Jun 8, 2017: Garmin, an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Schaffhausen, Switzerland and Olathe, Kansas has won the approval of the G5 electronic flight instrument for installation as a replacement directional gyro (DG) or horizontal situation indicator (HSI) in type-certificated fixed-wing general aviation aircraft.
When paired with select VHF NAV/COMMs or GPS navigators, the G5 can be considered primary for displaying magnetic heading, VOR/LOC guidance and/or GPS course guidance, as well as distance and groundspeed. The installation of dual G5 electronic flight instruments can also remove the dependency on a failure-prone vacuum system. Installation approval is completed through supplemental type certificate (STC) with a broad approved model list (AML) containing over 650 individual aircraft models, which is representative of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) commitment to encourage and authorize specific enhancements to aircraft to improve safety among the present general aviation fleet.
Comprising of a bright, 3.5-inch sunlight readable liquid crystal display (LCD), the G5 electronic flight instrument is permitted for installation in place of the aircraft’s current DG/HSI via a Garmin-held STC for hundreds of certificated fixed-wing aircraft models. Utilizing the latest cost-effective magnetometer, the G5 electronic flight instrument displays magnetic heading. A rotary knob allows pilots to effortlessly select and adjust course and make heading bug selections. Suitable for installation in place of a standard 3-1/8-inch (79 millimeters) flight instrument, the G5 measures 3-inches (76 millimeters) in depth with the back-up battery so it can easily be integrated into a wide range of aircraft. The G5 electronic flight instrument is also allowed for flight under VFR and IFR conditions, providing an economical upgrade for thousands of aircraft owners.
When paired with the GTN 650/750, GNS 430W/530W, non-WAAS GNS 430/530 and GNS 480 navigators, the G5 is approved as a primary source to display vertical and lateral GPS/VOR/LOC course deviation when available, as well as groundspeed and distance to the next waypoint. In a G5 configuration that is paired with the GNC 255 or SL 30 NAV/COMM radio, the G5 is approved as a primary source to display lateral and vertical course deviation when available. Besides,, a single magnetometer has the potential to supply magnetic heading information to two G5 electronic flight instruments at the same time.
The G5 electronic flight instrument provides a broad range of flexible panel configuration options and the reliability linked with a contemporary electronic flight instrument. Installation configurations vary as up to two G5 displays can be included into a single aircraft panel in numerous approved combinations, including the attitude, DG/HSI or turn coordinator positions. In dual installations, a secondary G5 can revert to display attitude information in the unlikely event of a failure in the primary attitude indicator position. A pilot-selectable menu on the G5 DG/HSI enables the manual selection and interchange between the attitude indicator and DG/HSI display. Each G5 for certificated aircraft includes a four-hour back-up battery for use in the event of an aircraft electrical system failure. In dual G5 configurations, customers receive dual ADAHRS and dual back-up batteries, offering safety-enhancing redundancy.
The G5 DG/HSI electronic flight instrument for certificated fixed-wing aircraft can be purchased through the Garmin authorised dealer network starting at $2,449, which includes the install kit, magnetometer, back-up battery and the STC. When interfaced with a compatible GPS navigator, the G5 DG/HSI electronic flight instrument is available with the required adapter for $2,975. A combination of dual G5 electronic flight instruments for certificated aircraft is available for $4,598. The G5 is also supported by Garmin’s award-winning aviation support team, which provides 24/7 worldwide technical and warranty support.