According to the FAA, the three main areas of risk in helicopter operations are: inadvertent flight into IMC, night operations, and controlled flight into terrain. Garmin has addressed all three with two new products, announced this morning, for the rotorcraft market; the Garmin Helicopter Terrain Awareness Warning System (HTAWS), designed for GNS 430W and 530W navigators; and the G500H, designed for the VFR Part 27 helicopter market. HTAWS, with forward looking terrain avoidance (FLTA) is expected be available in the second quarter of this year on new GNS 430W/530W units as a $9,995 option, and also as a field retrofit upgrade for existing units. The G500H is derived from the G600 and G500 fixed-wing products, but adds optional helicopter-specific features, including: synthetic vision technology (HSVT) for an "out-the-window" view; helicopter-specific databases with more than 7,000 heliports and close to 30,000 additional low-altitude obstacles; and inputs to display images from forward looking infrared (flir) cameras or other video sources. Garmin expects the G500H system to be available at an introductory price of $24,995 (HSVT is a $7,995 option) when STCs for Bell Models 206 and 407 are expected in the second quarter of this year. The G500H will be on display at Garmin's booth during next week's Heli-Expo show in Houston, Feb. 21-23. The G500H system includes two 10-inch-by-6.7-inch screens — a primary flight display (PFD) and a multifunction display (MFD). The system comes in two versions, with the primary flight display mounted either on the left or right of the cockpit. XM WX Satellite Weather from Garmin's GDL 69 receiver can also be displayed on the MFD, as can traffic information from Garmin's GTS 800, GTS 820 and GTS 850 products. For more information on both products, go to garmin.com/helicopters.
Garmin Rocks Rotorcraft World with G500H and HTAWS