Our founder Barry Batcheller and CEO David Batcheller were recently interviewed for Bell Bank’s Agribusiness Newsletter AgViews to offer their perspectives on the future of farming, the latest in precision agriculture, and Appareo’s partnership with AGCO, a joint venture called Intelligent Ag Solutions.
Below is a sampling of the Q&A from the AgViews interview:
What has been the biggest advancement in ag technology in the last five years?
Barry: I would say it’s been the translation into precision farming that is bringing a new level of productivity to farmers.
The advancements in agriculture that have happened over the last 50 years – plus additional advancements – will be required to feed the predicted global population of about 9.6 billion by 2050. If we continue at the level of productivity we have today, we’d fall short in feeding the planet by about 50 percent. So we need increasing advancements in agriculture if we’re going to feed this planet.
David: Precision protein is going to be an emerging part of agriculture. The poultry industry, for example, has refined making chicken to where producers can go from chick to chicken with shocking speed. I think we’re going to see, in pork and even beef production, more drive toward precision production to cater to the public’s interest in high-quality, low-cost meat protein.
What are some of your more popular products?
David: On the Intelligent Ag side of the business, we make a popular monitoring system for air drills called Recon Wireless Blockage and Flow Monitor. If you seed soybeans or plant wheat, canola or barley, and you have a monitoring system, there’s a reasonable probability that you’re running our monitor.
For people who buy and use AGCO equipment, things like RoGators, TerraGators, Massey Ferguson, Gleaner combines or Challenger tractors, we do the telematics products for those machines. AGCO launched a new combine last year, called the IDEAL combine. We developed all of the automation and sensors for that.
We also developed an aftermarket section control product for John Deere Air Carts called Engage Zone Control. It communicates with an air seeder’s GPS mapping system to boost yield and reduce inputs. A lot of growers are benefiting from it.
What advantages does an independent company like Appareo have over larger manufacturers?
David: We and others have done a nice job of building new businesses and opportunities around getting more out of a piece of equipment you have rather than replacing that piece of equipment. When those trends really start to take, then the manufacturers look to incorporate that capability onto the machine from the factory. There’s a lot of innovation coming in the aftermarket, and rather than being a little bolt-on capability, it’s getting deeper into the machine.
Last week, the FAA announced that it’s relaunching the $500 ADS-B Rebate Program effective immediately through October 11, 2019, or until the allocated funds are used. According to the FAA, they are making $4,900,000 available under the rebate program, which will fund 9,792 ADS-B Out installations.
Per the ADS-B mandate, as of January 1, 2020, aircraft flying in most controlled airspaces, and where a transponder is necessary, will be required to be equipped with compliant ADS-B Out technology.
The previous FAA rebate program that ran for a year from September 2016 to 2017, issued more than 10,000 rebate payments.
As before, there are five steps aircraft owners should follow to meet the mandate and receive the $500 rebate (visit our blog to learn more about the steps):
As with the earlier rebate program, the FAA states, the relaunched rebate program is available only to those who have not yet equipped their aircraft. Visit the FAA website to get the full list of rebate rules.
Stratus transponders (both certified and experimental) are eligible for the ADS-B rebate! Learn more about our options for ADS-B out and find a dealer to request a quote.
For more information about the relaunch of the ADS-B rebate program:
FAA: Press Release – FAA Relaunches ADS-B Out Rebate
AOPA: FAA Relaunches ADS-B Rebate
Clemens Aircraft, a fleet management company located in Benton, Kansas, is nearing completion of their 11th G5000 integrated flight deck upgrade within its managed fleet of Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP aircraft. They have completed a comprehensive upgrade for each Beechjet that includes the G5000 integrated flight deck, winglets, as well as new paint and interior.
“After all of these upgrades, the G5000 in the Beechjet provides the best value when compared to other aircraft in its class,” said Dwayne Clemens, owner of Clemens Aircraft. “Additionally, these upgrades significantly expand our operational capability through a combination of benefits such as lower approach minimums because of access to WAAS/LPV approaches, an increase in useful load of over 300 pounds and an overall reduction in operational costs.”
The G5000 integrated flight deck features three high-resolution, 12-inch flight displays with multi-pane capability, allowing pilots to simultaneously view maps, charts, checklists, TAWS, TCAS, flight plan information, weather and more. Two touchscreen display/controllers serve as the primary crew interface for the system, offering an intuitive graphical menu to simplify cockpit tasks.
With the G5000 upgrade, the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP receives a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rule-compliant Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out solution. It also allows for access to more airports and lower minimums throughout the world through standard PBN/RNP 0.3, radius-to-fix (RF) legs support and LPV/APV approach capability. The G5000 upgrade provides operators with a platform positioned to take advantage of future global airspace modernization applications.
For additional information regarding the G5000 integrated flight deck modernization program for the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP, contact Dave Brown at +1-913-440-1714 or email@example.com.
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We have updated our portfolio of G1000 NXi integrated flight deck upgrades to include additional aircraft models. Aircraft currently eligible for the G1000 NXi upgrade include the Daher TBM 850/900 and King Air 200/300/350. Aircraft that will soon be eligible for this upgrade include the Cessna Citation Mustang, Embraer Phenom 100/300 and Piper M500. These aircraft owners and operators can easily upgrade from the G1000 to the G1000 NXi with minimal aircraft downtime and installation labor to receive a modern, state-of-the-art integrated flight deck with a wealth of additional capabilities.
“The G1000 NXi takes the industry’s most trusted integrated flight deck to a new, unprecedented level of performance and capability,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “From forward-fit to retrofit installations, we are thrilled yet humbled by the extensive adoption rate and tremendous success of the G1000 NXi and we look forward to delivering it to thousands of additional customers in the future.”
Aircraft currently equipped with the G1000 integrated flight deck that are eligible for the G1000 NXi upgrade and their availability are as follows:
A robust feature set accompanies the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck upgrade for these aircraft. Flight Stream 510 and Connext technology enables Database Concierge, the wireless transfer of aviation databases from the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device to the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck. Additional features enabled by the Flight Stream 510 include two-way flight plan transfer, the sharing of traffic, weather, GPS information, back-up attitude information and more, between the G1000 NXi and the Garmin Pilot, FltPlan Go and ForeFlight Mobile applications. The G1000 NXi also includes geographical map overlay within the horizontal situation indicator (HSI), visual approach guidance and more.
The G1000 NXi also supports the display of various Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) In benefits, including traffic and subscription-free Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather. SurfaceWatch runway monitoring technology provides visual and aural cues to help prevent pilots from taking off or landing on a taxiway, on a runway that is too short or on the wrong runway based on performance data entered during preflight. Visual and audible runway distance remaining annunciations are also available via SurfaceWatch. Features may vary by aircraft model.
Modernized displays offer improved readability, while state-of-the-art processors provide smoother panning throughout the displays and faster map rendering within the G1000 NXi. Because the flight displays initialize in seconds, pilots have immediate access to frequencies, flight plan data and more, saving valuable time in the cockpit. The G1000 NXi integrated flight deck also incorporates contemporary animations and new LED back-lighting, offering increased display brightness and clarity, reduced power consumption, and improved dimming performance.
Aircraft owners and operators can easily upgrade to the G1000 NXi with little aircraft down time and disruption of the panel because the displays preserve the same footprint and connectors, so panel and wiring modifications are minimized. The upgraded components of the G1000 NXi also come with a two-year warranty, which is supported by our award-winning avionics product support team. Visit our exhibit (2695) at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, October 16-18, 2018 to learn more. For additional information regarding the G1000 NXi upgrade, visit: www.garmin.com/businessaviation.
Gulfstream has selected a complete Garmin Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) In solution for new and existing G280 business jets. The solution features Garmin GDL 88 ADS-B datalink and Flight Stream 210 providing easy access to the benefits of ADS-B In traffic, which is correlated from multiple sources, and subscription-free Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather. This ADS-B In solution also integrates with existing TCAS systems and cockpit displays to provide a cohesive and straightforward upgrade, reducing cost and streamlining the installation process.
Available as a forward-fit or retrofit ADS-B In solution, the GDL 88 and Flight Stream 210 offer Gulfstream G280 aircraft operators a simple path to receive ADS-B In. The Flight Stream 210 wireless gateway can connect via Bluetooth to up to two mobile devices simultaneously, while the GDL 88 receives data from nearby ADS-B ground stations and other aircraft on the ground and in-flight. Because the GDL 88 integrates with the aircraft’s existing GPS and AHRS, pilots can display GPS position data, including velocity, attitude and heading information, alongside ADS-B In traffic and weather utilizing the Garmin Pilot app on iOS or Android mobile devices.
The GDL 88 and Flight Stream 210 uniquely integrate with existing avionics in the cockpit of the Gulfstream G280 to provide pilots with greater situational awareness. For example, ADS-B In traffic is correlated from multiple sources, including the aircraft’s existing TCAS system, offering optimal traffic alerting. Enhancing the traffic picture, patented TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic can also be viewed within Garmin Pilot. Because the GDL 88 is also dual-link, operators with this solution have the capability to see more aircraft – even those operating at small reliever airports where ADS-B ground stations may not be nearby. Aural traffic alerts are also available with this solution. The display of ADS-B In traffic and weather is also available within the FltPlan Go app, ForeFlight Mobile and Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck.
In addition to displaying ADS-B In traffic and FIS-B weather, Garmin Pilot provides a comprehensive suite of tools and full-featured navigation for pilots around the globe on both iOS and Android mobile devices. A standalone electronic flight bag, Garmin Pilot also offers worldwide features such as European IFR autorouting and filing, access to Jeppesen charts, as well as Leidos Flight Service ICAO flight plan filing.
As part of this ADS-B In upgrade, Gulfstream G280 customers also receive a five-year subscription to Garmin Pilot U.S. IFR Premium. For additional details regarding this Garmin ADS-B In solution, contact a local Gulfstream Service Center. For more information regarding Garmin’s suite of ADS-B solutions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our G5000 integrated flight deck program for Textron Aviation’s Citation Excel and Citation XLS is making rapid progress toward certification. The recent addition of a second aircraft will assist with certification efforts and expedite flight testing and development within the program. After quickly selling out the initial 25 delivery positions, we have created a second pre-STC incentive program to allow owners and operators the opportunity to lock in a 2019 delivery. The G5000 integrated avionics suite modernizes the cockpit, increases aircraft utility, addresses airspace modernization requirements, and solves concerns related to parts obsolescence.
“Based on the tremendous reception of our initial early adopter program, which has already sold out, we have now created a new program that allows customers to plan their 2019 installations. Our excitement to deliver a truly modernized integrated flight deck to these operators continues to grow as we near certification of the G5000 in the Citation Excel and XLS,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “With the G5000, aircraft owners receive similar to what’s in a brand new aircraft – a zero-time avionics suite that yields a substantially lower cost of operation, while also solving a broad range of global airspace modernization initiatives and ongoing maintenance challenges.”
Certification efforts continue in collaboration with Textron Aviation as functional testing of the system, software and hardware are in progress. Development flight testing is nearly complete with the final software that meets certification requirements. The recent addition of a second aircraft will further refine the field installation process and expedite certification of the G5000 in the Citation Excel/XLS.
“Development flight testing has progressed smoothly, as we have accumulated over 125 flight hours and thousands of hours in system development and ground testing,” said Grant Wittenborn, Garmin lead flight test pilot for the program. “The flight deck has really modernized the operational capabilities of this aircraft and we are excited to transition from development to certification.”
As the G5000 for the Citation Excel/XLS progresses toward certification in early 2019, the new incentive program provides up to 15 additional owners and/or operators with five years of comprehensive database coverage to those who place a firm commitment, offering a savings of nearly $25,000.
The G5000 integrated flight deck for the Citation Excel and Citation XLS features three landscape-oriented flight displays with multi-pane capability, allowing pilots to simultaneously view maps, charts, checklists, TAWS, TCAS, flight plan information, weather and more. Electronic charts and Garmin SafeTaxi airport diagrams are geo-referenced and can be viewed across all three displays. The G5000 flight deck for the Citation Excel/XLS is expected to provide a significant weight savings compared to the current system, allowing additional baggage, passenger and/or fuel load flexibility.
The G5000 installation on the Citation Excel/XLS includes a fully digital Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), offering precise performance throughout the aircraft’s flight envelope. New to the Citation Excel, emergency descent mode is available as a standard feature within the G5000 and is enabled by the autopilot in the event of a loss in aircraft pressurization. Safety enhancing underspeed protection (USP) is an optional feature that allows the autopilot to assist with airspeed management, while also enabling fully coupled go-arounds, greatly reducing pilot workload.
With the G5000 upgrade, the Citation Excel/XLS receives a fully integrated, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rule-compliant Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out solution. Additionally, operators gain access to more airports and lower approach minimums throughout the world as the G5000 has PBN/RNP 0.3 with LPV/APV approach capability.
The G5000 integrated flight deck for the Citation Excel and XLS also supports additional options, such as:
As an additional option for this upgrade, Connext wireless cockpit connectivity via the Flight Stream 510, enables wireless flight plan transfer and more between compatible mobile devices, including Garmin Pilot, FltPlan Go and ForeFlight Mobile. Owners and operators can more easily manage flight plans with Flight Stream 510, while also receiving additional benefits such as the sharing of traffic, weather, GPS and more across multiple mobile devices in the cockpit. Flight Stream 510 also enables Database Concierge, the wireless transfer of aviation databases from the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device to the G5000.
Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval is targeted for early 2019 and will be available from Textron Aviation Service Centers and select Garmin dealers. For additional information regarding the G5000 upgrade program for the Citation Excel/XLS, contact Dave Brown at (913) 440-1714 or email@example.com. Visit our exhibit (2695), and our static display (SD 20) to see a G5000-equipped Citation XLS at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, October 16-18, 2018.
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We’re thrilled to announce the availability of the G700 TXi—a touchscreen flight display designed for Part 23 Class IV and Part 25 transport category aircraft. The initial Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) will be approved for select Cessna Citation II/SII and Citation V aircraft soon, is available from JETTECH and can be installed across the Garmin dealer network.
“The G700 TXi series has redefined aircraft and helicopter cockpits and we’re excited to extend this modern upgrade to now include this class of business aircraft,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation marketing and sales. “The availability of the G700 TXi is a significant achievement for Garmin as this is the first public validation of the TXi series in this class of aircraft. Alongside JETTECH, we are excited to provide a dedicated upgrade path for some of the most popular business jets in the market.”
This certification of the G700 TXi is comprised of a single or dual 10.6-inch flight display that boasts a bright, LCD touchscreen design and features dual concentric knobs for added convenience and versatility when interfacing with the system. Because the G700 TXi is paired with dual GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators, pilots receive flight management system (FMS) functionality through an intuitive touchscreen interface. The G700 TXi also integrates seamlessly with these navigators, offering even more operational capability, including fully coupled LPV/WAAS approach guidance, as well as the option to display vertical navigation (VNAV) guidance to fly complex RNAV arrival procedures.
Using the latest display technologies, the G700 TXi system improves dispatch rates, reduces aircraft downtime, as well as overall life cycle costs. Modern, solid-state sensors utilized by the G700 TXi system offer improved reliability over heavier, maintenance-prone legacy instrumentation. Flight data logging maximizes aircraft availability and productivity as system parameters, autopilot status and more are recorded on a removeable SD card within the G700 TXi for quick and easy identification and interpretation of maintenance-related issues.
Pilots will appreciate a familiar in-flight experience between the G700 TXi flight displays and the GTN touchscreen navigators as the user interface is harmonious across both products. New features and optional capabilities of the G700 TXi flight display include:
The G700 TXi flight display is available from JETTECH and select Garmin dealers and will be approved for the Cessna Citation II/SII and Citation V equipped with the Sperry SPZ 500 autopilot. Additional aircraft approvals are expected in the future. Visit our static display (SD 20) to see a Citation II equipped with the G700 TXi touchscreen flight display system and visit our exhibit (2695) at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, October 16-18, 2018. For additional information regarding the G700 TXi upgrade, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.garmin.com/TXi.
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We are excited to announce the initial phase of integration between the Garmin Pilot app and the popular FltPlan.com web portal. As a result of Garmin’s acquisition of FltPlan.com in August, we have made rapid progress in merging portfolios. Beginning next week, pilots will be able to use FltPlan.com for pre-flight planning and filing, and automatically view the same flight plan within the Garmin Pilot app on Apple mobile devices. This announcement represents the first of a series of cohesive enhancements between the FltPlan.com web portal and the Garmin product line.
“We are proud to show early progress and eager to launch this integration between FltPlan.com and Garmin Pilot,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation marketing and sales. “This announcement symbolizes the beginning of a much anticipated collaboration that merges the most widely-used flight planning and filing tool, with an industry-leading app. With this, we are thrilled to welcome FltPlan.com to the Garmin family and we look forward to growing our collective portfolios to provide our customers with an unrivaled suite of flight planning tools and services.”
FltPlan.com and Garmin Pilot customers can now experience a seamless transition between the FltPlan.com website and the Garmin Pilot application within the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Venezuela and Columbia. The initial phase of this integration allows customers to create a flight plan on the FltPlan.com website and automatically view the same flight plan information within the Trip Planning section of the Garmin Pilot app.
Within the app, customers can also view recent and future trips that have been created on the website. Once the flight plan populates in the app, pilots can transfer it wirelessly to compatible Garmin avionics or a Garmin integrated flight deck. Additionally, the popular navigation log found on the FltPlan.com website can also be viewed within Garmin Pilot under the NavLog tab in Trip Planning.
Pilots can create a free FltPlan.com account to take advantage of web-based flight planning and flight management services, which includes access to weather, airport information, fuel prices, printable navigation logs, aircraft performance data and more. By using FltPlan.com and Garmin Pilot, pilots can easily transition from web-based planning, to the Garmin Pilot app and wirelessly transfer the data to compatible Garmin products, saving valuable time prior to any flight. To learn more and to create a free FltPlan.com account, visit www.fltplan.com.
The latest release of the Garmin Pilot app that incorporates FltPlan.com integration on Apple mobile devices will be available next week during the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, October 16-18, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. For new customers, Garmin Pilot 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 an annual subscription of Garmin Pilot starting at $74.99. Visit www.garmin.com/aviation for additional information.
For U.S. aircraft owners seeking the simplest, most cost-efficient way to meet the basic requirements for ADS-B “Out” equipage, our GDL 82 datalink offers a money-saving solution. It’s a nonintrusive, easy-to-install datalink device that is designed to work with your existing Mode A/C transponder and transponder antenna, enabling you to meet ADS-B “Out” requirements with a minimum of cost, downtime and disruption to your panel.
Under the provisions for NextGen ATC implementation, all aircraft operating in controlled U.S. airspace will need to be equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) “Out” technology before end-of-year 2019. Systemwide, ADS-B is designed to enhance the safety of flight by making your aircraft visible in real time to ATC and to other ADS-B equipped aircraft operating in your vicinity. GDL 82 offers a smart, no-hassle, UAT-based solution that connects with your existing Mode A/C transponder/antenna cabling to provide the capability needed for operation below Class A airspace (18,000′) over the U.S. If you’ve been waiting and weighing your options in hopes of finding a value-priced way to keep your aircraft flying with compliant ADS-B, our GDL 82 datalink could well be the answer you’ve been looking for.
The precise GPS position information needed to meet the requirements of ADS-B can be provided either by the compatible WAAS navigation system that you may already have in your panel — or by GDL 82 using its built-in WAAS GPS receiver and the included GPS antenna. The GDL 82 datalink then broadcasts this information to the ADS-B ground station network for relay to ATC and other ADS-B “In” equipped aircraft in your area. Transmitting on the 978 MHz UAT frequency provided for lower-flying aircraft in U.S. airspace, your GDL 82 works seamlessly with ATC protocols. The ADS-B reports provide ground controllers with considerably faster updates than traditional radar. And by simultaneously broadcasting this information to ADS-B “In” display-equipped pilots, the technology enables them to see essentially the same traffic picture for their location that ATC is watching on the ground.
The NextGen rules require that your ADS-B “Out” source must be able to squawk the same code as your transponder. GDL 82 will automatically synchronize with your onboard Mode A/C transponder for its squawk code and pressure altitude data and then transmit that data through its own datalink. Not only does this provide a single point of data entry for ADS-B “Out,” but it also allows you to meet the new regulations without the need for expensive control system or transponder upgrades. GDL 82 works in the background to make code entry fast and easy — while it’s helping to make your path to ADS-B compliance as simple, straightforward and cost-effective as it can possibly be.
There are private pilots. And then there are extra-private pilots who want to keep their identities off the traffic screens of other ADS-B “In” equipped aircraft (containing business competitors, perhaps?). GDL 82 and its UAT technology can allow for this extra measure of identity security with “Anonymous mode.” Most conventional ADS-B devices are designed to transmit your aircraft’s ICAO number — a discrete “hex code” assigned by FAA as part of your aircraft’s certificate of registration. If you’re flying VFR, however, you can have GDL 82 set to mask your aircraft’s ID from being transmitted to other receivers whenever your transponder’s squawk code is set to 1200. ATC can still track you with ADS-B precision. But your GDL 82 simply won’t transmit your aircraft’s N-number to other pilots in the airspace.
With more fielded ADS-B solutions than any other brand in the industry, Garmin leads the way in the development and deployment of value-enhanced ADS-B technology. Today, as the 2020 deadline approaches for equipage in the U.S., many new faces, companies and products have appeared in the ADS-B marketplace, offering solutions that sometimes sound too good to be true. By going with Garmin, you can eliminate the uncertainty of banking on an unproven technology or an unfamiliar brand. GDL 82 is ready for installation in hundreds of today’s most popular aircraft makes and models using an FAA-approved STC and an FAA Memorandum addressing ADS-B “Out” installations. Better yet, your GDL 82 datalink will be backed by a comprehensive 2-year warranty — and by the industry’s No. 1-ranked product support team. For the right solution at the right price, there will never be a better time than right now to equip with Garmin ADS-B.
Our G1000 NXi upgrade for Citation Mustang aircraft recently reached an important milestone with the completion of the program’s first flight. Since then, the Garmin Flight Test Team has been making great progress toward the completion of this program.
The Citation Mustang was the first-ever announced program to adopt the G1000 integrated flight deck back in 2003. Today, there are over 470 Citation Mustang aircraft eligible to upgrade to the advanced G1000 NXi.
The G1000 NXi upgrade offers modern displays with state-of-the-art processors that will provide Mustang owners and operators smoother panning throughout the displays and faster map rendering. A comprehensive feature set incorporates wireless cockpit connectivity, split-screen capability, SurfaceWatch, visual approaches, map overlay on the horizontal situation indicator (HSI) and more.
For more information about the G1000 NXi upgrade program for Citation Mustang contact Scott Frye at email@example.com or (913) 440-2412 or visit our website at www.garmin.com/aviation.
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