Women of Aviation Week 2019

Each year at the beginning of March, the aviation community celebrates the anniversary of the world’s first female pilot license, earned by Raymonde de Laroche on March 8, 1910. Women of Aviation Week was established on the centennial anniversary of this achievement in 2010 to not only honor this achievement but also to promote aviation careers and involvement to future generations of women. This year at Garmin, we hosted festivities for the second straight year aimed at inspiring and encouraging local youth to pursue aviation and other STEM-related fields — incorporating science, technology, engineering or math.

Amelia Rose Earhart speaking about her around-the-world flight.

Monday, March 4: Kickoff Celebration 

We kicked off the week by hosting families at our headquarters located in Olathe, Kansas, with flight simulator lab tours, an aviation-themed photo booth, build-a-plane projects and more. The evening was capped off with an inspiring presentation by around-the-world pilot and former Kansas City resident Amelia Rose Earhart.

More than 40 local high school students went for rides in Garmin aircraft.

Tuesday, March 5: High School Hangar Days

On the second day, our flight operations team took a break from their busy schedule of certifying avionics to provide free flights in Garmin aircraft to local high school students. They also got a behind-the-scenes look at how a department operates from hangar tours to simulator flights.

Wednesday, March 6: STEM Outreach

Members of our human resources and aviation engineering teams visited Kansas City metro schools to educate about opportunities in aviation and STEM fields. They also worked with students on a build-a-plane project to ignite the aviation spark.

Thursday, March 7: High School Hangar Days

High school students once again joined us on for another day of flights and hangar tours with our flight operations team. All-in-all, we ended up providing nearly 50 students flights in aircraft ranging from our Diamond DA-40 to a Beechcraft Baron.

During our STEM outreach day, students learned about opportunities in aviation and built an airplane!

Friday, March 8: Mercury 13 Presentation

Kansas City native and Mercury 13 program participant Sarah Gorelick Ratley joined us at Garmin headquarters to talk about her history in aviation and experiences as a pioneer for the space program. Additionally, local certified flight instructor Jeanné Willerth spoke about learning to fly, and her adventure of flying into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Garmin is thrilled to have an opportunity to share our passion and enthusiasm for all aviation and STEM opportunities. Be sure to follow us for our latest news and events on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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Garmin Earns Best Supplier Award From Embraer for Tenth Time

On February 28, 2019, at the annual Embraer Suppliers Conference at Embraer’s facility in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, we were honored with the best supplier of the year award for the 10th time. Our team was named the best supplier for Electrical Systems of the Year related to the support of the G1000 Prodigy and G3000 Prodigy Touch integrated flight decks in the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 respectively.

“We are humbled and honored yet again to be recognized by Embraer, among hundreds of their suppliers, for our tremendous commitment to serving them on their award-winning Phenom aircraft,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The Electrical Systems Best Supplier award marks our 10th award from Embraer, over the last nine-year period – one that is a testament to the hard work and dedication provided by Garmin’s entire team to deliver industry-leading flight deck solutions that are backed by the best support in the industry.”

The 2018 award for Electrical Systems highlights design innovation, user-interface and overall system architecture, as well as outstanding efforts among production line support, quality and on-time reliability of the supply chain. This award further recognizes our achievement in designing and manufacturing state-of-the-art flight deck systems, while being sensitive to market needs and preferences.

This award joins a total of nine previous Embraer best supplier awards we have earned in the following categories:

  • 2017: Technical Support to Operator
  • 2017: Electro – Electronic Systems
  • 2016: Electro – Mechanical Systems
  • 2015: Electro – Mechanical Systems
  • 2015: Material Support to Operator
  • 2014: Material Support to Operator
  • 2011: Electro – Electronic Systems
  • 2011: Technical Support to Operator
  • 2010: Electro – Electronic Systems

Best supplier recipients undergo stringent evaluation and are recognized as having shown outstanding performance, continuous improvement and increased customer satisfaction among all other suppliers in their respective categories. Nine award categories were presented among Embraer’s entire aircraft portfolio, including Executive Aviation, Defense, and Commercial Aircraft. Suppliers are considered based on several attributes, including innovation, delivery, quality, reliability, flexibility and customer support.

This award is among many aviation industry accolades we have recently received. Late last year we were awarded top honors in avionics product support for the 15th straight year by Aviation International News, and earned the top spot in the annual avionics product support survey conducted by Professional Pilot magazine this year, also for the 15th consecutive year. In October, we were presented the Avionics Innovation Award and ADS-B Bravo Award by Business & Commercial Aviation. We have also been selected to receive a Laureate Award later this month for Electronics/Avionics within the Business Aviation category by Aviation Week Network.

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Spring 2019 Events — Helicopters, Business Jets and Flight Technologies

Our aviation team is opening the spring season at the Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo and NBAA Houston Regional Forum, showcasing our latest technology, products, services and features.

Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo – March 4-7, 2019 

Presented this year at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, this annual event for the international helicopter community combines meetings, forums, workshops, and the latest aircraft and technology the industry has to offer.

Garmin G500H TXi featuring Synthetic Vision technology.

This year we’ll be highlighting our latest helo technology designed to help pilots improve mission effectiveness and safety. Everything from our G500H TXi touchscreen flight displays, GFC 600H flight control system for helicopters, to fully integrated flight decks — like G1000H NXi and G5000H — plus much more. And, the Jan. 1, 2020 ADS-B equippage deadline is only getting closer, so we’ll be highlighting our complete line of ADS-B solutions for helicopters at the event, too. Find us in the B Hall at exhibit B616!

NBAA Houston Regional Forum – March 14, 2019

This one-day event located in Houston is a regional version of the annual business aviation convention intended to bring current and prospective business aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers, and customers together.

Our team of business aviation experts will be on-hand in Houston to discuss the popular solutions ranging from G1000 NXi upgrades, to the G5000 integrated flight deck upgrade on the Beechjet and Citation Excel/XLS aircraft. Attendees can learn about our advanced traffic, and weather solutions — such as the GWX 80 doppler weather radar with threat analysis — plus our G700 TXi touchscreen flight displays for business aircraft, and latest ADS-B solutions engineered to keep business aircraft flying well into the decades to come.

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

We’ll also be highlighting our latest integration with FltPlan.com, and FltLogic — a comprehensive scheduling program that integrates with FltPlan.com. With FltPlan.com, pilots and passengers can take advantage of a feature set designed to save time and add convenience to travel, including eAPIS services for international flights, Pre-Departure Clearances and more. Learn more at booth #514 and #516 at the event!

Be sure to visit with our team of avionics experts 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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NTSB 2019–2020 Most Wanted List Calls for Flight Data Monitoring

The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements outlines the critical changes that are needed to reduce transportation accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) is one of the recommendations for how to improve the safety of Part 135 aircraft flight operations:

Part 135 operators must implement safety management systems that include a flight data monitoring program, and they should mandate controlled flight-into-terrain-avoidance training that addresses current terrain-avoidance warning system technologies.

What is the problem and what can be done?

According to the NTSB website…

The Problem: Most of the organizations that conduct Part 135 operations do not have—and are not required to have—a safety management system (SMS), flight data monitoring (FDM), or controlled flight into terrain (CFIT)-avoidance training program. These programs enable operators to take a strategic approach to safety management, requiring that safety-focused policies, practices, and procedures be implemented to keep aircrews and passengers safe. SMS and FDM programs also yield data that can be used to improve safety practices to better prevent accidents.

What can be done: We know that SMS, FDM, and CFIT programs can improve safety and prevent crashes. We currently have 21 open safety recommendations addressing the safety gap in Part 135 operations. Operators must be proactive about safety; they should not wait for regulations or an accident to move them to action. Some operators have already incorporated SMS, FDM, and CFIT programs and are seeing tremendous safety returns.

Read more about the NTSB’s initiative to Improve the Safety of Part 135 Aircraft Flight Operations.

FDM Solutions from Appareo

Appareo provides a turnkey flight data monitoring system, including the Vision 1000, a low-cost flight data recording solution that can be utilized on any aircraft.

Learn more.


25th Anniversary of GPS 155 Milestone

Today we are commemorating the 25th anniversary of the GPS 155 TSO – the aviation industry’s first FAA TSO-C129 approach approved IFR GPS receiver. The GPS 155 TSO set the standard for product development within avionics, laid the groundwork for future innovations in GPS navigation, and raised the bar for technological GPS advancements in the aviation industry.

“Our steadfast commitment to design, develop and deliver state-of-the-art avionics continues yet today as we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the GPS 155 TSO and celebrate a breakthrough in aviation navigation – one that pioneered the development and laid the groundwork for initiatives such as NextGen,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “As we recognize this significant milestone in aviation, we thank our loyal customer base and dedicated associates who make these achievements possible, and look forward to celebrating many more for years to come.”

Garmin Aviation team celebrating the GPS 155 certification.

On February 16, 1994, we achieved a significant milestone by introducing the GPS 155 TSO to the aviation industry—the world’s first GPS navigation product to be fully certified to FAA TSO-C129, Class A1 standards for non-precision approach use. For the first time, pilots could fly in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) throughout the departure, enroute, and approach phases of flight using GPS as their primary navigation source. The introduction of the GPS 155 TSO would eventually pave the way for the development of new, safety-enhancing technologies that would leverage the high-integrity position data it offered, such as moving map displays, terrain avoidance systems, and synthetic vision.

With the GPS 155 TSO, aircraft operators quickly recognized the operational safety benefits of modern era satellite-based navigation that traditional navigation could not provide. Simultaneously, antiquated and less accurate ground-based navigational aids (NAVAIDs) were slowly phased-out. The benefits of GPS navigation were realized throughout the industry as GPS not only offered a higher level of precise navigation throughout the national airspace system (NAS), but also provided instrument approach capability, which was especially important for remote airports that did not have the appropriate funding or accessibility to NAVAIDs.

Years later, the GPS 155 TSO would eventually pave the way for the development of technologies that support the broader implementation of airspace modernization initiatives, such as the Next Generation Air Transportation System, better known as NextGen. Predicated on GPS, NextGen significantly improves aircraft predictability, operational performance and capacity throughout the NAS and offers efficiencies that only GPS navigation can provide. These efficiencies result in reduced flying time, lower approach minimums, minimized fuel burn and more. A pillar of NextGen, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), also relies on the precise position information only available from Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) GPS. The GPS 155 TSO unquestionably laid the foundation for future advancements in avionics that would ultimately support global airspace modernization initiatives.

In 1998, we would again celebrate another innovative first in the aviation industry with the introduction of the GNS 430. The all-in-one GPS, COM, VOR, LOC, and glideslope navigator, complete with a color moving map, proved to be a significant technological leap in innovation and navigation. Similarly, when the GNS 430 and GNS 530 received WAAS certification in 2006, the most popular certified IFR GPS system to-date gave pilots even greater instrument approach capabilities. In 2011, the GTN 650 and GTN 750 were introduced to the marketplace as the first touchscreen avionics certified for general aviation aircraft and have proven just as popular as its predecessor.

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Save Valuable Time with FltPlan.com Pre-Departure Clearances

What’s the most valuable asset to a pilot? Many would probably tell you time, especially when there’s a business interest involved. For most pilots, getting from point A to point B as safely, quickly and efficiently as possible is the main objective. Fortunately, we have a tool that can help. Our built-in Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC) services on FltPlan.com were created to help flight crews and passengers save valuable time, allowing them to get airborne, and ultimately to their destination, faster and more conveniently.

What’s the Advantage of PDC?

Our PDC services can add convenience and help reduce time on the ground prior to departure. Instead of the conventional method of calling ATC for departure release, our FAA-approved PDCs are natively integrated into FltPlan.com and eliminate the need to call clearance delivery from the cockpit. These PDC services are currently available at more than 70 airports throughout the United States.

Pre-Departure Clearance within FltPlan.com

How It Works

It’s easy – simply submit a flight plan for approval within FltPlan.com, and an approved PDC will appear for an active flight approximately 20-30 minutes before your filed departure time. PDC notifications can be received via email, text or as a pop-up that opens in a separate window when the PDC message is displayed on a pilot’s active flight plan list within FltPlan.com.

PDCs include:

  • Your filed route
  • Amendments to your route
  • Your cleared altitude
  • Your transponder code
  • Your departure frequency
  • Any special instructions

No Datalink? No Problem.

PDCs are a great solution for aircraft that aren’t equipped with controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC). Pilots have access to PDCs on a mobile device running FltPlan.com, or by receiving PDC information via text and email notifications.

PDC services are available with FltPlan.com and a $199 per year subscription, per aircraft. For more information and to sign up for service, visit https://www.fltplan.com/pdcinfo.htm.

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G1000 NXi Upgrade for the Citation Mustang Now Certified

The G1000 NXi integrated flight deck upgrade for the Cessna Citation Mustang is now certified and available. G1000 NXi offers a number of new and enhanced features, including wireless cockpit connectivity, split-screen capability, SurfaceWatch, visual approaches, map overlay within the horizontal situation indicator (HSI) and more. The Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck upgrade in the Citation Mustang is available immediately through Textron Aviation Service Centers.

“In 2003, the Citation Mustang was the first aircraft to announce the G1000 integrated flight deck and today, we’re excited to offer the next-generation G1000 NXi upgrade to the Mustang – an aircraft that defined the very light jet category,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “Today’s milestone positions the Mustang for continued success as we continue to provide new, unprecedented levels of performance, capability and reliability to some of the most loyal Garmin customers and their aircraft.”

Garmin G1000 NXi upgrade for Cessna Citation Mustang aircraft.

A robust feature set accompanies the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck upgrade for the Citation Mustang. Aiding in situational awareness, 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 flight plan data entered during preflight. Visual and audible runway distance remaining annunciations are also available via SurfaceWatch.

Visual approach capability integrated within the G1000 NXi system also offers pilots enhanced guidance in visual flight conditions based on a three-degree glideslope from the threshold of the runway. Pilots can select the runway for which they have been cleared to land, set customized minimums, select vectors or straight-in for the final approach intercept and fly a visual approach coupled with the autopilot.

HSI mapping is available on the primary flight display (PFD), which also supports the overlay of SiriusXM aviation weather, Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather, weather radar, SafeTaxi airport diagrams, traffic, terrain and more1. For example, pilots can display SafeTaxi on the HSI map while utilizing the multi-function display (MFD) for charts or other tasks. Available as an option, the G1000 NXi system also supports the display of various Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS B) In benefits on the flight displays. Customers also have the option to upgrade to a Bluetooth® audio panel. Additional G1000 NXi features include the option to view IFR and VFR charts, split-screen functionality and more.

Cessna Citation Mustang featuring Garmin G1000 NXi.

Connext cockpit connectivity with added Database Concierge and wireless flight plan transferring is also available with the G1000 NXi. Using a compatible tablet or smart phone, pilots can easily upload and sync flight plans and database information using the Garmin Pilot app. Additional features include the streaming of traffic, weather, GPS information, back-up attitude information and more1, from the G1000 NXi to the Garmin Pilot, FltPlan Go or ForeFlight Mobile applications.

Modern, state-of-the-art processors support smoother panning throughout the displays and faster map rendering within the G1000 NXi. The flight displays initialize in seconds so pilots have immediate access to frequencies and flight plan data. The G1000 NXi integrated flight deck also offers new LED back-lighting, offering increased display brightness and clarity, reduced power consumption and improved dimming performance.

The G1000 NXi integrated flight deck upgrade for the Citation Mustang is available immediately through Textron Aviation Service Centers. Citation Mustang owners and operators can easily upgrade to the G1000 NXi with minimal aircraft down time and disruption of the panel as 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 limited warranty, which is supported by our award-winning avionics product support team. For additional information regarding the G1000 NXi upgrade for the Citation Mustang, contact Scott Frye at scott.frye@garmin.com or (913) 440-2412, or contact Tom Heck at theck@txtav.com or (316) 761-0161. For additional details, visit: www.garmin.com/businessaviation.

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Garmin® announces availability of the GPS 3000, enabling ADS-B and WAAS/SBAS operational capability

Recently certified as an ADS-B position source for the Embraer E135/E145 and Legacy 600/650

We’re excited to announce the availability of the GPS 3000, a high-integrity GPS position sensor that seamlessly interfaces to existing avionics to help meet Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out requirements. Also, targeting the air transport and defense markets, the GPS 3000 is designed as a WAAS/SBAS position source for select Flight Management Systems (FMS). Aircraft that are eligible to utilize the GPS 3000 as an ADS-B position source include the Embraer E135/E145 and the Legacy 600/650. Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the GPS 3000 in these aircraft is currently available from FTI Engineering, in cooperation with Atlas Air Service in Germany, and can be installed throughout the entire Garmin dealer network.

“Garmin continues to lead the industry with the most fielded ADS-B solutions that span all segments of aviation, including a wide-range of commercial, defense, regional and business aircraft,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “We are thrilled to provide these aircraft with a solution that is cost-effective and is an easy to install alternative to the existing avionics manufacturer’s service bulletin.”

Garmin GPS 3000.

A rugged, standalone and certified Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS)/Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) GPS, the GPS 3000 meets DO-160 and DO-178B standards and is designed specifically for the harsh environmental conditions encountered by commercial aircraft. This compact and remote-mount solution utilizes enhanced WAAS/SBAS GPS satellite signals to provide precise position data through a standard interface. It also meets applicable high-integrity ADS-B position source standards, including TSO-C145d Class 3.

The GPS 3000 is also designed to interface with select FMS to support GPS guidance throughout terminal, enroute and approach navigation1. When configured appropriately, the GPS 3000 is capable of providing position information to an existing FMS to meet requirements for Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and can support GPS-based vertical approach navigation, such as Localizer Performance with Vertical (LPV) approach guidance.

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) STC of the GPS 3000 in the Embraer E135/E145 and Legacy 600/650 is available from FTI Engineering, in cooperation with Atlas Air Service, as well as Garmin dealers. FAA validation of the STC is pending. For additional information regarding the most comprehensive suite of ADS-B solutions for commercial, defense, regional and business aircraft, visit www.garmin.com/BusinessADSB or contact businessADSB@garmin.com.

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New Enhancements and Features within FltLogic Scheduling Program

We’ve incorporated new enhancements and features within FltLogic, a comprehensive scheduling program that integrates with FltPlan.com. New to FltLogic, an enhanced reporting tool allows customers to apply filters and develop reports that can be sorted by date, aircraft, passenger and more. Also new for FuelerLinx subscribers, FltLogic can now help pilots identify the best FBO for fuel at the departure and destination airports with the display of contract fuel pricing. Additionally, company logos can also be uploaded and displayed on all emailed itineraries. These features are available immediately within the web-based FltLogic scheduling program.

FltLogic incorporates enhanced reporting that organizes and categorizes flight department activities in a customizable, easy-to-read report. For example, users have the option to develop a yearly flight report for a specific pilot within the department, detailing total and average hours flown, number of legs or total distance. Aircraft reports can also be generated within FltLogic, displaying detailed information like hours, distance and legs flown, fuel usage and more and sorted by a user-selectable date range. Additionally, expenses can be organized within FltLogic and exported to other data sources so operating costs and invoicing are easier to manage. This new, enhanced reporting tool within FltLogic furthers flight department efficiencies and gives customers greater insight into pilot, aircraft and passenger activities.

The initial phase of the new contract fuel pricing feature within FltLogic helps customers more easily identify the best fuel prices at the departure and destination airports. With a FuelerLinx subscription, customers can log into FltLogic to view fuel pricing from over 70 contract fuel providers and compare fuel prices between Fixed Based Operators (FBO’s). FltLogic then displays the FBO with the best fuel price based on the departure and destination airports specified, offering additional cost savings.

FltLogic has enhanced the available reporting functions by adding departmental breakdowns and the ability to export information in .csv format.  For example, a company can view and export a yearly flight report for a specific pilot within the department, detailing total and average hours flown, number of legs or total distance. Aircraft reports can also be generated within FltLogic, displaying detailed information like hours, distance and legs flown, fuel usage and more and sorted by a user-selectable date range. Additionally, expenses can be organized within FltLogic and exported to other data sources so operating costs and invoicing are easier to manage. This new, enhanced reporting tool within FltLogic furthers flight department efficiencies and gives customers greater insight into pilot, aircraft and passenger activities.

FltPlan.com is a free website that offers electronic flight planning, flight plan filing and many premium services to enhance any flight department. FltLogic is the only scheduling program integrated directly with a flight planning and filing website. FltLogic provides complete trip coverage, including trip requests, trip creation and post-flight reporting.

These new FltLogic software enhancements are available immediately. New customers and flight departments can learn more or schedule a FltLogic demonstration by contacting support@FltLogic.com or 203-262-8500. Visit the FltPlan.com exhibit at the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2019) Jan. 29 – Feb 1, 2019 in San Antonio, TX. for additional information, or visit www.fltplan.com or www.fltlogic.com.

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Terminal Environment Safety: Visual Approach Guidance

Imagine you’re flying a VFR flight plan, or you’ve just been cleared for a visual approach from an IFR flight plan. You’ve been enjoying a relaxing flight thus far in cruise – chatting with your passengers or listening to music, and periodically checking in with Flight Following and ATC. As you approach your destination and prepare for descent into an unfamiliar airport over a region you’ve never flown before, you realize the workload is starting to increase – significantly. As you precisely manage your engine, airspeed and get instructions from approach and air traffic control, you start to wish you had some additional information and guidance as you head into this new region.

Visual Approach Guidance within GTN 750/650 series navigators.

That’s why we created visual approach guidance, available within our GTN 750/650 series navigators and G3X Touch flight displays for experimental aircraft – so pilots can receive helpful navigation information during the landing sequence of VFR flights. Here are a few ways it can help.  

Fly A Controlled Descent

With visual approach guidance, pilots can manage the descent to landing in visual flight conditions. Vertical guidance is provided based on a published glide path angle or a three-degree glideslope from the threshold of the runway. 

Terrain and Obstacle Avoidance During Approach

The vertical guidance provided during the descent to landing also takes into consideration terrain and obstacle clearance. This is especially helpful if you’re flying over unfamiliar regions. Get added awareness on potential hazards that may lie within the approach area. 

Avoid Landing on the Wrong Surface

Visual approach guidance can also help ensure you’re headed toward the correct runway and avoid a wrong surface event. Larger airports often times have parallel offset runways and aligned taxiways, and If you’re unfamiliar with the airport, the layout could be confusing. Once a runway visual approach is selected within the GTN 750/650 or G3X Touch, it will help you remain on track to the runway for which you’ve been cleared to land.

To learn more about our suite of Terminal Safety Solutions including SurfaceWatch and SafeTaxi visit garmin.com.

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