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Wednesday
Jul182018

Garmin Expands Aircraft Approvals for GFC 600 and GFC 500 Autopilots

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., continues progress in aircraft approvals for the GFC 600 and GFC 500 autopilots. The imminent certification of several aircraft also add to the growing list of approvals for both autopilots. The Bonanza/Debonair (C33, E33, F33, G33), Cessna 210 and Grumman AA-5 series will soon be approved for the GFC 500 autopilot, while the Beechcraft Baron (58P, 58TC) and Cessna 208B will add to the list of the GFC 600.

Safety-enhancing technologies such as Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP), underspeed and overspeed protection, Level Mode and Flight Director (FD), reduce pilot workload throughout all phases of flight.

The GFC 600 is intended for high performance piston and turbine aircraft that have a wide range of aircraft speed and performance characteristics, while the GFC 500 is intended for less complex piston single-engine aircraft. The GFC 600 & GFC 500 boast traditional autopilot capabilities such as altitude hold, vertical speed and heading modes, as well as the capability to fly fully-coupled GPS, ILS, VOR, LOC and back-course approaches. Indicated airspeed climbs/descents, control wheel steering, as well as built-in roll steering add to the extensive feature set.

Aircraft certified for the GFC 600 and GFC 500 autopilot:

 GFC 600

 

  • Beechcraft Baron (58, 58A, 95-B55, 95-B55A)
  • Beechcraft Bonanza (36, A36, A36TC)
  • Cessna 182 (P, Q, R, S, T, T182, T182T)
  • Cessna 340/340A

 

GFC 500

 

  • Beechcraft Bonanza (S35, V35, V35A, V35B)
  • Cessna 172 (E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, F172F, F172G, F172H, F172K, F172L, F172M, F172N, F172P)
  • Cessna 182 (E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, T182, T182T, F182P, F182Q)
  • Piper PA-28 (150, 151, 160, 161, 180, 181)
  • Aircraft certified for the GFC 600 and GFC 500 autopilot:GFC 600
  • Beechcraft Baron (58, 58A, 95-B55, 95-B55A)
  • Beechcraft Bonanza (36, A36, A36TC)
  • Cessna 182 (P, Q, R, S, T, T182, T182T)
  • Cessna 340/340AGFC 500
  • Beechcraft Bonanza (S35, V35, V35A, V35B)
  • Cessna 172 (E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, F172F, F172G, F172H, F172K, F172L, F172M, F172N, F172P)
  • Cessna 182 (E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, T182, T182T, F182P, F182Q)
  • Piper PA-28 (150, 151, 160, 161, 180, 181)

 

Garmin will showcase these autopilots at the 2018 EAA AirVenture fly-in, in Oshkosh, Wis., July 23-29, 2018, where the GFC 600 will be on display in a Beechcraft 58 Baron and the GFC 500 will be on display in a Cessna 172 at the Garmin exhibit on Celebration Way.

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