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GTN Xi Series: Fourth Generation GPS/NAV/COMM Solutions

The next generation of in-flight navigation technology has arrived. Our GTN 650Xi and GTN 750Xi—the fourth generation of GPS/NAV/COMM solutions—are designed as a direct slide-in upgrade to the previous generation GTN 650/750, allowing pilots to preserve their panel and modernize the cockpit at the same time. The all-in-one GPS/NAV/COMM boasts a 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 advanced capabilities in the future. The GTN 650Xi and GTN 750Xi have received FAA approval and are available immediately for fixed-wing single-engine and multi-engine piston, turbine and experimental aircraft, with helicopter and business aircraft approvals soon to follow.

“After decades of innovation and pioneering the GPS/NAV/COMM, we’re excited to bring the fourth
generation GTN 650Xi and GTN 750Xi to the market,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and
marketing. “Garmin was the first to introduce the all-in-one navigator with the iconic GNS 430/530. Over
time the GNS WAAS and the industry-first GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators were added to the line-
up along with state-of-the-art features such as voice control, wireless connectivity and more. As the
leader in GPS cockpit navigation, we have brought the most widely adopted navigators to the industry
and with the GTN 650Xi and GTN 750Xi, we’re excited to add one more to the family.”

Garmin GTN 750Xi displaying map, chart and weather
Garmin GTN 750Xi

Modern processing power and state-of-the-art hardware within the 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 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 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 take into account 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 available as options.

Garmin GTN 650 Xi display map, weather and traffic
Garmin GTN 650Xi

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 the 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 device 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.

The GTN 650Xi and GTN 750Xi have received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) and are available immediately through Garmin Authorized Dealers for a suggested retail price of $12,495 and $17,995 respectively. A free GTN Xi trainer app is also available for download on Apple mobile devices, which allows customers to experience the feature set of these navigators. A new GTN Essentials 2.0 eLearning Course provides instruction on best practices for operational use of the new GTN Xi series and can be accessed here. The GTN Xi series come with a two-year warranty and are supported by Garmin’s award-winning aviation support team, which provides 24/7 worldwide technical and warranty support. Garmin was awarded top honors last year in avionics product support for the 16th straight year by Aviation International News, and earned the top spot in the annual avionics product support survey conducted by Professional Pilot magazine this year, also for the 16th consecutive year. For additional information, visit

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GI 275: Aircraft Flight Instrumentation Reimagined

Introducing GI 275, a powerful electronic flight instrument that directly replaces legacy primary flight instruments in the cockpit. The GI 275 is suitable as a direct replacement for a variety of instruments including, an attitude indicator, attitude directional indicator (ADI), course deviation indicator (CDI), horizontal situation indicator (HSI) and engine indication system (EIS). Capable of serving as a 4-in-1 flight instrument, the GI 275 can also be installed as a standby to a number of glass flight displays and is available with a 60-minute back-up battery. Lightweight and compact, it is intentionally designed to take advantage of the common 3.125-inch flight instrument size, reducing installation time and preserving the existing aircraft panel. It’s also compatible with a variety of third-party autopilots and does not require a separate interface adapter, further reducing installation labor. The GI 275 has received FAA approval and is available immediately for installation in over 1,000 single-engine and multi-engine aircraft models.

Several variants of the GI 275 are available to meet the needs of over one thousand business and general aviation aircraft models. Features beyond the traditional display of attitude, airspeed and altitude include the option to display CDI, HSI, and engine information. The GI 275 is also capable of displaying multifunction display-like features, such as traffic, weather, terrain, SafeTaxi airport diagrams, optional Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) and more.

“As constant innovators within the avionics industry, we’re redefining
the aircraft cockpit with the introduction of the GI 275,” said Carl Wolf, vice
president of aviation sales and marketing. “With the GI 275, pilots can
take an economical and scalable approach to their avionics upgrade, while
saving on the installation labor and cost. If it’s round and in their panel,
pilots can likely replace it with the GI 275 to receive modern flight display
features and benefits in a powerful, yet compact touchscreen flight

Suitable as a replacement to many aging flight instruments and
gyro-based attitude indicators on the market such as the popular KI-256, the GI
275 gives aircraft owners the benefits of a modern and reliable flight
instrument. The GI 275 boasts a standard 3.125-inch form factor and rear-mount
design that minimizes panel modification. Its bright, high-resolution touchscreen
display and wide viewing angle offers superior readability in the cockpit. A
dual concentric knob allows pilots to access a variety of key functions within
the flight instrument, such as adjustments to the baro setting or the airspeed
bug. Highly scalable, aircraft owners can start with a single GI 275 and add up
to a total of six in a single panel, paving the way for incremental upgrades
and an array of individualized panel configurations.

Primary attitude indicator

Garmin GI 275 showing primary attitude indication, speed, altitude and synthetic vision
GI 275

When installed as a primary attitude indicator, the GI 275 offers improved reliability, potential weight savings and reduced maintenance compared to failure-prone vacuum-driven attitude indicators. When the GI 275 serves as primary for attitude information, pilots can also view altitude, airspeed and heading on the instrument. Optional SVT overlays a rich, 3D topographic view of terrain, traffic, obstacles, airport sign posts and more all within the GI 275 attitude display. The GI 275 also overlays a flight path marker within the SVT view, which takes into account crosswind, angle of attack and other factors to show precisely where the aircraft if flying.

The 4-in-1 GI 275 flight instrument is also approved for installation as
a dedicated standby flight instrument to Garmin glass flight displays and is
capable of serving as a back-up to a variety of third-party flight displays on
the market. When installed as a standby to the G500 TXi, the GI 275 is capable
of displaying additional multifunction display features. For back-up navigation
information, a built-in VFR GPS enables convenient direct-to navigation
guidance, displaying aircraft position information on a moving map. In
installations where the GI 275 is installed as a primary or standby flight
instrument, a 60-minute back-up battery is included.      

Course Deviation Indicator (CDI) & Horizontal Situation Indicator

When installed as a CDI or HSI, the GI 275 is designed to accept a
variety of GPS or navigation inputs, allowing up to two GPS sources and two VHF
navigation sources. The GI 275 features an Omni Bearing Resolver that allows
the flight instrument to interface to a variety of legacy navigators on the
market without the need for an expensive adapter. With an optional magnetometer,
it is also capable of providing magnetic-based HSI guidance. Vertical and
lateral GPS, VOR/LOC and glide slope deviation can be viewed on the GI 275. CDI
source selection can be accomplished through the touchscreen interface, while
course and heading selection is completed using either the touchscreen or dual
concentric knob. When pilots replace an older mechanical CDI or HSI, the GI 275
doubles as a modern digital indicator and adds MFD-like capabilities such as a
moving map, weather, traffic and terrain.

GI 275 showing CDI capabilities
GI 275

Suitable as a replacement to display primary engine information

When configured as primary to display engine information, the GI 275 is capable of interfacing with single-engine and multi-engine normally aspirated or turbocharged aircraft with select powerplants, including Lycoming and Continental 4/6-cylinder engines. When the GI 275 replaces mechanical gauges and is configured as primary for engine information, the GI 275 can display RPM, manifold pressure, oil pressure and temperature, cylinder head temperature (CHT), exhaust gas temperature (EGT), turbine inlet temperature (TIT), fuel flow, fuel quantity, fuel pressure, volts and amps. Lean assist functionality is also available so pilots can choose to operate rich of peak or lean of peak. The GI 275 also features exceedance alerting, allowing installers to configure caution and warning alerts per the Pilots Operating Handbook (POH). Advisory alerts such as “high oil temp” or “high CHT” can be configured by the pilot. These exceedances, as well as additional engine data can be shared wirelessly with the Garmin Pilot app on Apple mobile devices and can also be viewed on the flyGarmin website for post-flight analysis. In multi-engine aircraft, dual GI 275’s are required to display engine information.  

GI 275 showing engine indication information
GI 275

Multifunction Display

Depending on the configuration and installation, the GI 275 is capable
of displaying additional page functions and features beyond a traditional
flight instrument. These features can include:

  • A multifunction display (MFD) with a moving map can display terrain, obstacles, traffic, weather, airspace information, airways, and more.  
  • When interfaced to a GTX™ 345 or GNX™ 375, traffic information can be displayed on the dedicated traffic page or moving map. Patented TargetTrend™ relative motion technology and pop-up traffic alerts further enhance situational awareness.     
  • The GI 275 can also be interfaced to a variety of traffic systems, including select Traffic Advisory (TAS) and Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS). Traffic advisories are displayed on the dedicated traffic page and moving map.
  • SafeTaxi airport diagrams display runways, taxiways, Fixed Based Operators (FBO’s), hangars and more relative to the aircraft’s location on the airport surface.
  • Terrain shading incorporates yellow and red contouring depicting the aircraft is 1,000 and 100 feet above ground level (AGL) respectively. Terrain information, as well as obstacle and WireAware™ database information can be viewed on the terrain and map pages.  
  • The GI 275 uses its internal terrain and obstacle database to provide audible and visual terrain proximity alerts, including, “terrain ahead, pull up” and “obstacle ahead, pull up.”
  • When paired with the GDL 69 datalink receiver, the GI 275 is capable of displaying SiriusXM Aviation Weather. It can also display Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather from either a GTX 345 or GNX 375.  
  • An airport information page displays a variety of information, including frequencies, runway dimensions and more.   
  • The GI 275 can be paired with the GRA 55/5500 and other third-party products to display a radar altimeter on a dedicated page. Visual and aural annunciations are also available. 
  • The GI 275 is compatible with the GFC 600 autopilot, as well as an array of third-party autopilots and can replace the primary attitude indicator installed with these autopilots. GFC 500 compatibility is expected later this year.  

Built-in Wi-Fi enables Database Concierge, the wireless transfer of aviation databases to the GI 275. Pilots also have the option of transferring databases to the GI 275 using a USB flash drive and the GSB 15 USB charger. Databases can also be synced among multiple GI 275 flight instruments in a single cockpit. When configured to display engine information, the GI 275 can wirelessly send engine data to display within the Garmin Pilot app on Apple mobile devices. This data is also automatically synced and can also be viewed on the flyGarmin website. Wireless flight plan transfer via Bluetooth is available when the GI 275 is paired with a GPS 175, GNC 355 or GNX 375. Additional wireless functions include the sharing of GPS position and back-up attitude information with Garmin Pilot.

The GI 275 is available immediately and is approved for installation in over 1,000 single-engine and multi-engine aircraft models. Select Class IV aircraft are also approved, visit for additional information. Customers can purchase the GI 275 through the Garmin Authorized Dealer network and pricing for various configurations of the GI 275 can be found on the website. A trial period of SVT also comes with the purchase of a GI 275 when it’s configured as an attitude indicator. The GI 275 also comes with a two-year warranty and is supported by our award-winning aviation support team, which provides 24/7 worldwide technical and warranty support. Garmin was awarded top honors last year in avionics product support for the 16th straight year by Aviation International News, and earned the top spot in the annual avionics product support survey conducted by Professional Pilot magazinethis year, also for the 16th consecutive year. For additional information, visit

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TeamX Adds New Features to G3X Touch and G5 for Certified Aircraft

Our TeamX avionics engineers for experimental aircraft have added new features and panel configurations to G3X Touch, and cost-effective avionics options approved for installation in certified aircraft. New wireless engine data streaming and flight data logging give pilots additional insight into aircraft and engine performance, and additional G3X Touch display layout options give pilots flexibility when provisioning for a G3X Touch installation in their aircraft. Additionally, new features for the G5 electronic flight instrument include the display of density altitude while on the ground and the option to display additional data fields when the G5 is paired with the GTN 650/750 or the GPS 175/GNC 355 or GNX 375. These new software, display options and new hardware approvals are available immediately.

G3X Touch for certified aircraft

Pilots are provided with a comprehensive,
in-depth look at engine performance and trend data with G3X Touch for
certified aircraft, which includes built-in flight data logging and optional
engine monitoring. Aircraft performance, engine data and any exceedances that
may occur are automatically stored on an SD card in the display. Available as
an option, pilots can view real-time detailed engine information from
G3X Touch within the Garmin Pilot app, which is sent wirelessly from the
flight display to the app. Engine information and flight data logs, as well as
exceedance information is also automatically synced with the flyGarmin website
for post-flight analysis.  

Garmin Pilot EIS on iOS displaying EIS data
Garmin Pilot EIS on iOS displaying EIS data

New display
configurations are also available with G3X Touch for certified aircraft. These
new approved configurations include:

  • Dual 10.6-inch displays can now be installed and configured as a Primary
    Flight Display (PFD) on the left and Multi-function display (MFD) on the right,
    with optional engine information displayed on either display.
  • The 7-inch G3X Touch display can be installed on the right-hand side of
    the panel and can be used as a co-pilot display.
  • Up to three G3X Touch displays can now be installed in a single panel;
    up to a total of four displays can be installed in tandem aircraft. 
  • The 7-inch or 10-inch G3X Touch display can be installed as a standalone
    MFD with optional EIS – a natural addition to thousands of aircraft that
    already have a G5 electronic flight instrument installed in the panel.
Dual Garmin G3X Touch displays
Dual Garmin G3X Touch (10.6-inch Landscape)

New avionics
options are also approved for G3X Touch in certified aircraft, including:

  • GMA 245R adds a remote audio panel option that is controlled from a G3X Touch
  • GTR 20 offers pilots a remote comm option that is controlled through the G3X
    Touch display. Features such as 3D Audio, advanced auto squelch, two-place
    stereo intercom and stereo music input are available with the GTR 20.
  • GTR 200B is a two-place panel-mount comm that adds Bluetooth functionality with a
    phone or tablet, as well as 3D Audio, advanced auto squelch and more.
  • GAP 26 Angle of Attack
    (AOA) indicator
    adds the display of AOA on G3X Touch.

G5 electronic
flight instrument for certified aircraft

While on the
ground, pilots can now view outside air temperature (OAT) and density altitude
on the G5 electronic flight instrument when it’s paired with a temperature
probe. The G5 is also capable of sharing temperature information with other
products. When the G5 is paired with the GTN 650/750 or the GPS 175/GNC 355/GNX
375, pilots have the option to add new display fields on the navigators,
including air temperature, density altitude, wind direction and speed, headwind
or tailwind and true airspeed (TAS).  

Garmin G5 displaying Density Altitude
Garmin G5

new software, display options and new hardware approvals for the G3X Touch
flight display and the G5 electronic flight instrument for certified aircraft are
available immediately. Both products are supported by Garmin’s award-winning
aviation support team, which provides 24/7 worldwide technical and warranty
support. For additional information, visit

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inReach: Everyday Aviation Uses

inReach satellite communication devices* have become a staple for outdoor and marine enthusiasts. Backcountry pilots also find the GPS-equipped, two-way communicators useful for off-the-grid destinations. The built-in interactive SOS feature can provide added peace of mind — not only for adventurers but also their loved ones — knowing that in case of emergency, responders will still be within reach. While inReach devices excel in these unique environments, they definitely aren’t limited to them. Here are some everyday ways pilots, aircraft fleets, and even family members and friends can benefit from inReach devices.

Live Flight Tracking

If the phrase “are we there yet?” causes stress in an
airplane or car, imagine the stress “are they there yet?” can cause
family and friends on the ground. Factor in the possibility you might forget to
send the obligatory “we’ve arrived” text message or phone call —pandemonium can

With an inReach device, there’s no need to worry. It can
send track points at preselected time intervals, recorded to a web-based MapShare
trip-sharing page where followers can see your progress and know if you’ve
arrived at your destination.  Simply
activate the tracking tool upon departure and share the preset message via text
or email with loved ones — it includes a link to your MapShare page to follow
flight progress. This feature can also come in handy for flight schools to keep
track of student pilots’ flights.

Pilot holding inReach Mini receiving a message.
With an inReach device, pilots and passengers can send and receive messages in-flight.

Two-way Communication In-flight

At altitude cellular reception can be nonexistent. It’s locations like these where the inReach devices are designed to keep you connected. With the Iridium satellite network providing global reach, pilots and passengers can send and receive text messages or emails. Additionally, text messages can be sent and received directly within the Garmin Pilot app when paired with a smartphone or tablet, making communicating even easier. Maybe your arrival time has been delayed, or your flight diverted due to weather. Important messages don’t have to wait until you land. Stay in touch globally with inReach.

iPad displaying messages on Garmin Pilot app.
Send and receive messages within Garmin Pilot when connected to an inReach device.

GPS for Garmin Pilot

Did you know you can leverage the GPS position source within
inReach devices when connected to mobile devices running Garmin Pilot? It’s
just another way the device can integrate into the Connext ecosystem. Connect
the two devices via BLUETOOTH and it can drive a precise georeferenced aircraft
position symbol on your tablet’s moving map display!

Get Help in Case of Emergency

Emergencies situations can happen. They may seldom occur,
but preparation can lead to the best outcomes. inReach devices feature a
dedicated SOS button that alerts GEOS, a professional 24/7 global emergency
monitoring and response coordination center, upon activation. Their trained
staff is available to respond to your messages, track your device and notify
emergency responders in your area – giving you the peace of mind that help is
on the way.

inReach devices require subscriptions for live tracking, messaging and SOS functionality. To learn more about our different inReach devices and subscription plans available, visit for more information.

*Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of
satellite communication devices. It is your responsibility to know and follow
all applicable laws in the jurisdictions where the device is intended to be

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TeamX Builder Spotlight: Back in the Pilot’s Seat

Flying plays an interesting role in each of our lives. For
some it’s a career and a way of life. For others it’s more of a hobby or pastime.
No matter what role it takes, there are occasionally times when it gets pushed
to the bottom of the priority list. That was the case for Garmin TeamX engineer
Bob Godsy. After earning a private pilot license in high school, flying would
take a backseat to raising a family, managing a career and life in general over
the next 30 years. But it was his career developing avionics that helped get
him back into flying. In fact, he wanted to use the same avionics he helped
design in an airplane that would perfectly fit his needs. So after a 30-year flying
hiatus, he decided to get back in the pilot’s seat and build the aircraft that
would fulfill his needs.

The Experimental Route

Each prospective aircraft owner has a mission. For some
getting from point A to point B as fast as possible is priority No. 1. Others
may be willing to sacrifice a little speed for the ability to endure rugged
backcountry landings. Whatever is most important, owners must evaluate several
factors — such as overall performance, cost of ownership and ergonomics, just
to name a few — when selecting the ideal aircraft.

Aircraft upkeep is another major consideration. Whereas
type-certificated aircraft require A&P certified mechanics to perform
maintenance and authorized inspectors to perform annual inspections, experimental-/amateur-built
aircraft benefit from more relaxed regulations. In many cases, builders can
perform most of these maintenance and inspection tasks themselves.

Experimental-/amateur-built aircraft also offer the
flexibility to customize. Avionics, engine and propeller options can be
tailored to fulfill those mission requirements … and in an essentially
brand-new airframe. Experimental builders also benefit from an intimate
understanding of the aircraft they regularly fly. They know it down to the very
last rivet.

“For me the mission and cost of owning an experimental
airplane far outweighed the cost of buying a type-certificated aircraft. And
building an airplane played well into my skills and perseverance,” Bob said.

A few key elements in his aircraft decision: good cruise
performance, economical fuel burn and side-by-side seating. Why side-by-side? So
he could easily visit with his wife in the cockpit.

Vans aircraft under construction in garage.
Vans Aircraft RV-7A build in-process.

Building the Vans Aircraft RV-7A

“At the time, the RV-7A fit my mission best. A lot of Vans aircraft have been built and it’s arguable that based on the number of airframes flying, they are just as safe as type-certificated aircraft,” Bob explained.

With nearly 2,000 RV-7/7A aircraft completed to date, it’s
become a stalwart in the experimental aircraft category. And after five years,
it was ready to fly.

“I purchased a quick-build project and worked mostly on the weekends.
It was very hard to work a full-time job, add aircraft ratings and build an
airplane,” he explained. And as with any major project, there were especially
difficult challenges. “The fiberglass work was very tedious. But it is a new
skill, and I have used it outside of building an airplane,” he added.

To meet his avionics needs, Godsy installed two 10.6-inch G3X Touch flight displays, a GTN 650 GPS/NAV/COMM/MFD, G3X autopilot, G5 electronic flight instrument, GMA 245 audio panel and GTR 200 comm radio.

A before and after view of the panel, during the build and the finished product.
The Garmin-equipped Vans Aircraft RV-7A.

Avoiding Burnout

No one likes to think about it, but project burnout happens.
“For me the end goal kept me going,” Bob said. “Flying regularly and working on
additional pilot ratings kept the love flying at the forefront making me want
an airplane of my own even more.”

Keeping the project close to home, or even at home, can help
too. A long commute to and from the workshop can hinder motivation.

“Having the project in the garage outside my house was
paramount to limiting the additional effort required to get work done. Plus, my
wife could visit me anytime, so it wasn’t like I was gone and away. I just kept
working on it every week and it became a habit I looked forward to,” Bob added.

A Builder’s Advice

So what does it take to build an experimental aircraft? It
starts with inspiration, a dash of drive and the motivation to create an
airplane tailored specifically for your needs.

“Work on the project every week. Make it a habit. You will
enjoy the results when you are finished,” he said.

And if you’re looking for the best place to start or need
some guidance along the way, just ask your friends, or check out your local EAA

“We have a number of people building RVs at Garmin. They are a great resource, equivalent to a good EAA chapter. I discussed issues directly with the TeamX members and they were very helpful, even changed my mind on a number of occasions … in the end you will own an airplane and it is a real “time machine” — it saves you time — and it’s fun.”

Airplane parked in a field with other aircraft at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019
Bob Godsy’s Vans Aircraft RV-7A at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019.

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Clearance Delivery Phone Numbers and Where to Find Them

Good news! The FAA has made filing IFR flight plans easier.
They recently completed a modernization effort eliminating the need to contact Flight
Service to activate a flight plan. Before, flight plans needed to be relayed
through the Flight Service “middleman” in locations where ATC could not be
directly contacted — such as a non-towered airport. Now the FAA has developed a
network of clearance delivery phone numbers pilots can call to activate an IFR
flight plan from more remote airports before getting airborne. It is meant to
expedite the clearance delivery process and reduce the chance for errors.

These new clearance delivery phone numbers are now published
within the FAA Chart Supplements. Our team has incorporated these documents natively
into not only our, FltPlan Go and Garmin Pilot apps, but also many
of our popular avionics solutions, such as the GTN 650/750, GPS 175/GNX 375/GNC
355 navigators, G1000 NXi and more. It’s an easy and convenient way to find
these phone numbers when preparing for a flight. Plus, on your smartphone, you
can even select directly from the, FltPlan Go and Garmin Pilot apps,
and dial out to clearance delivery representatives who can help activate an IFR
flight plan. We’ve even taken convenience one step further if your aircraft is
equipped with one of our audio panels enabled with BLUETOOTH technology — such
as the GMA 345 or GMA 350 series. Pilots can wirelessly pair a compatible
smartphone running one of our apps to select headsets and call clearance
delivery straight from the cockpit.

iPad Pro with Garmin Pilot and the airport information feature selected
Clearance delivery phone numbers can be found within the airport information page using Garmin Pilot.

Finding Clearance Delivery Phone Numbers

Clearance delivery phone numbers can be found within many of
our avionics solutions or portable devices that feature the AOPA Airport
Directory. This includes, FltPlan Go, Garmin Pilot, aera 660, TXi
series flight displays, G1000 NXi and more. On Garmin Pilot from your
smartphone, simply select Airport Info, then Information. The
applicable clearance delivery phone number will be listed in the Phone
section. Clearance delivery phone numbers are only available at
non-towered airports where ATC cannot be directly reached via radio.

Garmin aera 660 showing airport information
Clearance delivery phone numbers can also be found in the AOPA airport information within select portable devices, including aera 600

For additional information about clearance delivery phone
numbers and Garmin aviation products, please contact our award-winning product
support team at

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Business aviation is booming. According to the General
Aviation Manufacturing Association,
business jet sales are on the rise. Corporate
flight departments will continue to grow and the number of flights and flight
hours within the business aviation fleet will continue to climb. With these
growing figures comes the mounting need for robust systems to help maintain a
high level of safety and efficiency. Our Safety Management System
(SMS) services were designed to help flight departments, fleets and aircraft
operators promote and maintain a safety-focused culture on multiple levels and
to help manage any risks that may arise with flight operations. 

Why SMS?

The FAA is emphasizing the importance of safety-focused
decision making. A robust SMS establishes processes, methods and
decision-making approaches for each individual within a flight department — including
aircraft technicians, pilots and management — to not only help foster a
safety-focused culture, but also to create procedural efficiencies that result
in cost savings.

Man reviews iPad and computer in office with business jets outside Safety Management System (SMS) SMS

Our SMS premium services within provide flight departments with the tools needed to comply with the requirements of FAA Advisory AC120-92a, ICAO and IBAC’s IS-BAO. It easily blends with your FltPlan account to allow easy entry and retrieval of weather briefings and flight risk assessment tools (FRATs) to help make better-informed decisions throughout the organization. Additionally, all records and documents within the safety management system can be stored on our secure servers, be accessed online by everyone on your team or shown to inspectors anywhere in the world.


  • Written and online documentation of implementing
    compliant SMS for your company
  • Guidance on use of ICAO/FAA/IS-BAO-compliant
  • An SMS compliance certificate for each aircraft
    in your fleet
  • Dashboard showing FRATs, open risks, Special
    Messages and training notices
  • Individual account and dashboard for each
  • Supports multiple FltPlan user accounts in one
    SMS system
  • Fully accessible by company employees without
    FltPlan accounts
  • Automatic email notification to top management
    when a new accident, incident or hazard is reported
  • Ability to notify various levels of the company
    based on department
  • Uploading of all SMS-related documents including
    policies, manuals, checklists, photos, etc.
  • Records of all past risks, selectable by
    department, issue, status and date range
  • Ability of management and auditors to perform
    internal/external audits of the SMS system
  • Expert SMS phone and email support

Flight Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT)

Every flight has a certain degree of risk. Factors such as
time of flight, weather conditions and recent crew workload can affect the
level of risk on any given flight. Our FRAT is designed to help evaluate the
risk level and make an informed decision. The FRAT features include:

  • Full integration with flight plans
  • Customizable hazards and hazard values
  • Automatic notification of manager and/or chief
    pilot when a flight exceeds the predetermined risk limit
  • Communication to the pilot with approval or
    recommendations for lowering high FRAT scores
  • Option to include notes with FRAT
  • Archiving of FRATs for future auditing
Safety Management System Flight Risk Assessment Tool and Open Risks Safety Management System

When it comes to the decision-making process, information is paramount. SMS services can help your flight department manage, maintain and evaluate this information in a user-friendly and convenient way. These services are designed for every member within an organization, not just pilots and management. For more information about SMS and FltPlan premium services, visit

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GFC 500 & GFC 600—Safety-Enhancing, Cost-Reducing Technology

Autopilots have been around nearly as long as aircraft themselves. For decades, they have been assisting pilots by reducing workload on long flights and helping to precisely navigate approaches. The fundamental concept of an autopilot remains the same: to automatically provide pitch, roll and yaw forces without the pilot touching the flight controls. What’s changed in the time since the first modern autopilot is the system itself — how it works and the hardware it uses to generate those pitch, roll and yaw forces. Our engineers have reimagined the general aviation autopilot system using modern technology plus design elements from our GFC 700 autopilot, a popular solution found in thousands of business aircraft, and created the GFC 500 and GFC 600 digital autopilots available for retrofit on thousands of general aviation aircraft.

A motor with enhanced reliability, lower operating costs

The autopilot’s automatic control inputs are carried out by
servo motors installed alongside an aircraft’s control surface mechanisms.
Traditionally, these servos are powered by brushed motors—designs powered
through brushes with a tendency for contact wear over time. Because of this
anticipated wear, servos require regular maintenance or overhaul intervals—sometimes
as little as every few hundred hours costing thousands of dollars.

In order to improve the long-term performance, reliability
and operating costs of our autopilots, we designed the servos for our GFC 500
and GFC 600 with brushless DC motors. These contactless motors result in a powerful
servo with fewer inspection requirements, reduced maintenance costs, and aircraft

Servo for GFC 500 retrofit autopilot
Servo for Garmin GFC 500 retrofit autopilot.

Smart technology in a smart servo

Traditional autopilot servos typically contain fail-safe
design elements such as a mechanical slip clutch or shear pin to ensure pilots
can always overpower an autopilot and take control of the aircraft. A variety
of factors, including fatigue, can cause a shear pin to break, necessitating a repair.
While mechanical slip clutch and shear pins are in place for fail-safe
purposes, they can require constant adjustment or repair.

In our GFC 500 and GFC 600 autopilot servos, we eliminated
the need for mechanical slip clutches and shear pins altogether. Instead, our
servos incorporate a feature that decouples the motor drives when the autopilot
is turned off or disengaged, providing virtually no control system friction.
That way, pilots can easily hand-fly or override the system without fighting
the controls. And, each servo is monitored by its own built-in microprocessor, providing
the “smart” logic to significantly improve sensor performance, response and
self-monitoring capabilities. A truly smart, digital solution with potentially safety-enhancing
and cost-reducing benefits in the long run.

A growing Approved Model List (AML)

The approved model lists for the GFC 500 and GFC 600
continue to grow. To date, dozens of legacy aircraft are eligible for these
retrofit autopilot solutions. The GFC 500—tailored for light single-engine
piston, fixed-wing aircraft—is ready to be installed on many popular Cessna,
Beechcraft, Piper aircraft and more. The GFC 600—designed for
higher-performance single- and twin-engine piston and turbine aircraft—is
available for select Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft, with many more coming

For more information about the GFC 500 and GFC 600 autopilots, visit our website at

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Record Crowds Descend on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019

For a week that was preceded by torrential rainstorms and
flooding, causing saturated aircraft parking areas and uncertainty among
pilots, the 2019 edition of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh generated the best
attendance in the event’s long history. Approximately 642,000 people and more
than 10,000 aircraft attended the event, marking the 50th year it
was held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

There was just as much excitement at our display along Celebration Way. The exhibit featured four aircraft: a G500 TXi-equipped Cessna 182, a G3X Touch-equipped Van’s Aircraft RV-8, another Cessna 182 equipped with our G3X Touch for certificated aircraft, and ambassador Mike Patey’s legendary DRACO — a highly modified turboprop Wilga featuring our TeamX G3X Touch avionics for experimental aircraft.

Inside our exhibit, our latest avionics technology generated just as much buzz, ranging from our new GSB 15 USB charger and GNC 355 GPS/Comm radio to new features for our popular G5 electronic flight instrument and G3X Touch flight displays for experimental aircraft.

AirVenture guests were able to see our latest avionics solutions.

Seminars and Pilot Training

Each day our avionics experts and training team educated hundreds of aircraft owners and pilots on our latest technology. They hosted numerous seminars and courses tailored to different aircraft types and aviators. Our G3X Touch Academy taught amateur aircraft builders the ins and outs of installing our avionics in experimental aircraft, and we hosted hands-on GTN 750/650 series pilot training courses using real avionics and real-world scenarios. Plus, our team presented daily seminars showcasing our latest avionics solutions — everything from Garmin Pilot and ADS-B to the latest upgrade avionics like our GFC 500/GFC 600 retrofit autopilots and G500 TXi/G600 TXi touchscreen flight displays. If you didn’t have a chance to attend, we’ve got you covered. We regularly host regional seminars, and training courses throughout the United States, as well as an online webinar series covering our product line. Check out our schedule to find one near you!

At EAA AirVenture 2019, we accepted a Flying Magazine Editors’ Choice Award for our G500 TXi/G600 TXi series touchscreen avionics

Ambassador Trent Palmer: STOL Demos

Garmin Ambassador Trent Palmer made his way to Oshkosh in his G3X Touch-equipped Kitfox “Freedom Fox.” The STOL (short takeoff and landing) competitor participated in STOL demonstrations on the AirVenture ultralight runway, delighting crowds to landings and takeoffs measuring tens of feet rather than hundreds.

Ambassador Trent Palmer’s “FreedomFox”

Mike Patey and DRACO: Fan Favorites

Adults and kids alike couldn’t help but stop and stare at the creation guarding the entrance to our exhibit. The one-of-a-kind aircraft DRACO created by Garmin Ambassador Mike Patey invited a steady crowd throughout the week. This STOL record-breaking aircraft has gained a reputation as one of the best performing aircraft in its category. Patey took time to visit with fans, take pictures and sign autographs. DRACO temporary tattoos and stickers could be seen all over the airshow grounds as he delighted his fans with free swag.

Ambassador Mike Patey with his turboprop-powered Wilga DRACO

One Week Wonder

One year after the EAA’s One Week Wonder Van’s Aircraft RV-12iS went from a box of parts to a flying aircraft in only seven days, the airplane was once again on display along Celebration Way. A stunning paint job highlighted the Garmin-equipped aircraft, featuring volunteers’ names scribed on the wings. This project represents a beacon for current and future amateur aircraft builders, demonstrating what can be accomplished in the kitplane arena.

EAA One Week Wonder—a Van’s Aircraft RV-12iS

Thank you to all of our loyal customers and fellow aviation enthusiasts for visiting with us! We’re already counting the days to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020, so stay tuned for our latest announcements, news and stories. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tag your Garmin-inspired pictures with @GarminAviation and #flyGarmin!

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Garmin Pilot: Expanded Integration and Features

Our Garmin Pilot team introduced new enhancements and features within the aviation app, highlighted by expanded integration including pre-departure clearances (PDCs) and the ability to submit Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS) manifests. Additionally, route suggestions and optimized routings are now available on and can be viewed within Garmin Pilot. For our European users, Garmin Pilot incorporates a robust VFR data set including airport traffic patterns, entry routing lines, TMZ/RMZ airspaces and more.  Pilots flying IFR can manually enter or edit a route in Garmin Pilot for validation and filing via EuroControl. Premium Service Integration

Flight plans can now be seamlessly synchronized between Garmin Pilot and With Garmin Pilot version 9.7, pilots with subscriptions to PDCs and eAPIS from can use these premium services within Garmin Pilot.

To get started:

  • Enter your credentials from the home screen main menu icon,
    or by selecting in Settings
  • Import your Pilot and Aircraft profiles
    into Garmin Pilot

Remember that all flight
plans created or changed on will automatically be synchronized with
Trip Planning in Garmin Pilot.

  • After modifying a trip in Garmin Pilot, select
    Save or File to send the changes to
  • flight plans may be activated in
    Garmin Pilot premium services integration


Pre-departure clearances (PDCs) are text clearances issued for an IFR flight plan available at over 70 airports in the United States. A PDC is the same as receiving a verbal clearance from Clearance Delivery.

PDCs include:

  • Filed Route
  • Amendments to your route
  • Cleared Altitude
  • Transponder code
  • Departure Frequency
  • Any Special instructions

For flights
departing from airports where PDCs are available, Garmin Pilot will display the
pre-departure clearance 20 to 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

PDCs are available

  • Trip Planning Page
    • Detailed
      PDC will be displayed
    • View the
      decoded route and associated notes in its entirety
    • Select either:
      • Confirm
        & Activate Decoded Route
      • Activate
        Original Filed Route
    • Once
      confirmed, the PDC will appear at the top of the Trip Plan
  • Map Page in Split Screen Mode
    • Select
      from the Split Screen Selector Guide
    • Tap PDC
      to view the pre-departure clearance
  • Notification on the home screen of your iPad.
    • Tap the
      notification to open the Trip Planning page
Pre-Departure Clearances

Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS)*

Garmin Pilot allows users
with an eAPIS premium service from to enter and upload passenger
and crew manifests to Customs and Border Protection.

For flights
departing from the United States to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, a message
will appear on the Trip Planning page in Garmin Pilot to notify users that a
manifest is required.

  • Tap eAPIS and select Create/Modify
  • Enter the appropriate passenger and crew information
    as you would on
  • Choose Submit to upload the
    information to Customs and Border Protection

Once the manifest
has been successfully submitted, a confirmation message will appear on the Trip
Planning page.


Route Suggestions
& Optimized Routing route
suggestions and optimized routing are available in Garmin Pilot, by:

  • Selecting View Routes from the Trip
    Planning Page
  • Choose either Preferred Routes to view
    the route suggestions or Optimized Routes

*Note:  PDCs and eAPIS are premium service subscriptions available from  To learn more, select the “Premium Services” tab on

Optimized Routing

Widget Display Enhancements on Moving Map

When using the
radial menu on the moving map, the widgets may now be moved to allow pilots to
easily view airspaces, airport information, weather and more.

European VFR Data

To support the unique needs of VFR pilots flying the Europe, Garmin Pilot
incorporates VFR navigation data, including:

  • Airport Traffic Patterns
  • Airport Entry Routing Lines
  • Enroute Holding Patterns
  • FIS areas and frequencies
  • TMZ/RMZ airspaces
  • Nature Conservation Areas
  • General Purpose Airspace
  • Avoid Overflying Areas

VFR data may be displayed on the Garmin dynamic maps by selecting VFR
from the map layer icon on the Map page.

Note:  European
VFR navigation data is available with the Garmin Pilot Europe Standard and
Worldwide Premium subscriptions.

European VFR Data

European IFR Autorouting Improvements

The European IFR autorouting feature
has been enhanced to allow pilots to manually enter or edit a route in Garmin
Pilot for validation and filing via EuroControl.

  • From the Trip Planning Page, select Autoroute
  • Tap Enter Manual IFR Route to input the desired routing
  • Choose Autoroute

Note:  European
IFR Autorouting is available with the Garmin
Pilot Europe Premium Add-on and Worldwide Premium subscriptions.

Support for GNC 355 GPS Navigator

We recently announced the GNC 355 GPS navigator with LPV approach capabilities and a 10W Comm radio for Part 23 Class I/II and experimental/amateur-built aircraft. 

Garmin GNC 355

The GNC 355 wirelessly transfers flight plans and streams weather, traffic, GPS position and backup attitude via built-in Connext technology to Garmin Pilot.

For more information about Garmin Pilot and visit our website,

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