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Concorde Battery Higher Capacity RG-41/53 for Piper M500 & M600  Receives FAA STC Approval

Concorde Battery Higher Capacity RG-41/53 for Piper M500 & M600 Receives FAA STC Approval

Concorde Battery Corporation is pleased to announce the latest addition to the Platinum Series® Turbine starting lineup, the RG-41/53.  This robust 53 Ah AGM battery is TSO-C173a approved and eligible for installation in Piper PA-46-500TP and PA-46-600TP aircraft with FAA STC SA01050DE.   The STC approves installation of the RG-41/53 battery in place of Piper Part Number 601-910.  It is eligible for use on aircraft registered in the United States and those in Canada under Staff Instruction (SI) 513-003.

Concorde STC SA01050DE and RG-41/53 were specifically designed to offer a heavy-duty battery option to M500 and M600 operators without modification to the airframe. Increased starting power and reserve capacity by nearly 40% reduces engine wear appreciably and reduces the depth of discharge on engine start resulting in increased battery life.

Concorde's RG-41/53 and STC SA01050DE are available through Concorde’s worldwide authorized distributor network. Concorde sealed lead acid batteries never require water replenishment, are maintenance free and pose no threat of thermal runaway.

Concorde Battery Corporation is recognized and respected worldwide as the manufacturer of premium valve regulated sealed lead acid aircraft batteries. For over 40 years Concorde has supplied the US and foreign militaries, has been the preference by airframe manufacturers for OE installations and is the top choice for business and general aviation aircraft operators universally.

Log on to www.concordebattery.com to find a distributor.

For more information contact:

Concorde Battery Customer Service 

Email [email protected]concordebattery.com

Phone 1-800-757-0303 or

626-813-1234 Outside North America



Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification and availability of the G1000 NXi® upgrade for G1000-equipped Piper Meridian aircraft. The G1000 NXi integrated flight deck upgrade is available immediately for these aircraft through select Garmin dealers and features several new enhancements such as SurfaceWatch™, visual approaches, geographical map overlay within the HSI and more.   

“G1000 NXi-equipped aircraft are recognized for their advanced capabilities and significant performance upgrades, and today we’re excited to add another aircraft to the eligibility list,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “When pilots fly behind this modern integrated flight deck, they’ll immediately notice its smooth and responsive display and appreciate the latest, innovative features – they’ll wonder how they ever flew without the G1000 NXi.” 

State-of-the-art processors support faster map rendering and smoother panning throughout the G1000 NXi displays. The flight displays also initialize in seconds so pilots have immediate access to frequencies, flight plan data and more, saving valuable time in the cockpit. The G1000 NXi integrated flight deck also incorporates contemporary animations and LED back-lighting, offering increased display brightness and clarity, reduced power consumption and improved dimming performance. 

The G1000 NXi integrated flight deck boasts a comprehensive feature set with new and advanced capabilities. Unique features included as part of the G1000 NXi upgrade for the Piper Meridian include:

• SurfaceWatch runway monitoring technology, which provides visual and aural cues to help prevent pilots from taking off or landing on a taxiway, on a runway that is too short or on the wrong runway based on performance data entered during preflight.

• Visual approaches offer pilots enhanced guidance in visual flight conditions based on a three-degree glideslope from the threshold of the runway. Pilots can set customized minimums, select vectors or straight-in for the final approach intercept and fly a visual approach coupled with the autopilot.

• Geographical map overlay within the HSI supports the display of NEXRAD, Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather1, weather radar, SafeTaxi® airport diagrams, traffic1, terrain and more.

• Flight Stream 510 and Connext® technology enables Database Concierge, the wireless transfer of aviation databases from the Garmin Pilot™ app on a mobile device to the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck. Flight Stream 510 also supports two-way flight plan transfer, the sharing of traffic, weather, GPS information and back-up attitude information.

• The G1000 NXi system supports the display of various Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) In benefits via the GTX™ 345R transponder2.

• Pilots can optionally overlay European Visual Reporting Points (VRPs) on the moving map, as VRPs are standard within the navigation database.

• Display of sectional charts, as well as IFR low/high enroute charts are available on the MFD.

• Smart Airspace highlights the airspace nearest the aircraft’s current altitude and de-emphasizes non-pertinent airspace.

• COM frequencies are decoded and displayed on the PFD for easier interpretation.

• Decoded Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs) can be viewed on the MFD. 

• Split-screen functionality allows pilots to view flight plans, charts and more simultaneously.

• An optional audio panel upgrade offers advanced features such as 3D Audio, auto squelch and Bluetooth® connectivity.   

The G1000 NXi integrated flight deck upgrade for existing G1000-equipped Piper Meridian aircraft is available immediately through select Garmin dealers. Meridian owners and operators can easily upgrade to the G1000 NXi with minimal aircraft down time and disruption of the panel as the displays preserve the same footprint and connectors, so panel modifications are not required. The upgraded components of the G1000 NXi also come with a two-year warranty, which is supported by Garmin’s award-winning avionics product support team. For additional information regarding the G1000 NXi upgrade for the Piper Meridian, contact Scott Frye at . For additional details, visit www.garmin.com/g1000nxiupgrade.  

Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to OEM, aftermarket, 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 more information about Garmin’s full line of avionics, go to www.garmin.com/aviation.  

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary markets, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, instagram.com/garmin or youtube.com/garmin.





Location: Maddens on Gull Lake

Date: September 18, 2020

In conjunction with this year’s Seaplane Safety Seminar, Wipaire is hosting our first ever Wipaire Poker Run fundraiser for MSPA. Show your support and find out if you really are lucky!


$100 per player.  $50 for each additional hand, up to 4 hands per person.

CASH ONLY – Collected at Sign-in.  Registration is limited to 25 aircraft and ends on September 10th.

EVENT DETAILS: Sign in at Maddens on Gull Lake begins at 9AM.  First plane out at 10AM.  Maps of the stops will be given out at sign-in. Check in at each stop to receive your card ‘Dock’ area for each stop indicated by square orange tarp.


Start/Sign In: Maddens

Stop #1: 0MN3 Seaplane Base – 17NM

Stop #2: Breezy Point – 6NM

Stop #3: Ruttger’s Resort – 18NM

Finish: Madden’s – 21NM


Awards determined at 2PM with door prizes immediately afterwards. All participants will receive a wristband that allows free admission into the Poker Run Reception 1:30PM-3:30PM, located at Maddens on Gull Lake. This includes complimentary food and beverages while supplies last.

Registration is limited to 25 aircraft and ends on September 10th.


This event is a fundraiser for Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association. We truly appreciate your support!  Event subject to cancelation if COVID19 restrictions are changed by government entities.

Questions about this event? Please contact Marian at  or (612) 327-9892










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