Garmin Pilot for iPad

Garmin announced Garmin Pilot, a new aviation app for iPad but it also works on the iPhone as well as Android devices.

Garmin Pilot lets their users do pre-flight planning with comprehensive aviation weather information for the U.S. and Canada and also receive and log FAA-approved legally approved weather briefings, access to AOPA Airport Directory and even fuel pricing information.

You can also overlay weather information over your planned route and modify your trip using the graphics interface. Once you’re ready to you can amend and close the flight plan via DTC DUAT or CSC DUAT(S).

Some other features:

  • shows ETE, ETA, crosstrack error
  • displays a graphical HSI directional display
  • available in the Apple App Store and Google Play
  • free for the first 30 days, a monthly fee of $10 or an annual subscription of $100

G5000H flight deck from Garmin

Garmin just introduced an integrated flight deck for medium lift helicopters called the G5000H. It combines widescreen displays with touchscreen controls.

The G5000H has hi-res, wide primary flight displays (PFD) as well as multi-function displays (MFD). This lets pilots view their flight display, maps, charts, checklists and system synoptics, HTAWS, TCAS, flight planning, weather or video input pages. The system also fully integrates with environmental controls, electrical power distribution and hydraulic systems giving pilots full control.

Some other features of the G5000H include:

  • Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology (HSVT): displays an “out-the-window” view of the surroundings, regardless of the weather conditions
  • HTAWS provides graphical and audible alerts of potential terrain and obstacle conflicts along the flight path
  • graphical weather including NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, TFRs, winds aloft, echo tops, precipitation type at the surface, lightning strikes, storm-cell data, AIRMETs, and SIGMETs

Garmin’s new GTN 750 Trainer app for iPad 2

This is one of the ways Garmin is still staying relevant when every single smartphone on the market offers practically free GPS navigation. Stand alone automobile navigation is not their only market. They’ve got aviation too. Just recently they announced a new app for the iPad 2 called GTN 750 trainer. Pilots can now train on the ground, and practice basic operations of Garmin’s new all glass GTN aviation systems.

GTN 750 Trainer app allows pilots to pan the map, enter waypoints into the flight plan, load airways, graphically edit flight plans, radio tune and more. It even has hi res terrain maps, worldwide NavData, and simulated traffic targets and simulated XM weather data for a more realistic experience. Some other options include TAWS-B audible alerts, transponder control and remote audio processor control, and other demo settings that lets users to simulate flight scenarios by changing altitude, speed, location, etc.

$25 is small price to pay to get your training while still safely on the ground.

new Garmin aera 796 and 795 Aviation Navigators

Garmin last week announced aera 796 and aera 795, a new line up of portable aviation navigation devices. aera 796 will be the new flagship product - following GPSMAP 696, and will add new features such as touchscreen user interface, screen orientation option and 3D Vision. It even has a digital document viewer, scratch pad and pre-loaded geo-referenced AeroNav IFR and VFR enroute charts so you can almost have a paperless cockpit.

aera 796 has 7″ touchscreen and is designed to fit on the yoke. It features 3D view of database-generated terrain which uses GPS to recreate a behind-the-aircraft perspective view of the topographic landscape. aera 796 may be qualified for use as either a Class I or Class II Electronic Flight Bag (EFB).
Other new features include a built-in digital document viewer to view PDF documents, JPEG photos, etc.
It also offers GPS-derived panel information, including track indication, GPS altitude, groundspeed, vertical speed and turn indication. Internal GPS provides position updates five times per second (5 Hz), allowing it to present flight data more smoothly and accurately.

You also have access to XM WX Satellite Weather and SiriusXM Radio for NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, TFRs, lightning, winds aloft, turbulence forecasts, PIREPs, icing forecast and other important info.

The aera 796 and 795 are already available and will cost $2500 and $2200 respectively. North American customers that do not require XM WX Satellite Weather and SiriusXM Radio, may be interested in the aera 795 Americas that has identical features to the aera 796 except that it is not XM capable.

GPS enabled quadcopter drone put to use, FAA is cautious

MD4-1000 is an aweseome GPS enabled quadcopter that can be used for all sorts of surveillance. The device is proudly built by Germans, by a company called MicroDrones Gmbh, and is better described if we called it an AUMAV (Autonomous Unmanned Micro Aerial Vehicle). It has some amazing specs - such as the ability to carry a payload of up to 5lbs, travel at about 15m/s and climb at 7.5m/s. Obviously it has for electric rotors - each of which generates 250W of power and can last up to 70 minutes.

It has a variety of sensors which include barometer, hygrometer, accelerometers, gyroscopes, a magnetometer, and a thermometer. It constantly sends all of this data to its base in real time. They are actually more advanced than this. They can actually fly themselves, collect lots of data and video footage or just photos using a GPS Waypoint navigation system. Completely autonomous.

News Corp has one of these and even setup its own page to show off the videos captured. Most recently it was sent to cover the floods in Mississippi and Alabama. However not everyone is allowed to fly drones. It is used heavily by the military abroad, and even within U.S. borders by a few police departments. According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) these unmanned aircraft can be used by hobbyists as long as they don’t go over 400 feet. Under no circumstance they can be used for compensation or hire. For a private party to fly a quadcopter such as this it has to receive an airworthiness certificate which requires lots of paperwork.

The News Corp’s MicroDrone MD4-1000 did fly for commercial purposes and apparently FAA is investigating to figure if they need to take any legal action against them.

Flymaster F1-Live

Flymaster Avionics just recently announced a new GPS tracking device called the Flymaster F1-Live. This is a GSM enabled GPS tracker which allows the live tracking of pilots during their leisure or competition flights. It is especially designed for flight - though we’re not sure how different this would be compared other GPS tracking devices. But apparently they have patent features.

As far as the hardware this GPS tracker offers the following:

  • 50 channel, 4 Hz (4 positions per second), high sensibility GPS;
  • Internal memory for more than 50 hours of flight with 1 second recording interval, i.e. 180000 points;
  • Quad band GSM-GPRS module
  • 20 hours of operation with 4 AA alkaline batteries.

If you’re a pilot you know that you lose cell phone coverage for a good amount of time and the Flymaster F1-Live has a solution for your live tracking needs. In the advent of network coverage loss the F1-live stores the data and resends missing track information to the server as soon as network coverage becomes available. And if all goes to plan you shouldn’t have any discontinuity,

We have no info on pricing yet.

Garmin GTN 650 and GTN 750

I think Garmin is doing a good job focusing in markets other than just end-consumer vehicle navigation. They have really great products for avionics. They just announced the GTN 650 and GTN 750 which are panel mounted touchscreen avionics units. They are certified and ready to fly GPS/NAV/COM systems that provide graphical flight planning with victor airways and high-altitude jet routes, remote transponder, remote audio control (750 only), SafeTaxi and electronic chart capabilities (750 only).

Apparently the GTN 650 and 750 are the first touchscreen avionics certified for general aviation aircraft. The biggest difference between these two models and the previous (430W, and 530W) is the screen size. GTN 650 has a 4.9″ screen giving 50% more area, and GTN 750 has a 6.9″ screen which is twice as much screen space.

The interface with the new GTN’s is also greatly improved. They have a shallow menu structure, audio and visual feedback, finger anchoring bezel, but still support the old knob’s for the most basic tasks such as setting a route, and changing COM frequencies. Other features includes enhanced situational awareness with built-in terrain, mapping and obstacle databases, high resolution presentation of the surrounding area, and even a built-in terrain elevation database that shows color-coded alerts when potential terrain conflicts are ahead.

You can also extend the features of Garmin GTN 650 and GTN 750 by adding sensors, XM WX Satellite Weather, lightning, and traffic system inputs.

Both units are approved for a long list covering most Part 23 fixed wing aircraft. They already started shipping. How much?

  • GTN 650: $11,495
  • GTN 750: $16,995

Garmin unveils G1000H

Don’t get so excited! This doesn’t really apply to you unless you are planning on buying a new helicopter. But Garmin just unveiled G1000H, an all-glass avionics system designed for the VFR Part 27 helicopter market. The G1000H get your flight data, navigation, communication, flight instrumentation, weather, traffic, identification, terrain, and diagnostics and maintenance computer — and presents it digitally on large, high-resolution displays that are capable of real-time 3D images.

We’re not really experts on integrated aviation system so we’ll just quote the features:

…the G1000H seamlessly integrates control and presentation of virtually all flight data, sensor and instrument functions in one comprehensive “big picture” package. The G1000H includes features like single or dual integrated solid-state attitude and heading reference systems (AHRS) that can align while in motion, including in-flight dynamic restarts and handle highly dynamic flight maneuvers; full reversionary capabilities allowing all flight-critical data to transfer seamlessly to a single display; integrated digital audio control system; and integrated Mode S transponder that interfaces to Garmin’s TIS capable transponders and ADS-B transceivers…

First in line to get the new G1000H is Bell Helicopter that will install the system on their 407GX…

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JetBlue gets GPS from FAA

FAA is paying $4.2 million to install new GPS navigation systems on 35 JetBlue planes, hoping the enhanced performance will entice other airlines to do the same.

Federal Aviation Administration plans to move away from ground-based radar and start using GPS as a way to control air traffic. If all goes well, the new system - aka NextGen - will relieve traffic congestion, reduce delays, and even increase fuel efficiency.

FAA claims NextGen will reduce flight delays by 20 percent which translates to millions in fuel costs and will also cut CO2 emissions. But there are some upfront costs. For each plane the basic system will cost between 32K and 175K depending on the age of the aircraft. The full package however ranges between 162K and 670K. This package transmits data back to the cockpit that would alert pilots to the traffic, weather and terrain around them.

Garmin for jets: G5000

Garmin is different from the rest of the GPS navigation makers because of things like this. They don’t just rebrand automobile GPS navigation systems made in China.
They just recently announced that they’re getting into Part 25 business jet market with an integrated flight deck called G5000. It is specially designed for crew flown aircraft with turbines and supports things like dual multi-sensor flight management system (FMS), touchscreen vehicle management units, and multi-pane cockpit displays. We don’t really have a pilot here at Navigadget so we can’t really say anything smart about the G5000 but this flight deck features WXGA high resolution, wide aspect ratio (12-inch or 14-inch diagonal) primary flight displays (PFD) and multi-function displays (MFD) allowing the crew to simultaneously view maps, charts, checklists and aircraft systems synoptics, TAWS, TCAS, flight planning, weather or video input pages.

Any pilots from our readers please feel free to comment…

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