Garmin Intl. announced on March 13, 2014 the release of two new products, including a low-cost radar altimeter line and an angle of attack (AOA) system. Both of these products are expected to become available in the 2nd quarter of 2014. More information on these Garmin products will be provided when possible. Continue to follow SEA’s Blog and visit www.SEAerospace.com for the latest information on industry news and product releases.
Garmin Low-Cost Addition to Radar Altimeter Product Line
This comprehensive radar altimeter solution expands upon Garmin’s high-performance, all digital GRA 5500 radar altimeter to include the GRA 55, a best-in-class and cost-effective radar altimeter designed specifically for helicopters and general aviation aircraft. The GRA 55 leverages Garmin’s patent-pending digital signal processing technology that works to provide smooth altitude tracking and results in a consistent and highly accurate above ground level indication, even in the most challenging environments such as rough terrain, tree canopies, sand and choppy water. The solution also includes the new GI 205 stand-alone indicator, designed to pair with the GRA 55 or GRA 5500, which provides a comprehensive, stand-alone radar altimeter solution. These two new products meet the latest design standards and ultimately provide pilots with rock-solid confidence of their altitude above ground. In addition to helping owners and operators meet recent FAA requirements for radar altimeter equipage in commercial helicopter operations, the GRA 55 meets the most rigorous altitude accuracy requirements, only previously seen in products for transport and military aircraft. And together, the GRA 55 and GI 205 help fulfill recent FAA requirements for radar altimeter equipage in commercial helicopter operations.
The GRA 55 is expected to be available in the 2nd quarter of this year. The GRA 55 is compatible with select Garmin integrated flight decks and flights displays, as well as some compatible non-Garmin displays. The GI 205 is anticipated to be available in the 4th quarter of this year. A complete GRA 55 and GI 205 package, including antennas, will be available.
Garmin Safety Enhancing Angle of Attack (AOA) System
Garmin is announcing a new, intuitive, safety-enhancing, and simple to install angle of attack (AOA) system for general aviation aircraft. The system is comprised of the new GI 260 AOA indicator, GAP 26 angle of attack probe, and GSU 25 air data computer. The GI 260 is designed for quick, at-a-glance understanding of AOA during the most critical phases of flight and offers audible alerts in the event of a high-workload situation. This new system supports the FAA’s recent initiative to broaden adoption of Angle of Attack displays to improve safety.
The AOA System is expected to become available for installation in general aviation aircraft in the 3rd quarter of this year. Various packages are available that accommodate the appropriate aircraft voltage and include the option for a heated probe. Additionally, the GI 260 AOA indicator is available as an option for G3X and is expected to become available in the 2nd quarter.
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