Garmin has introduced new ways to interact with the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators, including voice commands, pinch to zoom and more.
Additional Connext capabilities include Flight Stream 510 integration, which supports wireless Database Concierge between the GTN and the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device. Flight plan transfer, as well as traffic, weather, GPS information and more also display on select mobile devices when paired with Flight Stream 510.
Pilots can also utilize the Garmin Pilot app on Apple mobile devices to send text messages and initiate phone calls, according to company officials.
When installed with a separate push-to-command button, Telligence Voice Command can help reduce pilot workload by using automatic speech recognition technology within the GTN and GMA 35/GMA 350 audio panels to perform common tasks. Based on intuitive phraseology, Telligence now accepts hundreds of commands at the push of a button, company officials said.
For example, when on approach to land, pilots can state, “Tune Destination Tower” to load the tower frequency into the standby position. While on a cross-country, pilots can state “Tune Nearest Center” to proactively load the closest center frequency that pilots can expect during the next hand-off from ATC.
To view a specific page within the GTN at-a-glance, pilots can simply state “Show Flight Plan Page.” While flying over an interesting point, simply saying “Create Waypoint” will place a user waypoint at the aircraft’s current location.
In the event ATC asks for distance information from the airport or a particular fix, stating “Show Distance” will display a pop-up box with distance information based on information entered in the flight plan.
Alternatively, for a verbal readout of distance information, pilots can state, “Say distance to destination” and the GTN will verbally read out the distance to the destination airport through the audio panel.
The GTN 650/750 now features pinch-to-zoom capability on any map, traffic or terrain page, in addition to the dedicated zoom icons. Much like pinch-to-zoom on a smartphone or tablet, pilots can naturally use two-finger gestures on the GTN to zoom in and zoom out.
Database Concierge wireless database management
The new Flight Stream 510 is a small, patented Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled MultiMediaCard (MMC) that enables wireless Database Concierge and communication between the GTN 650/750 series, select avionics and up to two compatible Apple or Android mobile devices operating Garmin Pilot.
Wi-Fi connectivity is specifically for wireless database transfer, while Bluetooth enables a variety of additional capabilities, including flight plan transfer, the sharing of traffic, weather, GPS and more.
Customers can incorporate wireless technology into their aircraft with the latest GTN software upgrade and Flight Stream 510 as no wiring changes or complex installation considerations are required.
For customers with a G500/G600 glass flight display installed, back-up attitude information also wirelessly displays within a mobile device.
Customers with any combination of GTNs or GTNs with G500/G600s receive additional benefits with database synchronization. Once customers complete the wireless database transfer to the GTN, the databases are automatically transferred to the G500/G600 and synced across both systems to ensure database information matches and is up-to-date.
Chart streaming also allows pilots to view and utilize departure, approach and arrival charts immediately, even while the charts database is synchronizing between the two systems.
Flight Stream 510 wirelessly transfers the following databases to compatible avionics: Jeppesen NavData or the Garmin Navigation Database, Airport Directory, Obstacle, Terrain, SafeTaxi, FliteCharts and Basemap.