Avionics Care: Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance

Cleaning your Garmin avionics is a great way to not only
maintain a clean cockpit environment, but also help prevent the spread of
disease. Because our products are built with sophisticated electronic
components and touchscreen materials, it’s important to take special care in
choosing which cleaning method is best for your specific Garmin products. Below
are general guidelines for cleaning the touchscreens, buttons, knobs and bezels
on Garmin avionics. 

NOTE: The following guidance is intended to help reduce
the spread of disease while preserving the integrity of Garmin aviation
products. Garmin does not guarantee that it will do so in all cases. For
general cleaning and disinfecting guidance, please refer to CDC guidelines and
other applicable guidelines.

Cleaning and Disinfecting:

  • Cleaners containing ammonia will harm the antireflective
    coating on many Garmin aviation display lenses.
  • Disinfecting using a solution of 70% isopropyl
    alcohol that does not contain ammonia is preferred. Solutions of up to 91%
    isopropyl alcohol are also acceptable.
  • Clean the display lens using a clean, lint-free
    cloth and a cleaner that is specified as safe for antireflective coatings.
  • For other exposed surfaces such as knobs,
    buttons and bezels, a damp cloth with soap and water is acceptable. Garmin does
    not recommend bleach-based cleaners, ammonia-based cleaners or other harsh
    chemicals on any surface.
  • Remove all soap/soap residue to prevent buttons
    and knobs from gumming up or becoming slippery.
  • Many aviation products are not rated as
    waterproof. Spraying or wetting the units to the extent where moisture could go
    beyond the exterior surfaces could damage the unit.

This information is sourced from Garmin Service Advisory 2051: Cleaning/Disinfecting Guidance.

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Appareo Releases New EFB: Stratus Insight™

Features include ATC Transcription, Vertical Weather Profile, Radar Forecast, TAWS, and Smart Flight Plan

FARGO, North Dakota (March 31, 2020) — Appareo today introduced a new flight app called Stratus Insight™. Stratus Insight is an electronic flight bag (EFB) suite that includes VFR sectional maps, IFR low/high charts, geo-referenced approach plates, TAWS, and AHRS with synthetic vision. Beyond typical EFB features, Stratus Insight also provides ATC Radio Transcription and Playback, Vertical Weather Profile, Radar Forecast, and Smart Flight Plan. The Stratus Insight application supports integration with all generations of Stratus™ receivers, which provide subscription-free weather, WAAS GPS information, and ADS-B traffic to the app during flight.

Stratus Insight is one of two software applications in the Stratus family of pilot-friendly affordable avionics. The other app, Stratus Horizon Pro, was the industry’s first app to provide ATC Radio Transcription and Playback to pilots. Those features are now also available in the new Stratus Insight EFB to give pilots the option of flying with an “all-in-one” app experience.

At its core, Stratus Insight is a full-featured EFB designed to make pilots’ lives easier and to provide enhanced situational awareness in the cockpit. Stratus Insight’s weather tools were designed to give pilots a deeper understanding of weather for improved preflight planning. For example, weather modeling products such as Radar Forecast, and a Vertical Weather Profile tool that allows pilots to see conditions across their route of flight based on their aircraft speed and departure time. If changes in weather advisories force a pilot to take an alternate route, Stratus Insight goes beyond simply listing alternate airports — the Smart Flight Plan tool considers fuel stops and day/night currency.

Stratus Insight displays supplemental attitude information driven by a Stratus receiver — essentially creating a “backup glass cockpit” on your iPad, with an impressive synthetic vision view. The app can also be paired with a Bluetooth headset or audio panel to alert pilots with TAWS or runway information.

Beyond its full-featured EFB functionality, Stratus Insight boasts a custom aviation speech recognition system. When paired with a Stratus Audio Cable, the ATC Radio Transcription feature works similar to visual voicemail. ATC communications are converted into text and displayed directly above the audio playback line, providing a helpful visual assist for referencing previous audio clips. This enables pilots to receive a clearance, ATIS, or other important ATC communications without needing to write them down.

The future of aviation: a beyond-glass strategy
The speech recognition and language understanding technology that drives the Radio Transcription feature was custom-designed by the Artificial Intelligence (AI) division at Appareo. “We are focused on developing machine learning technology to reduce workload and increase safety in the cockpit,” said Appareo AI Systems Director Josh Gelinske.

The opportunity
At a global scale, speech recognition, translation, and transcription features are commonplace (e.g. Alexa and Siri). However, ATC communications present many challenges for these common speech recognition systems. The high rate of speech, noisy signal, narrow frequency band, and unique location identifiers are among those challenges. Appareo identified that shortfall in the existing technology and set out to develop a speech recognition system customized for aviation.

The solution
“We began by designing a deep neural network and training it on thousands of hours of speech and hundreds of hours of ATC data,” said Gelinske. Appareo then designed a custom aviation speech recognition system that was able to run on mobile devices without requiring cellular service or internet connection, so there would be no accessibility limitations during flight.

As Gelinske explains, “Natural Language Processing is also used to interpret the output of the speech recognition system, to present it in a more pilot-friendly format. For example, tail numbers, altitudes, runways, and frequencies are transcribed in a way that will be more helpful to pilots.”

Comparison example:

Appareo Aviation President Kris Garberg explains, “this new AI technology is the baseline for exciting features we have in our app roadmap, which is focused on creating a safer, more convenient way to fly.”

Stratus Insight is available for download from the Apple Store, and currently offers two subscription plans — $9.99 monthly or $99.99 annually. Available only for iOS devices. No cellular service or internet connection is required to operate the app. The Stratus Audio Cable (available to purchase here) is necessary to enable the Radio Transcription and Playback features. For more information, visit www.stratusinsight.app.

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Acronym Key
ATC: Air Traffic Control
ATIS: Automatic Terminal Information Service
AEA: Aircraft Electronics Association
TAWS: Terrain Awareness and Warning System
EFB: Electronic Flight Bag
AHRS: Attitude Heading Reference System
VFR: Visual Flight Rules
IFR: Instrument Flight Rules

About Appareo
Appareo is a recognized leader in the custom design, development and manufacture of innovative electronic and software solutions for aerospace. Through the creative application of cutting-edge technologies, Appareo creates complex end-to-end solutions that include both mobile and cloud-based components. The company is privately held, with headquarters in Fargo, N.D., and design offices in Tempe, Ariz. and Paris, France. All Stratus products are designed, developed, built and supported in the USA.

Stratus and Stratus Insight are registered trademarks of Appareo Systems, LLC ©2020


Virtual Sun ‘n Fun, AERO Friedrichshafen Experience with Aviation Webinar Series

With the cancellation of several marquee aviation events, our aviation team is bringing an educational line-up of webinars to you. Ranging from an overview of our latest products, such as the GI 275 and GTN Xi series, to cost-effective autopilot upgrades, these free webinars offer pilots and customers a broad overview of our latest avionics solutions, while also providing a general operational overview.

These aviation webinars are scheduled in Central European Time (CET) or Central Time (CT) to accommodate customers’ schedules around the world. Select webinars are also held in German. To sign up for any of the following webinar topics, visit these websites:



Aviation Webinars

Beechcraft Bonanza panel featuring Garmin GTN Xi, TXi and G5

The Latest Products from Garmin: GI 275, GTN Xi and more

Check out the latest avionics
available from Garmin, including the powerful GI 275 electronic flight
instrument and the faster, brighter GTN 650Xi/GTN 750Xi touchscreen navigators.

Hand touching autopilot controller on instrument panel


The GFC 500 and GFC 600 retrofit autopilots offer reduced maintenance, as well as safety-enhancing capabilities such as Garmin Electronic Stability Protection (ESP), underspeed/overspeed protection and coupled approaches. This webinar will focus on the features and benefits of both autopilots.

Cessna 182 instrument panel with Garmin avionics

Avionics Upgrades

Learn about upgrading an aircraft panel with cost-effective avionics such as the GPS 175, GNC 355 and GNX 375 two-inch navigators, G3X Touch and the GFC 500 autopilot.

Desk with computer, iPad and iPhone displaying FltPlan services

Services Overview

Learn how cost-effective Garmin database
offerings, apps and web-based solutions can simplify everything from
pre-departure clearances to international flight handling and more.

Vans Aircraft panel with Garmin avionics

Avionics for Experimental Aircraft

Check out experimental avionics options from Garmin, including the G3X Touch flight display and the G5 electronic flight instrument, GMA 245 audio panels and more.

Spring 2020 Promotions

addition to a comprehensive webinar line-up, Garmin is offering the same rebates
and promotions that it planned to offer at the Spring aviation events.

2020 Avionics Rebate

Customers can receive rebates on select certified avionics, including the GFC 600/GFC 500 autopilots, the GNX 375, GNC 355 and GPS 175 navigators, select audio panels and more. Eligible purchases must be made between March 30 and April 6. Attend one of the webinars above to learn more.

2020 Portables Rebate

Customers can take advantage of a $150 rebate on the D2 Delta PX, D2 Delta S and D2 Delta aviation watches, and a $100 rebate on the GDL 50/51/52 series. Eligible purchases must be made between March 30 and May 29.


April 30, customers can receive 10% off normal pricing on the purchase of
eligible eLearning courses, including the G5000 Essentials, GTN Essentials,
Garmin Aviation Weather Radar, Garmin TXi Essentials and the Garmin G3000
Essentials courses.

additional information regarding aviation rebates or promotions, visit: https://www.garmin.com/en-US/promotions/aviation/.

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Appareo Receives Certification for Stratus Transponders in Part 27 Helicopters

FARGO, North Dakota (March 25, 2020) — Appareo has received FAA approval for installation of Stratus transponders in Part 27 aircraft. The STC-AML includes Airbus Helicopters, Bell Helicopter, Leonardo, and Robinson Helicopter. The H-variant models, named Stratus ES-H and Stratus ESG-H, are now available through the Authorized Appareo Dealer Network, and retail for the same price as the Part 23 transponders.

Stratus ESG-H $2,995
Designed to be an all-in-one box solution for ADS-B mandate compliance, Stratus ESG-H is a 1090 Extended Squitter (ES) transponder with built-in certified WAAS GPS.

Stratus ES-H $2,495
Designed for aircraft owners who have already invested in WAAS GPS, Stratus ES-H will make an aircraft rule-compliant when paired with any of the following navigators:

  • Garmin GPS 175
  • Garmin GPS 400W, GNC 420W/420 AW, and GNS 430W/430AW with software version 5.00 or later
  • Garmin GPS GNS 480 (CNX80)
  • Garmin GPS 500W and GNS 530W/530AW/530TAWS with software version 5.02 or later
  • Garmin 6XX and 7XX with software version 3.00 or later
  • Avidyne IFD440 and IFD540 with software version or later

Both models are certified 1090 ES ADS-B Out transponders designed with the common 1.65” form factor to easily replace existing transponders. Stratus transponders can be connected to an ADS-B In receiver for the complete ADS-B experience.

To find a dealer, visit Appareo Dealer Locator.

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About Appareo
Appareo is a recognized leader in the custom design, development and manufacture of innovative electronic and software solutions for aerospace. Through the creative application of cutting-edge technologies, Appareo creates complex end-to-end solutions that include both mobile and cloud-based components. The company is privately held, with headquarters in Fargo, N.D., and design offices in Tempe, Ariz. and Paris, France. All Stratus products are designed, developed, built and supported in the USA.

Stratus is a registered trademark of Appareo Systems, LLC ©2020


Humans of Appareo | Meet Angela

Meet Angela, Technical Writer at Appareo.

What do you do at Appareo?

I’m Appareo’s technical writer. I write documents that teach customers how to use our products. I turn complicated engineering projects into easy-to-digest parts.

What has been your favorite project so far?

I’ve enjoyed writing documentation for our Stratus Horizon Pro app. It’s been amazing watching our speech-to-text capabilities grow.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I love going to rock concerts and experiencing them from the floor. In 2019, I saw over 30 bands perform live. I even flew to Vegas solely to see my favorite band!

Do you have a favorite song lyric or movie quote?

“Our hopes and expectations, black holes and revelations” – Muse, Starlight

What do you most like to do to unwind?

I like finding new music, watching award shows, thrift store shopping, and entering sweepstakes. Since moving out to the country, I also have a newfound love for taking care of our chickens, mowing, catching frogs, and fishing.

Favorite restaurant in Fargo?

GP’s Greek Kitchen, Mango’s, or JL Beers.


Garmin Partners with University of Kansas on Environmental Research Plane

In Lawrence, Kansas, a team at the University of Kansas School of Aerospace Engineering has taken technology from the 1970s and created a tool designed to gather environmental research data. The technology? A 1974 Cessna 172. The team has specially modified the aircraft with an advanced airborne radar designed to measure regional snow thickness throughout South Dakota’s Black Hills region.

The Mission

After spending four years in the hangar, the KU team restored a Cessna 172 to operational status to be used as a vehicle for gathering research data. A specially designed snow radars was installed on the classic Cessna and put into service gathering data throughout the Black Hills. The radars measure snow levels as the aircraft flies grid-like patterns over a specific area.

The team recording snow levels in the Cessna 172. Photo courtesy of Emily Arnold.

“The measurements will be used for hydrological models to help predict stream flow,” said Emily Arnold, assistant professor, University of Kansas Aerospace Engineering Department. “If they know how much snow there is, they can help determine how much water is going to run off into a stream and help determine how much water will be available to people within a region as they manage the resource.”

We helped the team meet 2020 FAA ADS-B requirements by providing our GDL 82 ADS-B “Out” datalink. This small, lightweight, easy-to-install 978 MHz universal access transceiver features our patented AutoSquawk technology. It’s a cost-effective solution for aircraft that operate in controlled U.S. airspace below 18,000 feet and was an ideal solution for the KU engineering team because they wanted to keep the aircraft’s existing transponder.

Installation example of the Garmin GDL 82 ADS-B “Out” datalink.

What’s next for the Cessna 172?

“Sense and avoid research with UAVs (unmanned aerial
vehicles),” said Arnold. “The Cessna 172 is a valuable resource within our
department. Having an aircraft like that makes performing our research more

Students stand in front of the specially equipped Cessna 172
Students after completing a successful flight. Photo courtesy of Emily Arnold

To learn more about our GDL 82 ADS-B “Out” datalink, visit Garmin.com/GDL82.

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Josh Gelinske to present at the 2020 VDI Conference in Düsseldorf

Next week Josh Gelinske, Director of AI Systems at Appareo, will be presenting at the 4th International VDI Conference on Smart Farming 2020 in Düsseldorf, Germany. This conference is supported by national and international experts, bringing together over 100 thought leaders in agri-industry solutions.

Josh’s presentation is titled Robust AI at the Edge – Grain Handling Quality Assurance Sensor. During his presentation he will discuss:

  • The costly mistake of mixing different grain types
  • Sensor architecture and data collection strategy
  • AI for crop type image classification
  • Ensuring robust outputs and confidence measures
  • Seeing inside the “black box” Convolutional Neural Network model

If you would like more information about this conference, click here to visit the official website.


Humans of Appareo | Meet Dan

Meet Dan, Field Test Engineer at Appareo.

What do you do at Appareo?
As a (field) test engineer. I am responsible for designing, performing, and reporting investigative and validation test procedures, which can occur either here in our facilities or in the field. I specifically work on our agricultural product lines, ensuring that our products meet our requirements.

What has been your favorite project so far?
I can’t identify a “favorite” project, but can identify numerous memorable experiences. Often traveling, I’ve been able to connect with some incredible individuals and experience unique destinations, from the Salt Flats of Utah to production farms of Uruguay.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
Though I have yet to become committed, I really enjoy photography.

Do you have a favorite song lyric or movie quote?
I’ll answer with a quote that I recently came across, which is not from a song or movie:

“A man who works with his hands is a laborer;
a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman;
but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.”

What do you most like to do to unwind?
I find great peace in working with my hands and challenging my own craftsmanship. I have a small shop outside of town where I enjoy using my vintage lathes, mills, shaper, welders, etc. to design and fabricate various projects that challenge my existing skills as well as forge new. I also thoroughly enjoy automotive restoration and painting – included in the picture is one that I restored.

Favorite restaurant in Fargo?
I prefer to cook at home – I enjoy my steak more rare than any restaurant is willing to serve.


Flight Deck Technology, Tools Added to Garmin Pilot App

Advanced new features and professional IFR navigation tools are now available within our Garmin Pilot app, many of which incorporate a familiar look and feel to our most popular flight decks and avionics. Pilots can experience a near-seamless transition between Garmin avionics and Garmin Pilot when performing common functions, such as loading and activating instrument approach procedures, departures and arrivals within the Americas. Additional features such as a visual procedure selector, custom holding patterns and more, give pilots convenient access to advanced tools all within a mobile app.  

“Leveraging technologies found within Garmin avionics and flight decks,
we’re excited to bring this game-changing update to Garmin Pilot customers,” said
Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “This latest upgrade
gives pilots the ability to load complex routes and procedures into the app
just as they would within a Garmin integrated flight deck, offering added
convenience, time savings and confidence when transitioning between multiple
Garmin products in the cockpit.”

iPad showing Garmin Pilot flight plan and map
Garmin Pilot v10.0 — available on Apple mobile devices.

Professional IFR
navigation tools

Within the
latest Garmin Pilot upgrade, pilots have the option to load or activate departures,
arrivals and instrument approach procedures. Published holds that are included
as part of the missed approach are also added to the flight plan. When pilots
activate a procedure with published altitude constraints, those altitudes are automatically
incorporated into a flight plan within the app. Pilots can also choose to  manually add altitude constraints to a flight
plan. Additionally, approach procedures with radius-to-fix (RF) legs can be
activated within Garmin Pilot.  

Using the
vertical planning feature within Garmin Pilot, pilots can more easily input and
adhere to crossing restrictions in a flight plan. For example, pilots can
manually input a crossing restriction over a specific navigational aid or GPS
waypoint. With these new features, pilots can optimize their flight planning
and fuel calculations.

Visual procedure selector

Pilots can
now more easily visualize departures, arrivals and instrument approach
procedures prior to a flight using the visual procedure selector. This new
selector allows pilots to simultaneously view departures, approaches or arrivals
on a map alongside a flight plan so it’s easier to visualize and select the
most appropriate procedure based on a flight plan and intended direction of

iPad showing Garmin Pilot arrival procedure tool
Arrival procedure selection within Garmin Pilot v10.0 on Apple mobile devices.

holding procedures

Pilots now have the flexibility to easily
build customized holding patterns. These holds may be created over an existing
fix or over a user-defined waypoint and then inserted into a flight plan. When
creating a hold, pilots can easily input an inbound or outbound course, select
left or right turns and specify leg length in time or distance. Unpublished
holds or those assigned by air traffic control are easily created and displayed
within Garmin Pilot to simplify the process of visualizing and flying a holding

Create custom holds on Garmin Pilot v10.0 for Apple mobile devices.

route data packages

Route data packages within Garmin Pilot help to ensure pilots have downloaded all of the data required for a flight plan. Once a flight plan is entered, pilots can review the data that is downloaded to their mobile device. If information is missing for a particular flight, Garmin Pilot displays an option to download additional data. Route data packages are also available worldwide to help ensure pilots have all of the data they need prior to every flight. Databases that are included within the worldwide route data packages include navigation data, instrument approach procedures, SafeTaxi, terrain, obstacles and more.

Garmin Pilot v10.0 for Apple mobile devices can help pilots ensure databases required for their flight are downloaded.

The newest release of Garmin Pilot on Apple mobile devices is available immediately. For new customers, Garmin Pilot is available in the Apple App Store as a free download for the first 30 days. After the 30-day trial period, customers may purchase an annual subscription of Garmin Pilot starting at $79.99.

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Humans of Appareo | Meet Jacinta

Meet Jacinta, IP Copywriter and Analyst at Appareo.

What do you do at Appareo?
I am an IP Copywriter and Analyst for Appareo. I get to take inventors’ new, exciting and innovative ideas and put them onto paper in the form of a patent application. I have the unique responsibility of protecting Appareo’s ideas.
What might someone be surprised to know about you? 
I’m a single mommy and a Mary Kay lady in my spare time.
Do you have a favorite song lyric or movie quote?
It’s not a song lyric or movie quote, but my favorite quote is Maya Angelou, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.”
What do you most like to do to unwind? 
I love to head out to the farm, unwind with a good book and a glass of wine, or spend time with my friends and family.
Favorite restaurant in Fargo? 
Lee La Thai or Izumi.



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