COPA Adventure: Navigating Mexico, Central America with Expert Guidance

Within the United States, aircraft owners and pilots benefit from what many consider the best, and easiest, general aviation system in the world. In order to get from point A to point B domestically, it’s relatively simple. Pilots need to submit flight plans and study up on airspace, approach procedures and airport layouts for a given destination. But when it comes to crossing international borders, especially Canada, Mexico, Central America or the Caribbean, there are additional levels of complexity compared to our day-to-day domestic flights in the U.S. Overflight fees, airspace procedures, customs and international handling requirements often vary from country to country, which can be complicated and increase workload and stress on an international flight. Fortunately, our International Handling services can help make these trips more convenient. Regional aviation experts based in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean — aircraft operators can utilize helpful guidance, planning and handling services from local professionals. Earlier this year, members of the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) embarked on a fly-out adventure to Mexico and Guatemala and took advantage of integration with Garmin avionics and local expert guidance from Caribbean Sky Tours.

Destination: Central America

COPA is an organization of more than 5,700 members worldwide
that focuses on education, training and safety programs for the Cirrus aircraft
fleet. In addition to helping keep their aircraft properly maintained and
pilots proficiently trained, they also have regular social gatherings and
fly-outs to help bring their members together. For the third straight year,
members united in their Cirrus SR20s, SR22s and even an SF50 Vision Jet to
explore destinations south of the border. Their adventures range from Mexico
and Costa Rica to as far south as Panama, visiting tourist spots, cultural
landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

This year’s trip kicked off on March 9, when 11 aircraft
departed their home bases from all over the United States for two jumping-off
points: Brownsville, Texas, and Key West, Florida.

Comprehensive Trip Planning and Preparation

Planning for the trip began long before their departure, with
detailed briefings to prep the pilots on the different international
procedures, airspace requirements and fees, plus customs and handling
instructions for their upcoming destinations. The team also managed the flight
plans, overflight and airspace fees, coordinated all the ground handling in
advance and made hotel accommodations for the visiting crews.

11 Cirrus aircraft participated in the adventure to Mexico and Guatemala, including several SR22 aircraft and even an SF50 Vision Jet.

Added Convenience for International Departures and

On March 10, their international flight plans were filed, and the 11 aircraft departed from south Texas and Florida for Veracruz, Mexico. Along the way, each aircraft’s progress was monitored by the Caribbean Sky Tours team by using Garmin inReach satellite communicators.* With the inReach devices, the team was able to not only track the progress of each aircraft, but also have two-way communication in-flight. With preparations already made in advance for each destination, ground handlers were standing by upon landing in Veracruz. From there, the aircraft completed the 850-mile journey to Mundo Maya, Guatemala, where crews spent several days enjoying local food, touring historic ruins and taking in the local culture.

At the end of their Guatemalan stay, pilots were briefed on
the procedures required for the next stage of their journey — Campeche, Mexico.
Upon arrival they were met with preplanned ground handlers, fuel and customs
services. After another extended stay enjoying local cuisine, tourist
destinations and culture, the group was ready to return to the states by way of
Key West and Brownsville.

Pilots were able to send tracking information to family and friends in real-time, and have two-way communication during the trip with Garmin inReach satellite communicators.

Expert International Guidance from

Through our services, aircraft owners and
operators have access to International Handling and Airspace Overflight
expertise. Service begins by signing up for a free account, where web-based
flight planning, certified weather, airport information and more is available
at no cost. When flight plans are filed to international destinations through, additional handling services and guidance are available. The team
has specialists based in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, ready to
help pilots and crews with every aspect of an international trip — from flight
planning and flight tracking to electronic advanced passenger information
services (eAPIS), ground handling coordination and customs. Add convenience and
peace of mind to any international trip with local expert guidance along the
way, before, during and after.

For more information about our tools, plus international handling services and expert guidance, visit our website and sign up for an account today.

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Appareo Acquires Aerovie

Planned enhancements to Aerovie will result in the industry’s most advanced electronic flight bag

FARGO, North Dakota (June 18, 2019) — Appareo today announced the acquisition of Aerovie, LLC, developer of the Aerovie electronic flight bag (EFB) suite that includes AHRS and synthetic vision, VFR sectional, IFR low/high, and geo-referenced approach charts.

Since introducing the first Stratus portable ADS-B receiver in 2012, Appareo has become the industry leader in the design and production of ADS-B equipment for general aviation. While the company has continued expanding on the hardware features and capabilities of Stratus receivers and transponders, it has been reliant on third-party flight apps to interface with the information provided by Stratus receivers. The first three generations of Stratus receivers (Stratus 1, Stratus 2, and Stratus 1S/2S/2i) were integrated with ForeFlight Mobile. The latest model, Stratus 3, was designed with “Open ADS-B Mode,” which means it integrates with any EFB app using GDL 90 protocol.

With the introduction of Stratus 3 last year, the engineers at Appareo began working with many EFB developers to ensure close integration with the newest model. Aerovie was one of the first companies to support Stratus 3 in its app.

“We were very impressed with the Aerovie team as we worked on the integration, and pleased with how smoothly it went,” said Appareo Aviation President Kris Garberg. “I started flying with the Aerovie app and Stratus 3 last year, and I was so impressed with the features and user experience that it became my ‘go to’ EFB.”

Garberg’s experience flying with Aerovie was the catalyst for Appareo to move toward this acquisition. Knowing that Aerovie was already performing well with Stratus 3, Appareo decided it was time to offer pilots a complete solution of tightly integrated hardware and software.

“All of us at Appareo Aviation are excited to work with Bryan Heitman and the Aerovie team to incorporate their exceptional EFB into the Appareo family, and offer a complete hardware and software solution. We plan to build on the success of Aerovie by adding many new features that will increase safety in the cockpit.” – Kris Garberg – President, Appareo Aviation

Some of the first additions to the Aerovie EFB will be features that Appareo developed for its own app, Stratus Horizon Pro. Introduced last year, Stratus Horizon Pro offers pilots helpful tools including backup AHRS, and Radio Playback, which captures Air Traffic Control (ATC) communications and saves them for easy one-touch playback. Additionally, there’s a beta feature called Radio Transcription, which converts ATC communications into text that’s displayed directly above the audio playback line.

“The product development team at Appareo Aviation has spent a considerable amount of effort developing speech recognition technology customized for aviation, and we’re excited to embed that cutting-edge technology throughout the Aerovie app,” Garberg said. “Our product roadmap is focused on creating a safer, more convenient way to fly. It centers around a beyond-glass strategy, which is the future of aviation.”

Bryan Heitman, the founder of Aerovie is a software developer, private pilot, and self-proclaimed weather geek. As the EFB market was getting started, Heitman considered how he could utilize his skills to create something valuable for pilots. When Lockheed Martin Flight Services announced in 2014 they would provide PIREPS into the national air system, Heitman saw an opportunity. He developed AerovieReports, the first app to deliver free PIREPS. AerovieReports grew a following, and Heitman began adding features. “As a pilot, I was using some of the popular flight apps, but there were gaps in their features. I decided to expand Aerovie to become a flight bag that provided everything I needed,” Heitman said.

Since then, Aerovie has evolved into a full-featured cockpit tool designed to make pilots’ lives easier and provide enhanced situational awareness. Aerovie is a leader for preflight weather planning, with tools designed to give pilots a deeper understanding of weather. 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.

“Being as committed as we were to providing robust and reliable weather tools, Stratus was definitely on our radar,” Heitman said. “We saw Appareo leading the ADS-B market with the best quality receiver available, but our customers couldn’t experience it until Stratus 3 was introduced.”

With the Aerovie acquisition comes good news for pilots who own older models of Stratus receivers. The first enhancement planned for the Aerovie app is support for Stratus 2, 1S, 2S, and 2i.

“We’re very excited to take Aerovie to the next level by joining the Stratus product family. Our companies have been aligned in our commitment to G.A. over the years. We understand the unique needs of a single-pilot operation versus a crew, and we’re committed to making flying safer and more friendly for that G.A. pilot,” – Bryan Heitman – Founder, Aerovie

Aerovie currently offers two subscription plans — $6.99 monthly or $69.99 annually. Current Aerovie app users will not experience a disruption in their service during the acquisition by Appareo. Once additional features are added to the app, current and new subscribers will be able to select from various plan levels. Those subscription options, as well as the app naming and branding, will be announced at a later date.

The terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed as both companies are privately held. For more information about Appareo Aviation, visit, and for Aerovie visit

The Aerovie app is available on the App Store for iOS devices.

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New Features for Safety Management System and FltLogic Scheduling Program

We’ve added several new features within the Safety Management System (SMS) and FltLogic flight scheduling program. has partnered with the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) to enable SMS subscribers who are ACSF members, to voluntarily file Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) reports with the FAA. This integration further facilitates a proactive approach to self-reporting, while also identifying areas within a flight department where operational improvement is needed. Additionally, several new enhancements have been made to the FltLogic flight scheduling program that streamlines the user interface and allow users to see more information at-a-glance.

Flight departments can easily identify, track and mitigate risks using’s Safety Management System and ACSF ASAP participants can now
utilize it to submit ASAP reports to the FAA. The FAA’s Aviation Safety Action
Program focuses on the voluntary reporting of issues related to noncompliance
and/or safety. The voluntary nature of this initiative encourages compliance
with FAA regulations, while also fostering safe operating practices and
promoting the development of proper internal evaluation programs that have a
long-term impact on the safety of an operator and their organization.

Pilots can take advantage of the latest version of the Safety
Management System via the website. Participation in the ASAP
program through requires advanced registration with the Air
Charter Safety Foundation.

Several new features have also been added to FltLogic, a
comprehensive flight scheduling program that can be utilized within flight
departments starting at the initial trip request phase through post flight analysis.

These new features include:

  • A new
    single-page edit design allows users to more easily modify trip details.
  • Users
    can create a private event within FltLogic, which hides all trip information
    except the tail number of the aircraft.
  • Pilots
    and schedulers can more easily track canceled and completed trips within FltLogic,
    which now incorporates a canceled and completed trip box.
  • An
    authorized pilot view gives pilots certain permissions within FltLogic to view
    scheduled events for any aircraft the pilot is authorized to fly.
  • Calendar
    colors can now be customized to indicate specific events such as maintenance or
    training, so it’s easier to identify aircraft reservation information.

These new features within and FltLogic are available immediately. For additional information, visit: and

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Latest FIS-B Weather Products and More Added to GTN 650/750 Series

We have incorporated new enhancements and features to our GTN 650/750 series touchscreen navigators. With the latest software update and a compatible ADS-B In receiver, pilots can now view new FIS-B weather products on the GTN. Also, when the GTN 650/750 is paired with a G3X Touch flight display in experimental/amateur-built aircraft, pilots now have the option to edit VFR flight plan information from the G3X Touch. These features and more are available immediately from Garmin Authorized Dealers for hundreds of aircraft makes and models.

FIS-B weather product support

When paired with a compatible ADS-B In product such as the
GTX 345 or GDL 88, pilots can now access the latest FIS-B weather products on
the moving map alongside flight plan information and dedicated weather pages
within GTN 650/750. These new weather products include lightning, cloud tops,
turbulence, icing (current and forecasted), graphical AIRMETs and center
weather advisories (CWA). This adds to the growing number of Garmin products
that already support these new weather products, including Garmin Pilot on
Apple mobile devices, G3X Touch and the aera 660 aviation portable. 

Icing information on Garmin GTN 750

Touch flight plan editing

Pilots who have a GTN 650/750 installed alongside a G3X
Touch flight display in an experimental/amateur-built
aircraft now have additional flight planning and editing options. VFR flight
plans can now be completed on the G3X Touch display, and then automatically
synced to the GTN for added convenience when using either the G3X Touch or GTN.


  • The
    GTN 650/750 now displays a selected altitude intercept arc on the moving map
    when it’s installed with a Garmin primary flight display (PFD) such as the G500
    TXi/G600 TXi, G500/G600 or G3X Touch. When pilots input a preselected
    altitude on the PFD, the selected altitude arc will populate on the map page to
    indicate where the aircraft will arrive at that particular altitude.
  • For
    customers with SiriusXM Aviation Weather, pilots now have the option to alternate
    between base reflectivity and composite reflectivity NEXRAD weather radar
  • Pilots
    operating into airports throughout the world that are not served by SBAS, can
    now receive advisory vertical guidance (LNAV+V) while flying LNAV approaches
    with the GTN 650/750.
  • When
    SiriusXM aviation weather or FIS-B weather cannot be displayed on the GTN
    650/750, the “no coverage” area of weather is transparent so pilots can still
    view airports, basemap information and more.  
  • Customers
    receive a VNAV aural alert for Top of Descent (TOD).
  • Traffic
    and weather from a GNX 375 can now be displayed within the GTN 650/750.

The latest GTN software upgrade is available immediately from Garmin Authorized Dealers for hundreds of aircraft makes and models. This upgrade is available at no charge. A dealer installation charge may apply. Garmin avionics are supported by our award-winning aviation support team, which provides 24/7 worldwide technical and warranty support.

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Garmin OnePak: All Your Database Needs, One Simple Solution

It’s finally complete. Your perfect airplane now has the
perfect panel. Those dual Garmin GPS navigators and flight displays you’ve
always wanted are installed, plus an aera series portable navigator to help
with flight planning and added cockpit situational awareness. These products
feature sophisticated data ranging from navigation data, charts, airport
diagrams, obstacles, terrain and more. For those flying IFR regularly, the FAA
requires a product’s navigation data to be updated every 28 days. For SafeTaxi,
obstacles and terrain databases, updates are available every 56 days. We’ve
created annual subscription packages for the US and Canada — known as OnePaks —
to more conveniently and affordably satisfy a single aircraft’s entire database

Database Concierge feature available with Flight Stream 510.

One aircraft. One
database package. One cost-effective price.

Our OnePak annual subscriptions offer significant savings for
an aircraft equipped with multiple Garmin products. For one annual price,
databases within OnePak subscriptions can be downloaded to multiple Garmin
avionics and one qualifying portable in a single aircraft. These databases
include the Garmin Navigation Database, AOPA Airport Directory, IFR enroute
charts, VFR sectional charts, Obstacles, SafeTaxi, Terrain and Basemap for
compatible products. OnePaks are compatible with the following flight decks,
flight displays, avionics, and portables:

  • GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators
  • GNX 375/GPS 175 touchscreen navigators
  • GNS 430/530 navigators
  • G500/G600/G500H and TXi series glass flight
  • G1000 NXi, G1000, G2000, G3000 and
    G5000 integrated flight decks
  • G3X, G3X Touch and G900X glass flight
  • aera 500/660/795/796 GPS portables
  • GPSMAP 696/695 GPS portables

OnePak database subscriptions start at $649 and include a
Garmin Pilot Premium upgrade.

Wireless updates with
Database Concierge

Additionally, for aircraft with GTN 650/750 and GNX 375/GPS
175 series touchscreen navigators or select aircraft equipped with G1000 NXi,
our Flight Stream 510 can offer another level of convenience for updating
databases. Flight Stream 510 is a small, patented multimedia card enabled with
Wi-Fi and BLUETOOTH technology that enables communication between GTN 650/750 and
GNX 375/GPS 175 series navigators or G1000 NXi, and two compatible Apple or
Android mobile devices operating Garmin Pilot. Operators can simply download
new databases via Garmin Pilot on a mobile device, then wirelessly upload them
directly to the GTN 650/750, GNX 375/GPS 175 or G1000 NXi in the cockpit.

For more information about our OnePak database solutions, and to find out which best suits your needs, visit

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New Upgrades for G1000 NXi-Equipped King Air Aircraft

We are pleased to announce new features and upgrades available for the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck in the King Air 200/250/300/350 series aircraft.

A new, Bluetooth-enabled
audio panel for the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck in the King Air offers an
expanded feature set alongside innovative sound quality. Home theater-like
music effects add to the rich audio characteristics provided by the audio panel,
allowing pilots to select bass boost levels, as well as equalizer effects,
including rock, classical and pop. Advanced auto squelch automatically adapts
to the noise level within the cockpit and allows for natural conversation
through headsets. It includes a six-place stereo intercom and support for up to
three stereo music inputs. Split-COMM mode allows the pilot and co-pilot to
broadcast independently on two separate frequencies and contains dedicated
pilot and co-pilot music and intercom volume control knobs. Additionally, a
built-in digital clearance recorder can record up to 60 seconds of selected
COMM radio transmissions so pilots can easily play back difficult clearances.

The first to introduce 3D Audio, we have incorporated 3D audio processing into the audio panel. With stereo headsets, incoming audio is spatially separated to reflect how people naturally process sound and conversation by differentiating audio sources by their unique locations or seat position. For example, sound from COMM 1 will come from the left, whereas sound from COMM 2 will sound as though it’s coming from the right. Using stereo headsets, listen to a demonstration of 3D Audio here:

As a standard feature of the audio
panel, pilots can connect a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth to easily make
or receive phone calls, stream audio entertainment or wirelessly connect to
select Garmin HD action cameras. Offering a seamless upgrade path, pilots and
aircraft owners can easily upgrade (or select as an option with a new G1000 NXi
installation) to the new audio panel as its slide-in replaceable and only
requires minor wiring modifications.

The GWX 75 weather radar is
also compatible with the latest upgrade for G1000 NXi-equipped King Air
aircraft, which offers exceptional range and a new, enhanced color palette that
features four-times more color contouring than traditional weather radars on
the market. The Doppler-based, solid-state GWX 75 offers a range of 320
nautical miles, horizontal scan angles of up to 120 degrees and to focus on an
area of interest, pilot-adjustable sector scanning. The GWX 75 also retains vertical
scan capabilities, which allows the pilot to focus on storm tops, gradients and
storm cell build-up at various altitudes. Optional features such as
Doppler-enabled turbulence detection and ground clutter suppression are also
available with the GWX 75.

New split-screen MFD views available on Garmin G1000 NXi for King Air.

Also included as part of this

  • Split-screen view is available on the MFD,
    offering a simultaneous view of maps, charts, checklists, flight plans and more
    on a single screen. 
  • Pilots can view decoded Terminal Aerodrome
    Forecasts (TAF’s) on the primary flight display (PFD) and multi-function
    displays (MFD).

For current King Air
owners and operators, the latest features are available immediately from select
Garmin Authorized Dealers as a free upgrade (installation and hardware charges
may apply). Optional equipment upgrades are also currently available. King Air
owners and operators may contact a Garmin Authorized Dealer for pricing
information. For more details regarding the G1000 upgrade for the King Air
series aircraft, contact Scott Frye at (913)-440-2412. For additional
information, visit:

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Appareo Brings AI and FDM Expertise to Panel Discussions at EBACE

Appareo’s Director of AI Systems Josh Gelinske and Vice President of Solutions Brad Thurow are scheduled to participate in two panel discussions during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva on May 22, 2019.

View the full agenda here: EBACE Program Schedule

Josh Gelinske

‘Lexi, book me a jet’: Artificial Intelligence and Business Aviation

Moderator: Eric Leopold, International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Josh Gelinske, Appareo
Peter Conrardv, GE Aviation
Bernhard Fragner, CEO & Founder, GlobeAir
Shiv Trisal, Aftermarket Digital Strategy Lead, Collins Aerospace

Description from EBACE website:
While companies like Facebook, Apple and Amazon rollout revolutionary changes to how we interact with machine-learning technology, many are still uncertain on exactly how artificial intelligence (AI) is being used by aerospace businesses. As an industry, business aviation is constantly striving to improve both the way it works and its customer satisfaction. To that end, it embraces technological advancements by constantly adapting to society’s needs. But AI can potentially go far beyond its current uses. Quite simply, AI can redefine how our industry goes about its work. In this session we will share insights by industry representatives on the improvements AI contributes to the aviation sector. We invite you to join us for this exciting panel discussion.

Brad Thurow

FDM – What Do You Need?

Moderator: Johan Glantz, EBAA
Dave Jesse, FDS
Kevin Martin, Aerobytes
Brad Thurow, Appareo

Description from EBACE website:
Whether you were already considering a Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) solution or plan on an acquiring an aircraft already fitted with one, this session aims at discussing the financial and operational impact, as well as the implications it has on your aircraft’s cockpit and on-ground hardware.

EBACE | May 21-23, 2019 | Geneva, Switzerland

EBACE is a premier event and the annual meeting place for the European business aviation community. The exhibition is jointly hosted each year by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), the leading association for business aviation in Europe, and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the leading voice for the business aviation industry in the United States. Although EBACE is the only major European event focused solely on business aviation, attendees come from as far as Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North and South America.

Terminal Safety Solutions: Extended Runway Centerlines

The more you know — an overused saying and even more overused internet meme. But it still holds a lot of truth. In an age where information is at an all-time high, thanks largely to advances in technology, we have the opportunity to know more and be more confident, especially in the cockpit. Sometimes what we consider to be the slightest details can have the greatest impacts. Take for example our extended runway centerlines feature available within Garmin Pilot, GTN 750/650 series navigators, G3X Touch and aera 660/796. It’s only a small part of these products’ overall capabilities, but it’s designed to help ensure pilots are aligned with the proper runway.

Why it’s important

The FAA has labeled wrong-surface events as one of their top priorities for aviation safety. What is a wrong-surface event? According to the FAA, it’s when an aircraft lands or departs, or tries to land or depart, on the wrong runway or on a taxiway. Or even if an aircraft tries to land or takeoff at the wrong airport! Airports are growing in size and complexity, often with a network of parallel runways, and taxiways that could be interpreted as runways.

Garmin G3X Touch extended runway centerlines

Our extended runway centerlines feature is as simple as it
sounds — it can automatically provide pilots with an extended view of the
runway’s approach path from miles away. When setting up for final, it’s a quick
and easy way to help ensure that you’re aligned with the proper runway.

Different styles for
different pilots

We’ve created several pilot-selectable options to help tailor
our extended runway centerlines to each pilot’s preferred style. The feature’s
zoom levels can range from 200 feet up to five nautical miles on the moving
map. And different display styles are available from a feathered arrow to dashed
lines and chevrons. If desired, the feature can be disabled easily within the product

In this case, the more
you know
means added situational awareness and useful information in the
cockpit, even if it is as simple as a single feature within a pilot app. Get
added confidence that you’re lined up with the runway, or airport, you’re
intended for.

Garmin GTN 750 extended runway centerlines

To learn more about Garmin Pilot and its features, visit our website. Also, be sure to check out our other Terminal Safety Solutions designed to enhance situation awareness in the airport environment, including SafeTaxi, SurfaceWatch and Visual Approach Guidance.

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Garmin Celebrates First Flight of G3000 in a Supersonic Tactical Aircraft

Tactical Air Support, Inc. (Tactical Air) has completed the maiden flight of a Garmin integrated flight deck in a supersonic F-5 fighter aircraft. In just under six months, Tactical Air completed the engineering design, installation and first flight with the G3000 integrated flight deck and dual Garmin touchscreen controllers (GTCs). The G3000 in the F-5 is expected to be ready to perform adversary training for the U.S. Navy in Q2 2019. This commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Garmin solution allows Tactical Air to take advantage of reduced development time, lower life-cycle costs and reduced operational costs, through highly reliable state-of-the-art designs.

“The maiden flight of the G3000-equipped F-5 is a significant
achievement as it is a testament to the rapid implementation time and
flexibility afforded by a Garmin integrated flight deck,” said Carl Wolf, vice
president of aviation sales and marketing. “In just under six months, Tactical
Air was able to complete the engineering design, installation and achieve first
flight. Through their hard work, dedication and our strong relationship
together, we’re thrilled that they’re already in the air with the Garmin G3000
in this iconic aircraft. I am confident that the Tactical Air pilots will enjoy
flying behind Garmin glass.”

Garmin G3000

The F-5 is a
supersonic, multi-role tactical fighter and attack aircraft that in this role
will provide air-to-air combat training, close-air support training, tactics
development and evaluation support. The upgraded   F-5 used by Tactical Air will be used in an aggressor
training role and the G3000 will transform the entire fleet of Tactical Air F-5’s
with sensor and system capabilities similar to current fighter aircraft.

“The first
flight of the F-5 was flawless and achieved the main objective of verifying
Pilot Vehicle Interface (PVI) of aircraft systems, displays, controls and the
new Caution/Advisory System (CAS). The PVI and CAS, when combined with the
G3000, results in a more capable fighter aircraft,” said Ken Hamm, Tactical Air
chief test pilot. “As
a career test pilot with over 7,000 flight hours, I have flown aircraft from
the simplest to the space shuttle. Without a doubt, I can say the F-5 cockpit
is one of the most capable and flexible of all.”

The modular
G3000 integrated flight deck boasts a large and vibrant, high-resolution flight
display that seamlessly interfaces to the F-5’s existing mission computer,
enabling advanced mapping, tactical radio capabilities, radar display and more.
The bezel keys, GTCs and L3 ForceX mission system serve as the pilot
interface to the flight display, and the touchscreen controllers are designed so
pilots can use gloves in the cockpit. The G3000 has an open architecture that
enables seamless mission computer, sensors and systems interface and easily
facilitates future upgrades without impacting the avionics.

NVG-compatible G3000 contains modern, state-of-the-art synthetic vision
technology (SVT™) that blends an out-the-window view of surroundings on the
primary flight display, which is particularly helpful during nighttime and in mountainous
environments. The G3000 also has global capabilities for communication,
navigation, surveillance and air traffic management (CNS/ATM). Additional
features within the G3000 integrated flight deck on the F-5 include, Terrain
Awareness and Warning System (TAWS), global Automatic Dependent
Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) traffic and weather, as well as video interfaces.

Through its expansive
dealer network and award-winning aviation support team, Garmin is renowned for
its unrivaled global service network, offering complete life-cycle support.
Field service engineers are strategically located throughout the globe to
support any mission. Garmin also has a full range of training solutions,
including computer-based training, instructor-led training and full-motion
simulator compatibility. For additional information regarding Garmin’s defense,
commercial or business aviation solutions, visit

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Appareo and Broadsword Partner to Fortify High Performance with CMMI

Aerospace Leader Demonstrates Commitment to Transforming Engineering Performance

Fargo, ND — Appareo Systems (Appareo) and Broadsword Solutions (Broadsword) today announced a strategic partnership to pursue Appareo’s vision for high performance using Broadsword’s AgileCMMI framework and the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®). Appareo is a product development and technology company that specializes in software and hardware for industrial and commercial electronics. Broadsword is a leader in performance innovation and process improvement. Their partnership represents Appareo’s ongoing commitment to improving performance.

The CMMI defines the elements required to build great products or deliver great services and integrates them into a comprehensive, implementable model. Broadsword will provide CMMI workshops, coaching, and consulting solutions to help Appareo achieve its capability goals.

“Continuous improvement is a key tenant of Appareo operations,” said David Batcheller, President and CEO of Appareo. “As an ISO 9001- and AS9100- certified organization, we are committed to using CMMI to help us address every avenue for improvement, manage scope and communications, and meet our customer expectations for project delivery more predictably and reliably. We chose Broadsword for their clear vision and proven approach, which we think will help us reach our goals.”

Broadsword’s President, Jeff Dalton, said “By making the commitment to initiate a continuous improvement architecture and system based on the CMMI, Appareo will maintain their position as an industry leader that strives to deliver defect-free, high-value products that meet customers’ requirements, and wins more competitive business. We’re proud to be a partner in helping Appareo’s improve performance, and look forward to their continued success.”

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.

Broadsword is a process improvement and performance innovation firm and CMMI Institute Partner that is the world-leader in using agile and lean methods to drive high-performance engineering using their agile CMMI methodology and collaborative consulting, coaching, and CMMI training solutions. With offices outside of Washington, D.C., Broadsword has a proven record of success throughout North America, and can be reached at