Pilots of Appareo: Matt Dondoneau

One of the secrets behind how we create great aviation products for pilots is this: many of us are pilots ourselves! While only 0.5% of the U.S. population has a pilot’s license, more than 5% of Appareo employees do. That’s 10 times the national average!

Collectively, our pilots log hundreds of flight hours in their free time. Let us introduce you to one now: Matt Dondoneau, Aviation Key Account Executive.

Matt been a pilot for just under 20 years and describes it as, “absolutely defining my life.”

First introduced to aviation through the movie Top Gun, Matt attended the University of North Dakota when he earned a scholarship into UND Aerospace to pursue a degree in Aviation and Aerospace Engineering. After his first flight, he was hooked. Matt graduated with an Aviation degree but did not get his degree in Aerospace Engineering. His time and degree from UND Aerospace has been extremely helpful for his career at Appareo.

Matt started working at Appareo as the Key Account Manager for Aviation in March 2018.  Matt describes his job as, “Acquiring new business and managing the relationships for Aerospace companies, whether it is an engineering project, OEM products, or both. I’m not responsible for the aviation products that Appareo sells directly to consumers, but I’m always on the hunt to find different ways to use those products in the industry.”

Throughout his career, Matt has been involved in nearly every aspect of professional flying, so when we asked him two big questions about being a pilot he had a lot to say.

What was your proudest moment as a pilot?

I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in nearly every aspect of professional flying, so finding a single proudest moment is really difficult. I’ve spent time flight instructing, flew charter and medevac, flown for Northwest and Mesaba Airlines, and also was the chief pilot of a corporate flight department that flew domestically and internationally. Each area of aviation that I’ve spent time in has its own prideful moments.

As a flight instructor, I was able to see the look on students faces as they flew for the first time. I also have been fortunate to teach my kids how to fly. Each one has flown a jet, including my youngest who first flew a jet when he was 6 (with dad’s help, of course)!

In the airlines, I was a test pilot for a new aircraft type and got to pick up brand new aircraft from the factory and put them through acceptance flights. Most people don’t know what “new airplane smell” is, especially in airliners. Flying in the corporate world was extremely exciting and allowed me to see the world, but it was an incredible experience the first time I flew non-stop across the Atlantic. Such a small fraction of pilots get to do that in their flight careers.

With all of the time spent in the air, I may still have to choose my medevac flying as the proudest, however. I experienced some terrible situations and saw some horrible things, yet there were happy moments. The most memorable instances were when your pager would go off at three in the morning and you’d find out a child on a heart transplant list finally got the call that a match was found. Often, when someone gets a call of an available organ, you have as few as 4 hours to pick them up and get them across the country and into an operating room. It is an incredible feeling to pick up someone that didn’t know how many tomorrow’s they had left and to get the opportunity to help them have a new lease on life. Some of those flights I’ll never forget.

How does being a pilot help your work at Appareo?

Aviation is an extremely complicated business. With the amount of jargon, requirements, and procedure, it really takes someone who has been there to understand a customer’s needs. Sometimes, the customer doesn’t even know what they need, but my background can fill in the blanks. Aerospace companies often can be difficult to navigate if you don’t talk the talk or walk the walk. I think my background lends itself to some instant credibility that would take longer to acquire without my time in the industry. I hope that my experience also helps others at Appareo understand what the customer is looking for, or why something is significant in aviation. Knowing the things I had access to in my flying days, but more importantly, the things I wish I had access to, is really exciting to bring to a company where we can bring those ideas to life.


The Dream, Challenge, and Reward of Building an Experimental Airplane

The experimental/amateur-built category is becoming increasingly popular in the United States and throughout the world. Kit manufacturers such as Van’s Aircraft, Kitfox and CubCrafters are fielding thousands of completed aircraft, with experimental airframes reaching unprecedented levels of capability and safety.

There are a number of reasons a prospective aircraft owner might decide to build an experimental aircraft rather than purchase a certified model. From a budget standpoint, building an experimental can often times be more cost-effective. Builders can sometimes spread the total cost over the duration of the build through sub-kits (empennage kit, wing kit, fuselage kit, etc.), while creating an airplane that fulfills a similar mission to a certified model. Experimental builders also have an opportunity to specifically configure an aircraft, outfitting elements like the engine, avionics and cockpit ergonomics in a way that meets specific needs. But for many, the challenge, and ultimate reward of building an airplane satisfies a unique dream. The dream of being a ‘builder.’ We sat down with Hunter from our aviation engineering team, who talked about the process of building his own Van’s Aircraft RV-7, and what it meant to achieve his dream.

The Journey

The journey begins with a decision – the decision to go experimental. While new or used certified aircraft are a great option, they may not always meet every prospective aircraft owner’s needs.

“For me, a reason to go experimental is the freedom you have to equip the airplane and maintain it the way you want,” Hunter said. “From the get-go, I wanted the safety-enhancing features, the autopilot, the weather, the traffic, all the stuff you can get with a G3X system.”

How much time can one expect to spend on a homebuilt project? Well, it depends. For Hunter, it was five and a half years – or 2,750 hours in direct build time. Build time can depend on any number of factors. Everything from aircraft type, to personal life (family commitments, work, etc.) can determine how much time can realistically be committed to a build.

At times, the process may be daunting, but it’s important to maintain perspective, goals and complete one task at a time. “When I was in the process, I was just thinking about what’s the next step, what’s the next thing – I kept my head down and kept pushing,” Hunter said. “Every so often, I’d pop up and say, ‘Oh, my goodness, I’ve got a tail that’s totally done. I’ve got wings that are done. The fuselage is coming together. It’s starting to look like an actual airplane.”

Even through inevitable mistakes, he emphasizes the importance of remembering the end goal. “Just don’t get discouraged. You’re going to mess things up. It’s okay. What’s important is that you pick yourself up and keep pushing.”

The Result

Finally, after all the blood, sweat and tears (sometimes literally), you have an airplane. An airplane that not only fits your needs, but one you can be personally proud of.

“The RV, in particular, is a really great performing airplane. It flies better than any other airplane that I had previously rented.” Hunter said. “I think there’s the aspect of having taken on a big project, a big challenge, and kind of pushing through all of the hard parts and getting to the finish line. I take pride in having done that.”

Are you interested in building an experimental aircraft and equipping it with state-of-the-art avionics? Be sure to check out our TeamX avionics for experimental aircraft. Visit garmin.com/experimental to learn more.

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2019 Aviation Training: Expanded Schedule, New Opportunities

Our Aviation Training Team is expanding their 2019 schedule to include additional classes and instructor-led courses throughout the United States. These classes are available for our G3X Touch flight display for experimental aircraft, GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigator series, G500 TXi/G600 TXi and G500/G600 flight display systems, Garmin Integrated Flight Decks, and GWX series aviation weather radar. Created to provide pilots with a unique approach to learning Garmin avionics, the schedule includes hands-on, scenario-based training opportunities and courses tailored to the classroom environment—all taught by certified flight instructors.

G3X Touch Installation and Pilot Training

New for 2019, we are hosting a two-day course to discuss and review fundamentals associated with installation considerations and maintenance of the G3X Touch flight display. This pilot training includes how to effectively navigate and use the PFD/MFD, communication, navigation and surveillance equipment within the system. The two-day course is $495 and will take place in Olathe, Kansas, April 15-16, 2019, and October 17-18, 2019.

Garmin G3X Touch flight display for experimental aircraft.

G1000/G1000 NXi Pilot Training

Intended to serve both novice and experienced aviators, this two-day course will explore the capabilities of our G1000 or G1000 NXi Integrated Flight Decks by providing hands-on, scenario-based training in a classroom environment. The course will focus on flight planning, instrument procedures, vertical navigation, the automatic flight control system and more. The cost to attend the G1000/G1000 NXi training class is $749 and the class will be held in Olathe, Kansas, on March 7-8, 2019, June 10-11, 2019, and September 26-27, 2019.

GTN 650/750 & Flight Displays

For pilots who are considering an avionics upgrade or those who already have an existing GTN 650/750 and a Garmin flight display, we are hosting several classes tailored specifically to flying with these avionics. This two-day class provides a collaborative environment designed to help pilots transition from analog flight instruments to Garmin flight displays. A presentation and practice format offers attendees the opportunity to practice real-world in-flight scenarios with Garmin avionics. The cost to attend this pilot training class is $625 and is scheduled in Olathe, Kansas, for January 14-15, 2019, March 2-3, 2019, August 22-23, 2019, and November 4-5, 2019.

GTN 650/750 Pilot Training

Pilots may also take advantage of training classes tailored specifically to the GTN touchscreen series. This two-day class is available for $495 and highlights loading and activating departures, visual approaches, and instrument approach procedures, flying holds, flight plan modifications and more. GTN-specific class dates are also hosted in Olathe, Kansas, and are scheduled for March 25-26, 2019 and October 26-27, 2019.

Pilot Training Classes – Regional U.S. Locations

Our classroom-based training opportunities will be hosted throughout several new locations within the United States in 2019. They will provide the same in-depth instruction offered at Garmin Headquarters, covering the G500 TXi/G600 TXi, G500/G600, G3X Touch and GTN 650/750 avionics suites. These regional classes cost $795, and dates and locations include:

  • February 21-22, Garmin Chandler Office; Chandler, AZ
  • April 4-5, Garmin Cary Office; Cary, NC
  • June 20-21, Ace Aviation; Seattle, WA
  • September 5-6, Ramada by Wyndham Englewood Hotel & Suites; Englewood, CO
  • October 10-11, Garmin Chanhassen Office; Chanhassen, MN
  • November 20-21, Broward College; Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Integrated Flight Decks

Integrated Flight Deck training is tailored specifically to aircraft type and flight operations performed by pilots attending the class. These on-demand courses are dependent upon instructor availability, training aids and other resource considerations. These classes provide a hands-on learning opportunity in a structured environment for pilots flying with the G1000/G1000H, G3000 or G5000/G5000H Integrated Flight Decks.

Aviation Weather Radar Class

Successful operation of the weather radar requires an understanding of radar principles, as well as operational considerations and techniques. This class starts with the fundamentals of ground-based and airborne weather radar systems and covers best practices for using the Garmin GWX 70, GWX 75 and GWX 80. The class concludes with a scenario-based module on weather threat management. New for 2019, this class is suitable for pilots with little weather radar experience, pilots looking to refine their weather radar skills and those transitioning from other radar systems.

For customers interested in web-based online courses, we’re offering several eLearning courses for the G3000 and G5000 Integrated Flight Decks, Link 2000+, GTN 650/750 Essentials and Weather Radar Operations. These eLearning courses are self-paced and guide customers through scenarios, which help build confidence with Garmin avionics systems.

Our team will also be hosting various training classes at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (July 22-28, 2019) and at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV (October 22-24, 2019). To attend any of the courses at Garmin Headquarters in Olathe, Kansas or throughout the United States, register online by selecting the Training Tab on www.flyGarmin.com. For additional information or to request training for any one of the G1000, G3000 or G5000/G5000H Integrated Flight Deck courses, contact aviation.training@garmin.com.

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Considering an Avionics Upgrade? Check out these Special Offers

As winter approaches and fly-in season comes to a close, many aircraft will soon be heading to their local shop or service center for regular maintenance or annual inspections. For many, scheduled maintenance or an annual inspection is a great opportunity for an avionics upgrade. We get it, owners want to make the most of flying time when an aircraft is in service and take advantage of scheduled (or sometimes unscheduled) downtime required for aircraft maintenance and inspections. That’s why we’ve introduced a number of trade-in, rebate and credit opportunities on some of our most popular avionics, to help make that upgrade decision even easier. From ADS-B solutions and cost-effective retrofit autopilots, to GTN 650/750 navigators and G500/G600 TXi touchscreen flight displays, here are a few special offers:

Upgrade your Flight Display

Is your aircraft currently equipped with an original G500 or G600, and are you considering moving up to a more modern touchscreen flight display? You’re in luck. Now through the end of the year we’re offering a trade-in credit toward the purchase of our new G500 TXi or G600 TXi 10.6-inch touchscreen flight displays. These new systems utilize the existing G500 sensors, making the transition less burdensome. Customers with a qualifying G500 flight display can trade-in their original system and receive a $2,000 credit toward the purchase of a new 10.6-inch G500 TXi, or $3,000 credit toward the purchase of a new 10.6-inch G600 TXi—click here for offer details.

If your aircraft isn’t already equipped with a G500 or G600 flight display, but you’re considering a touchscreen flight display, we’ve got you covered. We’re offering a $500 or $750 rebate with the purchase of a G500 TXi or G600 TXi respectively through December 28, 2018—click here for offer details.


10.6-inch Garmin G500 TXi touchscreen flight display.

Swap your GNS for a GTN

Our GNS 430/530 series navigators have been an industry staple for decades, with thousands of units in service all over the world. Our next generation touchscreen navigators—the GTN 750/650 series—were built upon that strong reputation and take aircraft navigation and multifunction display capability to the next level. Trade-in your qualifying GNS series navigator before the end of 2018 and you could qualify for a credit toward the purchase of a new GTN 650 or GTN 750 touchscreen navigator —click here for offer details.

Garmin GTN 750 and GTN 650 series touchscreen navigators. 

Install an Advanced Autopilot

We’re even offering rebates on our popular GFC 500 and GFC 600 cost-effective retrofit autopilots. Take advantage of enhanced safety features like underspeed and overspeed protection, a dedicated return-to-level (LVL) mode button, Garmin Electronic Stability and Protection and more. Through December 28, 2018, customers can receive $500 via a mail-in rebate with the purchase of a GFC 500, or $1000 with the purchase of a GFC 600—click here for offer details.

Garmin GFC 600 retrofit autopilot mode controller.

We’ve Got Your ADS-B Solution

Still haven’t equipped your aircraft with ADS-B? No problem. The FAA recently restarted their ADS-B rebate program, offering owners of U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft a chance to take advantage of a $500 ADS-B rebate*. We carefully designed our series of ADS-B solutions to meet specific needs, priorities, and budgets. With our lowest cost solution— the GDL 82 datalink—aircraft owners can meet minimum ADS-B Out requirements while keeping their existing Mode A/C transponder ($1,795 before installation). Looking to upgrade that transponder instead? Our GTX 335 ADS-B Out transponder meets minimum ADS-B requirements and is available at a special promotional price of $2,995 through the end of 2018. Want more ADS-B In weather and traffic features? Our GTX 345 ADS-B In/Out transponder, along with our GDL 84 and GDL 88 datalink meet the needs of those who still need to equip for ADS-B Out, but also want to receive the benefits of ADS-B In. The January 1, 2020 deadline to equip for ADS-B is rapidly approaching, schedule your installation before it’s too late!

Garmin GTX 345 all-in-one ADS-B transponder.

Learn more about out all of our current promotions ranging from portable solutions through our latest upgrade avionics. Click here for more information.

*FAA ADS-B Rebate Information

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AirSprint Private Aviation Expands Safety Commitment with Appareo Flight Data Monitoring Systems

AirSprint Private Aviation, a Canadian privately-held fractional aircraft ownership company based in Calgary, has selected the Appareo Vision 1000 Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) System for their Cessna Citation CJ fleet of aircraft. The agreement is for two systems initially, with options for 10 additional units.

AirSprint’s commitment to safety includes sophisticated Safety and Quality Management Systems, airline quality pilot procedures, in-house aircraft maintenance, and thorough pilot training that far exceeds regulatory requirements. AirSprint’s commitment to continuous improvement ensures they remain diligent, looking at each flight as an opportunity to forever improve the level of safety.

AirSprint is one of the first private jet operators to choose Vision 1000 for Flight Data Monitoring. “AirSprint introduced fractional ownership to the Canadian market in 2000 with a commitment to safety and service. We have been innovative on both fronts and look at the Vision 1000 FDM system as the next step and ideal solution for maximizing safety for our fractional owners. Once installation is complete on our CJ fleet in 2019, 100% of our more than 10,000 annual flights will be evaluated by FDM. I am excited to work with Appareo and look forward to the addition of the Vision 1000,” said AirSprint’s President and COO, James Elian.

“AirSprint has always been committed to safety,” said Appareo Aviation President Kris Garberg. “We’re pleased to advance our partnership with them as they work toward equipping their fleet with flight data monitoring systems. When it comes to flight safety, there’s nothing more valuable than accurate statistics, actionable trending data, and true visual representations of every moment during a flight,” Garberg said.

Flight Data Monitoring is a critical practice for any operation because the value of having flight performance metrics is very clear in reducing risk. The Vision 1000 is a stand-alone flight data recording solution that captures accurate flight data, plus cockpit audio and imagery. Supported by Appareo’s turnkey FDM analysis software, this information can be used to review and analyze flight operations, allowing operators to identify and mitigate risk. If the unthinkable were to occur, the recorded data is an invaluable investigation tool, providing insights into exactly what, when, why, and how it happened.


About AirSprint
AirSprint is a privately-held company based in Calgary, AB and maintains the largest fractional fleet of private aircraft in Canada, including the Cessna Citation CJ2+ and CJ3+ and the Embraer Legacy 450, serving Canadians from coast-to-coast including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and the Maritimes. AirSprint provides successful Canadians with a better choice for optimizing their time by enhancing the private jet ownership experience with industry-leading safety standards, exceptional turnkey service, and increased flexibility personalized for their individual travel needs. All at a fraction of the cost. For more information visit www.AirSprint.com

About Appareo
For more than 15 years Appareo has been building a reputation as innovators dedicated to delivering reliable products. With in-house engineering, manufacturing, technology, and testing capabilities, Appareo develops products from concept to completion. The company is certified by all the major aviation and manufacturing regulators. Appareo is privately held, with world headquarters in Fargo, N.D., and design offices in Tempe, Ariz. and Paris, France. All aviation products are designed, developed, built, and supported in the USA. The company currently has a network of 540 dealers and was voted 2017 AEA Association Member of the Year. Visit appareo.com/aviation.


5 Steps for Receiving Your $500 FAA Rebate

5 Steps to Get Your $500 ADS-B Rebate

The rebate program is available until all are claimed or by October 11, 2019. Only those who have not equipped their aircraft with ADS-B Out are eligible.

There are five steps aircraft owners should follow to meet the mandate and receive their $500 rebate:

  1. Purchase the equipment and schedule installation
    • Is your aircraft registered and updated on the FAA website?
    • Talk to an Authorized Appareo Dealer to find out which Stratus transponder is the best ABS-B Out option for you. Your installer may also recommend that you consider ADS-B In options, like a Stratus receiver, to maximize all of the benefits of ADS-B weather and traffic.
  2. Obtain a Rebate Reservation Code by reserving a position online
    • Within the 90-day period of your ADS-B Out install, reserve your $500 Rebate.
    • All boxes must be checked on the Rebate page to request a reservation.
  3. Install the equipment
    • Follow the FAA’s installation policy
    • As stated in the FAA Mandate requirements, your aircraft must be equipped with aTSO-certified Version 2 ADS-B Out transmitter and a compatible WAAS GPS position source.
    • There are two types of ADS-B systems available:
        • Mode S transponder with Extended Squitter, referred to as 1090ES, which meet the performance requirements of Technical Standard Order TSO-C166b. Stratus Transponders qualify as a 1090 ES ADS-B Solution.
        • Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) that meets the performance requirements of TSO-C154c. UAT receives weather data provided by the FAA ADS-B network and operates on 978 MHz. Most UAT options reuse your existing old transponder though, which may still use outdated vacuum-tube technology and need to be replaced. 
  4. Conduct the required equipment performance validation and get an Incentive Code
    • After your ADS-B Out Solution is installed you have 60 days to submit a Public ADS-B Performance Report Request. This request validates your equipment performance with the FAA. After you’ve completed the test you’ll receive an incentive code.
    • According to the FAA, “for best results, ADS-B validation flights should be conducted within published areas of FAA ADS-B Coverage. Flying near the surface or at the fringe of ADS-B coverage areas may negatively impact the metrics provided in your PAPR Report. Please refer to the FAA ADS-B Coverage Map before flying.”
    • Here is a useful AOPA article that shares some tips on how to pass the ADS-B performance validation test.
  5. Claim the $500 rebate online using the Rebate Reservation Code and Incentive Code


Future of Farming (Appareo Featured in AgViews)

AgViews: Future of Farming Grounded in Technology

Our founder Barry Batcheller and CEO David Batcheller were recently interviewed for Bell Bank’s Agribusiness Newsletter AgViews to offer their perspectives on the future of farming, the latest in precision agriculture, and Appareo’s partnership with AGCO, a joint venture called Intelligent Ag Solutions.

Below is a sampling of the Q&A from the AgViews interview:

What has been the biggest advancement in ag technology in the last five years?

Barry: I would say it’s been the translation into precision farming that is bringing a new level of productivity to farmers.

The advancements in agriculture that have happened over the last 50 years – plus additional advancements – will be required to feed the predicted global population of about 9.6 billion by 2050. If we continue at the level of productivity we have today, we’d fall short in feeding the planet by about 50 percent. So we need increasing advancements in agriculture if we’re going to feed this planet.

David: Precision protein is going to be an emerging part of agriculture. The poultry industry, for example, has refined making chicken to where producers can go from chick to chicken with shocking speed. I think we’re going to see, in pork and even beef production, more drive toward precision production to cater to the public’s interest in high-quality, low-cost meat protein.

What are some of your more popular products?

David: On the Intelligent Ag side of the business, we make a popular monitoring system for air drills called Recon Wireless Blockage and Flow Monitor. If you seed soybeans or plant wheat, canola or barley, and you have a monitoring system, there’s a reasonable probability that you’re running our monitor.

For people who buy and use AGCO equipment, things like RoGators, TerraGators, Massey Ferguson, Gleaner combines or Challenger tractors, we do the telematics products for those machines. AGCO launched a new combine last year, called the IDEAL combine. We developed all of the automation and sensors for that.

We also developed an aftermarket section control product for John Deere Air Carts called Engage Zone Control. It communicates with an air seeder’s GPS mapping system to boost yield and reduce inputs. A lot of growers are benefiting from it.

What advantages does an independent company like Appareo have over larger manufacturers?

David: We and others have done a nice job of building new businesses and opportunities around getting more out of a piece of equipment you have rather than replacing that piece of equipment. When those trends really start to take, then the manufacturers look to incorporate that capability onto the machine from the factory. There’s a lot of innovation coming in the aftermarket, and rather than being a little bolt-on capability, it’s getting deeper into the machine.

Read the full interview here.


FAA Relaunches $500 ADS-B Rebate Program

FAA Relaunches Rebate Program

Last week, the FAA announced that it’s relaunching the $500 ADS-B Rebate Program effective immediately through October 11, 2019, or until the allocated funds are used. According to the FAA, they are making $4,900,000 available under the rebate program, which will fund 9,792 ADS-B Out installations.

Per the ADS-B mandate, as of January 1, 2020, aircraft flying in most controlled airspaces, and where a transponder is necessary, will be required to be equipped with compliant ADS-B Out technology.

The previous FAA rebate program that ran for a year from September 2016 to 2017, issued more than 10,000 rebate payments.

As before, there are five steps aircraft owners should follow to meet the mandate and receive the $500 rebate (visit our blog to learn more about the steps):

  1. Purchase the equipment and schedule installation.
  2. Obtain a Rebate Reservation Code by reserving a position online.
  3. Install the equipment.
  4. Conduct the required equipment performance validation and get an Incentive Code.
  5. Claim the $500 rebate online using the Rebate Reservation Code and Incentive Code.

As with the earlier rebate program, the FAA states, the relaunched rebate program is available only to those who have not yet equipped their aircraft. Visit the FAA website to get the full list of rebate rules.

Stratus transponders (both certified and experimental) are eligible for the ADS-B rebate! Learn more about our options for ADS-B out and find a dealer to request a quote. 

For more information about the relaunch of the ADS-B rebate program:
FAA: Press Release – FAA Relaunches ADS-B Out Rebate
AOPA: FAA Relaunches ADS-B Rebate


11 Consecutive Beechjet G5000 Installations by Clemens Aircraft

Clemens Aircraft, a fleet management company located in Benton, Kansas, is nearing completion of their 11th G5000 integrated flight deck upgrade within its managed fleet of Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP aircraft. They have completed a comprehensive upgrade for each Beechjet that includes the G5000 integrated flight deck, winglets, as well as new paint and interior.

“After all of these upgrades, the G5000 in the Beechjet provides the best value when compared to other aircraft in its class,” said Dwayne Clemens, owner of Clemens Aircraft. “Additionally, these upgrades significantly expand our operational capability through a combination of benefits such as lower approach minimums because of access to WAAS/LPV approaches, an increase in useful load of over 300 pounds and an overall reduction in operational costs.”

Garmin G5000 flight deck upgrad program for Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP

The G5000 integrated flight deck features three high-resolution, 12-inch flight displays with multi-pane capability, allowing pilots to simultaneously view maps, charts, checklists, TAWS, TCAS, flight plan information, weather and more. Two touchscreen display/controllers serve as the primary crew interface for the system, offering an intuitive graphical menu to simplify cockpit tasks.

With the G5000 upgrade, the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP receives a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rule-compliant Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out solution. It also allows for access to more airports and lower minimums throughout the world through standard PBN/RNP 0.3, radius-to-fix (RF) legs support and LPV/APV approach capability. The G5000 upgrade provides operators with a platform positioned to take advantage of future global airspace modernization applications.

For additional information regarding the G5000 integrated flight deck modernization program for the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP, contact Dave Brown at +1-913-440-1714 or dave.brown@garmin.com.

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G1000 NXi Retrofit Programs Update

We have updated our portfolio of G1000 NXi integrated flight deck upgrades to include additional aircraft models. Aircraft currently eligible for the G1000 NXi upgrade include the Daher TBM 850/900 and King Air 200/300/350. Aircraft that will soon be eligible for this upgrade include the Cessna Citation Mustang, Embraer Phenom 100/300 and Piper M500. These aircraft owners and operators can easily upgrade from the G1000 to the G1000 NXi with minimal aircraft downtime and installation labor to receive a modern, state-of-the-art integrated flight deck with a wealth of additional capabilities.

“The G1000 NXi takes the industry’s most trusted integrated flight deck to a new, unprecedented level of performance and capability,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “From forward-fit to retrofit installations, we are thrilled yet humbled by the extensive adoption rate and tremendous success of the G1000 NXi and we look forward to delivering it to thousands of additional customers in the future.”

Aircraft currently equipped with the G1000 integrated flight deck that are eligible for the G1000 NXi upgrade and their availability are as follows:

  • King Air 200/300/350; completed
  • Daher TBM 850/900; completed
  • Cessna Citation Mustang; Q4 2018
  • Embraer Phenom 100/300; mid-2019
  • Piper M500; second-half 2019

G1000 NXi upgrade for Embraer Phenom 100/300 aircraft.

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

The G1000 NXi also supports the display of various Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) In benefits, including traffic and subscription-free Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather. SurfaceWatch runway monitoring technology provides visual and aural cues to help prevent pilots from taking off or landing on a taxiway, on a runway that is too short or on the wrong runway based on performance data entered during preflight. Visual and audible runway distance remaining annunciations are also available via SurfaceWatch. Features may vary by aircraft model.

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

Aircraft owners and operators can easily upgrade to the G1000 NXi with little aircraft down time and disruption of the panel because the displays preserve the same footprint and connectors, so panel and wiring modifications are minimized. The upgraded components of the G1000 NXi also come with a two-year warranty, which is supported by our award-winning avionics product support team. Visit our exhibit (2695) at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, October 16-18, 2018 to learn more. For additional information regarding the G1000 NXi upgrade, visit: www.garmin.com/businessaviation.

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