Piper Aircraft has received Type Certificate change approval from the FAA to incorporate the Garmin GFC 700 flight control system in the Garmin G1000-equipped twin-engine Seminole aircraft.
“Moving the Seminole aircraft equipped with G1000 avionics to the Garmin GFC 700 is another step in giving buyers of new Piper airplanes the most modern cockpit experience possible,” said Piper Vice President of Sales and Marketing Drew McEwen. “The G1000 and GFC 700 will provide Seminole pilots a more sophisticated level of integration for this class of 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, automatic and manual electric trim capabilities and brings a high level of digital sophistication to general aviation flight control.
The Piper Seminole is a piston-powered aircraft that seats four and is powered by two Lycoming O-360-A1H6 engines each generating 180 hp. Its cruising speed at 75% power is 162 ktas/300 km/h. Its overall range with 45 minute reserve is 700 nm. Equipped with the Garmin G1000, the Piper Seminole starts at $683,400.