A New Flight Deck
For The High Performance Piston Aircraft Market
By Daniel Baxter
March 30, 2011 - Garmin announced the Garmin G2000, a
premium touchscreen-controlled integrated flight deck
designed for high performance piston aircraft. With this
advanced system, pilots will have many of the same
advantages found on systems like the Garmin G3000, which
is designed for Part 23 turbine aircraft, or the Garmin
G5000 that is being designed for the crew-flown business
?Pilots of high performance piston aircraft value speed
and capability, and we?ve designed the G2000 to meet
their needs,? said Gary Kelley, Garmin?s vice president
?This new integrated flight deck gives pilots rapid and
intuitive access to vast amounts of flight, system, and
sensor information, and also gives the pilot the ability
to tailor how that information is presented. The G2000
will provide a premium option for high performance
piston aircraft and is an excellent complement to our
G1000 integrated flight deck.?
is designed to allow pilots to tailor the information presented
to them. It features WXGA high resolution, wide aspect ratio
displays (12-inch or 14-inch diagonal). The landscape oriented
MFD has multi-pane display capability that allows multiple pages
to be viewed side-by-side on the screen. Therefore, pilots can
simultaneously view maps, charts, aircraft systems synoptics,
TAWS, traffic systems, flight planning, datalink weather,
on-board video and more.
the G3000 and G5000, the G2000 utilizes the GTC 570 vehicle
management system, a 5.7-inch diagonal touchscreen controller
that uses a desktop-like menu interface with intuitive icons.
The GTC 570 allows for full control for radio management, audio
management, flight management, weather systems management,
synoptics, and other vehicle systems.
touchscreen also enhances ease of use through common sense
functions like ?back? and ?home? that let pilots quickly retrace
their steps or return to the home screen. The GTC 570 vehicle
management system uses patent pending, infrared touchscreen
technology, audio and visual feedback, and animation to help
pilots know exactly how the system is responding to their input.
The GTC 570 also incorporates three conventional knobs at the bottom of the display: a volume control knob, joystick knob and dual concentric knob for data entry. Pilots may choose to use the knobs instead of the touchscreen to enter information.
The G2000 has
industry leading features that pilots have come to expect from Garmin
such as a world class digital, dual channel, fail passive auto flight
system. The autopilot includes features such as coupled wide area
augmentation system (WAAS) approaches, vertical navigation, and flight
level change (FLC). The G2000 also offers a multitude of standard and
optional features including Garmin?s Electronic Stability and Protection
(Garmin ESP), 3D audio, global connectivity and weather through Garmin?s
GSR 56 Iridium transceiver, and many new systems integration
Garmin?s SVT is
also available and presents near life-like 3D depictions of terrain,
obstacles, traffic and the runway environment so that the image on the
display replicates what pilots would see outside the cockpit on a clear
day. SVT works seamlessly to alert pilots of potential ground hazards by
displaying terrain and obstacles which pose a threat to the aircraft
with appropriate TAWS alert coloring, as well as voice alerts.
SVT also includes
pathways (or Highway-In-The-Sky) that are depicted as 3D ?flying
rectangles? and help pilots stay on course when flying en route legs,
VNAV legs, GPS/WAAS vertical approach procedures, ILS approach
procedures, and arrival and departure procedures.
The G2000 avionics
suite has the capability to incorporate synoptics (graphical systems
displays), Garmin?s SafeTaxi, and electronic charts like FliteCharts and
ChartView, which simplify operation, enhance situational awareness, and
increase safety during flight and when taxiing. Garmin SafeTaxi includes
Garmin FliteCharts is an electronic version of the AeroNav Charts (formerly known as the NACO U.S. Terminal Procedures Publication) and lets pilots quickly find and view Departure Procedures (DP), Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs), approach charts, and airport diagrams on the MFD.
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