Garmin Expands Aircraft Approvals for the GFC 600 and GFC 500

Garmin Expands Aircraft Approvals for the  GFC 600 and GFC 500

Garmin Expands Aircraft Approvals for the GFC 600 and GFC 500

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 be eligible for the GFC 600. Between the two autopilots, Garmin has completed 10 STC’s in the last year, with more to follow. 

The GFC 500/GFC 600 offers pilots a suite of safety-enhancing technologies such as Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP), underspeed/overspeed protection, Level Mode and Flight Director (FD).

“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 & 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.”

Designed as a standalone autopilot, the GFC 600 has integration potential with the G500 TXi/G600 TXi and G500/G600 flight displays, Garmin navigators and a variety of third-party flight displays, instruments and navigation sources. The GFC 500 uses the G5 electronic flight instrument and will soon be able to pair with the G500 TXi or G500 flight displays. The two both offer 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. To view the most up-to-date aircraft STC list, visit the Garmin website.

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