Garmin Launches Slew of New Avionics

 - July 28, 2009, 10:53 AM

Yesterday at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., Garmin announced the new ADS-B-in GTS 800 and 820 traffic advisory systems (TAS) and GTS 850 TCAS. All three systems combine ADS-B and radar targets using Garmin’s Clear CAS technology. The GTS 800 offers 12-nm interrogation range and 40 Watts of transmit power and retails for $9,995; the GTS 820 ($19,995) and 850 ($23,495) deliver 250 Watts and 40-nm range. The 850 will meet FAA TCAS I certification criteria. All three should be available in the fourth quarter. Garmin also announced new standard features on its year-old G600 system, including synthetic-vision technology; the GAD 43 autopilot attitude reference adapter, which eliminates the need for a separate gyro-mechanical attitude direction indicator or remote vertical gyro; and support for the GWX 68 weather radar system. A TAWS-B-compliant system will be offered for the G600 in the near future, according to the company. Meanwhile, Garmin delivered its 100,000th GNS 400/500-series navigator this year. The integrated navcom/GPS/glideslope unit was first announced in 1998 and is now installed in half of all single- and twin-engine piston and turboprop airplanes in the U.S., the company said.