What are Garmin’s Cost-Effective Avionics Upgrades?

What is Garmin doing to help piston aircraft owners enjoy cost-effective avionics upgrades? Following, the avionics manufacturer shares information on some of its cutting-edge, innovative products for the cockpit…

AvBuyer  |  05th October 2018
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Garmin Cost Effective Flight Panel Upgrades

The G5 electronic flight instrument delivers exceptional performance, reliability and ease of installation as a drop-in replacement for primary attitude and/or directional gyros in type-certificated fixed-wing aircraft. Following, Garmin shares more on its innovative product…
Designed for installation in FAR Part 23 Class 1 and Class 2 aircraft (singles and twins weighing less than 6,000lbs), the 3.5” G5 display fits into a standard 3-1/8” round cutout, taking up just a fraction of the space and weight previously required by conventional gyro-based instruments.
It’s valid for flight under VFR and IFR conditions. And, by combining visual cues and data readouts once scattered across a myriad of instruments, G5 makes flight information easier to scan so pilots can respond more quickly and intuitively to any inflight situation.
When configured as an attitude indicator, G5 uses solid-state AHRS reference to provide smooth, steady and reliable horizon-based pitch and roll indications. In addition to aircraft attitude, G5 will also support display of airspeed, altitude, vertical speed, slip/skid, turn rate, configurable V-speed references, barometric setting and selected altitude — as well as visual alerts upon arriving at a pre-selected altitude.
To provide even more situational awareness, G5 is also approved for installation as a replacement heading indicator/directional gyro (HI or DG) or horizontal situation indicator (HSI). When paired with an affordable GMU 11 magnetometer, 
GAD 29 navigation data interface and select VHF Nav/Comms or GPS navigators, G5 can serve as a primary reference source for magnetic heading, VOR/LOC guidance and/or GPS course guidance, as well as providing distance and groundspeed indications.
Providing an economical upgrade path via a comprehensive approved model list (AML) that contains over 600 aircraft, the compact and cost-effective G5 is bringing modern “glass cockpit” reference to thousands of aircraft that would otherwise depend on older, vacuum-driven equipment.
GMA 345
Bringing rich “home theatre” quality sound and wireless Bluetooth audio connectivity to the cockpit, the GMA 345 digital audio panel offers a superior inflight audio experience at an affordable price.
Featuring 3D spatial sound processing, a USB charging port, marker beacon receiver, advanced Auto Squelch, clearance playback and impressive audio mixing and distribution features, this all-digital unit offers the ideal blend of capabilities for pilots who want to hear and do more with less effort in the cockpit.
Plus, it’s an easy slide-in upgrade from select third-party audio panels or legacy GMA 340 units.
GNC 255
As compact as it is capable, the GNC 255 can bring powerful Nav/Comm capabilities to virtually any cockpit. Not only does the GNC 255 meet the basic needs of most pilots – including adhering to new airspace requirements in Europe – it also features a number of advanced features that save significant time and effort.
Additionally, it contains an internal VOR/LOC converter and 40-channel glideslope receiver.
GFC 500 Autopilot
The revolutionary GFC 500 autopilot brings unprecedented levels of capability, reliability and affordability to light single-engine, fixed-wing General Aviation aircraft. GFC 500 leverages Garmin’s advanced attitude-based flight control technology developed for the popular GFC 700 autopilot, which drives Garmin’s most advanced glass flight deck systems.
To help prevent incidents caused by loss of control, the FAA and other regulators encourage the use of key technologies, such as angle-of-attack indicators and autopilots, to help increase situational awareness, reduce pilot workload and enhance safety of flight.
GFC 500 is the right product — at the right price — for certified light GA aircraft. Boasting a superior feature set, GFC 500 incorporates a number of safety-enhancing technologies, including Garmin ESP, under-speed and over-speed protection, automatic LVL mode, vertical navigation (VNAV) mode, flight director (FD) command cues and more.
Rather than depending on failure-prone mechanical gyros, the GFC 500 system is digitally controlled, using solid-state attitude and air data sensor reference — providing ultra-smooth round-outs, intercepts and more while also enhancing the reliability of the system.
Incorporating Garmin’s crisp, easy-to-read 3.5” G5 electronic flight instrument, a mode controller and “smart” servos, the autopilot’s architecture supports full pitch-and-roll axis control capabilities with optional pitch trim for automatic and manual electric trim. Additionally, yaw damper capability is optionally available for select aircraft models.
With the optional GAD 29 nav data adapter, GFC 500 will interface with the GTN 650/750 and legacy GNS 430/530 (WAAS and non-WAAS) series navigators to fly a wide range of precision, non-precision and GPS-guided approaches, as well as holds, procedure turns, missed approaches and more. GFC 500 also includes built-in GPS roll steering capability, which allows smoother navigation tracking and eliminates the need for external roll steering converters.
More information from www.garmin.com/aviation


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