Tradeshow Season is here

Maxcraft team has been busy with various tradeshows and conventions and we have many more to come!

NAC – Feb. 25-25, 2022

In February, we sent a team to the Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show in Puyallup Washington.  Steve, Thomas and Alex spent two days demonstrating avionics in our booth, sharing ideas and creating new relationships with aircraft owners and pilots.

 

 

With over 75 hours of safety seminars to choose from and over a 100,000 square feet of displays (ours being one of them) NAC is a must attend event!

AEA -March 28-31, 2022

The 65th Annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show was held in New Orleans, Louisiana  this year.

 

 

 

 

Steve and Daryl set off to attend the largest gathering of general aviation avionics manufacturers and distributors around the world!

The pandemic has kept us away from this valuable shoe so it was even more valuable to attend this. We spend considerable time with our vendors, other avionics shops, and attend many knowledgeable training seminars. One of the most valuable parts of the convention is the new products that are introduced from vendors around the world! (read our April newsletter for more details)

HAI – March 7-10

Steve, Daryl and Alex made their way to Dallas, Texas for the largest helicopter expo in the world!

 

 

 

 

At the HAI, our Maxcraft team got to connect with over 600 plus suppliers, meet with over 15,000 industry professionals.  We had the opportunity to meet with established customers and get to know new potential customers and importantly, let them know of our capabilities and of our in depth certification (STC) portfolio.

NATA -May9-11, 2022

 

Upcoming is the Northern Air Transport Association conference and tradeshow that Marnus and Daryl will be attending in Yellowknife!

 

 

 

 

 

The NATA conference does not just have a tradeshow but has important updates for all those in aviation. It’s a great opportunity for us to meet with our northern neighbours and better understand the challenges they have operating in their unique environment

  • Aviation Labour Law Update
  • An overview of the new Canada Labour Code rules as issues with post COVID employment
  • Post COVID Perspectives on Northern Economic Development
  • Developing an Effective Pro Aviation Lobby
  • Northern and Remote Aviation Accident/Incident Review and TSB Chair’s Overview
  • Alternate Runway Materials Development Project Update
  • Transport Canada Civil Aviation Report on Rule development
  • Special Update on Flight Duty Rules and Fatigue Resource Management
  • Flight & Duty Time Rules
  • How to work with the new Flight & Duty Time rules for Northern and remote operators

CBAA -June 14-16, 2022

 

 

 

 

We will sending Steve and Marnus  to attend the Canadian Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition in Toronto.

CBAA 2022 connects Canada’s leading business aviation operators, owners, chief pilots, maintenance engineers, government officials and vendors at YYZ for three days of extraordinary speakers and sessions, awesome networking opportunities, Canada’s largest static display of business aircraft, and the latest and greatest aviation products and services.

More tradeshows that Maxcraft will be attending.  Hope to see you there!

July 25-31 EAA Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Sept 22 KingAir Summit Winnipeg
Sept 9-10 AOPA  Fly In Spokane, Washington
Sept 29 – Oct 1 MMOPA Tuscon, Arizona
Oct 18 – 20 NBAA Orlando, Florida
Oct 31 – Nov 4 HAC Calgary, AB

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Introducing the D2 Mach 1 watch

Garmin has done it again with a new and improved watch.  Read about the new D2 Mach 1 watch from Garmin below:

Garmin is pleased to announce the D2™ Mach 1 GPS aviator smartwatch with classic pilot watch styling and a bright AMOLED touchscreen display that offers advanced tools for flying – plus health and fitness features – to help pilots and aviation enthusiasts  accelerate their adventures. With a battery life of up to 11 days, pilots can rely on the D2 Mach 1 around the clock to keep tabs on the weather, receive automatic alerts for changing conditions, help navigate with the moving map and horizontal situation indicator (HSI) and so much more.

Coupled with a full suite of health monitoring and activity tracking features, the D2 Mach 1 offers unmatched utility both in and out of the cockpit.

Enhanced style and utility

Designed for everyday wear, the D2 Mach 1 combines a durable design and premium materials like  sapphire and titanium with a vibrant, sunlight-readable 1.3’’ AMOLED display. Trusted button controls are matched with a responsive new touchscreen interface for dual utility, improving daily smartwatch interaction and access to selections and map features. The watch face includes a UTC pointer, and can also display and help pilots manage multiple time zones, including Zulu time, and a 24-hour clock around the bezel, along with seven customizable data fields.

Leaving your hangar or FBO to head to the gym? Quickly change out the D2 Mach 1 watch straps – available with oxford leather or vented titanium options– with the included QuickFit™ black silicone band.

A dedicated flight system on your wrist

The D2 Mach 1 includes preflight, in-flight and postflight features and tools to
assist pilots in navigation and enhance situational awareness, along with multiband frequency and multi-GNSS support for better and more accurate GPS positioning. Direct-to navigation lets pilots navigate straight to an airport or waypoint in the preloaded worldwide aeronautical database directly from the watch, or choose the Nearest function to activate a direct course to a nearby airport. Pan across the moving map with a touch, and tap on waypoints for more information. Plus, see NEXRAD radar1 overlaid on the route.

The instrument-like horizontal situation indicator (HSI)2 course needle makes it easy for pilots to see if the aircraft is left or right of the desired flight path, and the barometric altimeter can alert when a desired altitude is reached. Aviation alerts like time, distance, altitude and a fuel timer are also available on the D2 Mach 1 during flight.

Know what’s ahead with airport information like runway orientation and wind
components, runway lengths and airport frequencies—all preloaded and easily accessible from the watch. The D2 Mach 1 offers aviation weather reports, including METARs and TAFs that allow pilots to see winds, visibility and barometric pressure and more1 before takeoff. New graphical indications of MOS forecasts for specific airports3, including projections for temperature trends, wind, dewpoint, sky cover, precipitation probability and more, are also available. Customizable notifications can be set for new METAR and TAF reports, so pilots will stay in-the-know when things like destination airport conditions change or when crosswind components exceed a threshold. And in case of emergency, the D2 Mach 1 can show the best glide speed, estimated glide distance and glide time during an engine-related issue, along with a bearing pointer to the nearest airport and a list of alternate airports.

Flight logging is a breeze with the D2 Mach 1, which automatically starts tracking flights on takeoff, then automatically transfers the date, duration, total flight time and route to the user’s flyGarmin.com logbook. Pilots can also seamlessly transfer flight plans from the Garmin Pilot™ app to the D2 Mach 1 and view the list of waypoints included in their route.

Advanced health, wellness and fitness features

With the broadest range of 24/7 health monitoring features available from Garmin, the D2 Mach 1 offers: wrist-based heart rate (with user-configurable alerts for high or low readings), advanced sleep monitoring with sleep score, breathwork activities, fitness age, respiration, Pulse Ox5, all-day stress tracking, hydration, and women’s health tracking. Body Battery™ energy monitoring shows users how “charged” their body is as well as the draining effects of stress and exercise. During a flying activity, pilots can quickly access the health stats menu to track their heart rate, Pulse Ox, respiration, Body
Battery and more. Plus, a new Health Snapshot™ feature logs a two-minute window of key health stats and generates a report users can share with a health care provider – a great tool for capturing physiological data anytime you’re feeling off your baseline.

The D2 Mach 1 features 30+ built-in indoor and GPS sports apps with favorites that include walking, running, cycling, pool swimming, hiking, advanced strength training
and more. It’s even preloaded with SkiView™ maps and more than 42,000 golf courses from around the world. Keep fitness feeling fresh with preloaded workouts on the watch, preset workouts available for download from the Garmin Connect™ app, or create customizable workouts by choosing from over 1,400 exercises.

All-day connection and convenience

Pilots can keep essentials on the wrist with built-in music (download up to 650
songs including playlists from Spotify®, Amazon Music, and Deezer), Garmin Pay™
contactless payments, and smart notifications for calls, texts, calendar reminders,
social media updates, breaking news stories and more. No service? No problem. Stay connected by pairing the D2 Mach 1 with a Garmin inReach® device to send preset messages to loved ones, toggle tracking or to initiate an SOS to the Garmin IERCC, a 24/7 staffed professional emergency response coordination center. Like all Garmin smartwatches, the D2 Mach 1 can be used with compatible Android or Apple® Smartphones. With a battery life of up to 11 days in smartwatch mode and up to 24 hours with the Fly activity (GPS + Pulse Ox), pilots can prepare for takeoff without worrying about their next charge.

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Garmin Smart Watch D2 Air X10

Garmin D2 watches are the only smart watches made exclusively for pilots, packed with powerful tools like GPS navigation, a worldwide airport database, and a built-in altimeter. Now the best-selling D2 Air is even better, with new voice assistant features and long battery life.

 

 

 

 

 

From contactless payments to adding music, this is the new and approved smart watch.

 

 

 

 

 

The D2 Air X10 offers the following features and so much more:

  • Get airport weather for preflight awareness
  • Navigate Direct-to nearby airports, and see airport and runway information
  • Automatically log flights, and wirelessly sync with your flyGarmin.com® account
  • Make calls from your wrist, and create or respond to text messages hands-free, courtesy of your paired smartphone’s voice assistant.
  • Smartwatch capabilities plus health and wellness features help keep you in tune with your day.
  • Bright AMOLED display and up to 7 days of battery life? Affirmative.

Testimonial from a Garmin employee:

Hi everyone,

I’m really excited about our latest aviator smartwatch, the D2 Air X10. I’ve been fortunate to have been here at Garmin from the debut of this product line beginning with the D2 Pilot Watch circa 2013. We’ve come a long way from that original version and D2 Air was my favorite pilot watch — until the D2 Air X10.

The D2 Air X10 has a 43mm watch case with a beautiful, round 1.3” AMOLED display. I can be clumsy with my watch at times so the Gorilla® Glass 3 tech that protects it has certainly helped me preserve the display from the occasional bump. Interface with the watch is done with the combination of a touchscreen and three stainless steel buttons. It is offered in the black or ivory case and silicon band options pictured. Should you prefer a different style, it fits an industry standard 20 mm quick release band format. Garmin offers a large selection to choose from.

It’s amazing how much hardware is packed in this light and slim package. In addition to on-board GPS, it also includes a built-in baro adjustable altimeter and compass for use with the HSI. It also hosts an on-board heart rate and pulse oximeter.

One attribute that sets the Garmin D2 series of watches apart from any other smartwatch, is the built-in worldwide airport database. The database coupled with the on-board GPS provides the ability to navigate to any airport in the database without the need for any other device. In an emergency, having a GPS ready to go on my wrist is a lot more convenient than my old GPSMAP 12 in my flight bag.

While wirelessly connected to my iPhone, I routinely use the current METAR weather data on the home screen to understand what’s happening at the airport just before departure without having to reach into my pocket for my phone. Likewise, for pre-flight planning, it’s just as easy to flip through the TAFs to understand the weather ahead. While flying at altitude, I routinely check in on my blood oxygen level using the on-board pulse oximeter. There are a lot of other helpful features, like Garmin Pilot connectivity and automatic flight logging.

Beyond the pilot-focused features, the watch boasts all the modern smartwatch capabilities you’d expect. A new capability offers the ability to initiate and answer a phone call from the watch while your phone is in your pocket. You can also interact with Siri or equivalent digital assistant. Like it did from the first watch, it receives notifications, like text messages, from your phone.

I am a runner and use the watch to track every run. The stats on the companion Garmin Connect app are interesting. My favorite stat is my fitness age, which usually shaves about 20 years off my age  My 13-year-old son really likes to create family step challenges which can be tracked by the app as well. The D2 Air X10 offers a wealth of other GPS-based activities like golf, cycling, swimming as well as health features, like animated, on-screen workouts that are easy to follow along for cardio, strength, yoga and more.

I didn’t think I would use the Garmin Pay feature, until it saved me some time after my workouts. I typically run without my phone and wallet so paying with my phone for a coffee on the way back in is incredibly quick and efficient.

I really enjoy the battery life on my D2 Air. With regular flights and running, I can go days without charging. The D2 Air X10 improves battery life with up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and up to 20 hours when continuously using GPS and Pulse Ox while flying.

I’m excited to hear what you think.

-Joey Ferreyra
Garmin Sales & Customer Experience Manager

Need to know more about this product?  Call us or visit our store for more information!

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

 

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Garmin Aviation Database Manager

Maxcraft has been waiting for something like this to help our  customers with database questions.  This database manager will help see whether or not your databases are current and no more guessing the end data or when the next cycle will be coming out. It will do the update if you don’t have a wifi Flightstream connection.

Garmin Aviation Database Manager is available on Windows or Mac.

Need to know more? Visit us and we can give you a demonstration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ONE-STOP EXPERIENCE

Once you purchase your databases, just open the database manager. You’ll no longer need to visit the flyGarmin.com® website

 

 

 

 

CONVENIENT DOWNLOADS

The database manager automatically downloads the latest cycle of updates, so they’re ready to be installed on your SD™ card or device without waiting.

 

 

 

 

SEE UPDATE STATUS

Use the calendar view to check the current cycle, see when new cycles will be available, review whether you’ve purchased a cycle and more.

 

 

 

 

EASY FLEET UPDATES

If you have multiple aircraft on your account with the same avionics1 and subscriptions, you can manage them all from one view — and use a single card for all of the aircraft.

Garmin Aviation Database Manager – Quick Start Guide

The quick start guide provides basic navigation and describes key steps in loading databases with the Garmin Aviation Database Manager. The video describes the calendar view which provides an easier way track and install databases.

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Lightspeed Holiday Promotion

Zulu 3 Holiday Promotion for 2021

Lightspeed is offering a great promotion for that perfect gift for the pilot in your family.  This is the time for family, traveling and gift giving!

Purchase a brand new Zulu 3 ANR headset and receive an instant discount of $75 CDN! This offer is only valid from November 19, 2021 until December 31, 2021.

Take advantage of this offer and call us or visit our team at Maxcraft Avionics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Garmin Announces Smart Glide

Garmin is pleased to introduce Smart Glide, a revolutionary safety tool that helps the pilot in loss of engine power emergencies by automating tasks to reduce pilot workload.
Smart Glide joins the Collier Trophy winning Garmin Autoland as a part of the Autonomí™ family. In the event of the loss of engine power in a single-engine aircraft, a pilot faces the urgent, workload-intensive job of maneuvering the aircraft from its current position to a suitable airport. Through compatible avionics, such as GTN™ Xi series navigators, Smart Glide provides assistance to the pilot by recommending a suitable airport if estimated to be within glide range, as well as providing critical information to the pilot and adjusting select avionics settings. When paired with a compatible Garmin autopilot, Smart Glide can automatically engage the autopilot and pitch for the aircraft’s best glide speed while simultaneously navigating the aircraft within the vicinity of the recommended airport (if available) so the pilot can execute an approach and landing.

Smart Glide Activation and Airport Selection
In the event of engine power loss in flight, pilots can quickly activate Smart Glide using an optional dedicated Smart Glide button that can be installed via a discrete input, or by holding the Direct-to button for two seconds to initiate activation. If the discrete Smart Glide switch is installed, Smart Glide will not be able to be activated via the direct-to long press.

Once activated, Smart Glide recommends an airport estimated to be within glide range
and automatically creates a direct-to route. In the event the system estimates there is
not an airport within glide range, Smart Glide provides an aural and visual alert to the pilot, while continuing to search for an airport. Smart Glide considers several factors when choosing the recommended airport within glide range including runway length and condition; proximity; terrain; and available weather from sources such as FIS-B, Garmin Connext Weather, or SiriusXM weather, in addition to current measured winds calculated by the primary flight display (PFD). If the aircraft is equipped with a GTX 345/GTX 345R transponder or a GNX™ 375 acting as a transponder, or a GSR 56 / GDL 69/ GDL 69A with an appropriate weather subscription, Smart Glide will even consider VFR/IFR conditions when recommending the most suitable airport. Alternate airports within glide range can be selected if the pilot desires.

When Smart Glide has been activated, the system will alert the pilot with an aural message stating that Smart Glide is active, while also providing a quick reference to the selected airport within glide range in both bearing and distance to enhance situational awareness. In addition, Smart Glide provides automated adjustment of select avionics settings including changing the primary COM standby to the airport CTAF or tower and automatically switching the CDI to GPS mode. If the aircraft is appropriately equipped and configured with a compatible Garmin transponder, Smart Glide also provides pilots with a
shortcut to tune the transponder to squawk the 7700 emergency code. If the aircraft is equipped with a compatible Garmin autopilot, Smart Glide activation will also automatically engage the autopilot to pitch for the best glide airspeed and activate GPS
mode to enable navigation to the recommended airport. When equipped with a compatible Garmin autopilot, in the event the system estimates there is not an airport within glide range, the aircraft will automatically pitch for configured best glide speed.

Access Critical Information
Using the Smart Glide Page and the Map Page of the GTN Xi,pilots can easily access critical Smart Glide information when they need it most and better prepare for a landing at a potentially unfamiliar airport. The Smart Glide Page displays estimated glide speed based on the specific aircraft, airport name, an alternate airport list, arrival above ground level (AGL) altitude, longest runway information including wind components if available, as well as a Smart Glide alert banner to keep the pilot notified of glide status and any pertinent instructions. The Map Page is another useful resource for pilots during a Smart Glide activation. The Glide Range Ring depicted on the Map Page shows available airports within glide range and dynamically adjusts based on winds and terrain. The Map Page displays current aircraft AGL altitude, as well as estimated AGL altitude upon arrival, bearing, and distance to the airport, while decluttering the map.

Approach and Landing
When the aircraft is within four nautical miles from the recommended airport, Smart Glide will alert the pilot that they are approaching the airport environment with both an aural alert and visual banner. Within two miles of the airport, audible airport position alerts and a flashing red alert displayed on the GTN Xi will advise the pilot to resume control and begin maneuvering for a safe landing. In the event of an off-airport landing, Smart Glide provides audible AGL altitude alerts to help ensure the pilot is aware of the altitude while maintaining their focus on landing locations.

Smart Glide Support with a Variety of Garmin Systems
In certified aircraft, Smart Glide will become available with a GTN Xi series navigator paired with a compatible Garmin flight display including the G500 TXi™/G600 TXi, GI 275 electronic flight instrument, the G3X Touch™, or G5 electronic flight instrument, with others to be added later. Compatible Garmin autopilots such as GFC 500 or GFC 600 can be automatically engaged when Smart Glide is activated. Please note that initial Smart Glide software interface with a GFC 500 or GFC 600 works with GI 275 and TXi installations only. G5 configuration compatibility is expected in Q4 of 2021. For aircraft without a compatible Garmin autopilot, Smart Glide will still provide critical information and features to help manage engine emergencies and help to reduce pilot workload. Further, experimental aircraft with G3X Touch and a G3X autopilot can also enable Smart Glide technology when appropriately equipped.

Smart Glide is expected to be available as a software upgrade through Maxcraft Avionics starting in August 2021.

Need to know more about this amazing product?  Call us or visit our team at Maxcraft Avionics!

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Garmin Award

Maxcraft  does it again!

Macraft Avionics received a very prestigious award, the Silver Award from Garmin, for recognizing us for having a great year and excellent performance as a Garmin distributor

This Award of Exemplary Performance from Garmin recognized that we are a top performing aviation distributor. A Silver Award of Exemplary Performance represents a first-class level of sales performance, technical expertise, and customer service.

 We are extremely proud as a team to receive this award from Garmin and would like to thank our customers for making this happen.

Thank you from Maxcraft.

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Bose Special

 

Bose Summer Promo 2021

Valid from July 18 – August 7, 2021

Purchase a Bose aviation headset and receive your choice of a free SoundLink Revolve II bluetooth speaker or Bose Sport Earbuds with purchase of a Bose Aviation headset.

For a limited time only.

US/Canada promotional offer—valid Sunday, July 18th, 2021 through Saturday, August 7th, 2021. Please visit the following URL to redeem promotion: www.boseaviation.com/promo

Call or visit our team at Maxcraft Avionics for more information.

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Garmin Dual GI 275 Kits Promo Pricing

GI 275 on sale now!

The popular dual Garmin GI 275 kits that provide a full range of functionality, are at low price again.

Get your electronic flight displays to replace your traditional six-pack, with the redundancy of auto-reversionary mode for a low price of $7,995.00 USD.

These dual GI 275 kits provide airspeed, altitude, attitude, heading information, outside air temperature, MFD capabilities, CDI or HSI, and autopilot control, along with a single 60-minute backup battery (software version 2.32 required for this is now available on the DRC). The time has never been better to upgrade older, vacuum-style instruments.

The dual GI 275 kits allow for ease of ordering and are priced to provide significant savings
compared to purchasing individually.

Sale price effective until August 13, 2021. Call or visit our team for more information at Maxcraft Avionics.

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Garmin Announces First GFC 600 Jet Certification GFC 600 Now Certified for Cessna CitationJet 525

Garmin announces first turbofan certification for GFC 600 digital autopilot

Maxcraft is proudly announcing the FAA STC approval for the GFC 600 digital autopilot in select Cessna Citation Jet 525 models from Garmin. The first jet certification for this popular autopilot solution.

Read from Garmin about what this STC can offer:

The GFC 600 digital autopilot delivers superior in-flight characteristics and new operational capabilities such as autopilot-coupled Vertical Navigation (VNAV) descent, auto Course Deviation Indicator (CDI) switching, fully coupled go-around capability and much more.

“We are thrilled to announce the first jet aircraft approval for the GFC 600 digital autopilot, providing these turbofan aircraft with a modern and advanced autopilot upgrade and further simplifying single-pilot operations,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The GFC 600 combines our state-of-the-art flight control capabilities with hardened smart servos specifically tailored to the demands of turbofan aircraft. With this upgrade, it is easier than ever for CJ owners and operators to get the most out of their aircraft.”

For Cessna CitationJet owners and operators, the GFC 600 digital autopilot will be installed as part of a complete package that requires single or dual G600 TXi 10.6” flight display(s), dual GTN or GTN Xi Series navigators, and a GI 275 electronic flight instrument configured as a standby flight instrument. With this installation, the system offers new operational capabilities and features including autopilot-coupled VNAV descents, automatic GPS-to-LOC switching during ILS/LOC approaches, fully coupled missed approaches and supports Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM) operations, among other features. Further, the installation of the GFC 600 digital autopilot also removes the requirement to retain the power inverter driving the legacy autopilot, aiding in weight savings. Optional upgrades include a dedicated PFD controller, audio panel, ADS-B transponder, Iridium datalink, weather radar, datalink SiriusXM weather, and Garmin Connext connectivity via the Flight Stream 510 wireless gateway.

To optimize selection and control of GFC 600 modes, a compact self-contained autopilot controller incorporates backlit keys and a bright, sunlight readable display that depicts autopilot status and mode selection. An intuitive built-in control wheel also provides convenient adjustment of aircraft pitch, airspeed and vertical speed modes. The GFC 600 also features a dedicated level mode (LVL) button, an active safety-enhancing feature that gives the pilot a single touch autopilot-engage button to command the aircraft to roll wings level and pitch to a level attitude, if momentarily distracted or disoriented.

The GFC 600 offers environmentally hardened autopilot servos designed for harsh operating conditions. Its brushless DC motors offer improved performance and reduce maintenance requirements when compared to decades-old servo designs on the market today. In addition, these smart servos are optimized specifically for turbine operations by offering broader speed scheduling in addition to more torque to help better command and respond to control demands required of turbine aircraft.

As a standard feature, pilots receive Garmin Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP) with the
GFC 600 digital autopilot, which works to assist the pilot in maintaining the aircraft in a stable flight condition. ESP functions independently of the autopilot and works in the background when the pilot is hand-flying the aircraft to help avoid inadvertent flight attitudes or bank angles and provides airspeed protection.

Additional capabilities of the GFC 600 include:

  • Traditional autopilot functions with modern capability such as altitude pre-select2 and indicated airspeed hold mode
  • Select, couple to, and fly various instrument approaches, including GPS, ILS, VOR, LOC and back course approaches3
  • Built-in GPS roll steering capability eliminates the need for external roll steering converters, allowing for smoother navigation tracking
  • Underspeed protection helps prevent the aircraft from entering a stall condition
  • Overspeed protection helps prevent the aircraft from exceeding aircraft maximum speed (VNE)
  • Yaw Damping (YD) mode minimizes yawing oscillations while also helping to maintain coordinated flight by keeping the slip/skid indicator centered
  • Flight Director command bars are displayed on the G600 TXi flight display
  • Fly coupled ‘go-arounds’ during missed approach sequencing with a remotely installed go-around button that commands the Flight Director to display the appropriate pitch attitude required for the missed approach procedure and activates a loaded missed approach when paired with a GTN 650/750 or GTN 650/750 Xi navigator
  • Pitch-trim servo provides automatic trim and manual electric trim with improved speed scheduling
  • Control wheel steering allows the pilot to adjust pitch, roll, altitude hold, vertical speed or airspeed references using the control yoke while the autopilot is engaged

The GFC 600 digital autopilot for the Cessna CitationJet is available immediately through authorized Garmin dealers. To view the most up-to-date aircraft STC list, to view certifications that are expected to begin in the next 12-months, or to express interest in a specific aircraft make/model for the GFC 600, visit www.garmin.com/GFC600. For additional information, visit: www.garmin.com/aviation.

Don’t hesitate to call or visit our team at Maxcraft for more information.

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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