Garmin® announces new enhancements for the G500H glass flight display in Robinson R44 helicopters

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced a series of enhancements and an expanded feature set for
Garmin’s G500H glass flight display STC in Robinson R44 helicopters.
Pilots flying behind the G500H in the R44 will experience a faster, more
responsive and modernized flight display, alongside a number of
additional features that improve situational awareness and bring new
capabilities to this system using a Garmin-held STC. Features such as
advanced Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) integration
including TargetTrend™ and TerminalTraffic™, geo-referenced FliteCharts®
Smart Airspace and more provide R44 operators flying with the G500H
glass flight display even more state-of-the-art capabilities that reduce
overall pilot workload.

“We continue to expand upon the feature set of our G500H glass flight
display STC in the R44 so these helicopter operators have access to the
latest situational awareness tools on the market,” said Carl Wolf,
Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “With this
upgrade, we’ve incorporated capabilities that put even more valuable
information in the pilot’s primary field of view, further expanding upon
the extensive pilot toolset within the G500H in the R44 helicopter.”

Advanced ADS-B integration, expanded weather support

Using the GDL 88H, Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather
and ADS-B traffic combine to offer improved situational awareness within
the G500H in the R44. ADS-B traffic displays on the moving map and
dedicated traffic pages, incorporating exclusive traffic features such
as Garmin’s patented TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic. TargetTrend
provides pilots with a more intuitive method of judging target
trajectories and closure rates, while TerminalTraffic displays a
comprehensive picture of ADS-B-equipped aircraft and ground vehicles
throughout the airport environment. Additionally, FIS-B weather
information received by the GDL 88H can be overlaid on the moving map
and dedicated weather pages alongside flight plan data for easier

Additional weather enhancements offer pilots access to optional weather
products for display on the G500H in the R44. These new compatibilities

  • The display of new datalink weather products received from the GDL 69
    include icing, turbulence, METARs, TAFs, AIRMETs, PIREPs, Canadian
    NEXRAD, as well as winds and temperatures aloft.
  • Text and graphical weather products received by the GSR 56 Iridium
    datalink can be displayed on the multi-function display (MFD) of the

Superior situational awareness tools, enhanced map feature set

Newly improved dynamic maps expand upon the existing rich and vibrant
mapping display capabilities for the Garmin-held G500H glass flight
display STC in the Robinson R44 helicopter. Pilots will notice the
moving map offers faster display and map rendering and demonstrates an
overall revitalized transformation. In addition to the newly enhanced
display capabilities, geo-referenced Garmin FliteCharts terminal
approach procedures offer an elevated level of situational awareness.

WireAware incorporates wire-strike avoidance technology to graphically
overlay power line locations and altitude information on the moving map.
Altitude is displayed in mean sea level (MSL) and above ground level
(AGL), so power lines are easier to identify relative to the helicopter
flight path. For G500H-equipped R44 helicopters with synthetic vision
technology (SVT™) enabled, new powerline alerting is also visible on the
primary flight display (PFD).

The integration of Smart Airspace also makes it easier for pilots to
identify what airspace lies ahead. This feature conveniently highlights
the airspace nearest to the helicopter’s current altitude and
de-emphasizes non-pertinent airspace so pilots can quickly distinguish
their location to the relevant airspace around them.

Additional enhancements

The G500H glass flight display STC in the Robinson R44 helicopter also
offers additional functions and options including:

  • The display of height above ground level (AGL) is more accurate in a
    multitude of environments with the GRA 55 radar altimeter, which is
    now supported.
  • A selected altitude arc can be overlaid on the moving map for easier
    visualization of a desired altitude crossing point on the moving map.
  • Pilot can select between displaying a clock or timer on the PFD.
  • The display of external video is supported in full-screen mode on the
  • Pilot can select specific outside air temperature (OAT) units,
    including static air temperature (SAT), total air temperature (TAT)
    and international standard atmosphere (ISA).
  • Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS) annunciations
    display on the PFD when the G500H is interfaced with a GTN™ 650/750 or
    GNS™ 430W/530W with HTAWS enabled.
  • Obstacles are automatically decluttered on the MFD based on relative
  • Pilots can simultaneously overlay topography and terrain data on the
    moving map.
  • LP+V approaches annunciate on the PFD.

These new features and capabilities for the G500H STC in Robinson R44
helicopters are available immediately from a Garmin Authorized Dealer
(installation charges may apply). This Garmin-held STC and software
upgrade is supported by Garmin’s award-winning aviation product support
team, which provides 24/7 worldwide technical and warranty support. For
additional information, visit:

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