Garmin Aviation Open House in Salem, Oregon

For the eighth consecutive year, our team at the Garmin AT facility in Salem, Oregon will be hosting an aviation Open House on Thursday, August 9th. This annual event, which is free to aviators who fly-in or drive-in, includes dinner, facility tours, educational seminars, product demonstrations and prizes.

Garmin AT in Salem, Oregon

Schedule (PDT):

3:00 p.m.—Doors Open
3:20 p.m.—Tours (Factory, Engineering, Hangar)
4:00 p.m.—Seminar #1 (Willamette Room)
5:00 p.m.—Seminar #2 (Willamette Room)
5:30 p.m.—Dinner (catered by Flight Deck)
6:20 p.m.—Tours
7:00 p.m.—Event Ends

Prizes include a VIRB Ultra 30 aviation bundle, aera 660, D2 Delta aviator watch and more.

The Garmin AT facility is located at McNary Field Airport (KSLE) in Salem, Oregon (2345 Turner Rd. SE). For additional information or to RSVP, contact Wayne McGhee at wayne.mcghee@garmin.com or 503-391-3439.

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018: Danny King’s RV-8

Our friend Danny King brought his Van’s RV-8 to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, and let us show off his creation at our booth. A veteran aircraft builder and retired airline pilot, King knew the ‘eight’ was perfect the moment he saw it.

“I had been trying to resist the urge to build another airplane – I had already built the Pitts Special – and I knew how much effort and time it took. Then I came to Oshkosh in 1997, there was the RV-8, and I went ‘oh no.’ I tried to talk myself out of it, but it was just too good of a deal. I went ahead and built the ‘eight’ which was the smartest thing I ever did,” said King.

King first flew his RV-8 in 2000, and since then, the avionics have been updated. It features three 7-inch portrait G3X Touch displays with primary flight display (PFD), multifunction display (MFD) and engine information system (EIS) functionality. Behind the scenes, our dual-axis G3X autopilot is able to integrate with the G3X Touch flight display system. Plus, a GTN 650 GPS/Nav/Comm offers multifunction capabilities, and the GTX 330 ES transponder provides ADS-B “Out” for NextGen airspace compliance, and a remote mounted GDL 52R provides ADS-B “In” weather and traffic data along with SiriusXM Nexrad weather.

“I wanted Garmin avionics…they interface very well with their other products, and they have brought technology used in business aircraft down to the experimental market,” King said.

To see Danny King’s Van’s RV-8, visit our booth during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. For more information on our latest avionics solutions for experimental aircraft, visit garmin.com/experimental.

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018: Beechcraft A36 Bonanza

The American Bonanza Society Air Safety Foundation brought their Beechcraft A36 Bonanza to Oshkosh 2018. This 1981 model is used by the organization as a tool to train Bonanza pilots, flight instructors and mechanics through videos, seminars and hands-on activities.

“The ABS Air Safety Foundation exists to support pilots, mechanics and flight instructors in Beechcraft piston airplanes—specifically Bonanzas, Barons, Debonairs and Travel Airs,” said Thomas Turner, Executive Director – Air Safety Foundation, ABS Magazine Editor. “We’re part of the American Bonanza Society—ABS has been in existence for over 50 years—and our mission statement is to protect lives and preserve the Beechcraft fleet. Everything we do in the Air Safety Foundation is oriented along those lines.”

“Several years ago, one of our very generous members left a large sum of money in his estate to the ABS Air Safety Foundation specifically to promote pilot and flight instructor training, and our board of directors elected to purchase an A36 Bonanza to use as a training aircraft and more importantly as a subject of training videos to improve and enhance the existing programs we have, and create new programs for training pilots and flight instructors.”

The ABS Air Safety Foundation Bonanza features a 10.6-inch G500 TXi flight display that includes the optional engine information system. Our versatile G5 electronic flight instrument is utilized as a backup indicator, and new GFC 600 3-axis retrofit autopilot with pitch trim provides the legacy aircraft a modern and reliable solution. GTN 750 and GTN 650 provide GPS/Nav/Comm and multifunction display capabilities, along with our Flight Stream 510 providing wireless connectivity within our Connext ecosystem. Our popular GTX 345 ADS-B “In/Out” transponder brings the aircraft into compliance with NextGen airspace requirements, while also allowing ADS-B “In” traffic and weather to be displayed on compatible mobile devices. Cockpit audio comes from our GMA 350c Bluetooth and voice command-enable audio panel.

“This full panel of equipment really brings this airplane into the 21st Century,” Turner said.

To learn more about the American Bonanza Society Air Safety Foundation Bonanza, check it out at their booth during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. For more information about our latest avionics solutions, visit us just west of Boeing Plaza on Celebration Way, or visit garmin.com/aviation.

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018: Van’s RV-8

Van’s aircraft has been a pioneer in the experimental aircraft with more than 10,000 examples flown to date. Featuring a desirable tandem cockpit configuration, the RV-8 has become a popular kit-build option for the many amateur aircraft builders.

This RV-8 on display at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh features dual 10.6-inch G3X Touch Displays that can function as primary flight displays (PFD), multifunction displays (MFD) plus optional highly configurable engine indication system (EIS). It also boasts our dual-axis G3X autopilot system that incorporates brushless DC servos for crisp responses and a smooth ride. Our GMA 245 Bluetooth audio panel, enables easy access to audio entertainment and phone calls with “home theater” quality sound alongside a GTN 650 GPS/Nav/Comm/Multifunction display. Behind the scenes, a GTR 20 comm radio and GTX 23 ES ADS-B “Out” transponder are remotely mounted but integrate well with the G3X Touch system.

Learn more about this RV-8, and all of our experimental and certified avionics solutions at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. To find your perfect experimental solution, visit www.garmin.com/experimental.

 

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018: Beechcraft Baron 58

Our first featured aircraft of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 is the 1994 Beechcraft Baron 58. This popular, light twin-engined piston aircraft features our latest avionics tailored for the legendary Beechcraft design.

Beechcraft Baron 58 panel.

Up front, this Baron features a 10.6-inch G500 TXi primary flight display (PFD) on the pilot’s side, accompanied by dual portait 7-inch G500 TXi on the copilot’s side for PFD and EIS (engine information system) capability. Along with the TXi displays, it includes GTN 750 and GTN 650 units for GPS/Nav/Comm/MFD functionality plus our Flight Stream 510, allowing wireless connectivity to our Connext ecosystem. Plus our latest GFC 600 three-axis retrofit autopilot with pitch trim.

The Baron also features several remote-mounted products, including GWX 75 Dopper-capable weather radar, GDL 69A SiriusXM weather and radio datalink, GMA 35c Bluetooth and voice command-enabled audio panel, GTX 345R ADS-B In/Out transponder and a GSR 56 global voice/text/position satellite datalink.

To learn more about our latest avionics for general aviation aircraft, check them out at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh along Celebration Way, or visit our website at garmin.com/aviation.

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Appareo Launches Stratus App with AHRS and ATC Radio Playback

FARGO, North Dakota (July 20, 2018) — Appareo today announced a software addition to the Stratus family of pilot-friendly affordable avionics. Stratus Horizon Pro is a free iOS application that displays a backup Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS), delivers firmware updates to Stratus receivers, offers Radio Playback, and will soon include Radio Transcription. The company will exhibit this app along with its full line of Stratus products next week at the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 fly-in and expo.

Stratus Horizon Pro displays supplemental attitude information driven by a Stratus receiver — essentially creating a “backup glass cockpit” on your iPad. The AHRS feature aligns itself automatically, so pilots can just turn it on and fly. Pilots will experience a very responsive pitch and bank instrument within the app, which becomes an excellent backup for emergency situations.

When paired with a Stratus Audio Cable, the Radio Playback feature captures Air Traffic Control (ATC) communications and saves them for easy one-touch playback. This gives pilots the ability to repeat radio communications without having to ask for a “say again.”

“Pilots are going to love the ability to tap their iPad for a quick audio playback, rather than ask controllers to repeat themselves,” said Appareo Aviation President Kris Garberg. “But we’re not stopping there. We have more exciting features in development for this app.”

Coming soon in the premium version will be a Radio Transcription feature. Similar to how visual voicemail works, the ATC communications will be converted into text and displayed directly above the audio playback line, providing a helpful visual assist for referencing previous audio clips.

“Receiving a clearance, ATIS or any other important ATC communication has never been easier when you don’t need to write it down,” Garberg said.

The speech recognition and language understanding technology that drives the Radio Transcription feature was custom-designed by the Artificial Intelligence (AI) division at Appareo. “Stratus Horizon Pro is an exciting first step toward AI-assisted technology for pilots,” said Appareo AI Systems Director Josh Gelinske. “We look forward to building on the core of this machine learning technology to reduce workload and increase safety in the cockpit. ”

At a global scale, speech recognition, translation, and transcription features are becoming increasingly more commonplace (e.g. Alexa and Siri). However, ATC communications present many unique challenges for these common speech recognition systems. The high rate of speech, noisy signal, narrow frequency band, and unique location identifiers are among those challenges. Appareo identified that shortfall in the existing technology and set out to develop a speech recognition system that would be customized for aviation.

“By using a custom-designed deep neural network trained on thousands of hours of speech and hundreds of hours of ATC data that we collected and transcribed, we’ve created a speech recognition system which can run on mobile devices without an Internet connection,” Gelinske explained. “Natural Language Processing is also used to interpret the output of the speech recognition system to present it in a more pilot-friendly format. For example, tail numbers, altitudes, runways, and frequencies are transcribed in a way that will be more helpful to pilots.”

Comparison example:


“This new AI technology is the baseline for exciting features we have in our app roadmap,” Garberg said. “The Appareo Aviation product roadmap is focused on creating a safer, more convenient way to fly. It centers around a beyond-glass strategy, which is the future of aviation.”

Stratus Horizon Pro was designed to work with an iPad’s Split View, as well as the new Multitasking or “slide over” feature, which allows users to work with two apps at the same time. This means pilots can have Stratus Horizon Pro displayed as a small overlay, while continuing to run their favorite EFB. The app can be viewed in day mode, night mode, or HUD mode for those that have a heads up display. The Stratus Audio Cable (available to purchase here) is necessary to enable the audio playback feature. No cellular service or internet connection is required to operate the app. Available only for iOS devices.

Stratus Horizon Pro is available for free download from the App Store. For more information about Stratus, visit www.appareo.com/stratus.

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About Appareo

Appareo is a recognized leader in the custom design, development and manufacture of innovative electronic and software solutions for aerospace and agriculture. Through the creative application of cutting-edge technologies, Appareo creates complex end-to-end solutions that include both mobile and cloud-based components. The company is privately held, with world headquarters located in Fargo, N.D., and design offices in Tempe, Ariz. and Paris, France. All Stratus products are designed, developed, built and supported in the USA. The company currently has a network of 540 dealers and was voted 2017 AEA Association Member of the Year.

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Appareo Offers Open Source on Fourth-Generation Stratus Receiver

Stratus 3 works with many electronic flight bag apps using GDL 90 protocol

FARGO, North Dakota (July 19, 2018) — Appareo released a new addition to its Stratus family of pilot-friendly affordable avionics this week. Stratus 3 is the latest model in the line of industry-leading ADS-B receivers first introduced in 2012. The company will exhibit Stratus 3 as part of its full line of Stratus products next week at the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 fly-in and expo.

Stratus 3 is the fourth generation of a receiver that has proven to be the ultimate accessory for pilots who use flight apps — offering subscription-free weather, dual band ADS-B traffic, built-in AHRS, WAAS GPS, a flight data recorder, and the patented weather replay feature that allows pilots to turn off the screen on their tablet without missing important weather information.

The company is announcing Stratus 3 with an introductory price of $699, and including an industry-leading 2-year warranty to reinforce its commitment to designing and manufacturing the most reliable portable receiver on the market.

“With Stratus 3, we set out to add more features without increasing the price,” says Appareo Aviation President Kris Garberg. “We also wanted to respond to the trend of openness in the industry. With the Open ADS-B Mode in Stratus 3, we are affirming our commitment to offering a no-compromise ADS-B portable receiver to more pilots than ever, without sacrificing performance.”

Since the first Stratus receiver was introduced, one of the hallmarks of the product has been the close integration with ForeFlight Mobile. Engineers at Appareo and ForeFlight have collaborated on the development of each Stratus receiver, with the intention of delivering an ADS-B solution that is seamlessly integrated for optimal performance and ease of use. With Stratus 3, Appareo continues working closely with ForeFlight to maintain the high performance standards that pilots have come to expect. However, something unique to Stratus 3 is that it’s equipped with Open ADS-B Mode, enabling it work with any electronic flight bag (EFB) app using GDL 90 protocol. The company has begun integration testing with some of the most well-known apps, including WingX, FltPlan Go, FlyQ, and iFly GPS.

This is what the EFB developers have to say regarding Appareo’s decision to open Stratus 3:

Dr. Hilton Goldstein, CEO of Hilton Software:

    “WingX was the first major EFB application to bring ADS-B weather and traffic as well as Synthetic Vision to an iPad and iPhone. WingX integration with the new Stratus 3 is an important step forward in the continued open standards movement within General Aviation. As a Department of Defense prime contractor for its mobile aviation suite, we are excited to augment the incredible functionality of our military software solutions with Appareo’s new Stratus 3.”

Sarah Wilson, Principal of FltPlan:

    “We are thrilled to add the Stratus 3 ADS-B receiver to our list of compatible products. FltPlan users have consistently asked us for Stratus connectivity and we are certain that this will be a popular addition to FltPlan Go. Appareo’s reputation for quality and reliability, combined with the features of the Stratus 3 make it a great option for FltPlan users looking to purchase a portable ADS-B receiver.”

John Rutter, President of Seattle Avionics Software:

    “We are very excited to have worked with Appareo to ensure compatibility between FlyQ EFB and Stratus 3. Pilots can now use FlyQ EFB, the #1 rated iPad aviation app, and Stratus, the #1 rated ADS-B receiver together!”

In addition to now working with many well-known flight apps, Stratus 3 also delivers new features of Auto Shut Off and Smart WiFi. With Auto Shut Off, Stratus will power down if it’s moving at less than 5 knots or has less than a 3D GPS lock, ultimately saving battery life when someone forgets to shut it off. With Smart WiFi, Stratus 3 allows pilots to use 3G/4G LTE internet on an iPad/iPhone while connected to Stratus 3. This means pilots no longer have to “forget this network” every time they want to connect to cellular service while also connected to Stratus 3.

Stratus 3 is enabled to receive the new ADS-B weather products that are coming soon from the FAA, which will include echo tops, lightning, icing forecast, turbulence forecast, Center Weather Advisories, and G-AIRMETs. Previous models of Stratus receivers will also be able to receive the new FIS-B products.

Appareo is offering a trade-in program to Stratus 2S customers who are interested in upgrading to Stratus 3. Details can be found on the company’s website.

Stratus 3 is now shipping. For more information, visit www.appareo.com/stratus.

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About Appareo
Appareo is a recognized leader in the custom design, development and manufacture of innovative electronic and software solutions for aerospace and agriculture. Through the creative application of cutting-edge technologies, Appareo creates complex end-to-end solutions that include both mobile and cloud-based components. The company is privately held, with world headquarters located in Fargo, N.D., and design offices in Tempe, Ariz. and Paris, France. All Stratus products are designed, developed, built and supported in the USA. The company currently has a network of 540 dealers and was voted 2017 AEA Association Member of the Year.

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Appareo Intern Spotlight: Samuel Hinricher

Our intern in the spotlight this month is Samuel Hinricher. Sam is an electrical engineering intern at Appareo and is currently attending South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He began his internship in May 2017 and has returned to Appareo for his second summer internship. 

What I enjoy the most about Appareo is the challenge that each project brings. By working with many different people, I learn something new every day.

Curious about internship or career opportunities at Appareo? Visit our careers page.

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Garmin Pilot: Real-Time Engine Data Display, Document Viewer, Enhancements and More

We are introducing several new features and enhancements to our Garmin Pilot app for Apple and Android mobile devices. Among the updates, wireless real-time display and play-back of engine data is available within Garmin Pilot via Flight Stream 510 when the app is paired with an EIS-capable TXi flight display or the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck. A new document viewer provides easy access to the Garmin aviation library, as well as access to popular cloud storage providers, and the addition of weather improvements further enhance the app. New for Android, weight and balance calculations and several more features aid in flight planning. These new capabilities offer greater utility within a single application and more integration within the Garmin ecosystem.

“With Garmin Pilot, customers receive an optimized Garmin experience, whether it’s monitoring engine performance, accessing Garmin pilots guides within the document viewer, database loading or wirelessly transferring flight plan data – pilots have it all easily accessible at their fingertips,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation marketing and sales. “Garmin Pilot is a comprehensive application with capabilities that no other app on the market can deliver. A simple and familiar user-interface that closely represents Garmin avionics, cutting-edge integration and a competitive feature set combine to offer pilots the best value in the industry.”

Garmin Pilot for Apple mobile devices

flyGarmin and Engine Information System (EIS) analytics

Exclusive to Garmin, customers will be able to utilize Garmin Pilot on Apple mobile devices to view real- time engine information via Flight Stream 510 when the app is paired with an EIS-capable TXi flight display or the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck. Upon landing, the flight data log is wirelessly uploaded to the flyGarmin website and is stored securely within the app and on flyGarmin. Within the flyGarmin website, pilots can access detailed information related to any flight, play back the flight and download data logs. Pilot-configurable exceedances can also be set within the flyGarmin website. In the event an exceedance occurs, pilots can receive an email alert that details that particular exceedance. Utilizing Garmin Pilot alongside an EIS-capable TXi flight display or G1000 NXi, pilots are provided with a comprehensive, in-depth look at engine performance and trend data and can more easily troubleshoot and identify potential issues.

Garmin Pilot EIS on iOS

Best-in-class document viewer

The new document viewer within Garmin Pilot helps pilots better organize and access a variety of informational products, including the latest Garmin library of manuals such as pilots guides and cockpit reference guides, aviation handbooks and more. The premium version of Garmin Pilot allows customers to access popular cloud storage sites like DropBox to create and add their own documents such as an aircraft flight manual (AFM) in PDF, JPG and PNG formats. Additionally, pilots can bookmark all electronic documents and highlight them for easy recall within the app.

Additional enhancements expected to be available for Apple mobile devices:

  • The flight profile view within the app displays Pilot Reports (PIREPs) alongside airspace, terrain, obstacles, TFR’s and weather.
  • Pilots can view the Area Forecast Discussion (AFD) within Garmin Pilot, which is a plain-English narrative developed by meteorologists at the National Weather Service.
  • Model Output Statistics (MOS) are accessible within the app, which displays a forecast similar in format to the Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF). The MOS is updated hourly and the forecast extends 72 hours into the future.
  • Within the U.S. and Europe, pilots can view base reflectivity radar, which utilizes the lowest elevation scan to display precipitation falling from the clouds better than other radar scans.
  • Transitioning across multiple Apple mobile devices or adding a new device to an existing account is easier as user preferences such as weight and balance, charts, settings, downloads and more are saved to the flyGarmin website.
  • The new D2 Delta PX aviator watch connects wirelessly to the app to display wrist-based Pulse Oximeter and heart rate data in the navigation bar and within the Connext Garmin Pilot also supports wireless flight plan transfer to the new D2 Delta aviator watch.
  • Pilots can create a custom map shape file on a computer to design a customized map so it’s easier to reference their position relative to a specific geographic area, such as a practice area. This map file is transferred from a computer via email and then uploaded within the app.

Garmin Pilot for Android mobile devices

Garmin Pilot on Android mobile devices incorporates weight and balance calculations into a flight plan or a saved trip, taking into account fuel burn and more. Pilots can take advantage of pre-loaded aircraft types or enter aircraft weight and balance figures manually, noting the arm, moment and station of each point from the Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH). Center of gravity (CG) is easily referenced in the application relative to an active flight plan. In the event CG limits entered within the app are not loaded within the envelope, pilots receive a notification. Additionally, customized weight and balance profiles can be shared across multiple Garmin Pilot accounts.

Additional features expected to be available for Android mobile devices:

  • Storm cell movement displays the projected path of a storm. An orange circle paired with a line that extends from the strongest storm cells shows its potential path in 15, 30, 45 and 60-minute intervals. If hail or tornadic activity is present, a corresponding icon will also be displayed alongside the particular storm cell line.
  • Pilots can also view the Area Forecast Discussion (AFD) that is disseminated in a plain-English narrative within the app.
  • The new D2 Delta PX aviator watch and Garmin Pilot connect to display Pulse Oximeter1 and heart rate data in the navigation bar and within the Connext® Wireless fight plan transfer to the watch is also supported by the app.

The newest release of Garmin Pilot for Apple and Android mobile devices is expected to be available next week during the 2018 EAA AirVenture fly-in, in Oshkosh, Wis., July 23-29, 2018. For new customers, Garmin Pilot is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play 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.

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TXi Flight Displays, GTN Navigators, GFC Autopilots and G5 Electronic Flight Instrument Updates

We are adding significant capability, more configuration options and offering greater integration throughout the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators, the G500 TXi/G600 TXi and G500/G600 flight displays, as well as the GFC 600 & GFC 500 autopilots. Additionally, the G5 electronic flight instrument for certificated aircraft is being approved for use as a standby instrument when paired with the G500 TXi or G500 flight displays. The GFC 500 autopilot will also be approved for installation with the G500 TXi or G500 flight displays, while the addition of descent vertical navigation (VNAV) within the GTN will aid in descent planning. With Garmin, pilots receive a seamlessly integrated cockpit that offers a more harmonious transition among avionics, which reduces pilot workload and provides a superior in-flight experience.

“The Garmin avionics ecosystem continues to provide pilots with optimized upgrade opportunities and unsurpassed capabilities within the cockpit,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation marketing and sales. “We are committed to providing pilots with scalable, value-oriented solutions when selecting their panel configurations. For customers with these products currently installed, these software updates offer greater operational potential and a broader feature set than any other avionics solution on the market.”

GTN 650/750 descent vertical navigation

To assist in descent planning and energy management, pilots can take advantage of VNAV profiles throughout the enroute and terminal phases of flight within the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators when they’re paired with the G500 TXi/G600 TXi, G500/G600 or G5. Within the GTN, pilots can easily enter altitude constraints on the flight plan page to set-up a vertical descent profile. Pilots also experience a near-seamless transition from VNAV to an arrival and instrument approach. Once an arrival or approach is loaded and activated, the GTN automatically populates step-down altitudes or any applicable altitude restrictions. If ATC issues an unpublished altitude restriction, pilots can enter those altitudes manually into the active flight plan under the VNAV field.

As part of the VNAV profile, top of descent (TOD) and bottom of descent (BOD) values are also calculated and displayed on the moving map. As the aircraft arrives at TOD, the GTN displays a visual annunciation prompting the pilot to begin the descent. When paired with a display such as a
G500 TXi/G600 TXi, G500/G600 or G5, a vertical deviation indication (VDI) also populates on the display to provide vertical guidance for the descent. Additionally, when the GTN 650/750 series is paired with the GFC 600 or GFC 500 autopilot, pilots can select the VNAV button on the mode controller to fly a fully- coupled VNAV profile.

GTN 750

Approved as a standby: G5 electronic flight instrument

Our ever-popular G5 electronic flight instrument will soon be approved as a standby flight instrument when paired with the G500 TXi or G500 flight displays. In doing so, any adjustments made to heading bugs, altitude select, airspeed bugs, as well as the barometric pressure setting are automatically synced from the G500 TXi or G500 displays to the G5. Flight director and autopilot mode annunciations from the GFC 500 can also be viewed across all displays, including G5. Over 600 aircraft will be approved for the installation of G5 as a standby flight instrument alongside the G500 TXi or G500 flight displays.

GFC 500: Now approved for G500 TXi and G500-equipped aircraft

Aircraft owners can soon pair the economical GFC 500 autopilot with the G500 TXi or G500 flight displays, offering a fully-redundant, all-glass cockpit when paired with the G5. For example, in the unlikely event of a G500 TXi flight display failure, the G5 will remain coupled to the GFC 500 autopilot and continue to fly normal autopilot modes, including altitude select, heading, vertical speed and more. This compatibility significantly reduces pilot workload.

Course deviation indication (CDI) and VDI preview

A popular feature in turbine class aircraft, a CDI preview option allows pilots to view course and vertical deviation information prior to an instrument approach. When the GTN series is paired with the
G500 TXi/G600 TXi or G500/G600, pilots can view this feature within the HSI or lateral deviation indicator on the flight display. When GPS is the selected CDI source, information such as a course pointer, lateral deviation, station ID and the numeric inbound course automatically populate on the HSI in gray when an instrument approach is loaded. For ILS and GPS approaches with vertical guidance, a preview of the VDI also populates on the TXi series, G500/G600 or G5, allowing pilots to view glideslope or glidepath deviation prior to the descent.

Garmin Pilot and Engine Information System (EIS) analytics

Exclusive to Garmin, customers can now utilize Garmin Pilot on Apple mobile devices to view real-time engine information via Flight Stream 510 when the app is paired with an EIS-capable TXi flight display or the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck. Upon landing, the flight data log is wirelessly uploaded to the flyGarmin website and is stored securely within the app and on flyGarmin. Within the flyGarmin website, pilots can access detailed information related to any flight, play-back the flight and download data logs.

Garmin Pilot EIS on iOS

New TXi display orientations, configurations and capabilities

The TXi family adds even more options, such as:

  • The 10-inch TXi flight display can be configured to a 40% PFD and 60% MFD split-screen layout.
  • On a 7-inch portrait or landscape G500 TXi/G600 TXi, the displays can be configured to view moving map and single-engine information simultaneously.
  • The 7-inch landscape TXi display can be used as a PFD, adding installation flexibility in aircraft panels that are space-limited.
  • With a compatible camera, pilots can optionally display multiple video inputs on the MFD of a TXi display.
  • Within EIS-capable TXi displays, pilots can select and view individual cylinder head temperature (CHT) values.

G500 TXi

GTN 650/750 series enhancements

The GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators also incorporate a variety of additional features, including:

  • The addition of new audible and visual terrain proximity alerts, including, “terrain ahead, pull up”, “obstacle ahead, pull up” and “wire ahead.” An aural “five-hundred” annunciation is also available when the aircraft is on approach to land.
  • Pilots can now set a user-defined waypoint as an airport so terrain alerts are minimized while landing at an airport that is not in the aviation database.
  • The addition of a QWERTY keyboard within the GTN 650/750 and the G500 TXi/G600 TXi gives pilots a more familiar way to input information.
  • Pilots can configure COMM sidetone settings within the GTN series.
  • Irish, Swiss and English coordinate systems are now supported so it’s easier for pilots to enter GPS coordinates in various formats, including latitude/longitude, degrees/minutes/seconds and decimal degrees.
  • The new GWX 75 weather radar is now supported by the GTN touchscreen navigators and the G500 TXi/G600 TXi flight displays, which offers four-times more color contouring than typically found on other weather radars on the market.

GTN 650

These software updates are available from Garmin Authorized Dealers for hundreds of aircraft makes and models, at no charge (dealer installation charge may apply). Our avionics are supported by our award-winning aviation support team, which provides 24/7 worldwide technical and warranty support. For additional information, visit www.garmin.com/aviation.