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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 with Trent Palmer

Aviation is experiencing a backcountry boom. Bush flying has become increasingly popular as more pilots are equipping themselves and their aircraft for remote aviation adventures. Garmin ambassador and STOL (short takeoff and landing) competitor Trent Palmer is one of the many reasons backcountry aviation has become so popular. He gave us insights into his patriotically-painted Kitfox, his trip to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, and his upcoming aviation adventures.


“We spent six days getting here. We went from Reno, Nevada, all the way into Rawlins, Wyoming — more than 700 miles with some slow planes … the next day was into Lincoln, Nebraska, a hot one and long one. Then from there we went to Madison, Wisconsin, and hung out there for an extra day for the Rock the Ramp party,” Palmer said. “We then popped over to the Wisconsin Dells … and from there we flew past Oshkosh over to New Holstein for the Super Cub fly-in. A bunch of the guys we were with did the STOL demo, and then we went right into Oshkosh.”

Last October, Trent upgraded his Kitfox—nicknamed FreedomFox—with a Rotax 915is engine, an MT propeller, and our G3X Touch flight display, G3X autopilot for experimental aircraft and GMC 507 autopilot mode controller. He also uses several VIRB Ultra 30 action cameras to capture his backcountry adventures.

Trent’s panel, featuring G3X Touch, a G3X autopilot and GMC 507 autopilot mode controller.

“I’ve never had an autopilot and I never thought I would like an autopilot, but having everything in one unit right in front of me is the nicest thing ever. Being able to hit the autopilot, wings level, is the best thing since sliced bread as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “I’m also running a forward-facing camera, so I’m using the external video input, and every time I’m taxiing, I’m taxiing through the G3X Touch essentially as if it was a backup camera.”

Those VIRBs attached to the FreedomFox aren’t just for
taxiing either, they’re an essential part of any video or photo production.

“On this trip I had three Garmin VIRBs; one set up as a
master, which was linked to the G3X Touch, the other ones were all slaves, so I
would trigger both videos and photos through the G3X Touch,” he added.

So, what’s next for Trent?

“The wife and I are working on building a house on our property that has an airstrip on it, then we have the STOL Drag Races at the Reno Air Races that I’ll be competing in. Then after that I’ve got the High Sierra Fly-In in October.”

Follow Trent and his aviation exploits throughout the year on YouTube and Instagram.

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2018 EAA One Week Wonder, One Year Later

Building an experimental aircraft from start to finish is no easy task. Even the most seasoned aircraft builders will probably tell you depending on skillset, lifestyle and a number of factors, a build can take anywhere from a few months to several years. It’s nearly unheard of to build an airplane from start to finish in only one week. Last year, that’s exactly what the EAA and thousands of volunteers accomplished.

During EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, 100 core builders and more than 2,500 volunteers came together to assemble sheet metal, pop rivets, wire avionics, and help complete a Van’s Aircraft RV-12iS in only seven days. Today, that very airplane has reached its one-year mark, and features an elegant paint scheme with the names of the volunteers scribed on the wings.

Garmin contributed dual 10.6-inch G3X Touch flight displays, a G3X autopilot, GMC 507 autopilot mode controller and a GTR 200 comm radio for the One Week Wonder RV-12iS.

Today, the airplane travels to airshows throughout the country and visits EAA chapters as an inspiration for amateur aircraft builders and aviation enthusiasts alike.

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Garmin Ambassador Pete McLeod: Owning, Operating and Upgrading a Cessna 414

Every aircraft owner has a unique mission. And every
airplane has an ideal role. Finding the perfect balance can help establish a
successful partnership between airplane and owner. Garmin ambassador and air
race pilot Pete McLeod understands the formula well — he owns and operates a
1977 Cessna 414. His missions vary from business to pleasure, but above all, he
loves having the opportunity to fly himself to locations all over North
America. Pete explained his process in choosing an airplane that fit his needs,
and how upgrading the vintage ’70s aircraft with modern Garmin avionics not
only expanded the capabilities of his aircraft, but also increased his
confidence when flying it.

Growing up in a land where
aviation is a necessity

In Canada not all destinations are accessible by road. Like many
remote parts of the world, general aviation is an essential part of life for
many in Canada, especially Pete.

“I grew up in a small town in Northern Canada — Red Lake, Ontario.
Although serviced by a paved road, Red Lake sits at the ‘end of the road,’ and
if you want to go any further north, or to any destination off the single road
access, an airplane was the only way,” he said. “In a location where aviation
is more necessity than luxury, flying is a way of life, and is ingrained in the
cultural fabric of the people who live and work here.”

Airplanes are a part of the fabric of life in places like
Canada. It’s just a matter of finding the right one.

Outlining a mission, identifying
an airplane

For Pete, finding the right airplane started with defining
his mission profile. He needed to determine the role an airplane would play,
how it would be helpful in his business and personal travels, and where he
would conduct his typical flights.

“My mission required a capable and reliable IFR
cross-country aircraft. Many of my flights are over remote terrain or water, so
the systems and powerplant redundancy of a multi-engine [aircraft]was a
priority,” he said.

Once his mission was established, it was time to start
looking at the market. The light twin-engine piston market satisfied Pete’s
mission profile and made a lot of economic sense.

“The systems, performance and capability of the legacy
piston-twin aircraft segment are very affordable compared to newer aircraft and
turbine variants, so the category also maximized utility within my budget,” he
said. By choosing a legacy aircraft like the Cessna 414, he combined the
benefits of a proven airframe with a cost-effective investment. “The 414 has a
great mix of speed and altitude flexibility for an aircraft of its class. It’s
comfortable for the pilot and passengers, reliable, and it offers tremendous
overall performance for the price of purchase and operation,” he added.

21st century
technology in a 20th century airframe

Improving the performance of an aircraft beyond its original
specifications is not always an easy task. Flying faster or higher can sometimes
be accomplished with airframe or powerplant modifications, but these options
aren’t always available, or don’t make economic sense. An upgrade to the
avionics, however, can increase the capabilities and sometimes offer improvements
in a few performance categories. For example, some larger aircraft can benefit
from weight savings with an avionics upgrade, allowing additional passengers or
luggage with the same fuel load.

LPV approach capability can be achieved with an avionics upgrade. By adding a modern GPS navigator — like our GTN 750/650 series — pilots can take advantage of GPS precision for instrument approaches and increase the number of IFR-accessible airports. With a modern digital engine information system, available in our TXi series flight displays, pilots can optimize in-flight engine performance and fuel consumption. Pilots and technicians can also review engine performance data to monitor the overall health of an engine.

Modern avionics technology can also help improve a pilot’s
performance in the cockpit. Advanced features, wireless connectivity and intuitive
user interfaces have been designed to help reduce pilot workload and increase
situational awareness within the flight environment.

“My aircraft is relatively complex, and I fly it single
pilot IFR in and out of airports and airspace of all sizes and complexity. The
technology in my cockpit has made flying single-pilot, multi-[engine]-IFR much
more manageable, organized and predictable,” Pete said.

His Cessna 414 features G600 TXi touchscreen flight displays for primary flight displays, multifunction displays and engine information system gauges. Dual Garmin GTN 750 navigators give him GPS precision, LPV approach capability, easy-to-use comms and flight planning tools, plus additional options for viewing navaids, traffic, overlaying geo-referenced charts and more.

“It’s like having a great co-pilot on board! No longer do I
dread getting a complex clearance completely different than filed — flight plan
programing is quick and easy. Juggling weather, traffic and terrain en route —
I still rely on planning and ATC for help — but now I see everything directly
in front of me long before I even hear from ATC on the issue,” he said. “The
ability for me to competently and confidently complete a flight is the biggest
benefit I have gained from my avionics upgrade – and that makes the flying all
the more enjoyable!”

And with a Garmin GWX doppler weather radar in the nose,
real-time weather tracking and analysis displayed on the TXi and GTN 750s help increase
certainty when navigating around storm cells.

With Flight Stream 510, Pete can wirelessly transfer flight plans, databases and stream weather and traffic information to a mobile device running Garmin Pilot.

One airplane, endless

Whether it’s a business flight or taking the family on vacation,
Pete’s Cessna 414 fulfills a number of different roles. We asked him about his
favorite flights in the airplane:

“I took my daughter for her first flight at 5 weeks old.
And, how about three friends, three deer, a truck-bed full of gear onboard and
302 knots ground speed in cruise — it was a heck of a tailwind. We spent the
day hunting, then turned what would be a 17-hour drive into a two-and-a-half-hour
flight directly home.”

Pete McLeod is a Garmin-sponsored athlete and ambassador.
For more information about the Garmin avionics he uses in his aircraft, visit

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GFC 500/GFC 600 Autopilot Approvals Expanded

We are pleased to announce our GFC 500 autopilot will soon receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) in the Cessna 182RG. Additionally, FAA STC approval is imminent for the GFC 600 autopilot in the Piper PA-46 310P/350P JetPROP and Socata TBM 700/850. When properly equipped, the GFC 600 also offers new features in the TBM 700/850, including Emergency Decent Mode (EDM) and Low Bank Mode.

autopilot approvals

GFC 500 and GFC 600 deliver superior in-flight characteristics, self-monitoring
capabilities and minimal maintenance needs when compared to older generation
autopilot systems. The GFC 500 is intended for single-engine piston aircraft,
while the GFC 600 is intended for high performance piston single/twin-engine
and turbine aircraft that have a wide range of speed and performance

Garmin GMC 507 controller for GFC 500 autopilot.

models to soon be approved for the GFC 500 autopilot include:

  • Cessna

    • Models:
      R182, FR182, TR182

models to soon be approved for the GFC 600 autopilot include:

  • Piper

    • Models:
      310P JetPROP, 350P JetPROP
  • Socata

    • Models:
      700, A, B, C1, C2, N (TBM 850)
Garmin GMC 605 controller for GFC 600 autopilot.

GFC 600 Features

the approval of the GFC 600 autopilot in the TBM 700/850, new features will be
introduced to GFC 600. Low Bank mode helps increase passenger comfort by
automatically lowering the autopilot roll limit at higher altitudes. A separate
switch may also be used by the pilot to activate/deactivate Low Bank Mode at
any altitude. Additionally, GFC 600-equipped TBM 700/850 aircraft will also
feature Emergency Descent Mode (EDM). In the event an aircraft loses cabin
pressurization, EDM is capable of automatically descending the aircraft to a
preset altitude without pilot intervention to help avert hypoxic situations. In
addition to the GFC 600 autopilot, a G600 TXi flight display is also required
to receive these new autopilot features in the TBM 700/850.

The GFC 500 autopilot will soon be available for the Cessna 182RG in August. The GFC 600 autopilot in the TBM 700/850 and PA-46 310P/350P JetPROP is also expected to be available in August. We continue to broaden the aircraft approval list for the GFC 600 and GFC 500 autopilots. To view the most up-to-date aircraft STC list, or to view a list of certification programs that are expected to begin in the next 12-months, visit or For additional information, visit

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TeamX Brings New Features to G5 Electronic Flight Instrument and G3X Touch Flight Display

Our avionics engineering group for experimental aircraft— TeamX — has introduced new features and enhancements to the G5 electronic flight instrument for certified and experimental aircraft including the display of outside air temperature (OAT), true airspeed (TAS), winds and more. They have also introduced wireless engine data streaming, flight data logging and new display configurations are also new to the G3X Touch flight display for experimental aircraft.

“TeamX, our dedicated team of passionate pilots and experimental aircraft builders, continue to roll out
additional updates that add more capability to aircraft with a new or existing G5 electronic flight
instrument or G3X Touch flight display,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and
marketing. “Garmin remains committed to offering value-minded solutions that give pilots even more
features and flexibility when considering an avionics installation, and we are thrilled to give thousands of
customers more reasons to pursue a flight display upgrade.”

G5 electronic flight instrument for certified and experimental aircraft

The G5 electronic flight instrument will soon be capable of displaying outside air temperature (OAT) and
true airspeed (TAS) using a temperature probe and Garmin adapter. Similar to other Garmin products,
OAT is displayed along the bottom of the airspeed indicator on the G5, while TAS is displayed on the top.
When G5 is configured as a directional gyro (DG) or horizontal situation indicator (HSI), wind speed and
direction is also displayed in the upper left corner of the G5. For standalone G5 installations, additional
hardware is required to display OAT and TAS. New for experimental aircraft, G5 can also display density
altitude below the altimeter while the aircraft is on the ground.

The G5 electronic flight instrument for certified aircraft can soon be paired with dual digital Garmin navigation sources, such as a GTN 650/750 or GPS 175/GNC 355/GNX 375, and manually switch between the sources on the G5. For VFR installations, pilots can also use a Garmin portable to display lateral course deviation information on the G5.

Garmin G5 electronic flight instrument

G3X Touch for experimental aircraft

Pilots are provided with a comprehensive, in-depth look at engine performance and trend data with G3X Touch for experimental aircraft, which includes built-in engine and flight data logging. Aircraft performance, engine data and any exceedances that may occur are automatically stored on an SD card in the display. In addition to data logging, pilots can view real-time detailed engine information from
G3X Touch within the Garmin Pilot app. This information is sent wirelessly from G3X Touch to Garmin Pilot. Pilot-configurable exceedances can also be set within the Garmin Pilot app.

Garmin G3X Touch for experimental aircraft

G3X Touch for experimental aircraft is also adding a new display configuration – a standalone
Multifunction Display (MFD) with an optional Engine Indication System (EIS). This display configuration is
a natural addition to thousands of aircraft with a single or dual G5 installation. The G3X Touch is also
capable of displaying maps, charts, weather, traffic, terrain and more, alongside engine information.

Garmin G3X Touch for experimental aircraft

New software and optional hardware for the G5 electronic flight instrument for all customers and G3X Touch for experimental aircraft is expected to be available in August. A comprehensive bundle that enables the display of OAT, TAS, winds and more on the G5 will also be available in August for a list price of $495. The G3X Touch and G5 electronic flight instrument are supported by our award- winning aviation support team, which provides 24/7 worldwide technical and warranty support. We will be showcasing these new features and configuration options next week at the Garmin exhibit during the 2019 EAA AirVenture fly-in, in Oshkosh, Wis., July 22-28, 2019. For additional information, visit

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GNC 355: GPS/Comm Radio with LPV Approaches

We’re excited to introducing the GNC 355 – a GPS navigator with Localizer Performance with Vertical (LPV) approach guidance, complete with a built-in Comm radio. With the new GNC 355, pilots can take advantage of the benefits of WAAS/SBAS GPS guidance, while also incorporating a modern Comm radio into their existing avionics stack. Intended for Class I/II aircraft that weigh 6,000 lbs./2,721 kg. or less, as well as experimental/amateur-built (EAB) aircraft, the GNC 355 Supplemental Type Certification (STC) is imminent and will be available in August from Garmin Authorized Dealers for over 700 aircraft makes/models.

“Based on the popularity of legacy products like the GX 60 and the GNC 250/300XL, as well as customer
excitement for our new GPS 175 and GNX 375, we’re pleased to bring the GNC 355 to market,” said Carl
Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The GNC 355 gives value-minded
customers a simple upgrade path to a GPS navigator with a number of capabilities including WAAS/LPV
approach guidance, wireless connectivity, a modern Comm radio, and with its standard mark-width form
factor, pilots can easily add the GNC 355 without overhauling the panel of their aircraft.”

Aircraft owners can easily incorporate the GNC 355 into an existing avionics stack because of its standard
6.25-inch wide by 2-inch tall design. A vibrant, colorful and responsive touchscreen display boasts a
familiar Garmin user experience, while a dual concentric knob and home button offer added versatility
when interfacing with the touchscreen. The user interface has been optimized for the screen size of the
display, while also retaining a familiar menu structure similar to other Garmin products. Pilots can quickly
access direct-to functionality, moving map, flight plan, nearest, procedures, waypoint and terrain pages,
as well as frequency information using the touchscreen, and create customizable data fields and short
cuts for quick, one-touch access to important information.

Garmin GNC 355

Fully WAAS/SBAS IFR-approach-capable, the GNC 355 gives pilots the benefit of flying LPV, as well as
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 generate
customized holding patterns over an existing fix in the navigation database or over a user-defined
waypoint and easily insert it into a flight plan. Visual approaches are also available within the GNC 355
and provide lateral and vertical approach guidance in visual flight conditions.

Two versions, 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 selecting the frequency from the airport information page. Recent, nearby and saved
frequencies also offer easy access to frequency information. For example, with built-in standby frequency
monitoring, pilots can listen to ATIS while monitoring tower frequency simultaneously. The airport
identifier and frequency type are also displayed below the frequency so pilots can communicate with

An array of interface options include the G3X Touch flight display for experimental and certificated aircraft, the G5 electronic flight instrument, the GFC 500 and GFC 600 autopilots, as well as select third-party autopilots. Course deviation and roll steering outputs can also 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 using the autopilot. Aircraft owners can also retain many of their existing flight instruments, audio panels and many legacy CDI/EHSI indicators such as the KI 208/209 products.

Additional interface options include pairing the GNC 355 with a dual-link Garmin Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solution, such as the GTX 345 or GDL® 88. When paired with these products, the GNC 355 is capable of displaying subscription-free Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather and ADS-B traffic targets, which includes patented TargetTrendTM and TerminalTrafficTM. Wireless Connext® cockpit connectivity offers flight plan transfer via Bluetooth® to and from compatible portables and mobile devices running the Garmin PilotTM and FltPlan Go applications. Pilots can also use the Flight Stream 510 to access the wireless benefits of Garmin’s Database Concierge, which uploads aviation database information from the Garmin Pilot app to the GNC 355 in minutes.

The GNC 355 provides a number of additional benefits, including 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 AirspaceTM makes it easier to identify pertinent airspace on the moving
map. The addition of SafeTaxi® airport diagrams display runways, taxiways, Fixed Based Operators
(FBOs), hangars and more relative to the aircraft’s location on the airport surface.

The GNC 355 and GNC 355A are expected to be available in August and will be approved for installation in over 700 Class I/II piston aircraft models that weigh 6,000 lbs./2,721 kg. or less. The GNC 355 and GNC 355A can purchased through the Garmin Authorized Dealer network at that time starting at a list price of $6,995 and $7,695 respectively. European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) validation is expected at a later date. A free GNC 355 trainer app is also available for download on Apple mobile devices, which allows customers to explore the feature set. We will also be showcasing the GNC 355 next week at the Garmin exhibit during the 2019 EAA AirVenture fly-in, in Oshkosh, Wis., July 22-28, 2019. The GNC 355 is supported by our award-winning aviation support team, which provides 24/7 worldwide technical and warranty support. For additional information, visit

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GSB 15: New, Powerful USB Charger for Aircraft

We are excited to announce the GSB 15, a small, lightweight USB charger designed for a wide range of aircraft. A single GSB 15 contains two USB ports and supports simultaneous 18W (up to 3A) high-speed charging. The GSB 15 has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification, as well as European approval, and is expected to be available through Garmin Authorized Dealers next week at EAA AirVenture.

“Tablets and mobile devices have become a mainstay in the cockpit and it’s essential to ensure they’re
powered and available throughout an entire flight,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales
and marketing. “The GSB 15 is the smallest installed dual-port USB charger ever designed for aircraft use
that allows owners and operators to easily and economically add USB power capability to their aircraft.”

Garmin GSB 15 USB Charger

Designed specifically for aircraft installations, the GSB 15 includes two powerful 18W (up to 3A) USB
Type-A charging ports that allow pilots and passengers to charge tablets and mobile devices in the
cockpit and throughout the cabin in the aircraft. A single GSB 15 is capable of charging two full-size
tablets while using them at full backlight. Optional halo lighting around the exterior of the ports allows
pilots and passengers to connect to the GSB 15 easily during nighttime conditions.

Two versions of the GSB 15 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 the GSB 15 and is ideal for installations in depth-
constrained areas, such as near cabin sidewalls. Installation is simplified as the 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.

The GSB 15 has received FAA certification, as well as European approval and is expected to begin shipping next week. Customers can purchase the GSB 15 through Garmin Authorized Dealers next week for a list price of $349 USD. we will also be featuring the GSB 15 next week at our exhibit during the 2019 EAA AirVenture fly-in, in Oshkosh, Wis., July 22-28, 2019. For additional information, visit

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Retrofit G1000 NXi Availability Expanded

We are excited to announce the addition of five aircraft eligible for G1000 NXi integrated flight deck upgrade. These aircraft currently equipped with a WAAS G1000 integrated flight deck include the Cessna 172/182/206 and Beechcraft Bonanza and Baron. The G1000 NXi includes a wealth of features and capabilities such as wireless connectivity, SurfaceWatch, map overlay within the HSI and more. Aircraft owners and operators can easily upgrade from the G1000 to the modern, state-of-the-art G1000 NXi with minimal aircraft downtime and installation.

“Based on the success of the G1000 NXi upgrade programs that are
available today, we’re excited to deliver this upgrade to thousands of additional
aircraft owners and operators,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation
sales and marketing. “With the G1000 NXi, customers experience faster
performance and find tremendous value in new features like wireless cockpit connectivity,
visual approach guidance, SurfaceWatch, map HSI and more, all of which make
this upgrade an absolute must-have in every aircraft.”    

Aircraft that currently have a WAAS G1000 integrated flight deck that
are now eligible for the G1000 NXi upgrade are as follows:

  • Cessna 172 R/S
  • Cessna 182T
  • Cessna 206H
  • Beechcraft Bonanza
  • Beechcraft Baron G58

As part of the G1000 NXi upgrade for these aircraft, Flight Stream 510 and Connext technology enables Database Concierge, the wireless transfer of aviation databases from the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device to the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck. Additional features enabled by the Flight Stream 510 include two-way flight plan transfer, the sharing of traffic, weather1, GPS information, back-up attitude information and more, among the G1000 NXi and the Garmin Pilot, FltPlan Go and ForeFlight Mobile applications. The G1000 NXi also includes geographical map overlay within the horizontal situation indicator (HSI), visual approach guidance and more.

The G1000 NXi supports the display of various Automatic
Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) In benefits, including traffic and
subscription-free Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather1. Other standard features include SurfaceWatch
runway monitoring technology, which provides visual and aural cues to help
prevent pilots from taking off or landing on a taxiway, on a runway that is too
short, or on the wrong runway based on performance data entered during
preflight. Visual and audible runway distance remaining annunciations are also
available via SurfaceWatch. Additional features that are available as standard
include animated NEXRAD weather radar imagery1, Vertical Situation
Display (VSD), IFR enroute charts, VFR sectionals and Visual Reporting Points

Modernized displays offer improved
readability, while state-of-the-art dual-core processors provide smoother
panning throughout the displays and faster map rendering. Because the flight
displays initialize in seconds, pilots have immediate access to frequencies, flight
plan data and more, saving valuable time in the cockpit. The G1000 NXi
integrated flight deck also incorporates contemporary animations and new LED
back-lighting, offering increased display brightness and clarity, reduced power
consumption and improved dimming performance.

Aircraft owners and operators can easily upgrade to the G1000 NXi with little aircraft down time and disruption of the panel because the displays preserve the same footprint and connectors, so panel and wiring modifications are minimized. Garmin is currently taking orders for the G1000 NXi upgrade in the Cessna 172/182/206, Beechcraft Bonanza and Baron and expects deliveries to begin in July. The G1000 NXi upgrade for these aircraft is available for a list price of $28,995 from Garmin Authorized Dealers (installation and hardware charges may apply), which includes the avionics system software and STC Letter of Authorization (LOA) from Textron Aviation for list price of $4,000. The upgraded components of the G1000 NXi also come with a two-year warranty, which is supported by our award-winning aviation support team. For additional information regarding the G1000 NXi upgrade, visit: or contact a Garmin Authorized Dealer.

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019: New Avionics and Showcase Aircraft

The 50th edition of EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh — one of the world’s greatest aviation celebrations — opens its gates to aircraft owners, pilots and fans July 22-July 28, 2019. During that week, airplanes and enthusiasts will converge to create the busiest airspace in the world. This year we’ll be highlighting many of our popular general aviation avionics — tailor-made products for every experimental homebuilder to business traveler.

Display Aircraft — “Draco,” Cessnas, Beechcraft and more!

Mike Patey’s “Draco”

We’ll be hosting a mix of certificated and experimental aircraft at our display just west of Boeing Plaza. Mike Patey and his experimental Wilga, known as “Draco,” will be at our exhibit—this STOL record-breaking, highly modified aircraft features TeamX’s G3X Touch avionics for experimentals. We’ll also be showcasing a Cessna 182 and Beechcraft A36 Bonanza equipped with G500 TXi and GTN 650/750 series avionics. Additionally, another Cessna 182 will be on hand equipped with our new G3X Touch for certificated aircraft. See these aircraft and instrument panels up close, and even talk with a few of their owners and builders at our booth.

“Draco” panel featuring G3X Touch, GTN 750 and G3X Autopilot

Advanced Avionics

The ADS-B deadline is less than six months away. The closer we get to Dec. 31, 2019, the busier avionics installers will inevitably become. Our low-cost, easy-to-install GDL 82 ADS-B datalink allows you to keep your existing Mode A/C transponder. Wanting to upgrade your transponder altogether? Our GTX 335 provides simple ADS-B “Out” compliance in a transponder upgrade. The next step in our ADS-B line is the GTX 345 — an all-in-one ADS-B transponder featuring ADS-B “In” and “Out” for enhanced weather and traffic information in the cockpit. And our new GNX 375 combines an ADS-B “In” and “Out” transponder with LPV approach capability in a GPS navigator, providing more awareness and capability for an aircraft. It’s a great direct replacement for GPS 150/155, GX 50/55, as well as the KLN 89/90/94 series.

Garmin GNX 375 GPS Navigator and ADS-B “In” and “Out” transponder

Earlier this year, our TeamX experimental avionics group
introduced its G3X Touch flight display to the certificated market. What had
been a mainstay within the experimental community is now available for more
than 500 certificated aircraft models.

Our new cost-effective solutions for both experimental and
certificated aircraft, including our two new cost-effective GPS navigators: GPS
175 and GNX 375 (with ADS-B “In” and “Out” transponder), give owners an
affordable route to LPV approach capability for their aircraft.

Also be sure to check out our G500/G600 TXi series touchscreen flight displays. See how these advanced avionics offer powerful PFD, MFD and EIS solutions for a number of aircraft platforms.

Beechcraft Bonanza featuring G500 TXi, GTN 750s, GFC 600 autopilot and G5

On-site Seminars and Pilot Training

Visitors can attend daily seminars at the exhibit that highlight our range of avionics, from how-to product demonstrations to determining which of our solutions are the best fit for your aircraft. Plus, our award-winning pilot training team will be on site at the Hilton Garden Inn on the Oshkosh airfield, providing real world, hands-on, scenario-based training for the Garmin GTN 750/650 series navigators. These one-day courses (Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26) are designed to explain the ins and outs of flight planning and instrument procedures. Each participant will be provided with their own kiosk housing real Garmin avionics, a training syllabus for in-class and at-home use, as well as a lunch overlooking the airfield from the hotel patio. Cost for this training is $99 and seats are limited, so register today to reserve your spot! Click here to sign up.

Full seminar schedule:

Tent 1 Time
G3X Touch TeamX Academy: How to Install G3X Touch
Monday and Thursday: System Introduction
Tuesday and Friday: CAN Bus Design
Wednesday and Saturday: Autopilot Config & Checkout
8 a.m.
G3X Touch TeamX Academy: How to Install G3X Touch
Monday and Thursday: Wiring Tips & Tricks
Tuesday and Friday: Databases, Software & Configuration
Wednesday and Saturday: GPS Navigation Interfaces
9 a.m.
G3X Touch TeamX Academy: How to Fly G3X Touch
Monday and Thursday: Intro to G3X Touch
Tuesday and Friday: G3X Touch Autopilot
Wednesday and Saturday: IFR with G3X Touch & Touchscreen Navigators
10 a.m.
Low-cost Upgrades for Certificated Aircraft: G3X Touch, GPS 175/GNX 375, G5, GFC 500, GTX 335, GMA 345 and more 11 a.m.
Cost-effective ADS-B Solutions: GNX 375, GTX 345/GTX, 335 series, GDL 82 and more 12:30 p.m.
Low-cost Upgrades for Certificated Aircraft: G3X Touch, GPS 175/GNX 375, G5, GFC 500, GTX 335, GMA 345 and more 1:30 p.m.
Tent 2 Time
Real-world Flying with Garmin Avionics: GTN 750/650 series and GPS 175/GNX 375 as well as GFC 500/600
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Approaches with Touch Screen Navigators & Autopilots
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: GTN Series VNAV & Autopilot
8 a.m.
Cost-effective ADS-B Solutions: GNX 375, GTX 345/GTX 335 series, GDL 82 and more 9:30 a.m.
Flying with iPad Tablets: Getting Started with Garmin Pilot 10:30 a.m.
Flying with iPad Tablets: Pro Garmin Pilot Tips & Tricks 11:30 a.m.
Upgrading Avionics: GTN 750/650 series, G600 TXi/G500 TXi/EI TXi and GFC 600/GFC 500 12:30 p.m.
Avionics for Experimental Aircraft: G5 to G3X Touch 2 p.m.

The Garmin exhibit will be located just west of the Boeing Plaza. Be sure to follow us on social media throughout the show and tag your photos at our handle—@GarminAviation and #flyGarmin!

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G5000 Integrated Flight Deck for Citation Excel/XLS Now Certified

The G5000 integrated flight deck for Textron Aviation’s Citation Excel and Citation XLS has achieved is now certified. The G5000 integrated avionics suite modernizes the cockpit, significantly reduces operational costs, addresses airspace modernization requirements, and solves long-term concerns related to parts obsolescence.

“With close to 50 customer commitments, the market has proven that the ever-popular Citation Excel/XLS
is a perfect platform for the G5000,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and
marketing. “Based on the tremendous success of our integrated flight deck retrofits, as well as the
reception of our early adopter programs, Citation Excel/XLS owners and operators are excited to start
flying behind the G5000 as it offers an unprecedented level of situational awareness, yields a significantly
lower cost of operation and delivers an exceptional in-flight experience.”

G5000 for Citation Excel and Citation XLS

The G5000 integrated flight deck for the Citation Excel and Citation XLS features three landscape- oriented flight displays with split-screen capability, allowing pilots to simultaneously view maps, charts, checklists, TAWS, TCAS, flight plan information, weather and more. Electronic charts and Garmin SafeTaxi airport diagrams are geo-referenced and can be viewed across all three displays. Intuitive touchscreen controllers serve as the pilot interface to the flight deck and contribute to the ease of operation and seamless transition between various pages.

It also includes a fully digital Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), offering precise performance throughout the aircraft’s flight envelope. New to the Citation Excel, Emergency Descent Mode (EDM) is available as a standard feature with the G5000 and is enabled by the autopilot in the event of a loss in aircraft pressurization. Safety enhancing underspeed protection (USP) is an optional feature that allows the autopilot to assist with airspeed management, while also enabling fully coupled go-arounds, greatly reducing pilot workload.

Additionally, with this upgrade comes a fully integrated, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rule-compliant Automatic Dependent Surveillance- Broadcast (ADS-B) Out solution. Additionally, operators gain access to more airports and lower approach minimums throughout the world as the G5000 has PBN/RNP 0.3 with LPV/APV approach capability.

With the G5000, pilots can receive departure clearances faster using FAA Data Comm. Controller Pilot
Data Link Communication-Departure Clearance (CPDLC-DCL) automates Clearance Delivery operations at
over 60 of the busiest airports in the U.S. and enables wireless receipt and automatic loading of the
departure clearance into the G5000. Additionally, the G5000 supports En Route CPDLC capability, which
allows the exchange of data link messages with Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCCs) in the U.S.
This capability is expected to be available at all ARTCCs by the end of the year. European operators can
also meet Link 2000+ requirements using this same technology. FAA Data Comm and Link 2000+ require
optional equipment and services.

The G5000 for the Citation Excel/XLS also supports additional options, such as:

  • SVT synthetic vision technology, which presents a 3D virtual depiction of terrain, obstacles, traffic and the runway environment.
  • SurfaceWatch, which supports visual and aural cues to help prevent pilots from taking off and landing on a taxiway, on a runway that is too short or on the wrong runway based on performance data entered during preflight.
  • Datalink weather, including access to global weather products and text/voice communication through the Iridium satellite network.
  • Advanced Doppler weather radar features including ground clutter suppression and turbulence detection.

As an additional option for this upgrade, Connext wireless cockpit connectivity via the Flight Stream 510, enables wireless flight plan transfer and more between compatible mobile devices, including
Garmin Pilot, FltPlan Go and ForeFlight Mobile.Owners and operators can more easily manage flight plans with the Flight Stream 510, while also receiving additional benefits such as the sharing of traffic, weather, GPS and more across multiple mobile devices in the cockpit. Flight Stream 510 also enables Database Concierge, the wireless transfer of aviation databases from the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device to the G5000.

G5000 eLearning training courses

In conjunction with this certification, Garmin has launched two new eLearning courses that are tailored to the G5000 in the Citation Excel/XLS. These courses review a variety of features, operational considerations and scenarios so pilots can familiarize themselves with the capabilities of the G5000. For additional information, visit

For more information on G5000 and Garmin Services

The G5000 integrated flight deck upgrade for the Citation Excel and Citation XLS is available immediately from Textron Aviation Service Centers and select Garmin Authorized Dealers. For additional information regarding the G5000 upgrade program for the Citation Excel/XLS, contact Dave Brown at (913) 440-1714 or or visit For additional information on Garmin Services and how to subscribe, visit:

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