VERO BEACH, Fla. — Piper Aircraft has received Amended Type Certificate approval from the FAA to incorporate the Garmin GFC 700 autopilot system in new Garmin G1000-equipped twin-engine Piper Seneca V aircraft.
“Moving the Twin Class Seneca V equipped with G1000 avionics to the Garmin GFC 700 is another step in giving buyers the most modern cockpit experience possible,” said Piper Vice President of Sales and Marketing Drew McEwen. “The G1000 and GFC 700 will provide Seneca pilots a more sophisticated level of integration for this class of twin and training aircraft.”
Fully integrated with the G1000 glass flight deck, the GFC 700 is an advanced Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) based automatic flight control system that provides flight director, autopilot, yaw damper, automatic and manual electric trim capabilities and brings a high level of digital sophistication to general aviation flight control.
Originally designed to fly on turbine aircraft, the GFC 700’s scalable architecture enables exceptional flight automation, precision and value in piston aircraft, according to Piper officials.
The Seneca V is powered by two Continental Turbocharged TSIO-360-RB engines generating 220 hp each. The configuration of multiple entry and baggage doors with the comfort of a cabin-class interior makes the Piper Seneca V the perfect business tool. Equipped with the Garmin G1000 it starts at $1,011,300.