GFC 500 autopilot certification for certain American Champion Scout aircraft

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., today announced that it has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the GFC 500 autopilot in the American Champion Aircraft 8GCBC Scout1. Plus, Smart Rudder Bias and Vertical Navigation (VNAV) functionality2 are now certified for Beechcraft Baron B55 and B55A aircraft equipped with the GFC 600 autopilot, further expanding the list of compatible aircraft to offer this safety-enhancing technology.

Full autopilot

The GFC 500 autopilot is intended for lightweight piston aircraft while providing superior flight characteristics, self-monitoring capabilities and minimal maintenance requirements compared to older generation autopilot systems. The autopilot uniquely integrates with Garmin’s GI 275 or G5 electronic flight instruments; a combination of a GI 275 or G5 stand-by electronic flight instrument interfaced to a G500 TXi flight display; or a G3X Touch flight display to provide pilots with a cost effective and modern autopilot solution. The autopilot mode controller contains large dedicated keys and knobs, a control wheel that allows easy adjustment of the aircraft’s pitch, speed, and vertical speed, and a level mode (LVL) that brings the plane in straight and horizontal flight by pressing a dedicated button. Additionally, with the GFC 500, appropriately equipped aircraft can also take advantage of Smart Glidea great safety tool that helps pilots in an emergency when engine power is lost by automating certain tasks and helping to reduce pilot workload3.

The complete GFC 500 autopilot provides a long list of existing general aviation aircraft with a simple, lightweight and cost-effective autopilot upgrade path. Integrating a solid-state attitude with robust self-monitoring capabilities, the GFC 500 offers superior autopilot performance, greater reliability and invaluable safety tools similar to those featured on the popular GFC 700 autopilot In addition to traditional autopilot capabilities, such as altitude hold, vertical speed and heading modes, the GFC 500 also includes altitude preset, VNAV2, underspeed and overspeed protection and more. Pilots can also select, pair and fly various instrument approaches, including GPS, ILS, VOR, LOC and reverse approaches when paired with a compatible Garmin GPS navigator.

As a standard feature of the GFC 500, riders receive Garmin Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP), which helps the pilot maintain the aircraft in stable flight conditions. ESP works independently of the autopilot and works in the background while the pilot is flying the aircraft by hand to help avoid inadvertent flight attitudes or bank angles causing the pilot to bring the aircraft back to a safe flight attitude.

Smart rudder bias

Part of Garmin AutonomíA family of autonomous flight technologies, Smart Rudder Bias can now provide Beechcraft B55 Baron aircraft pilots with assistance against the hazardous effects of one-engine-inoperative (OEI) flight when the aircraft is appropriately equipped. The system continuously monitors engine parameters using Engine Indication System (EIS) data displayed on a G500 TXi or G600 TXi flight display and activates when the system detects a predetermined power differential between each engine. When activated, rudder force is dynamically adjusted to help a pilot deliver enough force to the rudder to help control a skid. A yellow indicator for the associated inoperative motor is conveniently displayed along with autopilot announcements on the G500 TXi or G600 TXi flight display, helping the pilot identify the problem more quickly.

Enhanced ESP settings for OEI conditions help aircraft equipped with Smart Rudder Bias avoid potentially dangerous flight attitudes and airspeeds by adapting these settings to help address the aerodynamic characteristics associated with OEI operations. Smart Rudder Bias requires a G500 TXi or G600 TXi configured as the primary flight display (PFD) with EIS data, which can be displayed as a strip on the G500 TXi or G600 TXi, or on a separate dedicated TXi EIS display. Additionally, Smart Rudder Bias requires the Yaw Axis option to be installed on the GFC 600.

Vertical Navigation (VNAV)

Beechcraft B55 Baron aircraft pilots can now select the VNAV button on the GFC 600 autopilot mode controller to fly a fully paired VNAV profile when the autopilot is paired with a GTN™ or GTN Xi touchscreen navigator and the G5, GI 275, G500 TXi / G600 TXi or G500/G600. In the browser, pilots can easily enter altitude constraints on the flight plan page to set up a vertical descent profile. With VNAV, pilots also benefit from a nearly seamless transition to an instrument arrival and approach, as descent altitudes are automatically populated. When the GFC 600 or GFC 500 autopilot is fully coupled during a VNAV descent, pilots benefit from a smooth, controlled descent so they can focus on preparing for the approach to land.

Garmin continues to add additional aircraft models to the growing list of STCs for the GFC 500 and GFC 600 autopilots. next 12 months or to express your interest in a specific aircraft make/model, visit www.garmin.com/GFC500 Where www.garmin.com/GFC600.

For more information on Smart Rudder Bias and the Garmin Autonomí family of automated flight technologies, visit www.Garmin.com/SmartRudderBias.

Garmin products and services have revolutionized flight and become essential in the lives of pilots, aircraft owners and operators around the world. A leading provider of solutions for general aviation, business aviation, rotorcraft, advanced air mobility, government and defense, and commercial air carrier customers, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate. . Recipient of the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy for Garmin AutolandGarmin has developed the world’s first certified autonomous system that activates in an emergency to control and land an aircraft without human intervention.

1 Installation limited to aircraft produced in 1991 or later, and aircraft that have been retrofitted with metal spar wings

2 GTN or GTN Xi series browser required

3 Smart Glide compatibility requires a GTN Xi browser; see Garmin.com/SGproducts for details

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