Avionics upgrades go a long way

May 5, 2023
A number of fascinating technology updates have emerged in business aviation recently, particularly related to avionics, Michael Wildes reports for Flying.

NEW YORK - Garmin’s announcement in October that it acquired a supplemental type certification (STC) from the FAA for the GI 275 electronic flight instrument in the Dassault Falcon 7X business jet should give operators and pilots a reason to celebrate. The announcement came as part of Garmin’s press run at the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) held in Orlando in October 2022, and it was one of many fascinating updates in business aviation, particularly related to avionics, Michael Wildes reports for FlyingContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

5 May 2023 - Wildes, writing for Flying, gives a shout-out to Garmin's GI 275 and G5000 avionics suites for the Dassault Falcon 7X and Cessna Citation Excel respectively, and Atlas avionics from Avidyne.

The GI 275 features a 3.125-inch panel mount that can perform the work of four separate analog instruments. Speaking to Flying about the GI 275, Garmin's Jim Alpiser says, "The person installing it in a Bonanza or a Mooney should feel amazing because that same technology is also inside a Falcon aircraft now."

Retrofitting "perfectly good airplanes" with updated tech keeps them in the air with upgraded abilities, like GPS approach capabilities like LPV, LP, LNAV/VNAV, and LNAV-only, while not needing to make expensive EFIS86-L system replacements, says Tom Harper from Avidyne.

"With LPV, you’re opening up so many more runways, since that’ll allow you to get into airports that don’t have an ILS," Harper says. "Or, in some cases, they only have an ILS on one runway, and the winds aren’t favorable. So, the upgrade just gives you more options to complete the mission."

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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