Garmin® announces certification of the G500H TXi flight displays

OLATHE, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced the certification and availability of the G500H TXi
touchscreen flight display for normal category VFR helicopters. The
G500H TXi features a vastly expanded feature set that offers an array of
panel possibilities and a streamlined upgrade path for helicopters
already equipped with the original G500H flight display. Additionally, a
new software version for the GTN™ 650/750 series has been approved for
helicopters. Together, the G500H TXi and GTN offer seamless touchscreen
continuity in the cockpit, bringing a new level of reliability,
adaptability and affordability to helicopter operations.

“Based on the success and adoption rate of the original G500H series,
we’re excited to bring the next generation G500H TXi displays to the
helicopter market,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and
marketing. “The growth-oriented G500H TXi boasts innovative features
with vibrant graphical displays and greater situational awareness tools,
and when paired with the GTN, pilots receive a harmonious avionics suite
that adds even more capability in the cockpit.”

Designed specifically for normal category VFR helicopters, the G500H TXi
is available in several sizes and formats, including a large 10.6-inch
touch-controlled display and two versions of 7-inch touch-controlled
displays in either portrait or landscape orientations. Both displays
offer concentric knobs for added versatility and convenience. The
10.6-inch G500H TXi is available in a horizontal format that can
accommodate PFD information and an MFD simultaneously. The 7-inch
portrait display can be individually dedicated to a PFD or MFD. For
space-limited panels, the 7-inch landscape display can serve as a
dedicated PFD with instrument tapes and an arc-view horizontal situation
indicator (HSI). The G500H TXi also features multiple video input
options, night vision goggle (NVG) compatibility and a graphical map
overlay within the HSI for most display formats.

The G500H TXi incorporates a clean-sheet touchscreen design with modern
processors that support improved map and chart rendering, faster panning
and contemporary single-finger zoom and pinch-to-zoom gestures. For
helicopters already equipped with the original G500H series flight
display, full G500H TXi compatibility with existing system sensors makes
for an easy, cost-effective upgrade path. For a limited time, Garmin is
offering a display upgrade program; contact [email protected]
for additional information.

Offering an impressive array of features and hazard avoidance solutions,
the G500H TXi is equipped with five-color Helicopter Terrain Awareness
and Warning System1 (HTAWS), WireAware™ wire-strike avoidance
technology, as well as optional Garmin HSVT™ 3D synthetic vision. HTAWS
offers forward-looking avoidance capability and predicts where potential
hazards may exist to help pilots maintain safe separation from nearby
terrain, towers or obstacles. A helicopter-specific obstacle database
contains over 200,000 additional low-altitude obstacles. For added
protection, an expanded version is also available and offers over
700,000 miles of power line data. Garmin WireAware wire-strike avoidance
technology uses this database to overlay powerline locations and
relative altitude information on the moving map and provides both aural
and visual alerting when operating near powerlines.

Connext® cockpit connectivity with Flight Stream 510 and
added Database Concierge is also available as an option with the G500H
TXi. Using a compatible tablet or smart phone, pilots can easily upload
and sync database information using the Garmin Pilot™ app. Additional
features include the streaming of traffic, weather, GPS information,
back-up attitude information and more, from the G500H TXi to the
Garmin Pilot, FltPlan Go or ForeFlight Mobile applications.

Seamless integration between the G500H TXi and the GTN 650/750
touchscreen navigators provides helicopter operators with complete
touchscreen continuity between the navigation, communication and flight
display interface in the panel. The latest software upgrade for the GTN
650/750 incorporates optional hardware compatibilities, new operational
features and capabilities, including:

  • Pilots can now set a user-defined waypoint as an airport so terrain
    alerts are minimized while landing at an airport that is not in the
    aviation database.
  • The addition of a QWERTY keyboard within the GTN 650/750 gives pilots
    a more familiar way to input information.
  • Pilots can configure comm sidetone settings within the GTN series.
  • Irish, Swiss and English coordinate systems are now supported so it’s
    easier for pilots to enter GPS coordinates in various formats,
    including latitude/longitude, degrees/minutes/seconds and decimal
  • The GMA™ 35c remote audio panel is now approved for use in helicopters
    with the GTN 750 so operators can take advantage of the convenience
    and utility associated with a Bluetooth® audio panel.
  • To aid in descent planning and energy management, pilots can take
    advantage of descent vertical navigation (VNAV) profiles within the

The G500H TXi comes with a two-year warranty and is available
immediately. The GTN 650/750 software upgrade is also available
immediately from Garmin Authorized Dealers. Garmin avionics are
supported by Garmin’s award-winning aviation product support team, which
provides 24/7 worldwide technical and warranty support. For additional
information, visit
or contact a local Garmin authorized dealer.

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1When equipped with an HTAWS-enabled GTN series navigator.

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