2018 Airshow Guide: Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In & AERO Friedrichshafen

April is here. That means more daylight, warmer temperatures and the unofficial kickoff to another airshow season. After a long, cold winter at the Garmin HQ on the outskirts of Kansas City, we’re ready to share our exciting new products and technology with the aviation community.

Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In and Expo: April 10-15, 2018

This year in Lakeland, Florida, we’ll be showing off our latest touchscreen flight displays—the G500/G600 TXi series. Replacing our popular G500/G600 glass flight displays, TXi offers pilots a powerful primary flight display, multi-function display or engine information system. Available in a 10.6-inch landscape orientation, or 7-inch portrait and landscape options, TXi offers pilots a modular building block concept to create an impressive array of PFD/MFD/EIS functions and formats.

Beechcraft Baron featuring G500 TXi, GFC 600, GTN 750 and GTN 650.

Additionally, we’ll have our ADS-B solutions on hand—including the GDL 82 datalink—our most economical way to equip for NextGen airspace, along with our new GDL 52 series of portable SiriusXM/ADS-B receivers. Our cost-effective retrofit autopilot solutions, GFC 500 and GFC 600, will also be on display along with the powerful, yet compact G5 electronic flight instrument. In fact, we’ll be showing off a classic Cessna 172 equipped with our GFC 500 autopilot and dual G5’s. Be sure to check out the G3X Touch flight displays, along with our extensive suite of products for experimental/LSA aircraft

If you’re still in the research stage of your avionics modernization plan, be sure to check out our daily seminars (Tuesday-Saturday) highlighting everything from our D2 Charlie pilot watch and flying with a tablet using Garmin Pilot, up through our certificated avionics and autopilot upgrades. All Garmin seminars will be held in tent N11 located between Hangar D and the flight line.

Daily Time

Title

Location

9:30am Portables: From wrist-worn navigators to handhelds and ADS-B/SXM receivers Seminar Tent N11
10:00am Autopilot Upgrades: GFC 600 and GFC 500 Seminar Tent N11
10:45am Upgrading Avionics: G600 TXi/G500 TXi and GTN 750/650 series Seminar Tent N11
11:30am ADS-B Solutions: GTX 345/GTX 335 series, GDL 82 and more Seminar Tent N11
12:00pm Low-cost Upgrades for Certificated Aircraft: G5, GTX 345, GMA 345, GNC/GTR and more Seminar Tent N11
12:45pm Avionics for Experimental Aircraft: From G5 to G3X Touch Seminar Tent N11
1:45pm Flying with iPad and Android Tablets: Plan, File, Fly, Log with Garmin Pilot Seminar Tent N11

 

AERO Friedrichshafen: April 18-21, 2018

The following week across the Atlantic in Friedrichshafen, Germany, we’ll be showing off many of the same exciting new products. Haven’t upgraded to 8.33kHz yet for European airspace? That’s okay, better late than never, we’ll have our options on hand including the GTN 750/650 touchscreen series along with the economical GTR 225 comm radio.

Additionally, Garmin ambassadors Simone Moro—adventurer and record-breaking helicopter pilot—along with SMUDO—musician and pilot—will stop by our exhibit during the week to visit with fans and sign autographs.

  • Simone Moro: Wednesday, 18 April, at 15:00 in the Foyer OST
  • SMUDO: Friday, 20 April, at 13:00 in the Garmin Booth

Cessna 172 featuring dual G5, GFC 500 and GTN 650.

Stop in for a seminar at AERO too, we’re hosting them behind the Garmin exhibit (A6-201) located in Hall A6.

Daily Time

Title

Location

10:00-10:30 What’s New at Garmin (English) Hall A6
10:45-11:30 Upgrading Avionics: G600 TXi/G500 TXi and GTN 750/650 series (German) Hall A6
11:45-12:15 Portables: From wrist-worn navigators to handhelds (English) Hall A6
12:30-13:15 Avionics for Experimental Aircraft: From G5 to G3X Touch (English) Hall A6
13:30-14:15 Upgrading Avionics: G600 TXi/G500 TXi and GTN 750/650 series Hall A6
14:30-15:15 Low-cost Upgrade for Certificated Aircraft: G5, GTR 225, GMA 345 and more (English) Hall A6
15:30-16:15 Autopilot Upgrades: GFC 600 and GFC 500 (English) Hall A6
16:30-17:15 Flying with iPad and Android Tablets: Plan, File, Fly, Log with Garmin Pilot (English)* Hall A6
17:15-17:45 Portables: From wrist-worn navigators to handhelds (German)* Hall A6

*Not available on Saturday, April 21

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