Garmin GTN receives EASA approval

Garmin International Inc. has received the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) validation of the U.S. Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the GTN 650 and GTN 750 series touchscreen avionics. These avionics are now certified and approved for installation in hundreds of makes and models of European-registered-general aviation aircraft.

“The GTN has been very well received since its introduction earlier this year, with thousands of units already installed,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “Now, through the validation of the FAA STC, EASA has made it possible, and more affordable, for European aircraft owners to immediately benefit from the latest technology, simplified interface and enhanced safety features that come with installing the GTN series.”

The GTN 650 and GTN 750 series are the successors to the popular GNS 430W and 530W series GPS/NAV/COM avionics. They combine the latest in multi-function display (MFD) features with touchscreen data entry and integrated radio tuning, as well as optional remote transponder control. The GTN 750 series can also optionally support remote audio processor control. Other new capabilities include graphical flight planning with victor airways and high-altitude jet routes and the ability to display European electronic terminal procedure charts with optional Garmin ChartView (750 series only).

The units are offered in two sizes and a variety of configurations. The GTN 650 series products are contained in a 2.64-inch tall package that replicates the in-stack form factor of the GNS 430W design, while providing a display that is over 50% larger, company officials said. The GTN 750 series is 6 inches tall with a display that is nearly 100% larger than that of the GNS 530W.

All products in the GTN series are SBAS-enabled (WAAS and EGNOS) allowing pilots to fly GPSguided LPV glidepath approaches down to ILS-comparable minimums. In addition, precise course deviation and roll steering outputs can be coupled to select autopilots so that IFR flight procedures may be flown automatically.

The GTN 650 is available now at a suggested retail price of $11,495 USD and the GTN 750 is available now at a suggested retail price of $16,995 USD.

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