Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today that it has received the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) validation of the U.S. Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of Garmin’s Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP) and Iridium datalink in G1000-equipped King Air 200 and B200 models. These technologies offer pilots unique safety-enhancing capabilities such as stability augmentation, an onboard worldwide datalink weather solution and a variety of voice and data services. “Garmin remains committed to expanding our industry-leading technologies throughout Europe,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “With the recent EASA validation, King Air operators in Europe may now equip their aircraft with Garmin ESP™ stability augmentation, and integrate worldwide weather, text messaging and satellite phone capabilities to give them the tools that enhance the situational awareness and productivity of every flight.”
Garmin ESP is an electronic monitoring and exceedance-correcting technology for Garmin integrated flight decks that seamlessly works in the background during flight. It assists the pilot in maintaining the aircraft in a safe, flight stable condition, helping in certain situations to prevent the onset of stalls and spins, steep spirals or other loss-of-control conditions should the pilot become distracted, disoriented or incapacitated. Garmin ESP gently nudges the controls back toward stable flight whenever pitch, roll or high-speed deviations exceed the recommended limits, and will then disengage when the aircraft returns to its normal flight.
The STC also includes approval for Garmin’s Iridium-based transceiver, the GSR 56, which gives access to worldwide weather that informs pilots of METARs, TAFs, and winds aloft around the globe. RADAR, satellite imagery, lightning, SIGMET and AIRMET data is also available in select countries throughout Europe.
In addition to the worldwide weather capabilities, the GSR 56 offers an Iridium voice and data service (subscription required) that lets pilots or passengers make worldwide Iridium-based calls or send and receive text messages while in-flight or on the ground. From the cockpit, the dialing interface is provided through the multi-function display (MFD) and incoming call messages are prioritized with other aural messages.
Each of these technologies integrates with the G1000 avionics suite, which is available as a flight deck upgrade for the King Air 200 and B200 models. Installation of the G1000 system dramatically modernizes the King Air’s panel and meets current European regulatory requirements including 8.33 kHz VHF Comm channel spacing, FM immunity, B-RNAV, P-RNAV, RVSM, Mode S Elementary Surveillance (ELS), Mode S Enhanced Surveillance (EHS), ADS –B (Automatic Dependant Surveillance Broadcast), and TAWS Class B.
The G1000 integrated flight deck integrates all primary flight information, navigation data, communications, terrain awareness, traffic, weather, and engine instruments on a large 15-inch multi-function display (MFD) and two 10.4-inch primary flight displays (PFD). The G1000 installation on the King Air 200/B200 includes the GFC 700™ three-axis, fully digital, dual channel, fail passive automatic flight control system (AFCS). The GFC 700 features best in class performance and features including coupled space based augmentation system (SBAS) approaches such as LNAV/VNAV and LPV.
King Air owners interested in bringing these industry leading capabilities to their aircraft should contact an authorized Garmin G1000 upgrade dealer.
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