Garmin has received FAA approval for its G600 retrofit flight display, allowing it to be installed in 785 different makes and models of aircraft.
The company says deliveries of the unit, which combines primary flight data including attitude and air data with navigation, weather, terrain and traffic data on dual LCD displays, will begin immediately now the Supplemental Type Certification (STC) has been approved
“Once a pilot sits in a G600-equipped aircraft, they’ll be amazed at the situational awareness that comes from having the PFD and MFD directly in front of the left seat,” says Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “The G600 is the first time pilots have had such a large MFD available in their primary field of view.”
The large format and user-friendly presentation allows pilots to quickly and efficiently scan data to stay ahead of the aircraft during all phases of flight.
The G600 integrates with Garmin’s panel-mount WAAS GPS products, replacing traditional mechanical gyroscopic flight instruments with the company’s solid state Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) that offers superior reliability and accuracy and features rapid alignment while moving, including in-flight dynamic restarts.
The system is designed to take the space that is currently occupied by the basic “T” or six-pack of instruments (attitude, airspeed, altitude, vertical speed, turn coordinator and directional gyro).
The PFD display increases the pilot’s attitude indication by more than 50% over a traditional three-inch attitude indicator. The system is certified to interface with most general aviation autopilots, acting as a navigation source selector and providing GPS horizontal steering data, enabling the autopilot to fly arcs, procedure turns, and holding patterns.
Meanwhile, the MFD provides Garmin’s popular SafeTaxi as standard. SafeTaxi gives pilots detailed diagrams of more than 850 airports so they can navigate unfamiliar taxiways with ease.