Garmin Comes Up With The Latest GFC, Txi And GTN Software Upgrades

Brings descent G500 TXi, VNAV compatibility with GFC 500, G5 and more

Garmin has recently announced the launch of multiple software updates and approvals across various products such as the GFC 500 and GFC 600 autopilots, GFC600 & GFC 500 and G500 TXi or G600 TXi flight displays and the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators. In addition, the G5 electronic flight equipment for certified aircraft is approved to be used as a backup instrument if it is paired with the G500 or G500 TXi flight displays. Also, the GFC 500 autopilot is approved to get installed with the G500 or G500 TXi flight displays. Moreover, the inclusion of descent VNAV – Vertical Navigation within the GTN helps in descent planning. Pilots can receive a smoothly integrated cockpit with Garmin update. This provides them a more balanced and coordinated transition among avionics. Therefore, it works as an asset for the pilots by reducing their workload and providing them a great in-flight experience.

GTN 650/750 descent VNAV

As a help in energy management and descent planning, pilots can avail the benefits of VNAV profiles throughout the entire journey and terminal phases of the flight within GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators if they are paired with G5, G500/G600 or G500 TXi or G600 TXi. Pilots can easily input the altitude constraints on the page of flight plan within the GTN, in order to set up a vertical descent profile. The pilot also experiences a smooth transition from Vertical Navigation to an instrument approach and arrival. Once an approach or arrival is activated after loading, the GTN populates step down altitudes or any applied altitude constraints. In case any unpublished altitude constraint is issued by ATC then pilots can manually enter those altitudes in the active flight plan under the Vertical Navigation field.

As the part of Vertical Navigation profile, bottom of descent (BOD) and top of descent (TOD) values are calculated and shown on the moving map. Once, the aircraft reaches at TOD, the GTN shows a visual notification instructing the pilot to start the descent. A vertical deviation indication (VDI) populates on the display when paired with G5, G500 or G600 or G500 TXi or G600 TXi displays. This provides the vertical guidance for the aircraft descent. In addition, when GTN 650/750 series gets paired with GFC 500 or GFC 600 autopilot, the pilot can choose the Vertical Navigation button given on the mode controller and fly a fully coupled Vertical Navigation profile.

G5 Electronic Flight Instrument – Approved As A Standby

Now, the widely popular G5 electronic flight instrument is approved to be a backup flight instrument when it is paired with the G500 or G500 TXi flight displays. In doing this, any adjustments made to barometric pressure settings, airspeed bugs, altitude select as well as heading bugs are synced automatically from the G500 or G500 TXi displays to G5. Also, the autopilot mode notifications and flight director from the GFC 500 can be viewed on all displays, including the G5. Around 600 aircraft received approval for the G5 installation as a standby flight instrument along with the G500 or G500 TXi flight displays.

Approved for G500 and G500 TXi equipped aircraft – GFC 500

Those who own an aircraft can soon pair up the economical GFC 500 with the G500 or G500 TXi flight displays, providing a completely inessential, all glass cockpit when it is paired with G5. For instance, in case any G500 TXi flight display breakdown event, G5 will stay coupled with the Gfc 500 autopilot and will continue to fly in usual autopilot modes, including heading, vertical speed, altitude select and more. This significant compatibility reduces the workload of the pilot.

VDI and Course deviation indication (CDI) preview

The CDI preview option is a well-known feature in the turbine class aircraft. It allows the pilot to view the course and vertical deviation details before an instrument approach. When GTN series gets paired with the G500/G600 or G500 TXi/G600 TXi, pilots can see this feature within the lateral deviation indicator on flight display or the HSI. When the selected CDI source is the GPS, the details regarding the station ID, numeric inbound course, lateral deviation and course pointer automatically come up on HSI in gray as the instrument approach loads. For GPS and ILS approaches with the vertical guidance, a VDI preview also comes up on the G5, G500/G600 or TXi series, enabling the pilot to see glidepath or glideslope deviation before the aircraft descent.

Engine Information System (EIS) And Garmin Pilot Analytics

Now, Garmin customers can exclusively utilize the Garmin Pilot on iOS or Apple mobile devices to see the real time engine information through the Flight Stream 510 by pairing the application with the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck or an EIS capable TXi flight display. On landing, data log of the flight is uploaded wirelessly to the flyGarmin website and is safely stored on flyGarmin and within the app. In the flyGarmin website, a pilot can get the details of any flight, download the data logs and play back the flight.

New Txi Configurations, Capabilities And Display Orientations

There are even more options added to the TXi family, such as:

• Pilots can select and see the values of individual cylinder temperatures (CHT), within the EIS capable TXi displays.
• With a suitable camera, pilots are able to display multiple video inputs optionally on the MFD of a TXi display.
• The landscape TXi display of 7 inches can be used as a PFD, providing installation consistency in the aircraft panels which are limitedly spaced.
• On a landscape or portrait G500 TXi or G600 TXi of 7 inches, the displays can be set up as to view the single engine information and moving map simultaneously.
• The TXi flight display of 10 inches can be set up to a 60% MFD split screen and 40% PFD layout.

GTN 650/750 series enhancements

Some of the additional features incorporated by the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators include:

• Now, the latest GWX75 weather radar is supported by G500TXi or G600 TXi flight displays and the GTN touchscreen navigators. This provides 4 times more color contouring than usually seen on other weather radars available in the market.
• Now, English, Swiss and Irish coordinate systems are also supported. Thus, it has become easier for the pilots to enter the GPS coordinates in different formats, including longitude or latitude, seconds, minutes or degrees and the decimal degrees.
• Pilots can also set the COMM sidetone settings in the GTN series.
• The arrival of QWERTY keypad in the G500 TXi or G600 TXi and the GTN 650/750 provides pilots a more convenient way to enter the information.
• Now, pilots can also configure a user defined waypoint as an airport. This will minimize the terrain alerts while landing at an airport which is not in available in the aviation database.
• The addition of new visual and audible proximity alerts such as “wire ahead”, “obstacle ahead, pull up” and “terrain ahead, pull up”. Also, an audible “five hundred” announcement is available when an aircraft is about to land.

You can obtain these software updates immediately form the Garmin Authorized Dealers for various aircraft models. Garmin provides these updates without any charge. However, an installation charge by the dealer may apply. The award-winning aviation support team of Garmin entirely supports Garmin avionics. This team offers a 24×7 worldwide warranty and technical support. To gather more information, go to www.garmin/aviation.

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