Garmin G500 and G600 Get Major Makeover

Avionics maker introduces host of new features.

Garmin G600 Altitude Arc

Garmin G600 Altitude Arc

Garmin G600

Garmin is rolling out a significant update for the G500 and G600 retrofit glass cockpits designed to give the avionics a fresh, new look while also providing faster mapping display capability to go along with a host of additional features.

Garmin says improved dynamic maps in the G500/G600 flight display system are being carried over from the GTN 650/750 touchscreen avionics, resulting in "vivid and superior display quality" that pilots will notice.

The avionics maker is also bringing several advanced new capabilities to the cockpits, including WireAware wire-strike avoidance technology that graphically overlays power line locations and height information on the moving map. Smart Airspace integration, meanwhile, makes it easier for pilots to identify what airspace lies ahead. The feature "conveniently highlights the airspace nearest to the aircraft's current altitude and de-emphasizes non-pertinent airspace so pilots can quickly distinguish their location to the relevant airspace around them," Garmin said.

Garmin is also bringing its Vantage ADS-B integration to the G500/G600 with the optional GDL 88 ADS-B datalink, offering display of ADS-B traffic and subscription-free Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather on the flight displays. A new technology called TerminalTraffic provides pilots with a comprehensive picture of ADS-B-equipped aircraft and ground vehicles in the airport environment, Garmin says.

Enhancing the traffic display, TargetTrend relative motion technology helps pilots visualize the trend of traffic as it relates to their aircraft, while innovative dual-link technology provides pilots with the most comprehensive ADS-B traffic picture available in the industry. For customers with synthetic vision technology (SVT) enabled, traffic targets are also displayed on the PFD.

Garmin is also introducing weather display enhancements for G500/G600 for buyers who fly with the GWX 70 and GWX 68 airborne weather radar, GDL 69 datalink receiver and WX-500 Stormscope.

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