Maxcraft is pleased to announce significant new product introductions from Garmin

Garmin boasts new products in time for EAA AirVenture!

1. GFC600 and GFC500 Autopilots – Revolutionary, Cost-effective Retrofit Autopilots for General Aviation Aircraft


Garmin is pleased to announce GFC 600 and GFC 500, solid state, attitude-based autopilots for fixed-wing general aviation aircraft. The unique designs of these autopilots deliver superior in-flight characteristics, self-monitoring capabilities and minimal maintenance needs when compared to older-generation autopilot systems. Boasting a robust feature set, GFC 600 and GFC 500 incorporate a number of technologies that can improve safety, such as Garmin ESP™ (Electronic Stability and Protection), underspeed protection, Level Mode, Flight Director (FD) and more. The GFC 600 autopilot is intended for high- performance piston single/twin-engine and turbine aircraft that have a wide range of aircraft speed and performance characteristics, while GFC 500 is intended for less complex piston single-engine aircraft. Built upon the acclaimed performance of the popular GFC 700 autopilot, GFC 600 and GFC 500 provide pilots with a suite of advanced autopilot capabilities that are an economical addition for a growing number of aircraft.

GFC 600 Autopilot for High-performance Single/Twin-engine Piston and Turbine Aircraft

GFC 600 is designed as a standalone autopilot that boasts superior integration capability with G500 and G600 glass flight displays, Garmin navigators as well as a variety of third-party flight displays, instruments and navigation sources. The self-contained GMC 605 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. When the level button is selected, the aircraft automatically returns to straight-and-level flight. Standard mark-width design of the GFC 600 autopilot controller allows for routine installation into the aircraft’s avionics stack.


GFC 600 includes environmentally hardened GSA 87 autopilot servos designed for harsh operating conditions. The servos contain a brushless DC motor and a gear train that eliminates the need for a mechanical slip clutch, offering improved performance and reducing maintenance requirements when compared to decades old servo designs. If a G600/G500 flight display is not installed in the aircraft, an optional GI-285 autopilot annunciator panel can display the selected autopilot mode in the pilot’s primary field of view and retains an identical footprint of third-party autopilot annunciators on the market. In the absence of a compatible airspeed and pressure altitude source, an optional air data module attaches to the backplate of the GMC 605. Initial Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for GFC 600 has been completed in the A36 Bonanza and B55 Baron aircraft with the 58 Baron and more aircraft models to follow.GFC6003

GFC 500 Autopilot for Certificated Single-engine Piston Aircraft

Built upon the popular G5 electronic flight instrument, the GFC 500 autopilot integrates specifically with G5 to provide pilots with an economical autopilot and modern flight instrument (G5 is sold separately). The GMC 507 mode controller contains large, dedicated keys and knobs, a control wheel that allows for easy adjustments to aircraft pitch, airspeed and vertical speed and a level button that returns the aircraft to straight-and-level flight. Similar to GFC 600, the GSA 28 servos utilized on GFC 500 also contain brushless DC motors and gear trains that eliminate the need for a mechanical slip clutch. G5 provides input and display of altitude preselect, heading, vertical speed target, airspeed target and Flight Director command bars for the GFC 500. The optional GAD™ 29 adapter allows GFC 500 and G5 to interface with select Garmin GPS or VHF navigators. Initial STC for GFC 500 is expected to be completed on select Cessna 172 aircraft models in the fourth quarter of 2017, with select Cessna 182 and Piper PA-28 aircraft models and more to follow.


GFC 600 and GFC 500 Feature Set: Cutting Edge Autopilot Design and Reliability

The full-featured GFC 600 and GFC 500 autopilots provide thousands of existing general aviation aircraft with a simple, light-weight, cost-effective autopilot upgrade path. GFC 600 and GFC 500 both incorporate solid state attitude with robust self-monitoring capabilities to provide superior autopilot performance, high reliability and stability benefits that are similar to the popular GFC 700 autopilot.
In addition to traditional auG5 from Garmintopilot capabilities such as altitude hold, vertical speed and heading, GFC 600 and GFC 500 also include the following features:

• Premium functions and advanced capabilities such as altitude pre-select1 and indicated airspeed hold mode; VNAV will be a growth function when appropriately equipped
• Pilots can select, couple and fly various instrument approaches, including GPS, ILS, VOR, LOC and back course approachesGFC6002
• Built-in GPS roll steering capability eliminates the need for external roll steering converters for smoother navigation tracking when installed with a compatible navigator
• Level Mode button, which automatically engages the autopilot to restore the aircraft to straight-and-level flight
• Underspeed protection helps prevent the pilot from stalling the aircraft if the autopilot is engaged in an inappropriate manner
• Overspeed protection helps prevent the pilot from exceeding aircraft maximum speed (VNE) if the autopilot is engaged in an appropriate manner
• With the addition of an optional yaw servo, 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 can be displayed on G5 with the GFC 500, while GFC 600 displays Flight Director on a variety of flight displays, such as G500 and G600
• Pilots can fly coupled ‘go-arounds’ during missed approach sequencing. A remotely-installed go-around button 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 navigator
• An optional pitch-trim servo adds automatic trim and manual electric trim
• Control wheel steering is available on GFC 600, which allows the pilot to adjust pitch, roll, altitude hold, vertical speed or airspeed references using the control yoke

Garmin ESP™ (Electronic Stability and Protection)
As a standard feature, pilots receive Garmin ESP with the GFC 600 and GFC 500 autopilots, which works to assist the pilot in maintaining the aircraft in a stable flight condition. Garmin ESP functions independently of the autopilot and works in the background to help pilots avoid inadvertent flight attitudes and provide airspeed protection while the pilot is hand-flying the aircraft.
Should the pilot become inattentive and exceed pre-determined pitch, roll or airspeed limitations, Garmin ESP provides gentle nudges on the flight controls to lessen the aircraft’s pitch attitude or bank angle. The correcting force becomes stronger if the aircraft pitch, bank or airspeed exceedance grows further away from the preset limits. In the event the pilot becomes incapacitated and the system detects it has been activated for an extended period of time, the autopilot engages with the Flight Director in Level Mode, bringing the aircraft to level flight until the pilot commands otherwise. For maneuvering flight, Garmin ESP can be disabled manually.

2. Third Part Autopilot Support – G5 for Certificated Aircraft to Integrate with Select Autopilots


Garmin is pleased to announce that the G5 electronic flight instrument will soon be compatible with a wide-range of third-party autopilots available on the market. Utilizing the new GADTM 29B adapter, the G5 directional gyro (DG)/horizontal situation indicator (HSI) can interface with a variety of autopilots to provide heading and course error from G5 to drive the autopilot. With a compatible navigation source, G5 can also interface with select autopilots for coupled flight in heading and navigation modes. Additionally, when interfaced with a GTN 650/750 or GNS 430W/530W, the G5 can provide GPSS roll steering navigation from the navigator to the autopilot. Pilots can simply select GPSS on the G5 and heading mode on the autopilot and the autopilot will fly smooth intercepts, holding patterns, procedure turns and more.
Third-party autopilot support is expected to include the following autopilots:
• Century II/III
• Century IV (AC), IV (DC)
• Century 21/31/41
• Century 2000
• Cessna 400B
• Cessna 300 IFCS/400 IFCS
• Honeywell (Bendix King) KAP 100/150/200
• Honeywell (Bendix King) KFC 150/200
• Honeywell (Bendix King) KAP 140
• Honeywell (Bendix King) KFC 225
• S-TEC 20/30/40/50/55/60-1/60-2/65
• S-TEC 60 PSS
• S-TEC 55X

3. GDL® 82 ADS‐B “Out” Datalink –
Economical, Easy‐to‐install, Rule‐compliant ADS‐B Solution

GDL82Garmin is pleased to announce the GDL 82 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink, the latest addition to the comprehensive lineup of certified ADS-B solutions available from Garmin. GDL 82 is a small, lightweight Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) datalink with a built-in GPS receiver. For aircraft owners looking for an economical and turnkey solution to satisfy the requirements of ADS-B “Out”, GDL 82 is a straightforward path to meet regulatory requirements.

GDL82 locationGDL 82 broadcasts on the 978 MHz frequency, providing a rule-compliant ADS-B “Out” solution for aircraft operating below 18,000’ in the United States. Installation is quick and
easy because GDL 82 utilizes a patent-pending design, in which GDL 82 is installed in-line with the aircraft’s existing transponder antenna wiring to transmit the necessary ADS-B “Out” information. The WAAS GPS receiver required for ADS-B compliance is built-in and a GPS antenna is included to offer additional cost-savings for aircraft owners without an existing WAAS GPS on board their aircraft.

4. GDL® 52 and GDL 51 – Includes Industry‐first, All‐in‐one Portable SiriusXM® and ADS‐B Aviation Receiver

GDL52aGarmin is pleased to announce GDL 52/51, a series of datalink receivers capable of receiving SiriusXM Aviation weather1 and audio for display and control on select portables and mobile devices and optionally available with an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-
Broadcast (ADS-B) traffic and weather receiver. The flagship GDL 52 combines all of these functions into a single device, while GDL 51 specifically provides SiriusXM Aviation weather and audio entertainment1. Both variants include a built-in backup battery and provide GPS position data and back-up attitude information2 to compatible portable devices. Wireless and hardwired compatibility is extended to include G3X Touch™, aera® 660 and aera 795/796 aviation portables, as well as wireless connectivity with the Garmin Pilot™ app, allowing customers access to a full-featured suite of weather products, ADS-B traffic and more using a single receiver.


The Ultimate Weather Watchers GDL 51 accesses the SiriusXM network’s powerful satellites, to deliver continuous weather updates across the continental U.S. and its coastal regions as well as southern Canada. (See coverage map.) Pilots can choose from available SiriusXM Aviation packages that provide METAR data and animated NEXRAD imagery plus current reports on
precipitation, lightning, winds aloft, echo tops, turbulence, freezing levels, TFRs and more.

GDL52dIn addition to SiriusXM Aviation weather, GDL 52 also provides subscription-free access in the U.S. to ADS-B Flight Information Service- Broadcast (FIS-B) weather information. With this, compatible devices can display animated graphical weather plus METARs, TAFs, winds and temperatures aloft, PIREPs, NOTAMs and other features linked from ADS-B. And to help pilots maintain the most current weather picture, the GDL 52/51 receivers can queue weather updates while the compatible display device is sleeping or turned off so it automatically updates when the screen is turned back on.

Enhanced Traffic Features
GDL52cIn addition to comprehensive weather data, pilots utilizing GDL 52 can receive “dual-link” ADS-B traffic information and audible alerts3 to easily identify potential traffic conflicts. ADS-B traffic can be overlaid on the dedicated traffic page or the moving map, as well as IFR/VFR charts on compatible devices. Exclusive to Garmin displays, patented TargetTrend™ and TerminalTraffic™ technologies further enhance the traffic picture.
TargetTrend provides pilots with a more intuitive method of judging target trajectories and closure rates, while TerminalTraffic displays a comprehensive picture of ADS-B-equipped aircraft and ground vehicles throughout the airport environment on the moving map and SafeTaxi® airport diagram.

Great Sound Made Easy
By simply connecting a compatible Bluetooth® headset or audio panel (such as GMA™ 245/245R, GMA 345 and GMA 35c/350c/350Hc) to GDL 52/51, pilots can wirelessly listen to their choice of high-quality audio entertainment channels provided by SiriusXM®¹. Volume adjustments and station selection may be accessed through a compatible Garmin aviation portable or mobile device app. Additionally, a 3.5 mm stereo audio jack positioned on the side of the receivers makes it easy to provide a hardwired audio out connection to an auxiliary device or audio panel.

Capabilities for a Variety of Devices
GDL 52/51 receivers are compatible with G3X Touch™, aera® 660 and aera 795/796 aviation portables and the Garmin Pilot™ app on Apple® or Android™ mobile devices. Capable of simultaneously supporting up to 2 wireless display devices, 1 wireless audio device, 2 wired display devices and 1 wired audio device, GDL 52/51 offer quick and convenient access to essential information throughout the cockpit. In addition to the traffic (GDL 52 only), weather and audio entertainment capabilities, GDL 52/51 also provide GPS position and back-up attitude information2 for display on select portables and mobile devices. Boasting superior battery life, a rechargeable lithiumion battery allows the GDL 52 to receive ADS-B and SiriusXM data for up to 5 hours on a single charge, while the GDL 51 can receive SiriusXM data for up to 7 hours.

Remote Mount Models
GDL52eIn addition to the portable receiver options, GDL 52R/51R receivers offer similar feature sets in remote mount form factors designed for integration with G3X Touch™ flight displays and as a mounted/hard-wired option for aera 660 and aera 795/796 series portable products. GDL 52R/51R hardwire to aircraft power and can also simultaneously support up to 2 wireless display devices, 1 wireless audio device, 2 wired display devices
and 1 wired audio device.

5. D2 Charlies Aviator Watch – GPS Smartwatch with High‐resolution Mapping, Weather Radar Overlay and More


Garmin is pleased to announce the D2 Charlie aviator watch, an elegant and functional timepiece that boasts global navigation information, rich and colorful moving maps and a host of connectivity options. Designed with pilots, aviation enthusiasts and aspiring pilots in mind, the D2 Charlie aviator watch features high-resolution mapping, real-time worldwide weather radar as well as airport information that includes frequencies, runway information, METAR data and more. Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology also allows customers to measure heart rate 24/7 alongside daily activity tracking1. Available with leather and silicone bands or in a titanium edition featuring titanium and silicone bands, D2 Charlie can easily adapt in seconds using these new QuickFit™ bands for use in the cockpit, on the golf course or in the boardroom.

Detail-rich Moving MapCharlie2
Aviation-inspired signature accents along the bezel and a unique feature set tailored to aviators bring additional functionality to the cockpit. A colorful, dynamic moving map incorporates key landmarks, such as airports, NAVAIDs, roads, bodies of water, cities and more, offering improved situational awareness. Dedicated Direct-to and Nearest buttons along the side of the bezel allows for immediate navigation commands. When D2 Charlie is paired with Garmin Connect™ on a connected mobile device, customers can view weather radar on top of the map display relative to flight plan information. To easily access local weather radar, pilots can simply press and hold the Directto and Down buttons. Pilots can also overlay estimated time enroute (ETE), universal coordinated time (UTC) or other pilot-selectable data fields on top of the map, so it’s easy to monitor the progress of a flight and view pertinent flight information simultaneously.

Premium Materials, Elegant Style
For improved durability, D2 Charlie offers a bold design made of premium materials, including a sapphire scratchresistant crystal lens and a diamond-like carbon (DLC) coated titanium bezel. Thanks to the new QuickFit™ bands, pilots can mix and match between their choice of titanium or leather and silicone watchbands and switch between them in seconds without tools. A sunlight-readable, high-resolution color display with an LED backlight on the watch face allows customers to view data in most lighting conditions in the cockpit. D2 Charlie offers up to 20 hours of battery life in GPS mode, up to 12 days in smartwatch mode and up to 3 weeks in watch mode.

Create Flight Plans, View Airport Information and MoreCharlie3
To aid in navigation3, D2 Charlie incorporates many new exclusive functions and capabilities. Airport information pages display communication frequencies, runway information (including dimensions and surface type), weather data and more for a specified airport. D2 Charlie also comes with free, wireless lifetime aviation database updates. The flight log page allows pilots to conveniently reference recent flights at their wrist, displaying date, flight duration, total distance and more of a particular flight. Additionally, improved flight planning capabilities include the option to add multiple waypoints within a single flight plan and the ability to navigate direct to any waypoint in a flight plan. Comprehensive integration within the Connext® ecosystem sets the D2 Charlie aviator watch apart from other aviator watches on the market. When using the Garmin Pilot™ application on a compatible Apple® or Android™ mobile device, pilots can wirelessly transfer a flight plan to D2 Charlie. GPS data from the watch can also be shared and used by the Garmin Pilot application. Remote control of the VIRB® Ultra 30 action camera and VIRB 360 is also available using the D2 Charlie aviator watch.

Advanced Multisport FeaturesCharlie4
The D2 Charlie aviator watch comes preloaded with a full multisport toolset for running, golfing, cycling, swimming, skiing and more. Whether customers are in the cockpit, at the gym or on the golf course, Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology provides 24/7 heart rate monitoring, without the need for a chest strap. Water rated to 100 meters2, it can also withstand swimming and other water activities. In addition to a wide variety of sport profiles, D2 Charlie incorporates activity tracking functions, which count steps and provides a customized step goal each morning, while also counting calories and distance throughout the day1. It also features a vibration move alert after 1 hour of inactivity, and its sleep mode to monitor quality of rest at night.

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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