The move to touchscreen control of avionics gained speed today with Garmin’s announcement of the G2000 integrated flight deck, featuring its GTC 570 vehicle management system (touchscreen controller). The G2000 is aimed at Part 23 piston-powered aircraft and will see its first installation in Cessna’s Corvalis TTX, branded by Cessna as the Intrinzic avionics system.
Cessna Aircraft today unveiled its new Corvalis TTX high-performance, single-engine piston at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Fla. The upgraded Corvalis features new standard and optional equipment, all-new interior and paint scheme options and, perhaps most important, the Intrinzic flight deck that uses the new touch-screen Garmin G2000 avionics system as its platform.
A year after announcing a move into the helicopter market with its G500H glass panels, Garmin International revealed the G1000H system at last month’s Heli-Expo show. Like the G500H, the G1000H features an attitude heading reference system (AHRS) redesigned for helicopter dynamics, including the ability to align while in motion, in-flight dynamic restarts and helicopter maneuvering.
As we zip over I-4 at 500 feet agl, Bell Helicopter test pilot Randall Parent discusses the helicopter terrain alerting and warning system (HTaws) and helicopter traffic collision avoidance systems (HTcas), which are part of the new Garmin G1000H panel inside the Bell 407GX. “For a helicopter pilot, these are the kinds of things that are going to keep you alive,” Parent tells me.
Bell Helicopter unveiled two new versions of its 407 single here at Heli-Expo yesterday. The 407GX features a Garmin G1000H glass cockpit, while the 407AH is a $5 million commercially available armed helicopter developed primarily for the export market. It will be available to qualified customers directly from Bell, as opposed to via contracts from the U.S. Defense or State Department.
The FAA issued Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) CE-11-16 to highlight an issue identified by Garmin that could affect aircraft flying certain instrument approaches.
For aircraft with Aspen Avionics' EFD1000 Evolution flight display system in the panel and an autopilot that needs analog attitude information, Aspen now offers the EA100 digital autopilot interface. The EA100 adapter converts digital attitude data to analog for older autopilots and eliminates the need to maintain old and expensive mechanical gyro systems such as the King KI256.
For aircraft with Aspen Avionics’ EFD1000 Evolution flight display system in the panel and an autopilot that needs analog attitude information, Aspen now offers the EA100 digital autopilot interface. The EA100 adapter converts digital attitude data to analog for older autopilots and eliminates the need to maintain old and expensive mechanical gyro systems such as the King KI256.
The first aircraft to receive Garmin’s new stability augmentation system–Garmin Electronic Stability and Protection (Garmin ESP)–for G1000 and G3000 integrated flight decks is a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200. Garmin ESP automatically nudges the controls back toward stable flight whenever pitch, roll or high-speed deviations exceed the recommended limits.