Garmin Grows Avionics Offerings for Large Aircraft

 - November 5, 2012, 1:00 AM

Garmin has introduced two new avionics products targeting the Part 25 transport category market, the new GTS 8000 Tcas II unit and GTX 3000 mode-S transponder. Both new products received FAA TSO certification on August 7 and will be fitted on upcoming new jets featuring Garmin G5000 avionics suites, including the Cessna Citation Ten, Latitude and Longitude and Bombardier Learjet 70 and 75. Both also can interface with any Garmin G1000 through G5000 system and so will be available for retrofit programs, according to avionics product manager Bill Stone. “We’re working through our initial airworthiness certifications with Cessna and Bombardier,” he said, “[then] looking for the retrofit market.” The GTS 8000 can also replace older Tcas processors and drive existing IVSI displays, and it weighs less, costs less and is more reliable than “typical” Tcas systems, according to Stone.

The GTS 8000 is compliant with current and upcoming Tcas and European ACAS regulatory requirements, including the latest Change 7.1 software. The system “blends both active interrogation and passive reception of ADS-B targets,” he said. When a traffic target is within Tcas range, “through a process of correlation, the best attributes of both (TCAS and ADS-B] are combined to give much more stable and accurate target.” The GTS 8000 will also support ADS-B applications that will be part of the NextGen air traffic control environment.

The GTX 3000 is a remote-mounted transponder and, Stone said, “was designed for the operational and environmental needs of transport-category aircraft that operate in a more severe environment, and with much higher transmit power output than our other transponders.” The GTX 3000 will also be featured on G5000-equipped airplanes and on retrofit applications.