must include the original installation rack and backplate. Units must be functional and flightworthy to be eligible for this trade-in credit.
GNS 430(W) / GNS 480 / CNX 80
GNS 530(W) Series
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G500/G600 Upgrade Program
From March 30, 2020 through May 29, 2020 upgrade an original G500, G500H, or G600 display to a new G500 TXi, G500H TXi, or G600 TXi 10.6” flight display and receive a credit. To be eligible, the displays currently installed in the customers aircraft must be warranty registered. GDU™ 620 display returns must be functional and flightworthy to be eligible for this trade-in credit.
Additionally, this trade-in offer is only valid for 10.6” G500 TXi, G500H TXi, and G600 TXi flight displays.
G500/G500H Display (GDU 620)
G600 Display (GDU 620)
In conjunction with the display trade-in program, Garmin will exchange original G500/G500H G600 feature enablement SD™ cards for corresponding G500 TXi/G500H TXi/G600 TXi feature enablement SD cards at no additional cost. The G500/G500H/G600 feature enablement cards must be returned at the same time as the GDU 620 display to be eligible for the exchange, and the relevant TXi enablement SD card order must be included on the same PO as the TXi display upgrade. No exceptions to this policy will be made. Please reference the following table for the list of enablement eligible for exchange.
GDU 620 to GDU 1060 Enablement Exchanges
Return Part Number
Txi Part Number
S-TEC DFCS 2100/1500 Enablement
G500 Altitude Preselect Enablement (For S-TEC 55X)
Third-party Radar (ARINC 708) Enablement
Radar Altimeter (ARINC 429) Enablement
Metric PFD Enablement
GWX™ Ground Clutter Suppression Enablement
GWX Turbulence Detection Enablement
RVSM Enablement TBM 700/850
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GPS Navigator / GI 106 Combo
Customers can save over $1,000 and stay on course, with the new promotional combo with the GPS 175, GNC 355, or GNC 355A, bundled with the GI 106B course deviation indicator (CDI).
With minimums as low as 200’, the GPS 175 and GNC 355 are small, all-in-one touchscreen GPS navigators, capable of WAAS GPS navigation with LPV approaches. Visualize flight plans, including departures, arrivals, instrument approaches, holding patterns and more. Wirelessly transfer flight plans, stream weather and traffic, GPS position and backup attitude via the built-in Connext® technology. The GNC 355/A also boasts a built-in 10-watt Comm radio with 25 kHz or optional 8.33 kHz channel spacing (with GNC355A), plus standby frequency monitoring and automatic frequency identification. The panel-mounted GI 106B includes a VOR/LOC/GPS needle, as well as a glideslope needle. The GI 106B features anti-reflective lenses and LED flood lighting, and is compatible with the same pinout connections as the GI 102A and GI 106A CDIs. This promotion is available from March 30, 2020 to August 30, 2020.
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New rebates allow customers more ways to save on the most popular Garmin portables products. To qualify for these rebates, customers will need to purchase at least one of the eligible products below from a Garmin dealer from March 30, 2020 through May 29, 2020.
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Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS Receives STC Approval for Bell 505
Genesys Aerosystems announced that they had received Supplemental Type Certification for the popular VFR HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System on the Bell 505.
The VFR HeliSAS for the Bell 505 is an extremely lightweight and affordable stability augmentation and autopilot, and the only solution currently certified in light to medium helicopters. Features include straight and level flight recovery as well as Navigation following through all phases of the flight plan, Heading Hold, Altitude Hold, Indicated Airspeed Hold, and Vertical Navigation which allows for the capture of ILS or GPS approaches. HeliSAS for the Bell 505 also offers a new feature of envelope protection for over speed and under-speed and includes an option for Yaw control.
“Flight into Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Condition (IIMC) is one of the highest contributors to accidents in helicopters and VFR HeliSAS is the ideal copilot to ensure these events are minimized,” said Jamie Luster, Director of Sales and Marketing. “Genesys has delivered over 1,200 HeliSAS systems, and I get chills every time I hear a testimony from a HeliSAS owner that the system has saved their life and the lives of others. We are extremely excited to bring this safety enhancement to the Bell 505.”
Shipping has begun for the Bell 505 VFR HeliSAS. It is available as a retrofit option in the field through a Genesys Aerosystems approved dealer or as a forward-fit option from Bell. Existing Bell 505 operators can also contact a Bell facility for retrofit options.
GSB 15 USB Charger Now Qualified for Helicopters
Garmin is pleased to announce that the GSB 15, a small, lightweight USB charger, has been qualified for helicopter installations. GSB 15 includes two powerful USB Type-A charging ports capable of charging at up to 3 Amps or 18 Watts per port simultaneously.
A single GSB 15 is capable of charging two full-size tablets while pilots or passengers use them at full backlight. Compatible with 14v or 28v power systems, GSB 15 has built-in protection against circuit and temperature overloads. There is configurable halo lighting around the exterior of the USB ports to allow pilots and passengers to easily connect their devices to GSB 15 during night time conditions. In fixed-wing installations, the GSB 15 also provides a software and database update port for the newly-announced GI 275.
Two versions of the GSB 15 chargers are available and allow for easy installation in space-constrained areas. One version contains a connector on the back of the unit, which is perfect for panel mount installations. A second variant has a connector on the bottom of GSB 15 and is ideal for installations in depth-constrained areas, such as near cabin sidewalls. Installation can also be simplified as GSB 15 can take the place of an existing aircraft instrument hole with an optional adapter plate. A slim, lightweight design makes it suitable for installation in any cockpit or cabin.
The Digital Radio Line integrates to the Genesys avionics suite adding increasing integration
Genesys Aerosystems, a leading provider of EFIS and autopilot solutions, announced today a new product line, the Genesys Digital Radio (GDR).
The Genesys Digital Radio is a family of remote-mounted, software-definable radios. They feature combined VOR/localizer/glideslope and marker beacon navigation and VHF communication with a frequency range of 118-136 MHz or 118-156 MHz and 25 or 8.33 kHz channelization with transmit power of 16 or 25 watts. Embedded UHF 225-400MHz communication is available as an option. The radio is designed to interface to a host controller/display that has the capability to control the navigation and communications functions via RS-232, RS-422, or ARINC-429 serial interfaces.
“The GDR is a powerful radio line that is customizable and is the perfect complement to our avionics suite, including our EFIS, autopilot, and sensor product lines,” said Gordon Pratt, Vice President of Business Development. “Special mission customers have been looking for a cost-effective yet feature-rich radio solution and we are excited to provide them a growing number of options.”
The GDR is capable of voice communications between aircraft, ground stations, and other aircraft, as well as receiving and processing VOR beacon signals for navigation and instrument landing systems (LOC/GS/MBR). The radio can operate up to 55,000 feet, and between -55 and +70 Celsius. With 8.33 and 25 kHz spacing, the GDR is capable of operating around the world. Finally, the radio has achieved Design Assurance Level “A,” the highest level in safety assessment for software, as well as MIL-STD 704E and 810G accommodating all segments of the aviation market.
“This new radio integrates well with our complete avionics suite solution or has the option to work as a standalone unit. This type of flexibility and versatility of features is why the industry is seeing a growing number of customers chose the Genesys modernized avionics suite” stated Pratt.
Garmin GI 275 – Flight Decks Display
Garmin International unveiled a new series of instrument panel-mounted displays that are rear-mounted into standard 3.125-inch panel cutouts, offering a simple way to replace legacy vacuum- or electric-driven instruments with capable new electronic displays. The GI 275 can replace attitude indicators, attitude direction indicators, horizontal situation indicators (HSIs), and course deviation indicators (CDIs), and it can also replace engine instruments as a primary engine indication system (EIS).
The GI 275 is FAA approved and available for purchase now. Approvals cover more than 1,000 single- and twin-engine aircraft, as well as some Class IV (commuter category; for example, Beech 1900) and Part 25 aircraft.
The GI 275 isn’t conceptually new as other companies have developed 3.125-inch replacement electronic instruments. What makes Garmin’s move unique is that the GI 275 is compatible with many third-party autopilots without needing a separate adapter and can also display more information including synthetic vision (optional), traffic, weather, terrain, SafeTaxi airport diagrams, and multifunction display-type maps. One GI 275 can also be a four-in-one instrument that can be installed as a standby display with a 60-minute backup battery. As a standby, the GI 275 includes a VFR GPS for backup navigation.
The GI 275 offers both touchscreen and dual-concentric knob interfaces. Aircraft owners can install up to six GI 275s in their instrument panels.
For EIS use in multiengine aircraft, a GI 275 is required for each engine. Engine indications for most Lycoming and Continental normally aspirated and turbocharged engines include RPM, manifold pressure, oil pressure and temperature, cylinder head temperature, exhaust gas temperature, turbine inlet temperature, fuel flow, fuel quantity, fuel pressure, volts, and amps. The GI 275 can also provide lean-assist and exceedance alerting, which can be set up by the installer. Pilots can set advisory alerts to give notice of items such as high oil temperature, high oil pressure, high CHT, etc. Engine data can be shared wirelessly with the Garmin Pilot app on Apple iOS devices and also viewed on the FlyGarmin website for later analysis.
The GI 275 can be configured as a CDI or HSI and has inputs for two GPS sources and two VHF nav sources. An optional magnetometer provides magnetic-based HSI guidance. The GI 275 can interface with third-party navigators, not just Garmin units, and without an adapter. As a CDI or HSI, the GI 275 can also display MFD features, including moving map, weather, traffic, and terrain. The GI 275 can also be installed as an MFD with those display features as well as interfacing with traffic advisory (TAS) and traffic alert and collision avoidance systems (TCAS).
Other MFD features include Garmin’s SafeTaxi airport diagrams, terrain shading and obstacles, including Garmin’s WireAware database, audible and visual terrain proximity alerts, SiriusXM weather when paired with a GDL 69 datalink, and free FIS-B (ASD-B in) weather when paired with a GTX 345 or GNX 375. The GI 275 can also display radar altimeter information when paired with Garmin’s GRA 55/5500 and third-party radar altimeters.
Compatibility with Garmin’s GFC 600 autopilot and many third-party autopilots is available now, and the GFC 500 will be added later this year. The GI 275 replaces the primary attitude indicator required for the applicable autopilots.
The GI 275 has Wi-Fi built-in and thus can receive database updates using Garmin’s Database Concierge. Data is synchronized automatically with all the installed GI 275s. Pilots can transfer flight plans wirelessly and view position and other information on mobile devices via Bluetooth, but the GI 275 has to be paired with a GPS 175, GNC 355, or GNX 375.
Garmin Unveils GTN™ 650 Xi and GTN 750Xi Series
Fourth-generation GPS/Nav/Comm Systems, Available Immediately
Garmin is pleased to introduce the GTN™ 650Xi series and GTN 750Xi series — the next generation of in-flight navigation technology. Designed as a direct slide-in upgrade to the previous generation GTN 650/750, pilots can preserve their panel and modernize the cockpit with the new GTN 650Xi and GTN 750Xi. Available in five different versions, the GTN Xi series matches its predecessor in providing options with or without Comm or Nav radios. The all-in-one GTN 750Xi GPS/Nav/Comm boasts a large feature-rich multifunction display and can integrate with new or existing remote-mount equipment such as a transponder or audio panel. Dual-core processors and modern hardware also prepare the GTN Xi series for future advanced capabilities. The GTN 650Xi and GTN 750Xi have received FAA STC approval and are available immediately for fixed-wing single-engine and multi-engine piston, turbine and experimental aircraft, with helicopter, business & EASA registered aircraft approvals soon to follow.
Modern processing power and state-of-the-art hardware within GTN 650Xi/750Xi supports faster map rendering and smoother panning throughout the touchscreen navigator. It boasts a large, ultra-high-resolution display and wide viewing angle that offers superior readability in the cockpit. The displays initialize within seconds of start-up, providing immediate access to frequencies and flight plan information, saving valuable time in the aircraft. Preserving the same form factor as the previous generation GTN 650/750, the 6-inch-tall GTN 750Xi and the 2.65-inch-tall GTN 650Xi offer an intuitive touchscreen design with a dedicated direct-to button and a dual concentric knob that provide added convenience when interfacing with the display.
Retaining all the features of the GTN 650/750, the GTN Xi series adds a vibrant display and vivid colors that enhance the contemporary look of the new navigators. When installed alongside a G500 TXi or G600 TXi flight display, the GTN Xi series brings a new level of modernization to the cockpit. Highly complementary, the GTN Xi and the TXi flight displays share similarities in display, appearance and hardware qualities. For example, both products feature an angular bezel with a flush glass display — so the pilot has a near-seamless experience when transitioning between the touchscreen flight display and the navigator.
The GTN 650Xi/750Xi offer advanced navigation functions, including ILS and LPV instrument approach procedures, as well as visual approach guidance. Based on a published glide path angle or a three-degree glideslope from the threshold of the runway, visual approaches also consider terrain and obstacle clearance to assist pilots in flying a stabilized approach to the runway in visual flight conditions. Approach types that incorporate radius-to-fix (RF) leg types are also supported by the GTN Xi series. Additional capabilities include the option to add a published or custom holding procedure, vertical navigation (VNAV), graphical flight plan editing on the moving map and more.
The colorful, multifunction display-like map allows pilots to better visualize their dynamic position relative to potential hazards, such as terrain, weather and traffic. Geo-referenced instrument approach procedures can be overlaid on the map page, offering superior situational awareness when transitioning from the enroute to approach phase of flight. Terrain alerting is included within the GTN Xi series and further enhances situational awareness by using its internal terrain and obstacle database to provide audible and visual terrain proximity alerts, including, “terrain ahead, pull up” and “obstacle ahead, pull up.” Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS), TAWS-A and TAWS-B are also available as options.
Superior integration with an array of avionics on the market make the GTN 650Xi/750Xi a simple and straightforward solution to incorporate into any cockpit. Options for remote audio panel or transponder display and control allow aircraft owners to simplify their panel. When paired with a Garmin autopilot, such as the GFC™ 500 or GFC 600, pilots can fly fully coupled VNAV profiles and instrument approach procedures. Pilot workload-reducing features such as Telligence™ voice control is also available within GTN Xi when paired with the optional GMA™ 35c. When paired with a GSR 56 Iridium® datalink, global text and voice calling can be completed through the touchscreen display on the navigator.
Wireless connectivity is available with the optional Flight Stream 510, allowing pilots to connect their mobile devices running the Garmin Pilot™ and FltPlan Go applications to the GTN 650Xi/750Xi. When connected to the navigator, pilots can save time in the cockpit by wirelessly transferring aviation databases and flight plans from their mobile devices to the navigator. Flight Stream 510 also supports the sharing of traffic, weather, GPS position information and more. The GTN Xi series is also compatible with the cost-effective Garmin navigation database.
Designed as a direct slide-in upgrade to the previous generation GTN series, the GTN Xi series offers an easy upgrade path for customers equipped with an existing GTN navigator. Because most settings are stored on the configuration module, only Comm and Nav configuration settings must be manually entered during the upgrade. Previous feature enablements will also transfer automatically1 to the new GTN Xi system. Please note that pilot-controlled settings are not transferred as part of the upgrade. New software v6.70 is also available for the original GTN series, enabling crossfill with the GTN Xi series. Because normal installation components will not be needed for this upgrade, GTN Xi kits including only the GTN Xi unit and a product info kit are available.
Additionally, new training offerings are now available. The GTN Essentials 2.0 e-learning Course provides instruction on best practices for operational use of the GTN series or GTN Xi series. This e-learning course is included with the purchase of a GTN Xi system and is available for free to Garmin dealers. GTN Xi Trainer Apps for PC and iPad® are also available for download at no cost, offering a self-study tool for dealers and customers to familiarize themselves with these systems.
Garmin 2” Navigator Series Receives EASA STC GPS 175, GNX 375 & GNC 335 Now EASA Approved
Garmin is pleased to announce the GPS 175, GNX 375 & GNC 355 GPS navigators with Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance (LPV) approach capability have now received EASA STC validation. Pilots receive the benefits of high-integrity WAAS/SBAS GPS guidance in a compact, (6.25-inches wide by 2-inches tall) minimally intrusive design that is both cost-effective and easy to incorporate into an existing avionics stack. GPS 175 is a stand-alone certified IFR navigator, the GNX 375 adds 1090 ES ADS-B “Out” as well as dual-link ADS-B “In” via a built-in transponder and the GNC 355 incorporates a modern Comm radio. Intended for Class I/II aircraft that weigh 6,000 lbs/2,721 kg or less as well as experimental/amateur-built (EAB) aircraft, GPS 175/GNX 375/GNC 355 have received an STC with an approved model list of more than 700 aircraft makes/models.
Slim and unobtrusive, the 2” Navigators serve as an economical WAAS/SBAS GPS that are all IFR approach-capable. A vibrant, colorful touchscreen display enables quick and intuitive entry of flight plan information, while a dual concentric knob and dedicated home button offer added versatility when interfacing with the touchscreen. The user interface has been optimized for the size of the display while also retaining a familiar menu structure similar to other Garmin products. Dedicated pages within GPS 175 include a moving map, flight plan, nearest, procedures, waypoint information and terrain pages, and GNX 375 adds traffic and weather pages whereas the GNC 355 adds Comm radio. The addition of a Direct-to-button on the touchscreen offers quick access to direct airport or waypoint navigation. Customizable data fields and shortcuts on the moving map to pilot-selectable pages such as the nearest airport allow for quick, one-touch access to important information in-flight.
Advanced Approach to IFR
Fully WAAS IFR-approach-capable, the GPS 175 the GNX 375 & the GNC 355 navigators give pilots the benefit of accessing newer LPV, Lateral Performance (LP), as well as all Area Navigation (RNAV) approaches. Many approaches can offer vertical approach guidance as low as 200-feet above ground level (AGL). Pilots can also leverage the touchscreen and moving map to easily generate customized holding patterns over an existing fix in the navigation database or a user-defined waypoint and easily insert it into a flight plan. Visual approaches are also available within GPS 175/GNX 375/GNC 355 and provide lateral and vertical approach guidance in visual flight conditions. Visual approaches offer added assurance at unfamiliar airports or in challenging environments to ensure the aircraft is aligned properly with the correct runway while also taking into consideration terrain and obstacle avoidance.
Intentionally designed to replace earlier-generation products such as the iconic GPS 150/155 series, GX 50/55, as well as the KLN 89/90/94 series, aircraft owners won’t have to make significant panel modifications to accommodate GPS 175/GNX 375/GNC 355. Aircraft owners can also retain many of their existing flight instruments, audio panels and many legacy composite CDI/EHSI indicators such as the KI 208/209, or easily pair it with a new or existing flight display such as the G5 electronic flight instrument. Additional interface options include the G3X Touch™ flight displays for experimental and certificated aircraft, the TXi series, G500/G600, the GFC™ 500 and GFC 600 autopilots as well as select third-party autopilots. Additionally, precise course deviation and roll steering outputs can be coupled to the GFC autopilots and select third-party autopilots so procedures such as holds, radius-to-fix (RF) legs and missed approaches may be flown automatically.
Connext® and Advanced ADS-B “In”/“Out” Display
Built-in Connext cockpit connectivity gives pilots the benefits and efficiencies of a wireless cockpit, enabling wireless flight plan transfer via BLUETOOTH® technology to and from compatible portables and mobile devices running the Garmin Pilot™ and Flt Plan Go applications. GPS position information and back-up attitude can also be used by compatible products. Because GNX 375 has an integrated ADS-B transponder and dual link ADS-B “In,” pilots can also view ADS-B traffic and weather on compatible mobile devices and portables. Offering a faster, more intuitive method of judging target trajectories and closure rates, ADS-B enabled Target Trend™ relative motion technology aids in the identification of real traffic threats, while Terminal Traffic™ technology displays a comprehensive picture of ADS-B equipped aircraft and ground vehicles. Patented Target Trend and Terminal Traffic are exclusively available within Garmin products, including the Garmin Pilot app. For customers who are already equipped for ADS-B, the GTX™ 345 transponder or GDL® 88 datalink can interface to GPS 175 or GNC 355 to display ADS-B “In.” Wireless benefits include Database Concierge, which is available as an option by pairing the Flight Stream 510 with these navigators.
Powerful Comm Capabilities Two models
The GNC 355 and GNC 355A, are available with 25 kHz and 8.33 kHz frequency channel spacing respectively. Using the internal frequency database, airport, weather, Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) and Flight Service Station (FSS) frequencies are easy to find and can be loaded to the standby position by simply selecting the frequency from the airport information page. Recent, nearby and saved frequencies also offer easy access to frequency information. With built-in standby frequency monitoring, pilots can listen to another frequency while remaining on their assigned channel, e.g., monitoring ATIS while on tower frequency. The airport identifier and frequency type are also displayed below the frequency so pilots can communicate with confidence.
The 2” navigators offer unique benefits that only a touchscreen can provide, such as graphical flight plan editing, which allows pilots to more easily edit their flight plan based on an ATC amendment or weather. Features such as FastFind simplifies flight plan entry by applying predictive logic to suggest airports and waypoints using current GPS location, while the Smart Airspace™ feature makes it easier to identify pertinent airspace on the moving map. Additionally, SafeTaxi® airport diagrams display runways, taxiways, fixed-based operators (FBOs), hangars and more relative to the aircraft’s location on the airport surface.
Ready for Installation
The GNX 375 is included on Garmin Installation Policy. However, the GPS 175 & GNC 355 are excluded from the Garmin Installation Policy, allowing independent installers to complete installations. Using the included STC product registration card, an STC permission letter will be granted for each aircraft in which GPS 175 & GNC 355 is installed, and installation documents will be included within the STC permission letter retrieval process. To retrieve these documents, installers will need to redeem the single-use registration code via the website listed on the STC product registration card.
GTX 3xx Diversity XP DR Now EASA Approved – Garmin Diversity Transponders Receives EASA Approval
Garmin is pleased to announce that the Garmin GTX 335D and GTX 345D, two diversity transponders that provide optimal ADS-B “Out” coverage and visibility while operating throughout the global airspace system, are now approved via an EASA issued AML STC. This STC is valid for hundreds of aircraft makes and models approved by EASA and listed on the AML. The availability of the this STC further represents Garmin’s commitment to reduce the certification fees and paperwork to our Customer and Dealers.
GTX 335D offers ADS-B “Out,” while the GTX 345D provides ADS-B “Out” as well as dual-link ADS-B “In” traffic and weather for display on compatible avionics and mobile devices. Remote-mount versions are also available. Aircraft such as the King Air range, Citations, TBM’s, PC-12 and other aircraft with G950/G1000 systems installed, can now benefit from this STC as the GTX 335D/GTX 345D transponders are intended for types of qualifying aircraft that may prefer or require a diversity solution, while also meeting or exceeding global ADS-B airspace requirements. The GTX 345D transponder unlocks more capabilities for pilots by displaying FIS-B weather and dual-link ADS-B traffic on compatible cockpit displays, Garmin portables and mobile applications such as Garmin Pilot, FltPlan Go and ForeFlight. Exclusive features such as TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic further enhance the display of traffic within Garmin products. GTX 345D may be integrated into the aircraft’s audio panel to provide ATC-like audible alerts — such as “Traffic: 10 o’clock, same altitude, two miles” to help pilots keep their eyes outside the cockpit when looking for traffic.
Garmin Introduces GSB ™ 15 USB Charger Small, Powerful USB Charger for Aircraft
Garmin is pleased to introduce GSB 15, a small, lightweight USB charger designed specifically for aircraft installations. GSB 15 includes two powerful USB Type-A charging ports capable of charging at up to 3A or 18w per port simultaneously. A single GSB 15 is capable of charging two full-size tablets while pilots or passengers use them at full backlight. Compatible with 14v or 28v power systems, GSB 15 has built-in protection against circuit and temperature overloads. There is also configurable halo lighting around the exterior of the USB ports to allow pilots and passengers to easily connect their devices to GSB 15 during nighttime conditions. Click here to read more about this USB.
G1000® NXi Upgrade for Textron Aviation Piston Aircraft G1000 Equipped 172 R/S, (T) 182T, (T) 206H, G36 and G58 Eligible
Garmin is pleased to announce that the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck, successor to the ever-popular G1000® flight deck, is coming soon to the Garmin dealer network as a retrofit for WAAS-capable G1000 equipped 172 R/S, (T) 182T, (T) 206H, G36 and G58 aircraft. Boasting a modernized flight display design with significant performance enhancements, G1000 NXi incorporates innovative capabilities into a state-of-the-art avionics platform. G1000 NXi provides features such as map overlay within the HSI, wireless cockpit connectivity — including wireless database updates using Flight Stream — and more.
Orders for the G1000 NXi upgrade can be placed today by contacting the Garmin aviation order desk and are expected to begin shipping in August. G1000 NXi on the Surface — Physical Enhancements and Display Advancements The G1000 NXi system incorporates modern processing power that supports faster map rendering and smoother panning throughout the displays. Saving valuable time in the cockpit, the displays initialize within seconds after startup, providing immediate access to frequencies, flight plan data and more. The G1000 NXi system also incorporates contemporary animations, modernized design for improved readability and new LED backlighting, offering increased display brightness and clarity, reduced power consumption and improved dimming performance.
The G1000 NXi integrated flight deck also supports the following additional features:
• Comm frequency identification displays the station ID as well as frequency type. • Display of sectional charts as well as IFR low/high en route charts on the MFD. • NEXRAD weather radar imagery can be overlaid on the moving map and animated on the MFD as well as overlaid on the HSI map. • Vertical Situation Display (VSD) incorporates terrain profile view on the MFD, taking into consideration the active flight plan, altitude constraints and winds aloft. • Preview departure and arrival procedures on the MFD prior to loading and activating the procedures. • Optionally overlay European Visual Reporting Points (VRPs) on the moving map; VRPs are standard within the navigation database. • Three-color terrain shading incorporates green, yellow and red contouring, which depicts that the aircraft is 2,000’, 1,000’ and 100’ Above Ground Level (AGL), respectively. • Aircraft maintenance personnel experience faster system software upgrades and streamlined equipment replacement.
G1000 NXi for the Next Generation Connext® wireless cockpit connectivity unlocks more capabilities from within the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck. Available as a standard feature with the G1000 NXi upgrade, Flight Stream 510 enables Database Concierge, the wireless transfer of aviation databases from the Garmin Pilot™ app on a mobile device to the G1000 NXi system. Flight Stream 510 also supports two-way flight plan transfer, the sharing of traffic, weather1, GPS information, backup attitude information and more between G1000 NXi and compatible mobile devices running Garmin Pilot, FltPlan Go or ForeFlight Mobile. The D2™ Delta aviator watch can also sync with the Garmin Pilot app to ensure flight plan data matches throughout the cockpit.
Geographical map overlay within the HSI is available on the primary flight display (PFD), which also supports the display of NEXRAD, FIS-B weather, weather radar, SafeTaxi® airport diagrams, traffic, terrain and more. For example, pilots can display SafeTaxi on the HSI map while preparing flight plan information on the multifunction display (MFD) or simultaneously display NEXRAD radar and traffic on the HSI map and view a variety of other SiriusXM® aviation weather products — such as lightning, storm cells and more — on the MFD.
Garmin Adds Turbine Engine Monitoring to TXi Available for Select Single-engine Turboprop Aircraft
Garmin is pleased to announce expanded engine monitoring capability on the G600 TXi/G500 TXi and Engine Indication System (EIS) TXi flight displays to now include single-engine turboprop aircraft. Pratt & Whitney PT6A turboprop engine display compatibility is initially available for several popular aircraft models, including the Cessna 208/208B, Daher TBM 700/TBM 850 and the Piper PA46-310P/350P JetPROP1. Engine information can be viewed on a single 10.6-inch TXi display, which can accommodate primary flight display (PFD) information, a multifunction display (MFD) and a vertical EIS strip, and on the 7-inch portrait display, which serves as a dedicated EIS display. Features of the EIS system for turbine aircraft include engine timers, exceedance recordings, dynamic engine indications, as well as wireless data logging which combine to reduce pilot workload, improve engine efficiency and reduce maintenance costs.
Dynamic Gauge Limits and Indications
All EIS TXi gauge indications display real-time turbine engine information using distinct colors, bands and radials to clearly label specific limitations so pilots can more easily interpret engine data at a glance. Select turboprop gauges such as engine torque, prop RPM (NP), gas generator RPM (NG), and engine temperature (ITT) can be configured to change their markings based on pressure altitude, outside air temperature and more. Dynamic indications are configured during installation so pilots can more easily operate the engine within its limitations during changing flight conditions. Additional standard gauges include oil pressure and temperature as well as fuel flow and electrical system status.
Limit Timers and Excedance Recordings
Utilizing gauge limit timers, EIS TXi helps pilots maintain the engine within its allowed limits to avoid engine exceedances and as a result, costly maintenance procedures. For example, once a limit is reached, a countdown timer is displayed alongside the engine gauge. This timer is an indication to the pilot that he/she needs to mitigate the exceedance. If the time-based limit is exceeded, the timer and gauge begin to flash, and the pilot receives a notification that an exceedance has been recorded. Simultaneously, the EIS TXi system automatically logs a variety of information, including the parameter that was exceeded, duration, highest value recorded, time, date and more. The pilot can then review the exceedance and share it with maintenance professionals for post-flight analysis.
Wireless Flight Data Logging
To assist with tracking maintenance activities, controlling operating costs and analyzing overall engine health, built-in engine data logging is included with EIS TXi. Aircraft performance, engine data and any exceedances recorded during a flight are automatically stored on an SD™ card in the display. When the EIS TXi display or the GTN™ 650/750 navigators are paired with the Flight Stream 510 wireless gateway, information is wirelessly transferred and stored within the Garmin Pilot™ app and automatically uploaded to the flyGarmin® website2. Engine and flight cycles are also recorded to help identify aircraft systems that depend on those limits, such as pressurization systems and other life-limited parts.
Garmin GPS 175 and GNX 375 — Compelling Navigators Offering WAAS/LPV Approaches and Optional ADS-B In/Out
“Many aircraft have not been equipped with WAAS/LPV or ADS-B due to the lack of a compelling value proposition for owners of these aircraft,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The GPS 175 and GNX 375 offer WAAS/LPV approaches and optional ADS-B In/Out with an impressive array of features, performance, and compelling value.”
Slim and unobtrusive, the GPS 175/GNX 375 include a WAAS/SBAS GPS that is IFR approach-capable. A vibrant, colorful touchscreen display boasts a familiar Garmin user experience that enables quick and intuitive entry of flight plan information, while a dual concentric knob and dedicated home button offer added versatility when interfacing with the touchscreen. Dedicated pages within the GPS 175 include a moving map, flight plan, nearest, procedures, waypoint information and terrain pages, and the GNX 375 adds traffic and weather pages. The addition of a dedicated direct-to button on the touchscreen offers quick access to direct airport or waypoint navigation. Customizable data fields and short cuts on the moving map to pilot-selectable pages such as the nearest airport allow for quick, one-touch access to important information in-flight.
Fully WAAS IFR-approach-capable, the GPS 175/GNX 375 give pilots the benefit of flying LPV, Lateral Performance (LP), as well as all Area Navigation (RNAV) approaches. Many approaches offer vertical approach guidance as low as 200-feet above ground level (AGL). Pilots can also leverage the touchscreen and moving map to easily generate customized holding patterns over an existing fix in the navigation database or a user-defined waypoint and easily insert it into a flight plan. Visual approaches are also available within the GPS 175/GNX 375 and provide lateral and vertical approach guidance in visual flight conditions. Visual approaches offer added assurance at unfamiliar airports or in challenging environments to ensure the aircraft is aligned properly with the correct runway, while also taking into consideration terrain and obstacle avoidance.
Designed to replace earlier-generation products such as the iconic GPS 150/155 series, the GX 50/55, as well as the KLN 89/90/94 series, aircraft owners won’t have to make significant panel modifications to accommodate the GPS 175/GNX 375. Aircraft owners can also retain many of their existing flight instruments, audio panels and many legacy CDI/EHSI indicators such as the KI 209, or easily pair it with a new or existing flight display like the G5 electronic flight instrument. Additional interface options include the G3X Touch flight display for experimental and certificated aircraft, the GFC 500 and GFC 600 autopilots, as well as select third-party autopilots. Additionally, precise course deviation and roll steering outputs can be coupled to the GFC 500/GFC 600 autopilots and select third-party autopilots so procedures such as holds, radius-to-fix (RF) legs and missed approaches may be flown automatically.
Built-in Connext® cockpit connectivity gives pilots the benefits and efficiencies of a wireless cockpit, enabling wireless flight plan transfer via Bluetooth to and from compatible portables and mobile devices running the Garmin Pilot and FltPlan Go applications. GPS position information and back-up attitude can also be used by compatible products. Because the GNX 375 has an integrated ADS-B transponder and dual link ADS-B In, pilots can also view ADS-B traffic and weather on compatible mobile devices and portables. Offering a faster, more intuitive method of judging target trajectories and closure rates, ADS‑B enabled TargetTrend aids in the identification of real traffic threats, while TerminalTraffic displays a comprehensive picture of ADS-B-equipped aircraft and ground vehicles. Patented TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic are exclusively available within Garmin products, including the Garmin Pilot app. For customers that already equipped for ADS-B, the GTX 345 or GDL 88 can interface to the GPS 175 to display ADS-B In. Additional wireless benefits include Database Concierge, which is available as an option by pairing the Flight Stream 510 with these navigators.
The GPS 175/GNX 375 offer unique benefits that only a touchscreen can provide, such as graphical flight plan editing, allowing pilots to more easily edit their flight plan based on an ATC amendment or weather. Features such as FastFind simplifies flight plan entry by applying predictive logic to suggest airports and waypoints using current GPS location, while Smart Airspace makes it easier to identify pertinent airspace on the moving map. The addition of SafeTaxi® airport diagrams display runways, taxiways, Fixed Based Operators (FBO’s), hangars and more relative to the aircraft’s location on the airport surface.
The GPS 175 and GNX 375 are expected to be available in April and are approved for installation in over 700 Class I/II piston aircraft models that weigh 6,000 lbs./2,721 kg. or less
Garmin® introduces the GTX 335D and GTX 345D ADS-B diversity transponders
Garmin announced the GTX™ 335D and GTX 345D, two diversity transponders that provide optimal Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out coverage and visibility while operating throughout the global airspace system. The GTX 335D offers ADS-B Out, while the GTX 345D provides ADS-B Out, as well as ADS-B In traffic and weather for display on compatible avionics and mobile devices. Remote-mount versions are also available. The GTX 335D/GTX 345D are intended for qualifying aircraft that may prefer or require a diversity solution, while also meeting or exceeding global ADS-B airspace requirements.
“The GTX 335D and GTX 345D are yet another example of our leadership position within the ADS-B market as we continue to provide global solutions for all segments of aviation,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “With more ADS-B solutions fielded than anyone else, Garmin is committed to providing ADS-B upgrade options to aircraft owners around the globe that address their operational needs, and with the GTX 345D, giving them the option to receive ADS-B In benefits in the cockpit.”
The GTX 335D/GTX 345D utilize two antennas mounted on the top and bottom of the aircraft, providing superior operational coverage. As opposed to having a single antenna that is mounted on the bottom of the aircraft, diversity antennas help reduce antenna “shading” caused when the aircraft turns or maneuvers. Diversity antennas also improve line-of-sight visibility and allow the transponder to more robustly send and receive ADS-B transmissions from other participating aircraft, further improving visibility while operating throughout the global airspace system.
Select G1000 ®, G1000 NXi and G3000™-equipped aircraft have an elegant and simple path to incorporate a diversity transponder-based ADS-B solution using the GTX 335D/GTX 345D. A remote-mounted version of the GTX 335D or GTX 345D takes the place of the aircraft’s transponder and interfaces with the aircraft’s existing WAAS position source to meet ADS-B Out requirements. The GTX 345D is capable of displaying various ADS-B In benefits, including subscription free Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather 1 and ADS-B traffic on the primary flight display (PFD) and multi-function display (MFD).
In addition to integrated flight deck compatibility, the GTX 335D/GTX 345D interface with a variety of other Garmin avionics, flight displays and mobile devices. These include the GTN™ 650/750 and GNS™ 430W/530W navigators, the G500 TXi/G600 TXi/G700 TXi and G500/G600 flight displays, as well as the aera ® 796/795 and aera 660 portables. These transponders are also compatible with the Garmin Pilot™, FltPlan Go and ForeFlight Mobile applications, as well as other third-party avionics. Display capabilities vary, visit the Garmin website for full compatibility details.
The GTX 345D unlocks more capabilities for pilots by displaying ADS-B traffic and FIS-B weather on compatible products in the cockpit. Exclusive features such as TargetTrend™ and TerminalTraffic™ further enhance the display of traffic within Garmin products. The GTX 345D also includes a dual-link ADS-B receiver that provides pilots with a complete picture of ADS-B equipped traffic. The GTX 345D may be integrated into the aircraft’s audio panel to provide ATC-like audible alerts, such as “Traffic: 10 O’Clock, same altitude, two miles” to help pilots keep their eyes outside the cockpit when looking for traffic. FIS-B weather products include NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, PIREPs, winds and temperatures aloft, NOTAMs, AIRMETs and SIGMETs. New FIS-B weather products, including lightning, turbulence, icing (current and forecast) and cloud tops are currently capable of displaying on Garmin Pilot and the aera 660. Additional Garmin display compatibility with these new FIS-B weather products is expected later this year.
The GTX 335D and GTX 345D ADS-B transponders have received Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and deliveries for select installations will begin immediately. Garmin will have an updated Aircraft Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) in May comprising of hundreds of aircraft makes and models.
Garmin G3X Touch Certified for Single-Engine Piston Aircraft
Garmin is thrilled to announce the certification of our G3X Touch flight display for hundreds of certificated aircraft. The G3X Touch offers a variety of scalable panel configurations and a superior feature set that includes wireless connectivity and synthetic vision as standard, as well as options such as display redundancy, advanced autopilot compatibility, engine monitoring and more.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for the installation of G3X Touch in nearly 500 certified single-engine piston aircraft, which is supported by Garmin’s expansive dealer network and its award-winning aviation support team. “Garmin remains committed to offering value-minded solutions that seek to enhance safety in the single-engine piston aircraft market and the introduction of the G3X Touch flight display for certificated aircraft is yet another example of that commitment,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “As the trusted leader in avionics, we’re excited to bring this game-changing offering to certified piston aircraft owners with ambitions for flight display upgrades that fits their panel – and budget.”
Garmin G3X Touch 10.6-inch display for certified aircraft. The G3X Touch system for certified aircraft is representative of Garmin’s experience in integrated flight deck technology, which boasts a clean and sleek appearance and a resilient, high-resolution display. The touchscreen offers an intuitive user interface and through any combination of the touchscreen or dual-concentric knobs, pilots can efficiently perform common in-flight functions like direct-to navigation, setting altitude pre-select or radio tuning.
Pilots will also appreciate the seamless in-flight experience behind G3X Touch as the user interface is harmonious with multiple Garmin products, such as the new GPS 175/GNX 375 and GTN 650/750 navigators. Multiple panel configurations and display options allow pilots and aircraft owners to better leverage their current and future avionics investment. One configuration option includes a large 10.6-inch G3X Touch display paired with a 7-inch display. This configuration offers the convenience and utility of a large primary flight display (PFD) with a dedicated multi-function display (MFD). Another option allows dual 7‑inch displays to serve as a dedicated PFD/MFD. For space-limited panels, pilots can also install a single 10.6-inch or 7-inch display.
In configurations where multiple displays are installed, the G3X Touch system offers redundancy and reversionary mode as a single display is capable of showing all primary flight information, including engine information when installed. For aircraft owners that have already installed a G5 electronic flight instrument in their aircraft, they can easily add a G3X Touch display to take advantage of the redundancy benefits associated with this configuration. The building-block design of these four approved cockpit configurations give aircraft owners scalable upgrade options that suit a variety of panels. Garmin G3X Touch 7-inch display featuring Engine Information System capabilities.
The G3X Touch suite offers an impressive array of standard features that give pilots greater situational awareness throughout every phase of flight. Synthetic vision (SVX™) comes standard on all G3X Touch displays and provides a rich, three-dimensional depiction of terrain, obstacles, water features, the runway environment and more. Capable of serving as a standalone VFR navigator, the G3X Touch provides benefits that help further situational awareness in visual conditions with features like vertical navigation (VNAV), which allows pilots to generate a vertical descent profile by setting an altitude constraint in the flight plan. Modern tools such as wireless connectivity is also available as standard. Wireless flight plan transfer, the sharing of traffic1, weather1, back-up attitude information and more with a compatible tablet or smartphone are all available via Garmin Connext®.
The G3X Touch flight display for certificated aircraft can interface with a variety of optional Garmin equipment including: For complete IFR-approach compatibility, customers can pair the G3X Touch with a variety of Garmin GPS navigators and Nav/Comms, including the new GPS 175/GNX 375, GTN 650/750, GNS™ 430W/530W, GNS 480, SL 30/40, and GNC® 255. For aircraft that can benefit from a modern autopilot, the GFC 500 autopilot provides workload-reducing features such as auto-trim, flight director, airspeed climbs and descents, dedicated level (LVL) mode and more.
Garmin Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP), underspeed and overspeed protection are also available as standard and work in the background to help pilots avoid inadvertent flight attitudes or bank angles while the pilot is hand-flying the aircraft. The addition of yaw damping (YD) minimizes yawing oscillations and helps maintain coordinated flight by keeping the slip/skid indicator centered. Additionally, G3X Touch can now serve as an attitude source for the GFC 500 autopilot, which does not require the G5 electronic flight instrument when installed with G3X Touch. The GFC 500 is available as an option for select models of the Beechcraft Bonanza, Cessna 172/182/210, Grumman AA-5, Mooney M20 and the Piper PA-28 with additional certifications in progress. For a comprehensive list of supported aircraft, visit www.garmin.com/GFC500.
Pilots can fly fully-coupled instrument and visual approaches when the G3X Touch is paired with the GFC 500 autopilot and a GPS 175/GNX 375 or GTN 650/750. Pilots can also fly fully-coupled go-arounds during missed approach sequencing after an instrument approach. The G5 electronic flight instrument can be utilized as an all-in-one back-up instrument2 to the G3X Touch flight display, offering superior redundancy and the sharing of attitude information, air data, baro sync, and miscompare alerts. In the event of a miscompare between the G3X Touch and G5 attitude or air data sources, the GFC 500 autopilot will choose the best available source and continue to function normally. Pilots can receive and display the benefits ADS-B In via the new GNX 375, GTX 345 or the GDL 50R/52R. ADS-B-enabled features such as patented TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic are also available with these products.
With the GDL 51R/52R, pilots can receive and display SiriusXM aviation weather and listen to audio entertainment with a compatible subscription. VFR sectionals and IFR enroute charts display pertinent information pertaining to VFR/IFR flights, and geo-referenced instrument approaches improve situational awareness by overlaying own-ship position information on the instrument approach chart. The GMA 345/342 audio panel adds advanced functions, including auto squelch, 3D Audio and Bluetooth® connectivity. Up to two Comm radios can be supported and controlled by G3X Touch, including the GNC 255 Nav/Comm and the GTR 225 Comm, as well as the GTN 650/750. G3X Touch can display primary engine information with the addition of the GEA 24, including engine gauges, color bands, alerts, fuel and other vital information.
Piston engines of up to 6 cylinders are supported. The GTS 800 active traffic system can interface with G3X Touch, offering added protection and visibility while operating in high-density airspace and traffic environments. The G3X Touch flight display is approved for installation in nearly 500 single-engine piston aircraft and can be purchased through the Garmin Authorized Dealer network. Pricing includes the G3X Touch display, install kit, ADAHRS, magnetometer and temperature probe (installation not included). There is no additional cost for the STC. Deliveries for new orders are expected to begin in early April.
BendixKing RDR 2060 Weather Radar Upgrade Program
BendixKing is now offering its Radar Renaissance Upgrade Program for RDR 2000 owners. The program provides an affordable path for owners to upgrade the capabilities of their RDR 2000. As part of the program, RDR 2000 units are inspected, disassembled and upgraded to the new RDR 2060 specification which provides 50% more transmit power, pilot workload reduction features and a one-year product warranty. Pricing for the program is $6,775.
• Magnetron power increased 50% to 6kW – Extends weather detection capability
• Range expanded from 240NM to 320NM – Greater detection range increases weather avoidance flexibility
• Auto range limiting warns of blocked areas – Increased safety and situational awareness
• Sector Scan allows focus on priority storms – Greater situational awareness
• Auto tilt (requires an air data source) – Reduces pilot workload
• 1-year product warranty for peace of mind In addition to the upgrade, BendixKing will bring radars already at mod level 3 or above to the current product mod level, as required, at no additional cost. The result will be a complete refresh and performance upgrade of the existing radar at a third the cost of a new unit. The RDR 2060 is also available as a new production system.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
Q: Why should I be interested in the RDR 2060 Upgrade?
A: As an existing RDR 2000 operator you have access to additional features and benefits offered by a new Radar at less than a third of the price and get a new one year warranty.
Q: I am perfectly happy with my RDR 2000, why are these additional features important to me?
A: The benefits of these new features will increase safety of flight and reduce pilot work load.
Q: What additional benefits do I get with the RDR 2060?
A: The following table identifies the additional features available with the RDR 2060 and their benefits to the operator.
Q: What is Auto Range Limiting?
A: Automatic Range Limiting (ARL) causes the display to depict areas that the radar cannot penetrate due to signal attenuation. Typically, the ARL display will show blue areas on the far side of a series of severe weather systems. This cautions the pilot to avoid flight into the blue areas due to the uncertainty of weather conditions.
Q: What is Sector Scan?
A: Sector Scan allows faster updates on rapidly changing areas by isolating a 60 degree sector.
Q: What is Auto Step Scan?
A: Auto Step Scan causes the antenna tilt to sequentially step in 4° increments. This allows the pilot to Vertical Profile the entire azimuth scan angle by simply watching successive antenna scans.
Q: What is Auto Tilt?
A: Allows the antenna position to be automatically adjusted to maintain a common beam intercept point with the earth e.g. if the last 10% of the display is ground returns, then during ascent or decent the antenna tilt is automatically changed to maintain ground returns on 10% of the display.
Q: Will my existing weather radar indicator or MFD be capable of displaying the additional features?
A: The following Honeywell Radar Indicators and MFD’s are capable of displaying the additional features :
Q: How much modification will be required to install the RDR 2060 and how long will it take?
A: The RDR 2060 will mount in the same location as the RDR-2000 utilizing existing hardware, wiring and connectors. A source of altitude and airspeed is required to enable auto tilt. If no source is available, an air data computer and associated wiring would need to be installed.
Q: Is the RDR 2060 more reliable than the RDR 2000?
A: Current fleet data indicates the RDR 2000 has a fielded reliability of 4490 flight hours. The upgrade will come with an additional one year warranty and expectations are the RDR 2060 reliability will be similar to the RDR 2000.
Q: How long can I expect my aircraft to be down for the upgrade?
A: While we cannot provide an estimate for removal and re-installation, turnaround time for the upgrade at our Olathe Maintenance facility is planned for less than 7 days. To facilitate quicker service, an exchange program is available with units available within 24 hours.
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GFC 600 for Cessna 208B Now Shipping; Install Kits Updated with Switches
Garmin is pleased to announce that FAA STC and EASA approvals have been received for GFC 600 installation in the Cessna Grand Caravan 208B (with cargo pod), and shipments have begun. Intended for high-performance piston and turbine aircraft that have a wide range of aircraft speed and performance characteristics, GFC 600 incorporates solid-state attitude and robust self-monitoring capabilities to provide superior autopilot performance, greater reliability and safety benefits.GFC 600 — Cessna 208B (Cargo Pod Equipped Only)
|Part Number||Description||List Price|
|Pitch/Roll/Pch-trim (3 Servos)|
|010-01993-00||Kit, GFC 600, 2-axis w/Pitch-trim||$17,500.00|
|K11-00018-19||Kit, GFC 600 Install, 3 Servos, 208B||$14,445.00|
|Pitch/Roll/Yaw/Pitch-trim (4 Servos)|
|010-01993-01||Kit, GFC 600, 3-axis w/Pitch-trim||$22,000.00|
|K11-00018-20||Kit, GFC 600 Install, 4 Servos, 208B||$14,945.00|
|010-01598-03||GI 285, Standard Kit||$1,995.00|
|011-04426-00||GMC Air Data Module||$450.00|
|Yaw Option (Used to Upgrade From 2-axis System)|
|010-01469-00||GSA 87 Servo, Unit Only||$5,995.00|
|K11-00018-21||Kit, GFC 600 Install, Yaw Servo, 208B||$1,495.00|
Garmin’s autopilot development plans continue to evolve. Please refer frequently to the following links for the latest aircraft support information. All completed GFC 600 certifications have received both FAA and EASA validation. All completed GFC 500 certifications have received only FAA certification and are awaiting EASA validation at this time.
|GFC 500 — Supported Aircraft||GFC 600 — Supported Aircraft|
GFC Installation Kits Updated
New orders of the existing GFC 500/600 install kits (listed below) now include switches and other installation components at no extra cost. Additional information about parts included in these kits can be found in the aircraft specific installation information, available on the DRC.
|AP Model||Existing Kit||Description||New Part Numbers||New Description|
|K11-00018-00||Kit, GFC 600 Install, 3 Servo, A36||
|Switch, Push-button, 400 Series
Switch, Trim, Cygnet, CA3112-G
Sub-assy, Bridle Cable Clamp (as necessary)
Sub-assy, AP Disc/Trim Int Switch
|K11-00018-01||Kit, GFC 600 Install, 4 Servo, A36|
|K11-00018-02||Kit, GFC 600 Install, 3 Servo, B55|
|K11-00018-03||Kit, GFC 600 Install, 4 Servo, B55|
|GFC 600||K11-00018-06||Kit, GFC 600 Install, 3 Servo, 58/58A|
|K11-00018-07||Kit, GFC 600 Install, 4 Servo, 58/58A|
|K11-00018-10||Kit, GFC 600 Install, 3 Servo, 182|
|K11-00018-12||Kit, GFC 600 Install, 3 Servo, C340/C340A|
|K11-00018-13||Kit, GFC 600 Install, 4 Servo, C340/C340A|
|AP Model||Existing Kit||Description||New Part Numbers||New Description|
|K11-00018-04||Kit, GFC 600 Install, Yaw Servo, A36||011-04888-01 (x2)||Sub-assy, Bridle Cable Clamp, .125|
|K11-00018-05||Kit, GFC 600 Install, Yaw Servo, B55||011-04888-02 (x2)||Sub-assy, Bridle Cable Clamp, .156|
|K11-00018-08||Kit, GFC 600 Install, Yaw Servo, 58/58A||011-04888-02 (x2)||Sub-assy, Bridle Cable Clamp, .156|
Kit, GFC 600 Install, 2 Servo, 182
|Switch, Push-button, 400 Series
Sub-assy, AP Disc/Trim Int Switch
|K11-00018-14||Kit, GFC 600 Install, Yaw Servo, C340/C340A||011-04888-01 (x2)||Sub-assy, Bridle Cable Clamp, .125|
|K11-00018-11||Kit, GFC 600 Install, Pitch-trim Servo, 182||340-00234-00 (x1)||Switch, Trim, Cygnet, CA3112-G|
|AP Model||Existing Kit||Description||New Part Numbers||New Description|
|K11-00024-01||Kit, GFC 500 Install, 2 Servo, 172||011-04895-00 (x1)
|Sub-assy, AP Disc/Trim Int Switch
Switch, Push-button, 400 Series
Sub-assy, Bridle Cable Clamp (as necessary)
|K11-00024-04||Kit, GFC 500 Install, 2 Servo, 182|
|K11-00024-12||Kit, GFC 500 Install, Bonanza S35/V35/A/B 2 Axis|
|K11-00024-15||Kit, GFC 500 Install, True Flight Holdings AA-5/A/B, AG-5B|
|AP Model||Existing Kit||Description||New Part Numbers||New Description|
Kit, GFC 500 Install, 3 Servo, 172
|Sub-assy, AP Disc/Trim Int Switch
Switch, Push-button, 400 Series
Switch, Toggle, MS27717- 27-1
Kit, GFC 500 Install, 3 Servo, 182
|AP Model||Existing Kit||Description||New Part Numbers||New Description|
|K11-00024-03||Kit, GFC 500 Install, Pitch-trim, 172||
Switch, Toggle, MS27717- 27-1
|K11-00024-06||Kit, GFC 500 Install, Pitch-trim Servo, 182|
|K11-00024-13||Kit, GFC 500 Install, Bonanza S35/V35/A/B Pitch-trim Option|
Additionally, many of the installation components now included in the install kits can also be individually purchased directly from Garmin (listed below).
|Part Number||Description||List Price|
|340-00232-00||Switch, Push-button, 400 Series||$20.00|
|340-00234-00||Switch, Trim, Cygnet, CA3112-G||$600.00|
|340-00235-04||Switch, Toggle, MS27717-27-1||$50.00|
|011-04895-00||Sub-assy, AP Disc/Trim Int Switch||$50.00|
|011-04888-00||Sub-assy, Bridle Cable Clamp, .063||$125.00|
|011-04888-01||Sub-assy, Bridle Cable Clamp, .125||$125.00|
|011-04888-02||Sub-assy, Bridle Cable Clamp, .156||$125.00|
Genesys Aerosystems: S-TEC 3100 Digital Flight Control System
Announcing the next-generation Genesys Aerosystems S-TEC 3100 Digital Flight Control System (DFCS). The S-TEC 3100 is a fully featured, attitude-based autopilot that gives you a list of workload-reducing and safety-enhancing capabilities that were previously unavailable on aftermarket autopilots. Compatible with advanced digital sources & EFIS displays from Garmin, Aspen and others, the S-TEC 3100 delivers unmatched features and benefits:
- Precise, digital flight control for every phase of flight
- 2-axis (3-axis option on some models)
- Automatic Trim included
- Envelope Protection/Alerting
- Straight and Level Recovery
- Precision Approaches/Missed Approaches
- Indicated Airspeed Hold
- Altitude Preselect
- And much more!
Certifications (Currently STC’d)
- Cessna 177 Series, 177RG and F177RG
- Cessna 210K, T210K, 210L, T210L, 210M, T210M, 210N, T210N, 210R, and T210R
- Cessna 182 E through T Series, F182P, F182Q, R182, T182, T182T, and TR182
- Beechcraft Bonanza 35, A35, B35, C35, D35, E35, F35, G35, H35, J35, K35, M35, N35, P35, S35, V35, V35A, V35B, A36, A36TC and B36TC
- Piper PA-32 Series
- Cessna 310/320 Series, 335, 340, and 340A
- Cessna 414/421 Series, and 425
- Piper PA-46 Series
- Cessna P210N, P210R and 210 A through J
• Width: 6.25″ (159mm)
• Height: 1.45″ (37mm)
• Depth: 9″ (229mm)
• 2.6 lbs (1.18 kg) (DFCS only)
• TSO-C198 Automatic Flight Guidance and Control System Equipment (AFGCS)
• RTCA DO-160G to meet TSO-C198
• RTCA DO-178B
D2 Delta Series: The Latest Generation in Aviator Watches
Introducing D2 Delta PX, D2 Delta S and D2 Delta aviator watch series, three new GPS-enabled smartwatches built in a variety of sizes and personalities for pilots and aviation enthusiasts. New to the D2 aviator watch series, the D2 Delta PX incorporates built-in wrist-based Pulse Oximeter for oxygen saturation awareness. Additionally, all D2 Delta watches come with wireless connectivity with select Garmin avionics, Garmin Pay contactless payment solution, storage for music playlists and more. These features offer pilots more flexibility, greater connectivity and utility in a compact aviator watch that’s as functional as it is stylish.
“The D2 Delta series merges modern style and functionality in a sophisticated watch that is available in three distinct sizes tailored to male and female pilots and aviation enthusiasts,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation marketing and sales. “Whether you’re climbing into a single-pilot cockpit on the weekend, shooting instrument approaches to minimums or flying professionally, the D2 Delta transforms the aviator watch market with exclusive aviation functions and connected features that appeal to every pilot – regardless of what flying they do.”
The premium D2 Delta PX features an elegant titanium gray diamond-like carbon (DLC) finish on a large, 51mm bezel. Especially useful in-flight and during high altitude activities, the D2 Delta PX exclusively incorporates wrist-based Pulse Ox to help monitor oxygen saturation levels.
The D2 Delta S features a stylish rose gold-tone bezel and is lighter, sleeker and smaller than previous D2 models. At 42mm, the D2 Delta S is ideal for smaller wrists and comes with a beige leather strap that makes it easy to transition from the cockpit to a night out. The third model in the series, the D2 Delta, measures 47 mm and has a silver titanium bezel, as well as a premium brown leather strap.
The D2 Delta series seamlessly integrates with select Garmin avionics to achieve a harmonious, connected cockpit. The D2 Delta can connect wirelessly to the Garmin Pilot app, as well as the
GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigator series or the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck via
Flight Stream 510 to enable wireless flight plan transfer to the watch. When connected, all models in the new D2 Delta series can receive additional information from compatible avionics including GPS position information, altitude, airspeed, groundspeed, magnetic heading, outside air temperature and more.
Bluetooth-capable music streaming enriches every activity as all models of the D2 Delta incorporate integrated music storage of up to 500 songs within the watch, offering phone-free listening. Download playlists from select music streaming services or transfer customized playlists from a computer directly to the watch. Once the playlist is loaded, pilots can pair a D2 Delta with a compatible Bluetooth Garmin audio panel such as the GMATM 245, GMA 345 or GMA 350c. The D2 Delta can also be paired with a Bluetooth headset or headphones (sold separately).
All sizes of the D2 Delta also include Garmin Pay, a contactless payment solution, allowing customers to leave their cash and credit cards at home. Utilizing their Garmin Pay wallet, customers have the same benefits and rewards of the physical cards, with the convenience of having them available on their wrist.
The D2 Delta aviator watch series also features new smartwatch alerting tailored to aviation operations. These new alerts include:
- Configurable pressure altitude notifications, which consists of a series of vibrations when arriving at a selected altitude;
- A fuel tank timer that vibrates at configurable intervals to help remind pilots to switch fuel tanks while in-flight;
- A cross track error notification, which triggers a vibrating alert when pilots deviate from an active flight plan.All of the new D2 Delta models come preloaded with a worldwide aviation database and incorporate signature aviation accents, dedicated direct-to and nearest airport buttons, as well as the option to input a customizable aircraft tail number on the face of the watch. A large, sunlight-readable, high-resolution color display with an LED backlight on the watch face, allows pilots to view data in most lighting conditions in the cockpit. The D2 Delta PX offers up to 18 hours of battery life in GPS and Pulse Ox mode and up to 20 days in smartwatch mode.
- The D2 Delta aviator watch series come preloaded with a full multisport toolset for running, golfing, cycling, skiing, workouts and more. It is also water rated to 100 meters so it can withstand swimming and other water activities. When paired with a compatible smartphone, users can send, receive and respond to text messages and see social media updates, app alerts, calls, emails and more via the watch. Garmin Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology also monitors heart rate 24/7 alongside daily activity tracking. Because the D2 Delta is versatile and supports a variety of activities, QuickFit bands allow users to easily switch between stylish leather and metal accessory bands to sporty silicone in seconds and without tools.
Garmin inReach® Mini
Lightweight and Compact Satellite Communicator with GPS
Garmin is pleased to announce inReach Mini, a smaller and more compact satellite communicator with available two-way messaging and a 24/7 SOS function when combined with an inReach subscription to access the Iridium® satellite network. Measuring just under 4 inches tall by 2 inches wide and weighing 3.5 ounces, inReach Mini can easily be carried in a flight bag, backpack, aircraft, boat or glovebox. No more worrying about spotty coverage or being within range of a cell tower — the inReach Mini works anywhere when using the Iridium satellite network. For the ultralight experience, inReach Mini encompasses it all, from messaging to tracking to declaring an SOS. It can be used on its own or paired with a compatible device. For example, a pilot can leave inReach Mini securely fastened to their flight bag while using their D2™ Charlie aviator watch to not only track their flight, but also remotely control their inReach Mini to send and receive messages.
A pilot will also have the ability to send and receive messages conveniently through their Garmin Pilot™ app right from the cockpit1. Garmin Pilot seamlessly allows the user to access their mobile device’s contact list for quick access without manual entry. It also leverages the GPS sensor from inReach Mini to drive a georeferenced aircraft position symbol on the app’s moving map. Using the web-based MapShare™ page created for each inReach account, inReach Mini also has the ability to provide tracking for those wanting to follow the flight. For adventures outside the cockpit, the Earthmate® app also easily pairs with inReach Mini® via Bluetooth® technology1 to provide access to georeferenced maps, aerial imagery, and U.S. NOAA charts. The Earthmate app allows all of the inReach features to be accessed through the paired mobile device, so a user can reach anyone in their contact list.
Like all inReach devices, a user can hit the SOS button in case of emergency, which sends a distress signal to GEOS, a 24/7 international emergency response coordination center. GEOS will track the device that triggered the SOS and send the necessary emergency responders to the exact location. GEOS will deliver a confirmation that help is on the way and also continually update the user on the status of the response team. GEOS will also reach out to the user’s emergency contact and alert them of the situation. Every inReach device also gives users access to a cloud-based website to create preset messages, sync and manage their device settings, update firmware, link social media accounts, store unlimited location tracking data and more. To receive weather forecasts, the optional service provides detailed weather updates directly to inReach Mini. Users who choose either the basic or premium package offered for land or marine forecasts will know the conditions for a current location, a waypoint, or future destination.
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Garmin grows Connext wireless cockpit connectivity portfolio
The expanded Connext ecosystem, that now includes the FltPlan.com website and the FltPlan Go app on Apple and Android mobile devices. With compatible Garmin avionics, pilots can simply create a flight plan within the FltPlan.com website, share it within the FltPlan Go app and wirelessly transfer it to select avionics once they arrive to the aircraft via the app on a mobile device. FltPlan Go customers can also wirelessly receive and display aviation weather products from various sources including Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) as well as Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) traffic, GPS position data and back-up attitude information.
“Through this collaboration, FltPlan.com and FltPlan Go customers gain access to even more connectivity options that significantly enhance their flight planning and in-flight experiences,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “With this strategic relationship, we’re excited to not only expand the Connext ecosystem, but also give aircraft owners and operators even more options when pursuing avionics upgrades that offer a connected environment in the cockpit, which further aid in the decision making process.”
A companion to the popular FltPlan.com website, the FltPlan Go app can be utilized within the Connext ecosystem to wirelessly communicate with select Garmin avionics. Flight planning is streamlined with Flight Stream 510, which enables wireless flight plan transfer between the FltPlan Go app and the GTN 650/750 and G1000® NXi. Wireless flight plan transfer is also available between the Flight Stream 210 and GTN 650/750 or GNS™ 430W/530W. In addition, flight plans may be transferred from Fltplan Go to the Garmin Pilot application for iOS and Android users.
“We are excited to be part of the Garmin Connext ecosystem and look forward to expansion of this collaboration as Garmin continues their innovation in cockpit technology. We believe that this integration will streamline the flight planning process for our users while ensuring that they have the best possible information at their fingertips,” said Ken Wilson, president of FltPlan.com.
When paired with compatible avionics, the FltPlan Go app can wirelessly communicate with select Garmin products to display ADS-B traffic, FIS-B weather and audio entertainment within the app. Select Garmin products also power synthetic vision to display dynamic pitch and bank information alongside highly accurate WAAS GPS position information.
Connext wireless compatibility is extended to the FltPlan.com website and FltPlan Go app and includes the following Garmin products:
- Flight Stream 510/210/110
- GTX 345 series
- GDL88/84 series
- GDL 69 series
- GDL 52 series
- GDL 39/GDL 39 3D
GFC 600H: Revolutionary Helicopter Flight Control System
Introducing the GFC 600H flight control system for helicopter owners and operators – a breakthrough in cost-effective technology that reduces pilot workload and improves mission effectiveness. This attitude-based (AHRS-derived) flight control system boasts a number of helicopter-tailored safety features, including stability augmentation system (SAS), Garmin Helicopter Electronic Stability and Protection (H-ESP), dedicated return-to-level (LVL) mode, hover assist, and overspeed and low speed protection. The GFC 600H can operate as a full-featured standalone flight control system, but also offers integration with compatible flight displays, including the Garmin G500H and G500H TXi flight displays, instruments and navigation sources.’
“Garmin designed the GFC 600H to significantly reduce inflight workload, fatigue and stress levels for helicopter pilots who are often faced with complicated missions in adverse weather conditions or degraded visual environments,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The GFC 600H combines our industry-leading flight control capabilities with our helicopter experience and aviation safety technology expertise to deliver a system that ultimately allows pilots to focus more attention on accomplishing the multitude of missions they face while trusting their helicopter flight to us.”
With its advanced AHRS technology and redundant, cross-checking sensors, the GFC 600H was designed for smooth handling. The GFC 600H includes SAS that provides inputs to help stabilize the helicopter while hand-flying. The corrections provided by SAS serve to improve the helicopter’s basic handling characteristics by maintaining a commanded attitude. Designed with the pilot in mind, its cyclic-mounted flight control system (FCS) allows for seamless interactions without taking a hand off of the helicopter controls during basic operations, including system initialization of the SAS in attitude mode, adjustments of the pitch and roll, trim and much more. While flying with SAS, pilots can easily “fly through” the flight control inputs for smooth maneuvers beyond the preset trim condition. With heading hold, the pilot can easily set a new heading by simply moving the cyclic to the desired heading.
Thanks to the hover assist mode, the system will also automatically detect a hover condition and provide flight control inputs to help maintain position over the ground. When equipped with the optional yaw axis control, the GFC 600H will also hold heading in hover.
As a standard feature, Garmin H-ESP helps the pilot remain within a safe envelope when hand-flying the helicopter. Should the pilot exceed pre-determined pitch, roll or airspeed limitations, H-ESP provides a corrective force on the flight controls proportionate to the exceedance. H-ESP works in all modes – even when the pilot is hand-flying the aircraft with the system not engaged – and can be manually disabled to allow for manoeuvring flight as needed. In potentially disorienting situations, the GFC 600H features a dedicated LVL mode that can be engaged by the pilot to automatically initiate recovery from unusual attitudes and return the aircraft to straight-and-level flight, helping to avoid a potential loss-of-control scenario.
The flight director can be displayed on an optional G500H or G500H TXi flight display to help guide the pilot’s hand-flown inputs toward the desired flight path, including heading, altitude, vertical speed, and airspeed modes. For enroute and approach navigation, the system uses guidance from a compatible Garmin navigator, such as the GTN 750/650 series, to automatically fly approaches and search and rescue patterns. Additional vertical and lateral modes include altitude hold, altitude select, vertical speed, indicated airspeed and heading select.
The GFC 600H features a stack-width mode controller with push-button controls and a night vision goggle (NVG) compatible display. Its robust architecture allows for both 2-axis and 3-axis configurations to provide the features and handling characteristics needed for a helicopter. Integrated “smart” servos provide pitch and roll inputs as commanded by the system, and the available third servo and collective sensor provide yaw axis control capability and smooth flight control adjustments when the pilot moves the collective. Digitally controlled, high-torque servos allow for faster, crisper, more powerful response, which enables the GFC 600H to perform with smooth efficiency and advanced capability.
With its extensive features and advanced technology, the GFC 600H offers unprecedented value at a competitive price in a flight control system for helicopters. Initial Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the Airbus AS350 B2/B3 is expected in Q4 2018. During the HAI HELI-EXPO in Las Vegas, Feb. 27-Mar. 1, the GFC 600H will be on display in an AS350 B2 at the Garmin static exhibit in the North Hall N8. The GFC 600H is supported by our award-winning aviation product support team, which provides 24/7 worldwide technical and warranty support.
Helicopter Flight Displays Reimagined with G500H TXi
Garmin is excited to announce the G500H TXi, a new generation of touchscreen flight displays for helicopters. Built on the proven capabilities of the original G500H series, the G500H TXi offers a vastly expanded array of features, options and panel possibilities that bring a new level of reliability, adaptability and affordability to helicopter operations. Designed specifically for FAR Part 27 VFR helicopters, the G500H TXi boasts a bright LCD design including a large 10.6-inch display and two versions of 7-inch displays, available in portrait or landscape orientation, and features traditional concentric knobs for added versatility and convenience.
For helicopter-specific mission readiness, the G500H TXi is equipped with a five-color Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS), WireAware™ wire-strike avoidance technology and Garmin HSVT 3-D synthetic vision. The G500H TXi also features multiple video input options, night vision goggle (NVG) compatibility and a graphical map overlay within the horizontal situation indicator (HSI) for most display formats. For helicopters already equipped with the original G500H series flight displays, full G500H TXi compatibility with existing system sensors makes for an easy, cost-effective upgrade path.
“The TXi series redefined the flight display, and we’re excited to bring the latest in electronic glass cockpit instrumentation to the helicopter market,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The intuitive design, additional processing power and proven ADAHRS attitude/heading reference all build on the proven capabilities of our original G500H series. Coupled with the greater situational awareness tools and innovative feature set of the TXi family, the G500H TXi sets the bar for the most configurable, state-of-the-art glass flight display solution for the helicopter market.”
The system’s familiar user interface and best-in-class graphical display capabilities enable pilots to access and process more high-value flight information at a glance. The G500H TXi incorporates a clean-sheet touchscreen design with modern processors that support improved map and chart rendering, faster panning and contemporary single-finger zoom and pinch-to-zoom gestures. Through any combination of the touchscreen or dual concentric knobs, pilots can quickly access and view flight information at a glance. Modernized displays and large fonts offer improved readability, while the intuitive user-interface helps reduce overall pilot workload. To support night operations, the G500H TXi is provisioned for NVG compatibility.
Offering an impressive array of flexible configuration display options, the G500H TXi is available as a 10.6-inch horizontal format display that can accommodate PFD information and an MFD side-by-side within the same unit. Similarly, the 7-inch portrait format displays can be individually dedicated to PFD with the HSI map or MFD functions. Another option, where panel space is limited, allows the 7-inch landscape format display to serve as a dedicated PFD with instrument tapes, a half-arc HSI and optional Garmin HSVT 3-D synthetic vision. The system can be mixed and matched with up to two of the high-resolution touchscreen displays, and for added versatility and convenience, most control functions can be accessed by the traditional concentric knobs or touchscreen inputs.
For the ultimate in hazard avoidance solutions, the G500H TXi supports high-resolution, five-color HTAWS when it’s paired with an HTAWS-equipped GTN or GNS series navigator. Using WAAS GPS position information compared with the system’s internal databases, the HTAWS offers forward-looking avoidance capability to predict in advance where potential hazards may exist to help pilots maintain safe separation from nearby terrain, towers or obstacles. In addition to the already extensive databases found in its fixed-wing counterpart, every G500H TXi system uses a helicopter-specific obstacles database featuring over 200,000 additional low-altitude obstacles. For added protection, an expanded version features over 700,000 miles of power lines, and the Garmin WireAware wire-strike avoidance technology uses this database to overlay powerline locations and relative altitude information on the moving map and provides both aural and visual alerting when operating near powerlines.
To provide even more situational awareness, the G500H TXi includes HSI mapping capabilities that puts an MFD-like perspective map view within the HSI portion of the PFD. The HSI map view can also support the overlay of NEXRAD imagery and weather inputs from ADS-B and SiriusXM datalinks.
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Garmin TXi Series
Garmin is excited to announce the touchscreen G500 TXi, G600 TXi and G700 TXi flight displays, as well as the engine information system (EIS) TXi. Boasting a clean-sheet touchscreen design and vibrant presentation, the TXi family incorporates greater situational awareness tools and an innovative feature set into a contemporary avionics platform. Three displays are available, offering optimal flexibility for panel configurations, including a large 10.6-inch display, and two versions of 7-inch displays, in portrait and landscape orientations. The 10.6-inch display can operate as a primary flight display (PFD), multi-function display (MFD) and optional integrated EIS in a highly customized package, while the 7-inch portrait display can be dedicated to any one of those functions. The 7-inch landscape display is available exclusively as a dedicated EIS solution. The G500 TXi system is intended for Part 23 Class I/II aircraft under 6,000 lbs. and the G600 TXi flight displays are intended for Class III aircraft that weigh up to 12,500 lbs. The G700 TXi is exclusively for Part 23 Class IV and Part 25 aircraft that weigh greater than 12,500 lbs. Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the G500 TXi/G600 TXi and EIS TXi systems are targeted for approval in Q4 2017, which will feature a comprehensive approved model list (AML) containing over 600 single-engine piston, twin-engine piston and turboprop aircraft makes and models, offering the most configurable, state-of-the-art glass flight display solution in the market.
Vibrant, state-of-the-art touchscreen display
The TXi family incorporates a familiar touchscreen design with modern processors that support improved map and chart rendering, faster panning and contemporary single-finger zoom and pinch-to-zoom gestures. Through any combination of the touchscreen or dual concentric knobs, pilots can quickly access and view flight information at a glance. Modernized displays and large fonts offer improved readability, while the simplistic user-interface helps reduce overall pilot workload. Pilots will also appreciate a familiar in-flight experience behind the TXi series as the user interface is harmonious with multiple Garmin products, such as the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators.
Greater scalability, building block design and simplified upgrades
Multiple panel configurations and display orientations allow pilots and aircraft owners to better leverage their current or future avionics investment. Three display formats support 26-approved cockpit configurations and over 600 aircraft makes/models. Installation configurations vary as the TXi family is also capable of displaying engine information on a dedicated 7-inch display or in split-screen mode on the 10.6-inch display. Up to four displays can be installed in a single cockpit, offering superior scalability in hundreds of aircraft.
Contributing to a streamlined installation and simplified maintenance, the TXi displays are available with integrated attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) and a display-mounted air data computer (ADC), typically alleviating the need to separately locate, mount and wire these sensors. As an additional option for remote mounting, a combined air data and attitude heading reference system (ADAHRS) is available or AHRS and ADC are available separately. Installation is further minimized for aircraft with an existing G500/G600 as the TXi
series are compatible with previously installed Garmin sensors. The TXi family will also interface with the new GFC 600 autopilot and is compatible with a wide range of additional third-party autopilots available on the market.
Industry-first touchscreen EIS solutions
Available as an integrated solution within the 10.6-inch G500 TXi and G600 TXi system or as a standalone 7-inch EIS display, the TXi series display real-time engine indications in an easy-to-read format. The TXi family supports various features, including lean assist mode, pilot-configurable advisories and more, providing pilots with the opportunity to achieve greater fuel economy, improved engine efficiency and superior engine operation. Compatible with single-engine and twin-engine normally aspirated or turbo-charged aircraft, the EIS TXi system supports Lycoming or Continental 4/6-cylinder engines, offering a broad range of aircraft compatibility. The integrated EIS TXi solution also allows for a variety of integration possibilities with the G500 TXi and G600 TXi glass flight displays.
When the EIS TXi system is paired with a GTN 650/750 and Flight Stream 510, Connext automatically downloads engine and other flight information to the Garmin Pilot app on an Apple mobile device, which is then synced to flyGarmin.com. The flyGarmin website allows pilots to view information such as track logs, cylinder head temperatures (CHT), exhaust gas temperatures (EGT), oil temperatures and more. Pilots can also view flight parameters such as altitude and airspeed alongside an interactive moving map on the website. In addition to wireless engine and flight data downloads to Garmin Pilot, data can also be logged and stored on an SD card within EIS TXi.
Connext wireless connectivity
When the TXi series is paired with a GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigator, Connext wireless connectivity offers additional capabilities. Flight Stream 510 is an option with the GTN 650/750, which enables Database Concierge, the wireless transfer of aviation databases from the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device to a GTN and the TXi system. Flight Stream 510 also supports the sharing of a breadth of information with compatible mobile devices running Garmin Pilot or ForeFlight Mobile, including two-way flight plan transfer, traffic, weather, GPS information and back-up attitude information as available.
Best in class reversionary mode – say goodbye to standbys
In configurations where multiple displays are installed, the TXi series offer reversionary mode as a single system is capable of displaying all pertinent flight information, including EIS when installed. Additionally, the 7-inch TXi displays are compatible with an optional back-up battery, which can power the display for 30-minutes in the event the aircraft electrical system fails. Aircraft owners that install a dual 7-inch G500 TXi system on the pilot’s side of the cockpit, with dual ADAHRS and a back-up battery can also forego the requirement for standby flight instruments.
Next generation HSI adds mapping
The TXi family boasts a geographical map overlay within the horizontal situation indicator (HSI) on the PFD, which also supports the overlay of NEXRAD, Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather, SafeTaxi airport diagrams, traffic, terrain and more. For example, pilots can overlay terrain within the HSI map, while simultaneously viewing traffic and flight plan information without significantly diverting their attention away from the PFD. It is also easy to navigate within the HSI map as pilots can simply zoom in/out on the map using a single finger gesture.
Fully loaded functionality
The G500 TXi and G600 TXi also support additional features and options:
- Customizable crew profiles allow pilots to configure and save settings such as audio volume levels, backlight settings, map configurations and more so they can be recalled prior to each flight.
- Pilots can overlay and animate NEXRAD radar from FIS-B and SiriusXM Aviation weather on the moving map on the MFD.
- Various global datalink weather products are available when paired with the GSR 56.
- Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) In traffic and FIS-B weather display on the PFD/MFD via the GTX 345 transponder or GDL 88 ADS-B datalink.
- GWX 70 weather radar compatibility offers four-color storm cell display, as well as Turbulence Detection and Ground Clutter Suppression as options.
- Support for a wide range of third-party weather radars is also available.
- Pilots are offered significant savings on database subscriptions as OnePak annual database and PilotPak global database subscriptions are compatible with these displays.
- Smart Airspace highlights the airspace nearest the aircraft’s current altitude and de-emphasizes non-pertinent airspace.
- Pilots can view and alternate between Garmin FliteCharts® or optional Jeppesen charts.
- Jeppesen VFR Manual charts (formally known as Bottlang charts) are available within Europe and European Visual Reporting Points (VRPs) can be overlaid on the moving map.
- WireAware™ wire strike avoidance technology overlays powerline locations and relative altitude information on the moving map and provides both aural and visual alerting when operating near powerlines.
- Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) is standard on the G600 TXi and presents a 3D depiction of terrain, obstacles, traffic and the runway environment, providing pilots with an elevated level of situational awareness. SVT is available as an option on the G500 TXi.
- Class B Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) alerting is available as an option.
- Compatibility extended to include the GTS 800/825 Traffic Advisory Systems (TAS) and the GTS 855 Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), as well as select third-party traffic systems.
- Patented TargetTrend™ and TerminalTraffic™ is available with select traffic systems and provides pilots with a more intuitive method of judging target trajectories and closure rates.
- Compatible with the GRA 55 radar altimeter, as well as select third-party radar altimeters.
- Optional support for Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) operations.
- An optional dedicated PFD controller provides pilots with an additional source to make adjustments to the heading bug, barometric setting, altitude bug and more.
- A back-up GPS antenna is also built into the displays, providing redundancy in the event a primary GPS navigator fails.
The G500 TXi and G600 TXi touchscreen flight displays and EIS TXi are targeted for approval in Q4 2017 via a comprehensive AML that contains over 600 aircraft makes and models.System variants that come with new sensors and variants that support existing G500/G600 sensors are also available. Pricing and availability of the G700 TXi touchscreen flight displays for Part 25 aircraft will be announced at a later date. The TXi family also comes with a two-year warranty, which is supported by our award-winning avionics product support team.
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.
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
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