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What Should You Think About When Upgrading Your Panel?

Whether you’ve just purchased your first aircraft, or your older panel needs some upgrades, deciding exactly what to buy isn’t always as simple as hitting “add to cart.” Luckily, our Garmin sales team has been around the block a few times, and they have some considerations to keep in mind when you’re mulling over your options. Need further help? Click here to ask an expert.

1. Your aircraft’s mission and necessary capabilities.

Do you fly for a $100 hamburger every weekend? Introduce friends to aviation on a ride around town? Or do you fly serious cross-country trips in all types of weather, day and night? What you use your aircraft for will help you to determine what avionics are best for your mission. Our sales team recommends asking yourself the following questions:

  • Is this aircraft for personal use, for work, or for a combination of work and personal needs?
  • What type of weather do you plan on flying in?
  • How frequently will you fly your aircraft?

Once you’ve identified your mission — and the base capabilities your aircraft will need to accomplish it — it’s time to move on to the second consideration.

2. Budget.

In a perfect world, money wouldn’t be an issue — but life’s not always perfect. When thinking about the budget for your upgrades, there are a couple facets to think about.  Hardware and labor costs are important pieces of the puzzle.

Did a legacy system, like the vacuum system, fail on your airplane, causing an unexpected expense? You can not only replace that legacy system, but also gain capability in many instances as well. That’s money well spent. 

Think about how much you’re comfortable spending and then we can help you to figure out how to get the most bang for your buck.

3. Timeline.

Many panel upgrades take weeks if not months to complete. If you’re using your aircraft for business purposes, you may want to plan your install during a slower time of year. Talk with your local dealer to see what their schedule is like, and work with them to establish what you’re wanting to do to lock in your installation slot. And we do recommend finding a local dealer — for any ongoing work, you’ll want to have a relationship with that installer. Not sure where to find one? Click here.

Ready to start planning your dream panel? We recommend checking out the most comprehensive lineup of avionics upgrades in the industry.

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Flying from California to Hawaii in a Garmin-equipped Cessna 210

Jim Barrett set a goal early in his career: relocate to Hawaii. After years of traveling the country as an advertising photographer and cinematographer for the aviation, marine and auto industries, the time had finally arrived to fulfill his dream. But one big hurdle stood between him and his goal — he needed to figure out how to get “Elizabeth” to Hawaii. “Elizabeth” is a 1962 Cessna 210B; she served him as a “pickup truck” for work, hauling him and his camera gear around the country throughout his career.

As Barrett put it, “I wasn’t gonna box [Elizabeth] up and ship her, and I wasn’t gonna hire a ferry pilot to do it.” There was only one option: to tackle the 2,500-mile transpacific flight himself.

After upgrading the aircraft with required equipment, along with modern Garmin avionics including dual Garmin G3X Touch™ flight displays, a GTN™ 750 navigator and more, Barrett was ready to embark on the journey.

Adding peace of mind in the cockpit with Garmin G3X Touch and GTN 750

Weather is a primary consideration for any flight. The unpredictability and unforgiving nature of oceanic weather can make transoceanic flights much more challenging. A clear forecast and favorable winds would be key for Barrett in his single-engine piston aircraft. In early June, promising weather finally emerged, providing a window for him to launch from Watsonville, California, on a direct route to Oahu, Hawaii.

“I saw a forecast with a front that would give me about an average of 27 knots [tailwind] at 10,000’,” Barrett said.

The modern Garmin tech he invested in before the trip delivered valuable flight information throughout the flight. The fuel data displayed on the G3X Touch and GTN series navigator provided an added level of confidence.

“I had the computing power of the G3X Touch and the GTN 750 … they provided fuel range rings that showed where my range ultimately extended and my 45-minute reserve.”

Communicating and position reporting in-flight with Garmin inReach®

Prior to the transpacific flight, Barrett was required to equip his Cessna 210 with a high frequency (HF) radio to provide position reports for air traffic control. In addition to the HF radio, he carried a satellite phone in the cockpit, but his Garmin inReach satellite communicator1 proved to be the most effective tool for communicating. Leading up to the trip, he had coordinated with air traffic control (ATC) and a friend to ensure his position reports would reach not only ATC, but also his loved ones if his HF radio did not work properly.

“Ten minutes before my hourly check-in I would ping my friend with the inReach, which would give him my position, and I would tell him what my time is to the next fix, my fuel remaining … then he would physically call San Francisco Radio ATC and make the check-in for me.”

As he predicted, the HF radio was often ineffective for making position reports, and there was too much noise in the cockpit to use the satellite phone. The inReach was his best option.

“In the end, I used the inReach for every position report and every compulsory report required during the 15-hour flight … there is no way that I would fly in Hawaii or make that [transpacific] trip without the inReach,” Barrett noted.

Since settling into Hawaii, the inReach has continued to be useful outside of the cockpit.

“We love to hike, so I take the inReach with me when I’m hiking in areas where there is no cellular coverage,” he added.

Learn more about our inReach series, including the new inReach® Mini 2, along with our GTN Xi series navigators and G3X Touch flight displays available for select type-certified and experimental aircraft by visiting To learn more about Barrett’s expanding photography business, visit

1Active satellite subscription required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices. It is the responsibility of the user to know and follow all applicable laws in the jurisdictions where the device is intended to be used.

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Garmin Women of Aviation: Who We Are and What We Do

Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week is a celebration of women who fly, recognized annually on the anniversary of the world’s first issuing of a female pilot’s license. This year it runs March 7-13, and at Garmin we’re celebrating by taking a behind-the-scenes look at some of the women associates who make our aviation segment the soaring success that it is. (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.)

From women who learned to fly a plane even before they could drive a car to those who came to a career in aviation engineering by way of a natural attraction to “tinkering,” the Garmin women of aviation improve the industry daily just by being a part of it. Watch the video below to hear their stories.

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Garmin D2 Air X10: A Smartwatch Purpose-built for Pilots

The Garmin D2 Air X10 is designed with aviators in mind.

It probably comes as no surprise that at Garmin we believe everybody can benefit from a smartwatch, but a pilot’s needs are a bit more specific than someone who stays primarily on solid ground. Enter the D2™ Air X10, a smartwatch designed to meet an aviator’s every need from takeoff to touchdown — and all the time spent away from the aircraft too.

Why are pilots loving the Garmin D2 Air X10? Read below for just a sample of all the features that come packaged in this sleek smartwatch, complete with an AMOLED display, a stainless-steel bezel, Corning® Gorilla Glass® 3 and a battery life of up to 7 days in smartwatch mode. Oh, and did we mention the new phone call and voice assistant functionality1? We understand if you want to add it to the cart before making it the bottom of this post.

Preflight, In-flight and Postflight Tools

The D2 Air X10 boasts a comprehensive package of aviation-specific tools built to help you proceed on course, including:

  • Worldwide Direct-to navigation
  • Weather reports, including METARS and TAFS2
  • Airport runways and frequencies
  • Automatic flight logging with your® account2
  • Pulse Ox monitoring3
  • Garmin Pilot™ app connectivity2
  • An HSI for navigation
  • A barometric altimeter
  • Alerts and timers for fuel tank reminders or other time-critical tasks
  • UTC and time zones

Health and Fitness Data

The comprehensive picture the D2 Air X10 provides isn’t limited to your surroundings — it also comes equipped with extensive health4 and fitness features to help you take a more precise approach to your wellness. These include:

  • Body Battery™ energy monitoring
  • Stress tracking
  • The Health Snapshot™ feature
  • Hydration tracking
  • Respiration tracking
  • Sleep score and advanced sleep monitoring
  • Wrist-based heart rate
  • Women’s health tracking
  • Fitness age
  • Built-in sports apps
  • Animated, on-screen workouts
  • And more

Smart Features

We know how important it is to stay connected, whether on the go or between flights. Make the most of your day with tools that include:

  • Smart notifications2
  • Safety and tracking features5
  • Music from Spotify, Deezer or Amazon Music accounts6
  • Garmin Pay™ contactless payments
  • Access to watches, data fields and apps from the Connect IQ™ Store app on your compatible smartphone
  • The Garmin Connect™ app on your compatible smartphone

Garmin D2 Air X10 is compatible with both iOS and Android™ phones and, like all Garmin smartwatches, comes equipped with free workouts and free access to Garmin Connect, as well as all your personal data. Ready to fly through your day? Purchase your Garmin D2 Air X10 here.

1Certain smartphones are not compatible with voice functionality features; see

2When paired with a compatible smartphone and in range of BLUETOOTH® technology

3This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition; see Pulse Ox not available in all countries.


5When paired with a compatible smartphone; see For safety and tracking feature requirements and limitations, see

6Premium subscription may be required

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Garmin Holiday Gift Guide

Let’s be real — coming up with the “best gift ever” can be a bit stressful. It is likely not going to be the most wonderful time of the year if your significant other’s tastefully dropped hints go unnoticed and you pick out a kitschy pair of socks for the fourth year in a row. (Disclaimer: Our legal department would like us to let you know we cannot guarantee your relationship status if you finally buy a good gift after three years of kitschy socks. It may be too far gone. What were you thinking?)

Anyway, we get it. Finding the perfect present for everyone on your holiday shopping list has been nearly impossible — until now. No matter where your loved one likes to play — be that land, sea or air — Garmin has just the thing. Keep scrolling for a roundup of gift ideas that Santa Claus won’t be able to top. 

Fitness Gifts

Edge® 530

Featuring advanced mapping, cycling safety features and dynamic performance insights, the Edge 530 is a lightweight GPS cycling computer designed for use on all terrains. Whether you’re a podium finisher, gravel grinder, urban rider or somewhere in between, the Edge 530 is ready for any adventure.

Forerunner® 55

Focus on the fundamentals or take your training to the next level with the Forerunner 55. No matter your skill level, the Forerunner 55 is here to help you track your stats. Lightweight and comfortable, this watch is the perfect fit for running and for everyday life.

Forerunner® 945 LTE

Designed to help athletes stay connected on the go, the Forerunner 945 LTE brings phone‑free safety and tracking features1, spectator messaging and live event sharing to the wrist — all while still providing the detailed training data, performance monitoring tools and smartwatch features athletes have come to rely on.

Tacx® Boost

Take your ride inside with the Tacx Boost, an affordable and quiet basic trainer that makes it easy to train year‑round. Key training features like resistance control, realistic ride feel and more let you make the most of every ride. Ride at any time without disturbing others; the closed resistance unit reduces noise so you can work out without waking the whole household.

Varia™ RTL515

No matter where or when, you ride, stand out and stay aware of cars approaching from behind with the Varia RTL515 rearview radar tail light. When paired with a compatible Garmin device, your phone or both, you will receive visible and audible alerts warning of approaching vehicles. During the day, the tail light can be seen from up to a mile away, making it easier for drivers to see you and providing greater peace of mind during any ride.

Wellness Gifts

Venu® 2/2S

When you live healthy, you live better. This GPS smartwatch is built for your active lifestyle with advanced health monitoring and fitness features to help you better understand what’s going on inside your body. Available in two sizes with a battery life of up to 11 days, built‑in music, Garmin Pay™ contactless payments2, smart notifications3 and more.

Venu® Sq

Get premium health, wellness and fitness features at an accessible price with the Venu Sq entry-level GPS smartwatch. It comes in a variety of colors with a battery life of up to 6 days. It includes Garmin Pay, smart notifications, and is available in a music and non‑music version.


This stylish smartwatch is the first of its kind from Garmin with an incredibly small, 34 mm watch case and a stylish patterned lens. Just tap or twist your wrist to reveal the bright touchscreen display to see your texts, calls, calendar reminders3 and more. Choose from classic and sport designs with a variety of color, metal and interchangeable band options — including leather and silicone — so you can find the perfect piece to fit your look.

vívofit® jr. 3

vívofit jr. 3 isn’t just a fitness tracker for kids. It’s an interactive experience activity that unlocks app adventures. The jr. 3 has a new watch‑like shape with downloadable watch faces, an “in case of emergency” widget, and a durable, swim‑friendly band available in a multitude of colors and themes — plus a battery life of up to 1 year (no recharging!)

Outdoor Gifts

fēnix® 6 Solar Series

Featuring a Power Glass™ solar charging lens and a customizable power manager mode, fēnix 6 Solar Editions harness the power of the sun4 to stay on and remain performance‑ready for weeks, so users will have more on‑wrist time to enjoy their activities, training features, onboard mapping, music streaming and much more. Expanding the robust activity profiles included in the fēnix series, the fēnix 6 and 6S Solar Editions come surf-, mountain bike- and indoor climb‑ready. The smaller‑sized fēnix 6S Pro Solar also features an exclusive Women of Adventure design option.

Instinct® Solar

Do what you love, longer. Instinct Solar is a GPS smartwatch built to break convention, conquer the elements and endure longer. Experience unprecedented battery life with solar charging4, wrist‑based heart rate5 and built‑in sports apps right on the wrist for swimming, running, biking, hiking, rowing strength and more. With a purpose‑built design, it’s available in bold color options that bring to life a nontraditional smartwatch that turns heads at every glance.


Featuring a Power Glass solar charging lens that extends battery life4 and packed with top performance features, the Enduro GPS watch is built for extreme endurance athletes like you. It’s lightweight but durablefor seriously epic race conditions and gets up to 80 hours of battery life in GPS mode, the longest battery life of any Garmin watch to date.

Descent™ Mk2i

The dive computer for both your worlds — monitor your gas and depth with the advanced, watch‑style dive computer that comes with multisport training and smart features. Pair it with a Descent™ T1 transmitter for integrated pressure monitoring on up to 5 tanks via SubWave™ sonar data network.

MARQ® Collection

The MARQ Collection is destined for those who aspire to the lifestyles we have redefined over decades of innovation. For them we present these magnificent modern tool watches — our tribute to their rightful rewards, built with purpose in both form and function. Each modern tool watch is uniquely crafted to be an outward expression of the owner’s personality, interests and ambitions.

Golf Gifts

Approach® S12

We’ve got your game with the sleek Approach S12, a GPS golf watch with a sunlight-readable display, critical information from more than 42,000 course maps worldwide and a style that goes beyond the clubhouse. Boasting an array of features to help enhance a golfer’s game, the Approach S12 offers a quick reference to the front, middle and back of the green as well as distances to hazards and doglegs so you have all the data you need for the perfect shot.

Approach® Z82

Set your sights on something greater with the Approach Z82 laser range finder with GPS. Designed to help improve a golfer’s situational awareness, the Approach Z82 measures precise shot distances ranging from within 10” of the pin up to 450 yards. The flag finder locks in with vibrational feedback, and image stabilization makes it easier to find and range the flag. Experience full‑color, 2D CourseView mapping through the lens and Green View overlay on more than 42,000 courses worldwide.

Marine Gifts


Why guess where to find fish? See exactly where they’re hiding with STRIKER Cast castable sonar. Just download the STRIKER Cast app, pair your compatible mobile device with the sonar and go fishing in minutes. Cast from shore, dock or watercraft and reel back in to locate and display fish on your compatible smartphone or tablet.

STRIKER™ Vivid Series

See fish and structure in colorful detail with the STRIKER Vivid Series fishfinders. These easy‑to‑use fishfinders feature high‑contrast color palettes, making it easier to see what’s beneath the surface. Featuring industry‑leading Garmin CHIRP traditional sonar and ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonar technology, STRIKER Vivid ensures that anglers see crystal‑clear fish arches and remarkable target separation.

Fusion® Signature Series 3

The Fusion Signature Series 3 marine speakers and subwoofers push the boundaries of what is possible on the water. The Signature Series 3 incorporates premium materials and marine‑specific design elements to deliver premium aesthetics to any boat, in addition to the ability to reproduce high‑quality audio while out on the water.

Aviation Gifts

aera® 760

Innovative, all‑in‑one portable GPS for pilots with a 7’’ display. Fly confidently with our rugged, reliable, purpose‑built GPS that includes our latest in‑flight features, including IFR approaches, arrivals and departures, plus our familiar touchscreen interface.

D2™ Delta

You’re a pilot. You want a premium GPS aviator watch with advanced tools for the cockpit and style that sets you apart even after you land. The Garmin D2 family of premium GPS aviator watches was the first to put true global flight navigation capability on the wrists of forward‑looking pilots and flying enthusiasts. Now, with our D2 Delta series, we’ve brought this technology to whole new levels of capability and connectivity.

D2™ Air

Take flight with a modern smartwatch that is built for the cockpit. Whether a dedicated aviator or an aspiring pilot, D2 Air offers tools for all the phases of flight, including weather, Direct‑to navigation, airport information, flight logging, Pulse Ox6 and much more. Featuring a slim and sophisticated AMOLED touchscreen display, the D2 Air can be worn 24/7 for a seamless transition from air to land. D2 Air also incorporates connected features for life on the go, such as smart notifications3, contactless payments via Garmin Pay2, health monitoring, animated workouts and more.

Automotive Gifts

Garmin Dash Cam™ Mini 2

Tiny but mighty. The car key‑sized Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2 offers discreet eyewitness incident detection7, voice control technology and crisp 1080p automatic recording capabilities. With a wide 140‑degree lens and Garmin Clarity™ HDR optics, the tiny camera is able to provide huge protection by capturing amazing details day and night.

Garmin Catalyst™

Garmin Catalyst is a groundbreaking real‑time coaching tool and driving performance optimizer8 set apart from any other GPS lap timer or data system the motorsports industry has experienced. True Track Positioning™ technology uses built‑in accelerometers, 10 Hz multi‑GNSS positioning and image processing to automatically generate your car’s racing line on the track. Plus, our revolutionary True Optimal Lap™ technology shows your fastest achievable time based on lines you actually drove.

dēzl™ Truck Navigators

Get a clear view of the road ahead with the dēzl™ OTR500, 700, 800 and 1000 truck navigators. With PrePass® weigh station bypass options for active PrePass account users and easy‑to‑read displays across the board, there’s a dezl navigator option to satisfy most trucking needs. The navigators are equipped with custom truck routing9 for the size and weight of your rig, adding popular route suggestions, truck‑friendly parking, and load-to-dock guidance.

RV 1090

Not sure if your RV can cross a specific bridge or road during a cross‑country trip? No worries, the RV 1090 GPS navigator can create custom routes9 that take into account the size and weight of your RV and provide road warnings for steep grades, sharp curves and more. To simplify your trip even more, the RV 1090 includes Tripadvisor® traveler ratings, a preloaded directory of RV parks and services plus content from Ultimate Public Campgrounds, KOA and more.

zūmo® XT

The zūmo XT all‑terrain motorcycle navigator is built for adventure. Thanks to an ultrabright 5.5” display and a rugged frame that is both rain‑resistant and glove‑friendly, the zūmo XT can withstand all kinds of weather, extreme temperatures and rigorous vibrations. Enthusiasts looking to explore the winding roads can access adventurous routes with turn‑by‑turn directions for on‑road navigation and topographic or downloadable BirdsEye Satellite Imagery for off‑road guidance.

1Assistance Plus is not available in all markets where Category M1 LTE network connectivity is available; see Assistance Plus coverage area at For safety and tracking feature requirements and limitations, see

2View current supported country, payment network and issuing bank information at

3When paired with a compatible smartphone; see

4Assumes all-day wear with 3 hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions


6This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition; see Pulse Ox not available in all countries.

7Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit use of this camera device. It is your responsibility to know and comply with applicable laws and rights to privacy in jurisdictions where you plan to use this device.

8WARNING: This device is intended only for recreational use in a circuit environment. Never use this device on public roadways. Failure to follow this warning may result in an accident causing property damage, serious personal injury, or death. You are responsible for using this device in a safe and prudent manner.

9Not available in all areas. Entering your RV or trailer profile characteristics does not guarantee your RV’s characteristics will be accounted for in all route suggestions. Always defer to all posted road signs and road conditions.

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Five Ways Garmin Autoland Offers Peace of Mind to Aircraft Pilots and Passengers

Whether you’re in the sky for business or pleasure, you take on a massive responsibility when you enter the cockpit to fly an airplane. Everyone on board is in your care, and it’s your job to get them from point A to point B safely. But what if something happens to you?

Enter Garmin Autoland, the revolutionary avionics system that autonomously lands the plane if a pilot is unable to fly1. Winner of the prestigious 2020 Robert J. Collier Trophy awarded by the National Aeronautic Association, Autoland has been recognized as “the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving performance, efficiency, safety in air or space vehicles.” But how does it work? Here are five ways Garmin Autoland provides peace of mind to those on board.

1. Allows for easily engaged in-flight assistance.

Passengers can activate Garmin Autoland with the simple push of an activation button. But if they aren’t sure where it is — or there are no passengers on the flight — Autoland can engage automatically when it determines the pilot is unable to fly the plane. (Note that once Autoland is engaged, the pilot can later deactivate it at their discretion.)

2. Identifies optimal destination.

Once engaged, Autoland will scan its options and choose the best airport for landing. It takes into consideration distance, runway length, fuel range and other factors to make this selection.

3. Avoids known hazards.

After selecting a destination for landing, Autoland will head toward that runway while navigating around obstacles such as hazardous terrain or weather as it flies the plane.

4. Announces intentions.

Once Garmin Autoland has been activated and a destination has been selected, the system will automatically communicate its intentions to both the flight’s passengers and air traffic control.

5. Lands the aircraft.

Once the airplane reaches its identified destination, Autoland will land the aircraft. It then stops the plane on the runway so that emergency services can immediately reach the pilot and any passengers on board2.

It’s really that simple. Interested in flying on an airplane equipped with Garmin Autoland? It’s now available on select G3000® flight deck-equipped aircraft, including 2020 or later models of the Piper M600 SLS, the Cirrus Vision Jet and the Daher TBM 940 — and it’ll be making its way to more soon. Check our Autoland webpage for the most up-to-date compatibility information.

1See Autoland system requirements and limitations

2Aircraft may require maintenance after Autoland use

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Five Reasons Your Aircraft Needs Garmin Smart Glide

In the event of the loss of engine power in a single-engine aircraft, a pilot faces the urgent, workload-intensive job of maneuvering the aircraft from its current position to a suitable airport. Enter Garmin Smart Glide™. Available on GTN™ Xi series navigators with compatible flight displays, Smart Glide provides added peace of mind, guidance and assistance during loss of power events in single-engine aircraft. Here are five ways Smart Glide can be helpful during these situations:

1. It continuously calculates and assesses options in the background.

Engine-out emergencies can happen to anyone — anytime, anywhere — and those initial moments can be stressful. We designed Smart Glide to continually monitor flight conditions and calculate glide options in the background, so if a loss of engine power does occur, the system is already prepared. You can then activate Smart Glide in one of several easy ways depending on your avionics and panel configuration — with a dedicated panel-mounted Smart Glide button, by holding the Direct-to button on the GTN Xi navigator for two seconds or via a compatible flight display. This quick and easy activation allows pilots to continue assessing the situation, working through checklists and troubleshooting the issue.

2. It recommends a route with alternatives.

Once activated, Smart Glide automatically considers glide range, terrain, obstacles and more to recommend a suitable airport for landing, along with a list of alternative options in the vicinity (if available). If no airport is within the estimated glide range, Smart Glide will let you know.

Once an airport is selected, Smart Glide creates a Direct-to route to the airport.

3. It can assist flying a selected route.

If your aircraft is equipped with a Garmin GFC™ 500 or GFC™ 600 autopilot, Smart Glide can lend a hand flying the plane. When activated, it automatically switches the CDI to GPS mode, engages the autopilot in IAS mode at best glide speed and activates flight director command bars on the compatible flight display. This allows pilots to dedicate more attention toward working through checklists and troubleshooting the emergency.

For aircraft equipped with third-party autopilots, pilots can activate the appropriate autopilot modes to receive lateral GPS guidance with Smart Glide.

4. It automatically assists with certain emergency tasks.

To further assist pilots en route during a loss of engine power, Smart Glide automatically loads the selected airport’s CTAF frequency in the primary Comm standby position and offers a shortcut for loading transponder code 77001. That way, when the time comes to switch frequency or activate the emergency squawk code, Smart Glide has already prepared the avionics for the pilot

5. It automatically displays valuable information.

While en route to an emergency destination, Smart Glide displays a glide range ring and provides airport information, including bearing and distance, longest runway orientation, estimated arrival altitude (AGL) and winds (if available). The system also provides aural distance and bearing alerts for the airport and advises when the pilot should begin maneuvering for landing. Once the aircraft reaches that point, the pilot resumes control and can land the aircraft.

Are you ready to add Smart Glide to your aircraft? If your aircraft is already equipped with a compatible Garmin avionics, you may be able to add Smart Glide with a simple software upgrade — just contact your local Garmin authorized dealer. For more information about our Smart Glide technology and how it can be helpful during a loss of engine power, click here.

1Requires a compatible transponder (sold separately)

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Four Reasons to Use AeroData in Your Flight Operations

Garmin announced the acquisition of AeroData, a leading provider of performance data solutions and services for commercial aircraft, in May 2021. With AeroData, operators benefit from countless features that make daily operations more seamless and help flights run safely and on time. And while the list is hard to narrow down, below are just a few of our favorite things about AeroData’s solutions.

1. Precision

With more than 30 years of experience, AeroData offers precise and accurate performance data to more than 70% of all airline flights in North America each day. Runway-specific departure engine failure procedures (EFPs) demonstrate obstacle clearance limits in an engine-out scenario for your specific aircraft airframe and engine model.

In addition to aircraft-specific EFPs, AeroData provides takeoff, en route and landing performance data; weight and balance; dvanced automated passenger and cargo load planning services, as well as many other integrated software solutions.

With AeroData, operators and crews have ultimate flexibility when conditions change quickly — contaminated runways, a sudden runway change, shifting winds, unexpected precipitation, and many more factors can drastically affect takeoff and landing performance data. Using AeroData, crews can quickly assess an intersection takeoff, alternate runway or account for changing containmated runway conditions — generally without the need to rerun calculations, easing cockpit workload and reducing dispatch displays.

2. Customization

Customer-defined parameters within AeroData provide ultimate flexibility and allow customers to tailor solutions to their engine/airframe combinations and operations. Because AeroData works with major airframe manufacturers, including Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer, and most major flight planning systems, we can provide detailed performance data to any fleet and mix.

3. Ease of Use

Easily access performance data via an aircraft communication addressing and and reporting system (ACARS) connection. No ACARS? No problem. AeroData has multiple delivery methods, including a connected tablet option as well as a web-based platform to ensure important performance data is never far away. In addition, the AeroData performance solution offers primary delivery of performance data, as well as a backup service to help ensure flights are being dispatched consistently and on time. To provide an enhanced experience to the more than 135 airlines AeroData serves globally, the NOTAM and flight path analysis teams are available around the clock to help with any concerns.

4. Price

AeroData utilizes a shared cost model to ensure airlines both large and small can access the benefits of a real-time, connected performance data solution. The per-departure fee pricing allows operators greater budget accuracy and doesn’t penalize the airline during contractions. In addition, our vertical integration lowers setup fees and helps get your operation in the air even quicker.

Interested in learning more about AeroData? Contact a member of our team today.

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Garmin Avionics Team Wins 18th Consecutive Aviation International News Award

For the 18th year in a row, Aviation International News (AIN) has dubbed Garmin the Overall Average leader in the Flight Deck Avionics segment in the AIN 2021 Product Support Survey. Garmin also received top rankings in every category of the survey, which are: Cost Per Hour Programs, Parts Availability, Cost of Parts, AOG Response, Warranty Fulfillment, Technical Manuals, Technical Reps and Overall Avionics Reliability.

AIN’s annual Product Support Survey is based exclusively on feedback from users of business jets, pressurized turboprop airplanes and turbine-powered helicopters. The survey is password-protected to ensure that only qualified readers are able to give input — meaning the results are based on unbiased, professional opinions of 1,450 avionics systems evaluations.

In the past year, the Garmin avionics product support team has worked hard for the top ranking. Lee Moore, the Garmin director of avionics product support, reports that new projects include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • The expansion of self-service opportunities with more video and frequently asked questions content if a customer prefers these options over direct phone or email support (both of which are still always available to those who prefer person-to-person interaction).
  • The addition of staff to our customer support and distributor support teams, which allows for increased coverage during peak demand hours, more internal training options and expanded weekend operating hours.
  • The automation of our field quality reporting process to expedite the flow of feedback directly from aircraft owner/operators, service centers and installers to the correct Garmin engineering team.
  • The addition of virtual training offerings and a bolstered eLearning library so installers and pilots can continue to receive access to the best education even when pandemic restrictions hinder in-person training options.

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A Behind-the-scenes Look at Garmin Autopilot Certifications

Max Unruh’s official title at Garmin is aviation product manager of autopilot systems. In layman’s terms? He’s a part of the team that decides which aircraft to certify for Garmin autopilot solutions. That means he helps to determine which aircraft is up next for certification, as well as which model will be the ideal test aircraft. By his count, he’s completed about 54 aircraft contracts in his two years at Garmin, 40 of which were for the GFC™ 500 or GFC™ 600 digital autopilot.

It’s a long process, says Unruh, and aircraft owners wait with baited breath as they refresh the list of currently supported aircraft, as well as those certification programs that are in progress and those that will begin in the next 12 months. But if you don’t see your aircraft included, don’t despair — there’s a way to toss your hat in the ring for your own plane, and Unruh is sharing some insight into the process for an extra edge.

What does Garmin look at when selecting a test aircraft?

Unruh looks for a unique combination of aircraft characteristics that tick all the boxes necessary for certification. “I have a high bar for incoming aircraft, and the selection process is not easy,” he says, noting that the owners who are selected typically report feeling like they’ve won the lottery. When he considers an individual aircraft, Unruh looks at:

  • Aerodynamic characteristics of the airplane
  • Horsepower
  • Rating of the engine and common engine upgrades that are available out in the field
  • The range of gross weight possible, from largest to smallest
  • Whether the plane has any Garmin avionics installed already, particularly a display and GPS source at the minimum

How do I submit my aircraft for autopilot certification?

The answer to this one is simple: If you are interested in GFC 500 or GFC 600 for your aircraft, just fill out this form. And even if your plane isn’t chosen immediately, says Unruh, that doesn’t mean it’s not being considered.

“I go in and review that information,” says Max. “It’s personally reviewed by a Garmin employee. And when I am looking for an aircraft, I use that list heavily. That’s probably my best fishing hole.”

The form requests that you provide your name, email address, which autopilot model you’re interested in and your aircraft make, model and registration number. There’s also a section to include additional details, and this is where Unruh has some pro tips.

“The pertinent details are whether or not the aircraft has any mods that make it different from the type design or any type of damage history and modifications,” he says. “I really want to know what kind of Garmin avionics they have installed. And one really nice thing is when an owner puts down their phone number.”

Another pro tip? If you’re connected with owners of similar aircraft, have them submit theirs for consideration as well.

“I like when owner groups post their aircraft on our website en masse,” says Unruh. “It generally helps to have a passionate and engaged aircraft owners group!”

What does the autopilot certification process look like once an aircraft is selected?

Once an aircraft is selected for autopilot testing and a contract is executed, the aircraft is flown to a Garmin facility and thoroughly inspected. The Garmin mechanical design team then starts exhaustive research by analyzing the aircraft as well as various manuals and documents to select servo mounting locations. Experimental parts are trial-fitted, and the autopilot is installed. Approximately halfway through the program, the aircraft transitions into flight testing. The Garmin flight test team checks every configuration, including forward and aft center of gravity, lightweight and heavyweight, and all corners of the speed and altitude envelope. The last aircraft milestone is when the autopilot goes through final certification testing to confirm the autopilot performance is as expected. Once the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) is issued, the installation kits and all associated parts are built and made ready for shipment.

What’s next for the GFC 500?

Next on deck for consideration for the GFC 500, says Unruh, are lighter twin-engine piston aircraft. He’s got his eye specifically on the Twin Comanche. If you’re a Twin Comanche owner, you should be outfitted with at least a GI 275 electronic flight instrument to be ready to equip with the GFC 500 digital autopilot.

Crossing your fingers that Garmin certifies your aircraft next? Help us to help you by filling out the autopilot interest form here.

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