8.33 kHz & Flight Planning With Garmin

Aircraft owners and pilots operating throughout Europe have been preparing for the upcoming 8.33 kHz channel spacing requirement now for the better part of two decades. Garmin offers some great solutions.

AvBuyer  |  23rd May 2017
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By December 31, 2017, all aircraft operating in Eurocontrol airspace will be required to have 8.33 kHz comm radios, which has been enacted by the European Commission and its Single European Sky (SES) initiative.

Garmin is happy to offer several feature-rich solutions that ease the transition and address the 8.33 kHz spacing requirement, while also providing some additional benefits to pilots and aircraft owners.

Now through June 30, 2017, customers can enjoy $500 in savings with the purchase of our GTR 225 VHF COM radio. This versatile solution not only satisfies the 8.33 kHz channel spacing requirement within the SES initiative, but includes additional value-added features. The GTR 225 has a bright, sunlight-readable display that will automatically present the tuned frequency’s navigational aid or airport identifier. It also boasts an easy frequency lookup feature and advanced standby monitoring, so it’s easy to monitor ATIS and listen to tower or ground frequency simultaneously.In addition to the GTR 225, the GNC 255 NAV/COM radio adds navigation capability with VOR/ILS and glideslope functionality. The GTR and GNC series automatically store the 20 most recently used frequencies and allow pilots to store up to 15 specified frequencies, such as the pilot’s home airport or other frequently visited destinations. A familiar flip-flop feature allows frequencies to be entered in a standby window and then activated with a press of a button. Both models also include a built-in voice-activated two-place intercom.

For pilots looking to go beyond a COM or NAV/COM radio, Garmin has additional options available that satisfy the 8.33 kHz and provide even more pilot workload-reducing benefits. The GTN 650/750 touchscreen GPS/NAV/COMs include 8.33 kHz spacing while also providing a full-color moving map, GPS navigation, high-resolution terrain mapping, graphical flight planning, geo-referenced charts, traffic and weather display, connectivity and much more. Saving even more time and cost associated with these upgrades, the GTR 225, GNC 255 and GTN 650/750 are all approved for installation under standard documentation. 

Global Garmin Pilot application for Apple and Android mobile devices

Alongside incorporating a modern COM or NAV/COM to comply with the upcoming 8.33 requirements, adding a mobile application to supplement flight planning, filing and navigating through complex European airspace is an economical addition to virtually any cockpit. Garmin Pilot features global navigation and weather information, 3D vision, electronic flight bag capabilities, as well as global flight plan filing, which are available on both Apple and Android mobile devices. 

European IFR flight plan filing for Apple mobile devices

Available for Apple mobile devices, new Eurocontrol autorouting and flight plan filing within Garmin Pilot allows pilots to more easily file flight plans and fly throughout complex European airspaces. Within Garmin Pilot, autorouting is easily accessed in the trip planning page, allowing pilots to select the departure/destination airport pairs and areas to avoid. Routes are validated by Eurocontrol and then presented based on optimized criteria set by the pilot, including time, fuel required or altitude. Pilots can also browse alternate route proposals, select the most appropriate for their flight and easily activate the route within the Trip Planning page. For easier interpretation, pilots can also view the route on a map prior to filing and activating the flight plan. 

Worldwide navigation and weather; VFR flight plan filing for Android mobile devices

New for Android mobile devices, Garmin Pilot is now a full-featured navigation application for use throughout the world, including flight planning, global weather information, VFR flight plan filing and more. Rich, interactive maps integrated within Garmin Pilot offer worldwide coverage using Jeppesen NavData. Highly configurable maps also allow pilots to choose between track-up or north-up orientation depending on preference. Unique to Garmin Pilot, a radial menu provides easy on-screen access to perform common tasks in-flight or on the ground, including the option to create user waypoints, navigate direct-to, graphically edit flight plans, view weather conditions and airport information at a glance. 

Global weather information including METARs, TAFs, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, NOTAMs and winds aloft may be displayed graphically as an overlay on the moving map page, within the airport information page and as a widget in split-screen mode. Additionally, radar and satellite imagery for Western Europe, Canada, Australia and the U.S. provide pilots with even more weather products to it’s easy to determine if precipitation or cloud cover will impact a particular flight. 


Additional features also included within Garmin Pilot for Android mobile devices:

  • FastFind, which incorporates predictive logic to suggest airports and waypoints using current GPS location so entering flight plan information is faster and easier.
  • European Visual Reporting Points (VRPs), which can be overlaid on the moving map and be incorporated into a flight plan for easy navigation throughout Europe.

Pilots can download Garmin Pilot on Apple and Android mobile devices as part of a 30-day free trial. After the 30-day trial period, customers may purchase an annual subscription for Garmin Pilot and link up to three mobile devices under a single subscription.

For additional information regarding the comprehensive line of 8.33 kHz spacing solutions, the Garmin Pilot app and more, visit: www.garmin.com/aviation.  


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