Garmin® expands aircraft approvals for the GFC 600 and GFC 500 retrofit autopilots for general aviation aircraft

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced continued progress in aircraft approvals for the GFC™ 600 and
GFC 500 autopilots. The imminent certification of several aircraft also
add to the growing list of approvals for both autopilots. The
Bonanza/Debonair (C33, E33, F33, G33), Cessna 210 and Grumman AA-5
series will soon be approved for the GFC 500 autopilot, while the
Beechcraft Baron (58P, 58TC) and Cessna 208B will add to the list of the
GFC 600.

In just under a year, Garmin has completed Supplemental Type
Certifications (STC) on ten popular aircraft models between both
autopilots, with more aircraft approvals in progress and many more soon
to follow. The unique design of these autopilots deliver superior
in-flight characteristics, self-monitoring capabilities and minimal
maintenance needs when compared to older generation autopilot systems.
With safety-enhancing technologies such as Electronic Stability and
Protection (ESP™), underspeed and overspeed protection, Level Mode,
Flight Director (FD) and more, pilots receive a suite of advanced
autopilot capabilities that reduce pilot workload throughout all phases
of flight.

“Since the introduction of the GFC 600 and GFC 500 to the market just
one year ago, we have been working hard to complete a broad range of
STC’s on some of the most prevalent aircraft flying today,” said Carl
Wolf, vice president of aviation marketing and sales. “We are very
humbled by the popularity and adoption of these game-changing autopilots
as they have redefined the standard of what aircraft owners should
expect from an autopilot and based on the overwhelming demand – our
customers agree.”

The full-featured GFC 600 & GFC 500 autopilots provide thousands of
existing fixed-wing general aviation aircraft with a simple,
light-weight and cost-effective autopilot upgrade path. Designed as a
standalone autopilot, the GFC 600 also has integration potential with
the G500 TXi/G600 TXi and G500/G600 flight displays, Garmin navigators,
as well as a variety of third-party flight displays, instruments and
navigation sources. The GFC 500 uses the popular G5 electronic flight
instrument, offering an economical autopilot and modern flight
instrument. Adding to its flexibility, the GFC 500 and G5 will soon be
able to pair with the G500 TXi or G500 flight displays.

The GFC 600 is intended for high performance piston and turbine aircraft
that have a wide range of aircraft speed and performance
characteristics, while the GFC 500 is intended for less complex piston
single-engine aircraft. The GFC 600 & GFC 500 boast traditional
autopilot capabilities such as altitude hold, vertical speed and heading
modes, as well as the capability to fly fully-coupled GPS, ILS, VOR, LOC
and back-course approaches. Indicated airspeed climbs/descents, control
wheel steering, as well as built-in roll steering add to the extensive
feature set. Both autopilots contain a brushless DC motor and a gear
train that eliminates the need for a mechanical slip clutch, offering
significantly improved performance and reducing maintenance
requirements. The GFC 600 & GFC 500 also incorporate solid state
attitude and robust self-monitoring capabilities to provide superior
autopilot performance, greater reliability and safety benefits.

New to the GFC 600 & GFC 500, pilots can select the vertical navigation
(VNAV) button on either autopilot mode controller to fly a fully-coupled
VNAV profile when the autopilot is paired with the GTN™ 650/750
touchscreen navigators and the G5, G500 TXi/G600 TXi or G500/G600.
Within the GTN, pilots can easily enter altitude constraints on the
flight plan page to set-up a vertical descent profile. Using VNAV,
pilots also experience a near-seamless transition to an arrival and
instrument approach as step-down altitudes are automatically populated.
When the GFC 600 & GFC 500 autopilot is fully-coupled on a VNAV descent,
pilots receive the benefit of a smooth and controlled descent so they
can focus on preparing for the approach to land.

Garmin continues to broaden its aircraft approval list for the GFC 600 &
GFC 500 autopilots. Below is a list of aircraft that are currently
approved. To view the most up-to-date aircraft STC list, to view
certifications that are expected to begin in the next 12-months or to
express interest in a specific aircraft make/model, visit

Aircraft certified for the GFC 600 and GFC 500 autopilot:

GFC 600

  • Beechcraft Baron (58, 58A, 95-B55, 95-B55A)
  • Beechcraft Bonanza (36, A36, A36TC)
  • Cessna 182 (P, Q, R, S, T, T182, T182T)
  • Cessna 340/340A

GFC 500

  • Beechcraft Bonanza (S35, V35, V35A, V35B)
  • Cessna 172 (E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, F172F, F172G,
    F172H, F172K, F172L, F172M, F172N, F172P)
  • Cessna 182 (E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, T182, T182T,
    F182P, F182Q)
  • Piper PA-28 (150, 151, 160, 161, 180, 181)

The GFC 600 autopilot is available starting at a suggested retail price
of $19,995 for a 2-axis autopilot with electric pitch trim1.
The GFC 500 starts at a suggested retail price of $6,995 for a 2-axis
autopilot1. The GFC 500 can be purchased with the G5
electronic flight instrument for a suggested retail price of less than
$10,0001. The GFC 600 & GFC 500 are also supported by
Garmin’s award-winning aviation product support team, which provides
24/7 worldwide technical and warranty support. Garmin will be showcasing
these autopilots at the 2018 EAA AirVenture fly-in, in Oshkosh, Wis.,
July 23-29, 2018, where the GFC 600 will be on display in a Beechcraft
58 Baron and the GFC 500 will be on display in a Cessna 172 at the
Garmin exhibit on Celebration Way.

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1. Installation not included.

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