Garmin introduces GWX 70

Garmin has unveiled the GWX 70, a new solid-state weather radar that brings advanced Doppler-enabled features to general aviation aircraft.

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Garmin introduces ADS-B lineup

Garmin has introduced a suite of certified and portable ADS-B solutions, providing options for any aircraft owner to satisfy the U.S. NextGen mandate for ADS-B Out and also gain access to the benefits of ADS-B In, including  traffic and subscription-free weather information.

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Garmin’s 100 million milestone

Garmin officials are celebrating the company’s latest milestone: It has sold more than 100 million of its products to pilots, motorists, boaters, runners, cyclists, golfers, hikers, hunters, and geocachers — who all depend on Garmin to help show the way.

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Garmin debuts AC-U-KWIK for glass panels

Garmin reported at Sun ’n Fun that it will begin offering AC-U-KWIK Airport Directory data for its glass flight decks.

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Garmin Pilot app premieres

Garmin International has released Garmin Pilot, a new aviation app for iOS devices, including the iPad and iPhone, and Android-based mobile devices. The app offers general aviation pilots navigation, trip planning, DUAT(S) filing, weather and electronic flight bag capabilities.

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VoiceFlight app transfers iPad flight plans to GNS430W/530W

VoiceFlight Systems has released a free “Connected Talker” iPad App that allows pilots to transfer flight plans from their iPads into VoiceFlight-enabled Garmin 430W or 530W GPS units.

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Garmin enters the medium lift helicopter market with G5000H

Garmin International Inc. has introduced the G5000H, an integrated flight deck specifically designed for twin turbine, medium lift helicopters.

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Garmin releases GTN 750 Trainer App for iPad

Garmin has released a new GTN 750 trainer app for the iPad 2. This trainer, downloadable from the iTunes Store, simulates the behavior of the GTN 750 system interface and provides pilots with a safe, on-the-ground environment to learn the basic operation of the system, company officials said.

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Speech recognition system wins FAA approval

VoiceFlight Systems has received an FAA Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the VFS101, allowing it to be installed on almost all types of general aviation aircraft under 6,000 lbs. maximum takeoff weight (MTOW). With this approval the VFS101 can be installed into hundreds of aircraft models with Garmin systems without requiring field approval from local Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO).

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Lessons learned during my iPad year


I received an iPad for Christmas last year and put it to use straightaway in my Skyhawk.

Not knowing which aviation application to use, I tried several. I purchased ForeFlight, Flight Guide and Pilot My-Cast by Garmin, and did a 30-day trial of WingX Pro from Hilton Software. Now, nearly a year on, I use ForeFlight most often, with My-Cast a close second.

With these apps I can plan a flight, review the weather anytime, fly the plan or change it on the move using an easily readable and seamless electronic sectional — and take advantage of the cheapest fuel stops enroute. [Read more...]