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Garmin announces GFC 600 autopilot certification for  select Piper Meridian aircraft

Garmin announces GFC 600 autopilot certification for select Piper Meridian aircraft

Also receives Smart Rudder Bias certification for GFC 600-equipped Cessna 414A aircraft

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., today announced it has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the GFC™ 600 autopilot in the Piper Meridian (PA-46-500TP)1. Additionally, Smart Rudder Bias2 is now certified for Cessna 414A aircraft equipped with the GFC 600 autopilot, further growing the list of compatible aircraft to offer this safety-enhancing technology.

Full-featured autopilot

The GFC 600 digital autopilot is intended for piston single/twin-engine and turbine aircraft that have a wide range of speed and performance characteristics, and provides a long list of existing general aviation aircraft with a simple, lightweight, cost-effective autopilot upgrade path. Incorporating solid state attitude with robust self-monitoring capabilities, the GFC 600 provides superior autopilot performance, greater reliability, and tremendous safety tools. In addition to traditional autopilot capabilities such as altitude hold, vertical speed and heading modes, the GFC 600 also includes:

  • Premium functions and advanced capabilities such as altitude pre-select3 and indicated airspeed hold mode
  • VNAV capability when paired with a GTN™ or GTN Xi series navigator
  • Dedicated LVL button automatically engages the autopilot to restore the aircraft to straight and level flight with one press
  • Support for Smart Glide™ that can automate tasks and reduce pilot workload in engine power loss emergencies when paired with a GTN Xi series navigator and Garmin attitude indicator
  • Underspeed and overspeed protection
  • Select, couple and fly various instrument approaches, including GPS, ILS, VOR, LOC and back course approaches when paired with a compatible Garmin GPS navigator
  • Yaw Damping (YD) mode minimizes yawing oscillations while also helping to maintain coordinated flight
  • ESP functions independently of the autopilot and works in the background while the pilot is hand-flying the aircraft to help avoid inadvertent flight attitudes or bank angles by nudging the pilot to return the aircraft back to a safe flight attitude

 Smart Rudder Bias

Part of the Garmin Autonomí™ family of autonomous flight technologies, Smart Rudder Bias provides pilots 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. Once activated, rudder force is dynamically adjusted to aid a pilot in providing enough force to the rudder to help control a sideslip. A yellow annunciator for the associated inoperative engine is conveniently displayed along with autopilot annunciations on the G500 TXi or G600 TXi flight display, helping the pilot identify the issue quicker.

Enhanced Garmin Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP™) settings for OEI conditions help Smart Rudder Bias equipped aircraft avoid potentially hazardous flight attitudes and airspeeds by tailoring these settings to help address the aerodynamic characteristics associated with OEI operations. Smart Rudder Bias requires a G500 TXi or G600 TXi configured as a primary flight display (PFD) with engine indication system (EIS) data, which can be shown 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 be installed on the GFC 600.

Garmin continues to add additional aircraft models to the growing STC list for the GFC 600 autopilot. To view the most up-to-date aircraft STC list, to view certifications that are expected to being in the next 12-months, or to express interest in a specific aircraft make/model, visit www.garmin.com/GFC600.

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

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, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at , or follow us at facebook.com/garminaviation, twitter.com/garminaviation, instagram.com/garminaviation, youtube.com/garminaviation or linkedin.com/company/garmin.


1 Covers Meridian models 2000-2009; not compatible with G1000 installations

2 Smart Rudder Bias requires other Garmin avionics which are sold separately

3 Requires compatible flight display



Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has hired Elise Wheelock as its new regional sales director for Piper Aircraft. Pat Belokas, who previously served as the company’s Piper regional sales director, has been promoted to the Pilatus sales team as regional director for Pilatus Turboprop Sales.

Ms. Wheelock began her career as a customer service representative for Aviation Adventures in Warrenton, Virginia. She then moved on to Piper Aircraft where she served as a product marketing intern, product marketing coordinator, and most recently as a fleet sales representative.

In her new role as Western Aircraft’s regional sales director for Piper Aircraft, she will build and maintain strong relationships with Piper aircraft prospects and customers to understand their needs and objectives as an aircraft owner.

Ms. Wheelock holds an Associate of Science in science from Lord Fairfax Community College and a Bachelor of Science in aeronautics from the University of North Dakota. In addition, she is a single and multi-engine commercial pilot, flight instructor and 2017 US National Aerobatics Champion. Ms. Wheelock regularly flies and demonstrates the entire Piper product line.

Airpart Supply Ltd. Named Factory Authorized Distributor for Airforms, Inc.

Airpart Supply Ltd. Named Factory Authorized Distributor for Airforms, Inc.

Wasilla, AK - Airforms, Inc. has added Airpart Supply Ltd. in High Wycombe, UK to their growing list of stocking distributors around the world. As their name implies, Airpart Supply carries a vast array of parts, systems and avionics equipment for General and Airline Aviation. They ship products daily to owners, operators and mechanics in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. They have been importing large shipments of parts from Airforms over the past half year and can now offer virtually everything in the Airforms catalogs.

         “Airforms is providing a significant supplement to our product line,” said Matt Buckle, Sales and Business Development Manager at Airpart Supply. “They offer the kind of precision and reliability we count on in servicing our clients in this part of the world.”

         Lee Budde, President of Airforms Inc. said: “Airpart Supply represents a significant expansion to our market by making our full line of products more accessible to people in a vital geographic area. We anticipate it will be a very productive expansion move for both of us.”

         For more information on Airpart Supply visit airpart.co.uk or call them at +44 (0)1494 450366. To learn more about Airforms Inc. look up airforms.biz.


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