Flight Data Accessibility Moves Forward


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Upgrades and innovation in flight display systems technology have been contributing to the enhancement of pilot situational awareness during flight.

Garmin International recently announced a series of enhancements and an expanded feature set for it’s G500H glass flight display STC in Robinson R44 helicopters. The development means that pilots flying behind the G500H glass in the R44 helicopters will experience a faster, more responsive and modernized flight display, alongside a number of additional features that improve situational awareness.

“We continue to expand upon the feature set of our G500H glass flight display STC in the R44 so these helicopter operators have access to the latest situational awareness tools in the industry,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “With this upgrade, we’ve incorporated capabilities that put even more valuable information in the pilot’s primary field of view, further expanding upon the extensive pilot toolset.

According to the company’s press release, using several advanced systems has enabled improved situational awareness. ADS-B traffic displays on the moving map and dedicated traffic pages, and FIS-B weather information received by the GDL 88H can be overlaid on the moving map and dedicated weather pages alongside flight plan data for easier interpretation.

Additional weather enhancements offer pilots access to optional weather products for display. These new compatibilities include:

  • The display of new datalink weather products include icing, turbulence, METARs, TAFs, AIRMETs, PIREPs, Canadian NEXRAD, as well as winds and temperatures aloft.
  • Text and graphical weather products received by the GSR 56 Iridium datalink can be displayed on the multi-function display (MFD) of the G500H.

Newly improved dynamic maps expand upon the existing mapping display capabilities. Pilots are supposed to notice the difference as the moving map offers faster display and map rendering and demonstrates an overall revitalized transformation. In addition to the newly enhanced display capabilities, geo-referenced Garmin FliteCharts terminal approach procedures offer an elevated level of situational awareness.

Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to military and government customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, an expansive suite of ADS-B solutions and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and value.

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle.