We are excited to announce the certification of our G950 NXi integrated flight deck for the United States Forest Service (USFS) fleet of Sherpa aircraft (Shorts SD3-60). The installation and certification was completed by Field Aerospace in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The G950 NXi provides the USFS with an advanced avionics suite that solves avionics obsolescence, exceeds regulatory requirements and expands the operational life of these versatile, mission-driven aircraft.
“Alongside Field Aerospace, Garmin is excited the G950 NXi integrated flight deck upgrade is ready to support the United States Forest Service and their vital missions,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation marketing and sales. “The next generation G950 NXi is a modernized cockpit that decreases pilot workload and increases mission effectiveness, while also providing greater utility to these aircraft in support of critical wildland fire operations.”
The G950 NXi encompasses all of the features of the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck, while integrating with the Sherpa’s existing APS 65 autopilot, reducing cost and installation complexity. Three 12-inch displays combine navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, weather and more within the G950 NXi integrated avionics suite, providing the flight crew with easier access to pertinent information. Flight plan information is overlaid on a rich, dynamic map displaying airspace, rivers, lakes, parks and woodland areas that are pertinent to the missions conducted by the USFS.
Increased situational awareness provided by synthetic vision technology (SVT), presents a 3D depiction of terrain, obstacles, traffic and the runway environment. SVT works seamlessly with Class-A Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) by providing alerts such as excessive closure rate and large glideslope deviations. Additional features of the G950 NXi include WAAS/LPV approach capability, Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II) and more. Features such as SVT and TAWS improve situational awareness, particularly during low altitude flying in mountainous terrain, which is critical in the day-to-day operations of the USFS.
Global airspace modernization requirements are met with the ADS-B Out-compliant GTX 3000 Mode S Extended Squitter (ES) remote transponder. The GDL 88 ADS-B datalink provides flight crews with the additional benefit of ADS-B In Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather. The addition of the GWX 70 weather radar aids in weather interpretation and analysis in the cockpit. Replacement of the existing avionics with the G950 NXi is estimated to provide a weight savings of up to 250 pounds, allowing the option to carry additional cargo, personnel or fuel. In addition to increased utility, the G950 NXi offers greater reliability, increased dispatch rates and will deliver tangible operational cost benefits to the USFS.
The G950 NXi-equipped Sherpa aircraft is used to support wildland fire operations, including smokejumper, passenger and cargo missions. For additional information regarding the G950 NXi integrated flight deck upgrade, visit: www.garmin.com/aviation.
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The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual convention and exhibition returns to Orlando, Florida, October 16-18—bringing together over 25,000 industry professionals at the third largest tradeshow in the United States. Our aviation team will be on site representing our latest avionics, everything from ADS-B solutions to full integrated flight decks.
This year, we’ll be showcasing our wide range of ADS-B solutions for business aircraft—did you know we’ve fielded more ADS-B solutions than any other brand in the industry? We’ve designed all-inclusive packages such as our GTX 3000 Mode S Extended Squitter transponder paired with our GDL 88 ADS-B datalink. These solutions are engineered to provide seamless integration between existing equipment such as TCAS systems, transponder control heads or radio management units to minimize cockpit modifications and streamline the installation process.
Be sure to check out our latest integrated flight deck upgrades, including G5000 and G1000 NXi. We are continuing to field G5000 for Beechjet upgrades around the globe, and the G5000 retrofit program for Cessna Citation Excel/XLS is making great flight test progress – we’ll have an example on static display. G1000 NXi continues to be a staple upgrade for the vast fleet of King Air aircraft and TBM 850/900, and now, Cessna Citation Mustang and Phenom 100/300 programs are nearing completion. Attendees can also get a look at our TXi series of touchscreen flight displays, including a G700 TXi-equipped Cessna Citation II on static display, plus our GHD 2100 Head-Up Display for business aircraft.
For the first time at NBAA 2018, we are hosting avionics training courses at the convention. On Wednesday, October 17, from 9am-11am and 2pm-4pm, attendees can learn about advanced features within Garmin integrated flight decks. Learn Climb, Cruise, and Descent VNAV operational techniques through a scenario-based profile. These seminars will also cover weather radar fundamentals while exploring the operation and features of the Garmin GWX Radar series. Courses will take place in meeting room N320A; walk-ins are welcome or register here.
Visit us in booth 2695 in the North/South Hall and check out static aircraft on display featuring a Cessna Citation 560 XLS featuring G5000 and a Cessna Citation II 550 featuring dual G700 TXi flight displays and dual GTN 750 touchscreen navigators at the Orlando Executive Airport. For more information about our latest business aviation solutions, visit garmin.com/businessaviation.
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