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


Appareo Presents AI at 2019 VDI Conferences in Düsseldorf

Appareo’s Director of AI Systems Josh Gelinske is scheduled to participate in two VDI Conferences next month:

4th International VDI Conference | May 14-15, 2019 | Düsseldorf, Germany

Connected Off Highway Machines

Presentation: Edge Computing For Artificial Intelligence
Josh Gelinske, Director AI Systems, Appareo Systems LLC, USA

  • Challenges of edge inference
  • Techniques for optimization of neural networks
  • Survey of processing hardware for edge inference
  • Applications for autonomous vehicles

    3rd International VDI Conference | May 14-15, 2019 | Düsseldorf, Germany

    Smart Farming

    Interactive Round Table Session

  • Importance of Data for Real Time Decision Making, Dr. Corina Ardelean, AGCO Corporation, USA
  • Cross Company Collaboration – The Fast Lane to Joint Innovation in Smart Agriculture, Clemens Delatrée, xarvio™ Digital Farming Solutions, Germany
  • AI in Agriculture – From Assistive Technologies to Autonomy, Josh Gelinske, Director AI Systems, Appareo Systems LLC, USA
  • The Added Value of Earth Observation Data for Agricultural Applications, Dr. Richard de Jeu, VanderSat, The Netherlands
  • Data Accessibility, Ownership, and Shareconomy, Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Kalmar, Fraunhofer IESE, Germany
  • Connecting the Dots: Defining and Deploying Real-Time Risk Management for the Farmer and his Trusted Partners, Ron Osborne, Farmers Edge, Canada
  • Digital Innovation Hubs – Digital Transformation of Agriculture at a Regional Level, Dr. Sjaak Wolfert, Scientific Coordinator of SmartAgriHubs, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
    View the full VDI conference agendas here:
    VDI Conference 2019 – Connected Off Highway Machines
    VDI Conference 2019 – Smart Farming

    Garmin Demonstrates Datalink Weather Broadcast for Pilots in Germany

    The Garmin aviation team has expanded the availability of datalink weather through a technology demonstration in Friedrichshafen, Germany (EDNY). Using a ground-based Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) that is comprised of Garmin hardware at the EDNY airport, weather information is broadcast and received by aircraft equipped with select Garmin ADS-B In products and displayed on Garmin avionics and portables. For appropriately equipped aircraft, there is no additional cost to receive weather information during this evaluation period, which is expected to end in Q4 of 2019.

    “Based on the success of datalink weather in the United States, we are
    excited to demonstrate affordable datalink weather in Germany and look forward
    to evaluating the feasibility of this technology in Europe,” said Carl Wolf,
    vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “We would like to extend our
    appreciation to the German licensing agencies, as well as airplus maintenance for
    hosting the station and embracing this technology as we collectively aim to
    provide pilots with better tools that can aid and improve in-flight

    Today, pilots operating within the vicinity of the Friedrichshafen
    airport with compatible ADS-B In receivers have access to new datalink weather
    products in Europe. Weather products accessible through this ground station
    include, radar imagery, METARs, TAFs, lightning, icing and winds aloft. Pilots
    can expect to receive weather up to 50 nautical miles away from the ground
    station located at EDNY and weather products will display within a 250 nautical
    mile coverage area. Reception is also dependent upon line of sight. Through
    this, Garmin aims to demonstrate the advantages of widely available datalink
    weather for aircraft operators in Europe.

    Datalink weather information is now available at Friedrichshafen, Germany through a technology demonstration expected to end in Q4 2019.

    “AOPA Germany welcomes Garmin’s efforts in Europe. It is obvious that
    safety in General Aviation should increase if pilots have access to weather
    information in their cockpits. We know that it has been a significant effort to
    work in cooperation with the authorities to make the frequencies available, and
    Garmin has done a great job of explaining the safety case behind it and has
    succeeded,” said Dr. Michael Erb, senior vice president, AOPA Europe. “We are
    convinced that the results of the datalink weather demonstration will be
    positive and that it can serve as a good justification for bringing in-flight
    weather, as well as traffic and AIS information, into all GA cockpits in

    Currently, the system architecture leverages the US-defined FIS-B datalink using UAT technology. Garmin has flight tested the reception of these weather products in a Cessna 182 equipped with a GTX 345 ADS-B transponder, GTN 650/750 navigators, G500 TXi flight display, aera 660/795/796 GPS portables, the GDL 50 portable ADS-B receiver and the Garmin Pilot app on Apple mobile devices. Garmin expects compatibility with additional UAT-based receivers and displays.

    These datalink weather products are available immediately for pilots
    operating in the vicinity of the Friedrichshafen airport in Germany. Pilots who
    fly into AERO Friedrichshafen in Germany (April 10-13, 2019) and use the new
    datalink weather products are encouraged to provide feedback at the Garmin
    exhibit (Hall A6). Pilots can also submit feedback via this website: Garmin is also hosting a press conference at AERO Friedrichshafen on
    Thursday, April 11th at 16:00 local in Conference Center West,
    Room Schweiz. For additional information regarding Garmin datalink products,

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    Garmin TeamX Brings New FIS-B Weather Products to G3X Touch, aera 660 and aera 795/796

    Our TeamX experimental avionics group introduced new Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather capabilities to several popular Garmin products. These capabilities are available through the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) ADS-B ground station network in the United States. Pilots can now access this new weather information on the G3X Touch flight display for experimental aircraft and the aera 660 and aera 795/796 portables using Garmin receivers that support ADS-B In.  

    The introduction of the new FIS-B weather products give pilots additional tools to better interpret the broader weather picture. These new products include lightning, turbulence, icing (current and forecast) and cloud tops. With at least one ADS-B ground station in view while in-flight or on the ground, pilots can easily access and receive beneficial weather in the cockpit within the U.S.  

    Garmin aera 660 featuring new FIS-B icing information.

    Garmin ADS-B products are currently capable of receiving these new
    services. These products include the GTX 345, GDL 88, GDL 84, GDL 52,
    GDL 50, GDL 39 3D and GDL 39. Compatibility is also extended to include all
    remote-mount Garmin ADS-B In receivers. These ADS-B In receivers do not require
    a software update in order to receive the new weather products.

    In addition
    to the G3X Touch for experimental aircraft, aera 660 and aera 795/796
    compatibility today, the Garmin Pilot app on Apple mobile devices can also
    receive and display these new FIS-B weather products.

    To learn more about our latest products and features, visit our website at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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    2019 Airshow Guide: SUN ‘n FUN and AERO Friedrichshafen

    As the first signs of spring begin to emerge from winter in the U.S., we’re reminded that the annual aviation fly-in, airshow and exhibition season follows not too far behind. The longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures mean more flying, and more importantly, more aviation events. We’re kicking off the 2019 season at SUN ’n FUN in Lakeland, Florida, and AERO Friedrichshafen in Germany.

    SUN n FUN International Fly-In and Expo — April
    2-7, 2019

    The largest annual convention in Florida and second-largest
    event of its kind in the world — SUN ’n FUN means airshow season has officially
    arrived in the United States.

    Our aviation team will be on hand showcasing everything our general aviation product line has to offer. Attendees can learn about our broad range of ADS-B solutions, upgrade solutions for certificated aircraft such as our new G3X Touch for certificated piston singles, GPS 175/GNX 375 navigators, TXi series flight displays and much more.

    Garmin G3X Touch for certificated aircraft.

    Plus, TeamX — our group of experimental aircraft engineers,
    builders and pilots — will be highlighting the latest advancements to our line
    of products for experimental/light sport aircraft, including G3X Touch.

    During the show, our experts will be presenting daily seminars
    (April 2-6). Located in tent N11 between Hangar D and the flight line, aircraft
    owners, pilots and enthusiasts can learn about topics ranging from flying with
    Garmin Pilot to a getting full avionics upgrade for their airplane.

    Seminar Title Time
    Autopilot Upgrades:GFC 600 and GFC 500 9:30 a.m.
    Upgrading Avionics:G600 TXi/G500 TXi and GTN 750/650
    10:00 a.m.
    ADS-B Solutions: GTX 335/345 series, GDL 82 and more 10:45 a.m.
    Low-cost Upgrades for Certificated Aircraft:
    G5, GTX 345, GMA 345, GNC/GTR and more
    11:15 a.m.
    Avionics for Experimental Aircraft: From G5 to G3X
    12:15 p.m.
    Flying with iPad and Android Tablets: Plan, File, Fly, Log
    with Garmin Pilot
    1:00 p.m.

    Visit us at our exhibit in Hangar D at the show!

    AERO Friedrichshafen
    — April 10-13, 2019

    After SUN ’n FUN, our U.S. team heads across the pond to
    unite with our European team in Friedrichshafen, Germany, for one of the
    leading general aviation conventions in Europe — AERO Friedrichshafen. The show
    boasts conferences, seminars and the latest innovations within the industry.

    Garmin GNX 375 Navigator with ADS-B In/Out transponder.

    We will be showcasing many of the same avionics solutions, including GFC 500 and GFC 600 retrofit autopilots, TXi series and G3X Touch. Our experts will also be presenting seminars to educate attendees about these solutions (April 10-12), hosted behind the Garmin exhibit located in Hall A6.

    Seminar Title Time
    What’s New at Garmin(English) 10:00-
    Upgrading Avionics: G600 TXi/G500 TXi and GTN 750/650
    series (German)
    Low-cost Upgrades for Certificated Aircraft: G5, GTR 225,
    GMA 345 and more (English)
    Avionics for Experimental Aircraft: From G5 to G3X Touch (English) 12:30-
    Upgrading Avionics: G600 TXi/G500 TXi and GTN 750/650
    series (English)
    Portables: From Wrist-worn Navigators to Handhelds
    Autopilot Upgrades:GFC 600 and GFC 500 (English) 15:30-
    Flying with iPad and Android Tablets: Plan, File, Fly, Log
    with Garmin Pilot (English)
    Low-cost Upgrades for Certificated Aircraft: G5, GTR 225,
    GMA 345 and more (German)

    Be sure to visit with our team at any one of these upcoming
    events, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news
    and announcements!

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    Garmin Introduces GTX 335D and GTX 345D ADS-B Diversity Transponders

    We are excited to introduce the GTX 335D and GTX 345D, two diversity transponders that provide optimal Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out coverage and visibility while operating throughout the global airspace system. The GTX 335D offers ADS-B Out, while the GTX 345D provides ADS-B Out, as well as ADS-B In traffic and weather for display on compatible avionics and mobile devices. Remote-mount versions are also available. The GTX 335D/GTX 345D are intended for qualifying aircraft that may prefer or require a diversity solution, while also meeting or exceeding global ADS-B airspace requirements.

    “The GTX 335D and GTX 345D are yet another example of our leadership
    position within the ADS-B market as we continue to provide global solutions for
    all segments of aviation,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and
    marketing. “With more ADS-B solutions fielded than anyone else, Garmin is
    committed to providing ADS-B upgrade options to aircraft owners around the
    globe that address their operational needs, and with the GTX 345D, giving them
    the option to receive ADS-B In benefits in the cockpit.”    

    The GTX 335D/GTX 345D utilize two antennas
    mounted on the top and bottom of the aircraft, providing superior operational
    coverage. As opposed to having a single antenna that is mounted on the bottom
    of the aircraft, diversity antennas help reduce antenna “shading” caused when
    the aircraft turns or maneuvers. Diversity antennas also improve line-of-sight
    visibility and allow the transponder to more robustly send and receive ADS-B
    transmissions from other participating aircraft, further improving visibility
    while operating throughout the global airspace system.

    Select G1000, G1000 NXi and G3000-equipped aircraft have an elegant and simple path to incorporate a diversity transponder-based ADS-B solution using the GTX 335D/GTX 345D. A remote-mounted version of the GTX 335D or GTX 345D takes the place of the aircraft’s transponder and interfaces with the aircraft’s existing WAAS position source to meet ADS-B Out requirements. The GTX 345D is capable of displaying various ADS-B In benefits, including subscription free Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather1 and ADS-B traffic on the primary flight display (PFD) and multi-function display (MFD). 

    In addition to integrated flight deck compatibility, the GTX 335D/GTX 345D interface with a variety of other Garmin avionics, flight displays and mobile devices. These include the GTN 650/750 and GNS 430W/530W navigators, the G500 TXi/G600 TXi/G700 TXi and G500/G600 flight displays, as well as the aera 796/795 and aera 660 portables. These transponders are also compatible with the Garmin Pilot, FltPlan Go and ForeFlight Mobile applications, as well as other third-party avionics. Display capabilities vary, visit the Garmin website for full compatibility details.

    The GTX 345D unlocks more capabilities for pilots by displaying ADS-B traffic and FIS-B weather on compatible products in the cockpit. Exclusive features such as TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic further enhance the display of traffic within Garmin products. The GTX 345D also includes a dual-link ADS-B receiver that provides pilots with a complete picture of ADS-B equipped traffic. The GTX 345D may be integrated into the aircraft’s audio panel to provide ATC-like audible alerts, such as “Traffic: 10 O’Clock, same altitude, two miles” to help pilots keep their eyes outside the cockpit when looking for traffic. FIS-B weather products include NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, PIREPs, winds and temperatures aloft, NOTAMs, AIRMETs and SIGMETs. New FIS-B weather products, including lightning, turbulence, icing (current and forecast) and cloud tops are currently capable of displaying on Garmin Pilot and the aera 660. Additional Garmin display compatibility with these new FIS-B weather products is expected later this year.

    The GTX 335D and GTX 345D ADS-B transponders have received Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and deliveries for select installations will begin next week. We will have an updated Aircraft Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) in late Q2 2019 comprising of hundreds of aircraft makes and models. The GTX 335D and GTX 345D are available for a list price of $6,495 and $7,995 respectively. For additional information regarding the industry’s most comprehensive line of ADS‑B solutions, visit:

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    Garmin GPS 175 and GNX 375 — Compelling Navigators Offering WAAS/LPV Approaches and Optional ADS-B In/Out

    We are excited to introduce our GPS 175 and GNX 375 GPS navigators with Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance (LPV) approach capability. Pilots receive the benefits of high-integrity WAAS/SBAS GPS guidance in a compact, (6.25-inches wide by 2-inches tall) design that is both cost-effective and easy to incorporate into an existing avionics stack. The GPS 175 is a standalone certified IFR navigator with a vibrant, color touchscreen display packed with advanced features and capabilities including WAAS/LPV approaches. The GNX 375 has all of the capability of the GPS 175 and adds Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out, as well as dual-link ADS-B In via a built-in transponder. Intended for Class I/II aircraft that weigh 6,000 lbs./2,721 kg. or less, as well as experimental/amateur-built (EAB) aircraft, the GPS 175/GNX 375 have received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) and are available immediately from Garmin Authorized Dealers for over 700 aircraft makes/models.

    “Many aircraft have not been equipped with WAAS/LPV or ADS-B due to the
    lack of a compelling value proposition for owners of these aircraft,” said Carl
    Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The GPS 175 and GNX 375
    offer WAAS/LPV approaches and optional ADS-B In/Out with an impressive array of
    features, performance, and compelling value.”

    Garmin GPS 175 with advanced terrain awareness.

    Slim and unobtrusive, the GPS 175/GNX 375 include a WAAS/SBAS GPS that is
    IFR approach-capable. A vibrant, colorful touchscreen display boasts a familiar
    Garmin user experience that enables quick and intuitive entry of flight plan
    information, while a dual concentric knob and dedicated home button offer added
    versatility when interfacing with the touchscreen. Dedicated pages within the GPS 175
    include a moving map, flight plan, nearest, procedures, waypoint information
    and terrain pages, and the GNX 375 adds traffic and weather pages. The addition
    of a dedicated direct-to button on the touchscreen offers quick access to direct
    airport or waypoint navigation. Customizable data fields and short cuts on the
    moving map to pilot-selectable pages such as the nearest airport allow for
    quick, one-touch access to important information in-flight.     

    Fully WAAS IFR-approach-capable, the GPS 175/GNX 375 give pilots the
    benefit of flying LPV, Lateral Performance (LP), as well as all Area Navigation
    (RNAV) approaches. Many approaches offer vertical approach guidance as low as
    200-feet above ground level (AGL). Pilots can also leverage the touchscreen and
    moving map to easily generate customized holding patterns over an existing fix
    in the navigation database or a user-defined waypoint and easily insert it into
    a flight plan. Visual approaches are also available within the GPS 175/GNX
    375 and provide lateral and vertical approach guidance in visual flight
    conditions. Visual approaches offer added assurance at unfamiliar airports or
    in challenging environments to ensure the aircraft is aligned properly with the
    correct runway, while also taking into consideration terrain and obstacle

    Garmin GPS 175 featuring SafeTaxi.

    Designed to replace earlier-generation products such as the iconic GPS 150/155 series, the GX 50/55, as well as the KLN 89/90/94 series, aircraft owners won’t have to make significant panel modifications to accommodate the GPS 175/GNX 375. Aircraft owners can also retain many of their existing flight instruments, audio panels and many legacy CDI/EHSI indicators such as the KI 209, or easily pair it with a new or existing flight display like the G5 electronic flight instrument. Additional interface options include the G3X Touch flight display for experimental and certificated aircraft, the GFC 500 and GFC 600 autopilots, as well as select third-party autopilots. Additionally, precise course deviation and roll steering outputs can be coupled to the GFC 500/GFC 600 autopilots and select third-party autopilots so procedures such as holds, radius-to-fix (RF) legs and missed approaches may be flown automatically.

    Built-in Connext® cockpit connectivity gives pilots the benefits and efficiencies of a wireless cockpit, enabling wireless flight plan transfer via Bluetooth to and from compatible portables and mobile devices running the Garmin Pilot and FltPlan Go applications. GPS position information and back-up attitude can also be used by compatible products. Because the GNX 375 has an integrated ADS-B transponder and dual link ADS-B In, pilots can also view ADS-B traffic and weather on compatible mobile devices and portables. Offering a faster, more intuitive method of judging target trajectories and closure rates, ADS‑B enabled TargetTrend aids in the identification of real traffic threats, while TerminalTraffic displays a comprehensive picture of ADS-B-equipped aircraft and ground vehicles. Patented TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic are exclusively available within Garmin products, including the Garmin Pilot app. For customers that already equipped for ADS-B, the GTX 345 or GDL 88 can interface to the GPS 175 to display ADS-B In. Additional wireless benefits include Database Concierge, which is available as an option by pairing the Flight Stream 510 with these navigators.

    The GPS 175/GNX 375 offer unique benefits that only a touchscreen can
    provide, such as graphical flight plan editing, allowing pilots to more easily
    edit their flight plan based on an ATC amendment or weather. Features such as FastFind
    simplifies flight plan entry by applying predictive logic to suggest airports
    and waypoints using current GPS location, while Smart Airspace makes it easier to identify pertinent
    airspace on the moving map. The addition of SafeTaxi® airport
    diagrams display runways, taxiways, Fixed Based Operators (FBO’s), hangars and
    more relative to the aircraft’s location on the airport surface.

    The GPS 175 and GNX 375 are expected to be available in April and are approved for installation in over 700 Class I/II piston aircraft models that weigh 6,000 lbs./2,721 kg. or less and can be purchased through the Garmin Authorized Dealer network starting at a suggested list price of $4,995 and $7,995 respectively. A free Garmin GPS 175/GNX 375 trainer app is also available for download on Apple mobile devices, which allows customers to experience the feature set of these navigators. The GPS 175/GNX 375 are also supported by our award-winning aviation support team, which provides 24/7 worldwide technical and warranty support. For additional information, visit

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    Garmin G3X Touch Certified for Single-Engine Piston Aircraft

    We are thrilled to announce the certification of our G3X Touch flight display for hundreds of certificated aircraft. The G3X Touch offers a variety of scalable panel configurations and a superior feature set that includes wireless connectivity and synthetic vision as standard, as well as options such as display redundancy, advanced autopilot compatibility, engine monitoring and more. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for the installation of G3X Touch in nearly 500 certified single-engine piston aircraft, which is supported by Garmin’s expansive dealer network and its award-winning aviation support team. 

    “Garmin remains committed to offering value-minded solutions that seek
    to enhance safety in the single-engine piston aircraft market and the
    introduction of the G3X Touch flight display for certificated aircraft is yet
    another example of that commitment,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation
    sales and marketing. “As the trusted leader in avionics, we’re excited to bring
    this game-changing offering to certified piston aircraft owners with ambitions
    for flight display upgrades that fits their panel – and budget.”

    Garmin G3X Touch 10.6-inch display for certified aircraft.

    The G3X Touch system for certified aircraft is representative of Garmin’s experience in integrated flight deck technology, which boasts a clean and sleek appearance and a resilient, high-resolution display. The touchscreen offers an intuitive user interface and through any combination of the touchscreen or dual-concentric knobs, pilots can efficiently perform common in-flight functions like direct-to navigation, setting altitude pre-select or radio tuning. Pilots will also appreciate the seamless in-flight experience behind G3X Touch as the user interface is harmonious with multiple Garmin products, such as the new GPS 175/GNX 375 and GTN 650/750 navigators.

    Multiple panel configurations and display options allow pilots and
    aircraft owners to better leverage their current and future avionics
    investment. One configuration option includes a large 10.6-inch G3X Touch display
    paired with a 7-inch display. This configuration offers the convenience and
    utility of a large primary flight display (PFD) with a dedicated multi-function
    display (MFD). Another option allows dual 7‑inch displays to serve as a
    dedicated PFD/MFD. For space-limited panels, pilots can also install a single
    10.6-inch or 7-inch display. In configurations where multiple displays are
    installed, the G3X Touch system offers redundancy and reversionary mode as a
    single display is capable of showing all primary flight information, including engine
    information when installed. For aircraft owners that have already installed a
    G5 electronic flight instrument in their aircraft, they can easily add a G3X
    Touch display to take advantage of the redundancy benefits associated with this
    configuration. The building-block design of these four approved cockpit
    configurations give aircraft owners scalable upgrade options that suit a
    variety of panels.   

    Garmin G3X Touch 7-inch display featuring Engine Information System capabilities.

    The G3X Touch suite
    offers an impressive array of standard features that give pilots greater
    situational awareness throughout every phase of flight. Synthetic vision (SVX™)
    comes standard on all G3X Touch displays and provides a rich, three-dimensional
    depiction of terrain, obstacles, water features, the runway environment and
    more. Capable of serving as a standalone VFR navigator, the G3X Touch provides benefits
    that help further situational awareness in visual conditions with features like
    vertical navigation (VNAV), which allows pilots to generate a vertical descent
    profile by setting an altitude constraint in the flight plan. Modern tools such
    as wireless connectivity is also available as standard. Wireless flight plan
    transfer, the sharing of traffic1, weather1, back-up
    attitude information and more with a compatible tablet or smartphone are all
    available via Garmin Connext®.

    The G3X Touch flight display for certificated aircraft can interface
    with a variety of optional Garmin equipment including:

    • For complete IFR-approach compatibility,
      customers can pair the G3X Touch with a variety of Garmin GPS navigators and Nav/Comms, including the new GPS 175/GNX
      375, GTN 650/750, GNS™ 430W/530W, GNS 480, SL 30/40, and GNC®
    • For aircraft that can benefit from a modern
      autopilot, the GFC 500 autopilot provides
      workload-reducing features such as auto-trim, flight director, airspeed climbs
      and descents, dedicated level (LVL) mode and more. Garmin Electronic Stability
      and Protection (ESP), underspeed and overspeed protection are also available as
      standard and work
      in the background to help pilots avoid inadvertent flight attitudes or bank
      angles while the pilot is hand-flying the aircraft. The addition of yaw damping
      (YD) minimizes yawing oscillations and helps maintain coordinated flight by
      keeping the slip/skid indicator centered. Additionally, G3X Touch can now serve
      as an attitude source for the GFC 500 autopilot, which does not require the G5
      electronic flight instrument when installed with G3X Touch. The GFC 500 is available as an option
      for select models of the Beechcraft Bonanza, Cessna 172/182/210, Grumman
      AA-5, Mooney M20 and the Piper PA-28 with additional certifications in progress. For a comprehensive list of
      supported aircraft, visit
    • Pilots can fly fully-coupled instrument and visual approaches when the G3X Touch
      is paired with the GFC 500 autopilot and a GPS 175/GNX 375 or GTN 650/750. Pilots
      can also fly fully-coupled go-arounds during missed approach sequencing after
      an instrument approach.
    • The G5
      electronic flight instrument
      can be utilized as an all-in-one back-up instrument2
      to the G3X Touch flight display, offering superior redundancy and the
      sharing of attitude information, air data, baro sync, and miscompare alerts. In
      the event of a miscompare between the G3X Touch and G5 attitude or air data
      sources, the GFC 500 autopilot will choose the best available source and
      continue to function normally.
    • Pilots can receive and display the benefits ADS-B In via the new GNX 375, GTX 345 or the GDL 50R/52R. ADS-B-enabled features such as patented TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic are also available with these products.
    • With the GDL 51R/52R, pilots can receive and
      display SiriusXM aviation weather
      and listen to audio entertainment with a compatible subscription.
    • VFR sectionals and IFR
      enroute charts
      display pertinent information pertaining to VFR/IFR flights,
      and geo-referenced instrument approaches
      improve situational awareness by overlaying own-ship position information on
      the instrument approach chart.
    • The GMA 345/342 audio panel adds advanced functions, including auto squelch, 3D Audio and Bluetooth® connectivity.
    • Up to two Comm radios can be supported and
      controlled by G3X Touch, including the GNC 255
      and the GTR 225 Comm,
      as well as the GTN 650/750.
    • G3X Touch can display primary engine information with the addition of
      the GEA 24, including engine gauges, color bands, alerts, fuel and other vital
      information. Piston engines of up to 6 cylinders are supported.
    • The GTS
      active traffic system can interface with G3X Touch, offering added
      protection and visibility while operating in high-density airspace and traffic

    The G3X Touch flight display is approved for installation in nearly 500 single-engine piston aircraft and can be purchased through the Garmin Authorized Dealer network starting at a list price of $7,995 for a single 7-inch display and $9,995 for a 10.6-inch display. Pricing includes the G3X Touch display, install kit, ADAHRS, magnetometer and temperature probe (installation not included). There is no additional cost for the STC. Deliveries for new orders are expected to begin in early April. Customers can see the G3X Touch flight display installed in a Grumman AA-5 Tiger at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo, Apr. 2-7, 2019 in Lakeland, Fla. The G3X Touch is also supported by Garmin’s award-winning aviation support team, which provides 24/7 worldwide technical and warranty support. For additional information, visit  

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    Aviation Database Coverage and Capabilities Expanded in Australia

    We have received approval of a CASR 175.C Data Service Provider (DSP) certificate from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), enabling expanded aviation database coverage in Australia. In addition to the integration of Airservices Australia data into the suite of Garmin databases, Garmin Pilot within Australia has also expanded to offer additional data and supports connectivity between Apple mobile devices and compatible avionics in the cockpit, including wireless flight plan transfer. Pilots can now take advantage of these new databases in Australia within Garmin Pilot, as well as in a new, cost-effective PilotPak database bundle on the flyGarmin website.

    “We’re excited to offer our Australian customers new aviation database options and packages, as well as an expanded Garmin Pilot app that provides convenient, wireless connectivity with the avionics in their cockpit,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “In addition to providing our customers with more database options, we’re proud of this tremendous accomplishment and extend our appreciation to CASA so we can provide Australian pilots with economical aviation database coverage in a comprehensive package.”

    Australian PilotPak aviation databases

    We are offering expanded database options that are new to Australia so customers have access to even more information in-flight. In addition to navigation data, airport directory and terrain database information available today, the new Australian PilotPak adds Garmin FliteCharts, which consists of departure and approach procedures (DAP). Approach procedures are geo-referenced, displaying the aircraft location as it relates to the instrument approach. Additionally, SafeTaxi aerodrome diagrams, as well as IFR/VFR Charts are available. This includes enroute charts, Visual Navigation Charts (VNC), Visual Terminal Charts (VTC), World Aeronautical Charts (WAC) and IFR Terminal Area Charts (TAC). The Australian PilotPak provides database updates for all compatible avionics in a single aircraft and is available immediately on for $997 USD.

    Garmin PilotPak with FliteCharts.

    Select databases in the Australian PilotPak are compatible with the following avionics:

    • GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators
    • G500 TXi/G600 TXi/G700 TXi/G500H TXi flight displays
    • G500/G600/G500H flight displays
    • G1000, G1000 NXi, G2000, G3000, G5000, G1000H and G5000H Integrated Flight Decks
    • G3X, G3X Touch and G900X glass flight displays

    Garmin portables that are compatible with select Australian databases include:

    • aera 660
    • aera 795/796 series
    • aera 500 series
    • GPSMAP 695/696
    • GPSMAP 495/496

    Garmin Pilot Australia for Apple mobile devices

    Available in two tiers, customers in Australia can now select which Garmin Pilot subscription best suits their flying. The Garmin Pilot Standard subscription includes navigation data and now, adds Visual Navigation Charts (VNC), Visual Terminal Charts (VTC), World Aeronautical Charts (WAC), IFR low and high enroute charts, IFR Terminal Area Charts (TAC) and the Australian Aerodrome AIP. The Garmin Pilot Premium subscription adds geo-referenced Garmin FliteCharts and SafeTaxi aerodrome diagrams. NEXRAD radar imagery, METARs and TAFs can also be viewed within the moving map in Garmin Pilot within both subscriptions.

    Garmin Pilot capabilities expanded in Australia.

    Using Garmin Pilot, customers can also take advantage of the benefits and efficiencies of a wireless cockpit. Connext integration allows Garmin Pilot customers to develop their flight plan within the app and seamlessly transfer it to their avionics prior to their flight. Flight plans also remain in sync throughout the flight and flight plan amendments can easily be made within Garmin Pilot and sent to a compatible navigator, including the GTN 650/750, GNS 430W/530W, G1000 NXi and G3X Touch. The sharing of GPS position information, as well as back-up attitude information can be displayed within the synthetic vision page within the app. Using Flight Stream 510, customers can also take advantage of Database Concierge, the wireless transfer of aviation databases from the Garmin Pilot app to Garmin avionics, including the GTN 650/750, G1000 NXi and G500 TXi/G600 TXi.

    The Australian PilotPak can be purchased and downloaded from the flyGarmin website for $997 USD. Garmin Pilot Australia is available from the Apple App Store as a free download for the first 30 days. After the 30-day trial period, customers may purchase the Garmin Pilot Standard subscription for $99.99 USD annually, which includes navigation data, Australian Aerodrome AIP, VNC, VTC, WAC, IFR low/high enroute charts, as well as IFR TAC charts. For $49.99 USD customers can add the Garmin Pilot Premium upgrade, which includes FliteCharts and SafeTaxi, along with synthetic vision, terrain and obstacle alerting. For additional information, visit or visit

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    Garmin Pilot Adds Integration, AOPA FBO Fees and More

    Our latest version of Garmin Pilot — version 9.6 —  includes an expanded feature set designed to increase  integration with, and provide pilots with additional information about their destination airport prior to flight, en route, or upon arrival. New to version 9.6, pilots can seamlessly synchronize flight plans between Garmin Pilot and The upgrade also includes AOPA FBO fees, flight data log exceedances, along with enhancements to split screen capability, runway centerlines and user waypoint management. Integration

    Garmin Pilot and synchronizing.

    Garmin Pilot 9.6 allows U.S. pilots to create, file, amend and cancel flight plans with Garmin Pilot or  In addition, aircraft and pilot profiles are imported into Garmin Pilot for use in Trip Planning.

    To get started:

    • Enter your credentials from the com home screen main menu icon, or by selecting in Settings
    • pilot and aircraft profiles available for import into Garmin Pilot will be displayed
      • Pilot Information
        • If the pilot name does not exist in Garmin Pilot, the complete pilot profile will be imported
        • If the pilot name exists in Garmin Pilot, the FltPlan data will be used to populate the pilot profile in Garmin Pilot
      • Aircraft Information
        • If the aircraft tail number does not exist in Garmin Pilot, the complete aircraft profile will be imported
        • If the tail number exists in Garmin Pilot, the FltPlan data will be used to populate any missing information in the aircraft profile
        • Performance data will be compared and the most complete data set will be used
      • If pilot or aircraft profiles are added or modified on, be sure to import the new data into Garmin Pilot.
        • Choose Home – Settings – FltPlan to import data

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

    • After modifying a trip in Garmin Pilot, select Save or File to send the changes to
    • com flight plans may be activated in Garmin Pilot and wirelessly transferred to compatible Garmin avionics or a Garmin integrated flight deck. 

    FBO Fees

    AOPA FBO fees within Garmin Pilot.

    A coalition of industry leaders, including AOPA, EAA, GAMA, NATA, NBAA and HAI, have called for Fee Transparency, asking FBOs to publish their pricing online.  Garmin Pilot now displays FBO fees, sourced by AOPA, including landing, ramp, deicing, GPU, overnight and more!

    To view FBO fees:

    • Select FBOs from the Airport Info icon
    • Choose your desired FBO
    • Scroll to the fee section to view data

    Flight Data Log Exceedance Alerts

    Flight Data Log Exceedance Alerts.

    Pilots may configure flight data log exceedances for every phase of flight within Garmin Pilot. The engine data graph, available from the logbook entry, will highlight an exceedance for a completed flight.

    To establish a flight data log exceedance:

    • Select Alerts from Settings
    • Tap Flight Data Log Exceedance Alerts
    • Choose Add Exceedance Alert
    • Select the parameter and set exceedance limitations
    • Save to activate the alert

    To view your engine data log

    • Select Logbook
    • Choose View Engine Data
    • EIS page will display engine data log

    As a reminder, Garmin Pilot displays real-time engine information in-flight when paired with an EIS-capable TXi flight display or the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck and the Flight Stream 510.  Upon landing, the flight data log is wirelessly uploaded to the flyGarmin website and is incorporated into the logbook entry for post flight analysis. Flight data logs may also be manually uploaded to flyGarmin from an SD card.

    Customized Split Screen Items

    Customized split-screen.

    The split screen capability within the Garmin Pilot map page is a highly used feature that is unique to our application.  Now, users may customize the features in the Split Screen Selector  to modify the order in which items appear, or hide items that are not used.

    • From the Map page, tap the chevron to enter split screen mode
    • Tap the Split Screen Selector to display the visible items
    • Select Edit to modify the feature list
    • Tap and hold the Reorder icon to move the item to the desired location
    • To remove an item from the visible list, tap the red Minus Icon and select Hide
    • Tap the green Plus Icon to move an item from the Hidden Items to the Visible Items list
    • Select Done to save changes

    To arrange items to their original default position, select Restore.

    Runway Centerline

    Runway centerlines.

    We have added two additional runways centerlines options to improve situational awareness.

    • Choose Ownship / Route from the map layer icon on the Map page
    • Select the desired Extended Centerlines Visibility
    • Choose the runway centerline option

    The runway centerlines will be displayed for all the airports in active flight plan.

    Bulk Deletion of User Waypoints

    Garmin Pilot has improved the management of user waypoint adding the capability to delete multiple waypoints at one time.

    • From Settings, choose User Content
    • Choose Select to enter edit mode
    • Tap the waypoints you wish to remove and choose Delete or Select All to remove all user waypoints
    • Select Delete to confirm

    For additional information on Garmin Pilot and our entire suite of aviation products, visit

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