April 24, 2019 – Garmin is pleased to announce it has received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the GFC 500 autopilot in the Cessna 180/185.
Intended for piston single-engine aircraft, the GFC 500 delivers superior in-flight characteristics, self-monitoring capabilities and minimal maintenance needs when compared to older generation autopilot systems.
Specific aircraft models approved for the GFC 500 autopilot include:
• Cessna 180 – Models 180, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K
• Cessna 185 – Models 185, A, B, C, D, E, A185E, A185F
The GFC 500 autopilot uniquely integrates with the G5 electronic flight instrument or a combination of both the G5 and G500 TXi flight display to provide pilots with an economical and modern autopilot solution.
The autopilot mode controller contains large dedicated keys and knobs, a control wheel that allows for easy adjustments to aircraft pitch, airspeed and vertical speed and a level button that returns the aircraft to straight-and-level flight.
As a standard feature, pilots receive Garmin ESP with the GFC 500 autopilot, which works to assist the pilot in maintaining the aircraft in a stable flight condition. ESP functions independently of the autopilot and works in the background to help pilots avoid inadvertent flight attitudes or bank angles and provide airspeed protection while the pilot is hand-flying the aircraft.
In addition to traditional autopilot capabilities such as altitude hold, vertical speed and heading modes, the GFC 500 also includes:
• Premium functions and advanced capabilities such as altitude pre-select and indicated airspeed hold mode.
• Pilots can fly fully coupled descent Vertical Navigation (VNAV) profiles throughout the enroute and terminal phases of flight with a GTN 750/650 navigator.
• Pilots can select, couple and fly various instrument approaches, including GPS, ILS, VOR, LOC and back course approaches.
• Built-in GPS roll steering capability eliminates the need for external roll steering converters, allowing for smoother navigation tracking when installed with a compatible navigator.
• Level Mode, which automatically engages the autopilot to restore the aircraft to straight and level flight.
• Underspeed protection helps prevent the pilot from stalling the aircraft.
• Overspeed protection helps prevent the pilot from exceeding aircraft maximum speed (VNE).
• Pilots can fly coupled “go-arounds” during missed approach sequencing. A remotely-installed go-around button commands the Flight Director to display the appropriate pitch attitude required for the missed approach procedure and activates a loaded missed approach when paired with a GTN 650/750 navigator.
• An optional pitch-trim servo adds automatic trim and manual electric trim.
• With the addition of an optional yaw damper servo, Yaw Damping (YD) mode minimizes yawing oscillations while also helping to maintain coordinated flight by keeping the slip/skid indicator centered.
For customers who already have a G5 electronic flight instrument, the GFC 500 starts at a suggested retail price of $6,9951 for a 2-axis autopilot.
The GFC 500 can be purchased with the G5 electronic flight instrument for a suggested retail price of less than $10,0001.
Garmin continues to broaden its aircraft approval list for the GFC 600 and GFC 500 autopilots.
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 garmin.com/GFC500 or www.garmin.com/GFC600.
For more information about Garmin’s full line of avionics, go to garmin.com/aviation.
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This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts, owners, operators, and certified repair facilities that all Lycoming Engines (Lycoming) engines equipped with certain Parallel Valve Cylinders and Head Assemblies, which were shipped from Lycoming between September 1, 2013 and April 30, 2015, have experienced cracking in service.
At this time, the airworthiness concern is not considered an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.
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Garmin is pleased to announce aviation webinars through June of 2019. Ranging from Garmin Pilot tips and tricks, cost-effective autopilot upgrades to low-cost avionics solutions, these free webinars offer pilots and customers with a broad overview of the latest Garmin has to offer, while also providing a general operational overview of its vast product line.
The GFC 500 and GFC 600 retrofit autopilots offer reduced maintenance, as well as safety-enhancing capabilities such as Garmin Electronic Stability Protection (ESP), underspeed/overspeed protection and coupled approaches. This webinar focuses on the features and benefits of both autopilots.
Advanced Avionics Upgrades
A wide variety of avionics upgrades including the TXi series touchscreen flight displays, GTN series navigators, GMA audio panels, GTX ADS-B transponders, autopilots and more provide aircraft owners with endless panel upgrade options.
ADS-B Solutions for Business Aviation
This webinar focuses on a variety of Garmin ADS-B solutions available for a wide range of business jets on the market. Cost-effective solutions are currently available for some of the most popular business aircraft in the industry, including the Citation II/SII, Citation V, Learjet 20/30/60 and more.
Get insider tips and tricks for using the Garmin Pilot mobile app to make flight planning, navigation and flying easier – and more fun.
Oshkosh air traffic procedures are required reading for all aviators flying to AirVenture
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (May 9, 2019) — There are several important Federal Aviation Administration-approved changes in the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), featuring arrival and departure procedures for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 67th annual fly-in convention July 22-28 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. These changes are based on pilot feedback and FAA review of arrival procedure recommendations.
The NOTAM, which is in effect from 6 a.m. CDT on Friday, July 19, until noon CDT on July 29, outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft that land at nearby airports. The NOTAM was designed by the FAA to assist pilots in their EAA AirVenture flight planning. This year’s NOTAM cover features two photos: One from the 1970 EAA fly-in at Oshkosh and a similar view at the 2018 event, showing the event’s huge growth over the past half-century.
Some of the 2019 changes include:
· New procedures for aircraft diversion to Fond du Lac (KFDL) in the event of airport closure at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH)
· Removal of restriction on transponder use
· IFR routing changes
· Multiple changes in the ultralight/homebuilt rotorcraft arrival and departure procedures
Other changes are part of the updated Oshkosh arrival “best practices,“ such as procedures to limit the impact of VFR mass arrivals; development of a text message system to keep pilots informed of KOSH current status for arrivals; and ATC utilization of a ground stop/delay system out to 150 miles.
Pilots can download a digital version of the NOTAM at www.EAA.org/NOTAM, or order a free printed copy via that website or by calling EAA Membership Services at 800-564-6322.
“EAA and pilots offered numerous recommendations for the AirVenture arrival procedures, some of which were approved by FAA for 2019. It’s especially important all pilots flying to Oshkosh read and understand this year’s NOTAM,” said Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety. “In addition, the FAA is establishing a safety risk management panel to review the other recommendations, in which EAA will participate. EAA wishes to see an expedient process to update the Oshkosh NOTAM, but understands FAA’s mandate to prevent unintended negative consequences that may come as part of any change.”
In addition to the NOTAM, South 40 area expansion has added 17 acres of aircraft parking and camping at Oshkosh, allowing more aircraft to be accommodated at Wittman Regional Airport.
Unique group of aviation and e-commerce experts create site to deliver evolutionary e-commerce experiences to the business and general aviation industries
SARASOTA, FLA., April 02, 2019 – Today, Ana Cunha-Fontes, CEO of Aviators Market Publishing, LLC, announced the launch of AviatorsMarket.com.
The new site has been created to meet the changing needs of everyone in business and general aviation (B&GA) that relies on the internet to buy, sell or just window shop for an aircraft or aviation-related products and services.
“While you can find anything related to aviation on the internet, that search is often a long and frustrating experience. Unfortunately, the high levels of functionality and ease of use that is part of every other e-market industry has been missing in the aviation segment—until now,” Cunha-Fontes stated.
“We did a lot of research and learned that what people want today is a easier, more personalized experience whenever they shop for anything online. That’s what led to the creation of AviatorsMarket.com.”
“We’re not the first online source for buying or selling an airplane or service. Being first isn’t always being best,” she said.
“Take Orville and Wilbur Wright, Henry Ford and Michael Aldrich, for example. The Wrights didn’t invent flight; they found a way to sustain and control it. Ford didn’t invent the car; he found a way to make personal transportation affordable.
“And Aldrich didn’t invent the internet, but he did see an opportunity to use real-time connectivity to create e-commerce, a.k.a. online shopping.”
“In the same ways the airplane and automobile transformed transportation, online shopping has forever changed the way we do business,” Cunha-Fontes said.
“Our goal with AviatorsMarket.com is to do for online aviation shopping what the Wrights, Ford and Aldrich did for their industries: revolutionize it.”
The company’s Chief Technology Officer, Kevin Maloy, explained that while creating the industry-leading user experience was key, the development team behind AviatorsMarket.com put equal effort into providing aircraft brokers, sellers and product and service providers with an array of new-generation tools to make their advertising more effective.
“AviatorsMarket.com has been built using the most advanced e-commerce functionality available,” Maloy said.
“The enhanced user experiences provided by this technology will enable our advertisers to promote their aircraft or products in ways that have never been available before in our industry. AviatorsMarket.com is truly the evolution of the aviation shopping experience.”
Ms. Cunha-Fontes stressed that as good as AviatorsMarket.com user interaction is today, it’s going to continue to improve. “The evolution doesn’t end here,” she said.
“We have assembled a very talented group of professionals who are committed to keeping our site and suite of services well head of the competition.”
“No matter what the future of e-commerce holds, you can be sure that aviation will see it first on AviatorsMarket.com.”
Headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, Aviators Market Publishing, LLC (AviatorsMarket.com) uses the most advanced search and navigation tools, interactive capabilities and a variety of rich media channels to deliver a true state-of-the-art online marketplace for business and general aviation aircraft buyers and sellers.
The comprehensive website also delivers a wide range of optimized services and data applications to deliver the industry’s best and most cost-effective options for aircraft brokers and companies selling aviation-related products.
For more information on the company and its products and services, visit AviatorsMarket.com.
Fun, food and friendship is planned for our 15th annual Gathering in Waupaca, Wis. July 20 - 21, 2019.
Cessna Flyer and Piper Flyer Association members fly in to beautiful Waupaca (KPCZ) and partake in a welcome reception Saturday evening. A full slate of informative seminars on Sunday and Sunday evening banquet at the Waupaca Ale House, and then enjoy the air-conditioned motor coach to AirVenture on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with an optional night bus on Wednesday to accommodate viewing the night air show. As usual, we’ll have some fabulous raffle prizes at our Sunday drawing.
Hotel info: Par 4 Resort 201 Foxfire Dr, Waupaca, WI 54981; Tel: (715) 256-9000
Saturday July 20, 2019
Registration (late arrivals can complete registration at any time during the event)
18:00 –? Cocktail Reception. Includes beverage and hearty appetizers.
Transportation from the airport to the hotel sponsored by the City of Waupaca. Please patronize the many shops and restaurants. https://www.cityofwaupaca.org/our-community/things-to-do/
Sunday July 21, 2018
Seminars and prize drawings will be held at the Waupaca Convention Center at Par 4 resort on the grounds of the event hotel.
Sunday: 07:45 opening remarks
08:00–09:00 Tempest - Vince B.
09:00–10:00 Marvel Schebler - Mark Keeney
11:00-12:00 TBO options – Bill Ross
12:00-13:00 Lunch break
13:00-14:00 Guardian Avionics – MFD ( iPad’s for the cockpits ) Ash Vij
15:00-16:00 Wrap up and door prize drawing
18:00 - ? Banquet at the Waupaca Ale House.
Bus to AirVenture sponsored by:
Monday/Tuesday: Tempest Aero Group, LLC
Wednesday: Univair Aircraft Corp.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning the bus to AirVenture will be at the Comfort Suites at 07:00 am and will leave for Oshkosh at 07:30 am. The bus will leave the AirVenture grounds at 18:00 to return to the Comfort Suites.
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