Garmin GFC 500-Equipped Cessna 172 Embarking on US Tour

Our aviation team is hitting the road with our GFC 500 digital autopilot. Throughout the month of April, we will be visiting select locations throughout the midwest and southeastern regions, displaying our cost-effective retrofit autopilot solution that brings unprecedented levels of capability, reliability and affordability to light single-engine, fixed-wing general aviation aircraft.

Built upon our popular G5 electronic flight instrument, the GFC 500 autopilot uniquely integrates with the G5 to provide an economical autopilot and modern flight instrument. The autopilot mode controller contains large dedicated keys and knobs, a control wheel that allows for easy adjustments to aircraft pitch, airspeed and vertical speed and a level button that returns the aircraft to straight-and-level flight. The GFC 500 servos also contain a brushless DC motor and a gear train that eliminates the need for a mechanical slip clutch. G5 provides input and display of altitude preselect, heading, vertical speed target, airspeed target and Flight Director command bars for the GFC 500. An optional adapter allows the GFC 500 and G5 to interface with select Garmin GPS or VHF navigators. GFC 500 is currently approved for installation on select Cessna 172 and Cessna 182 models, with certification programs for additional aircraft types and models in-progress or planned.

GFC 500 mode controller

At each tour stop, our experts will be on-site with the GFC 500-equipped Cessna 172 to answer questions and provide a first-hand look at the autopilot solution. All dates and times are subject to change due to weather and maintenance.

Dates & Locations (subject to change):

Date City Airport Garmin Dealer Location Time (local)
April 2, 2018 (Update April 2: Cancelled due to weather) Fayetteville, AR Drake Field Airport (KFYV) Wings Avionics Cancelled due to weather
April 3, 2018 (Update April 3: Cancelled due to weather) Oklahoma City, OK Wiley Post Airport (KPWA) Turbine Aircraft Services Cancelled due to weather
April 4, 2018 Dallas, TX McKinney National Airport (KTKI) Select Avionics 1:00pm-4:00pm
April 5, 2018 Houston, TX Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport (KCXO) Outright Avionics 1:00pm-4:00pm
April 6, 2018 Smyrna, TN Smyrna Airport (KMQY) Carpenter Avionics 1:00pm-4:00pm
April 10-15, 2018 Lakeland, FL Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (KLAL) Sun ‘n Fun Int’l Fly-In & Expo 8:00am-5:00pm
April 16, 2018 Gainesville, FL Gainesville Regional Airport (KGNV) University Air Center 1:00pm-4:00pm
April 17, 2018 DeFuniak Springs, FL DeFuniak Springs Airport (54J) Monarch Aviation 1:00pm-4:00pm
April 18, 2018 Augusta, GA Daniel Field Airport (KDNL) Augusta Aviation 1:00pm-4:00pm
April 19, 2018 Griffin, GA Griffin-Spalding County Airport (6A2) Precision Avionics Specialist 1:00pm-4:00pm
April 20, 2018 LaFayette, GA Barwick Lafayette Airport (9A5) Gann Aviation 1:00pm-4:00pm
April 25, 2018 Omaha, NE Millard Airport (KMLE) Oracle Aviation 1:00pm-4:00pm

*Please note that all dates, times and locations are subject to change

For more information on the GFC 500 Tour, contact participating dealers or the Garmin aviation sales team at [email protected]. Continue checking here for additional information and timing for the event near you.