Garmin Enters Helicopter Market

Garmin is pleased to preview its upcoming range of helicopter navigation equipment, expanding upon the existing consumer avionics range that has become a benchmark for in-flight navigation worldwide.

The G500H is a glass avionics system designed specifically for VFR part 27 helicopters and has Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology (HSVT™) and helicopter-specific databases, including additional low-altitude obstacles.

Facts and Features

• Primary Flight Display (PFD) screen offers:
• Altitude
• Airspeed
• Vertical speed
• Altitude and course/heading information
• PFD can be either left or right hand facing
• Multi–function Display (MFD) unit to complement PFD shows:
• Detailed moving map graphics
• Chart data
• Navaids
• Flight plan routings
• Solid state Altitude and Heading Reference System offers rapid alignment and in-flight dynamic restarts
• Can be interfaced with Garmin traffic systems (GTS 800 series)

Also announced is a new Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS) for the GNS 430W & 530W navigation products. Garmin’s HTAWS provides graphical and audible alerts of potential terrain and obstacle conflicts along the user’s flight path.

Facts and Features

• Forward Looking Terrain Avoidance (FLTA)
• Visual and audio advisory alerts
• Five colour terrain scale – red, orange, yellow, green & black
• Voice alerts below 500ft
• User defined multiple callouts, one hundred ft intervals from 500-100ft above ground level (AGL)
• Reduced Protection mode (RP) allowing low-level operations
• Helicopter specific databases
• Including low-altitude obstacles
• Terrain database
• Navigation database
• Compatible with G500H for displaying all information on PFD and MFD.

G500H LR

Further information on the G500H and HTWAS systems will be available upon European (ETSO) certification, which is expected in summer 2010.
The G500H is the latest breakthrough from Garmin, which this year celebrates its 21st anniversary of leading the technology and innovation field. Garmin is a household name globally in the automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor and fitness industries, for more information visit

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