June 7, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
The Garmin G500 avionics suite is approved on the Daher-Socata TB20 Trinidad GT single-engine aircraft under a supplemental type certificate (STC) approved in Europe. A factory retrofit kit for use in the United States after FAA approval is under consideration.
The retrofit received its European STC in April, providing a modern “glass cockpit” configuration for this category of aircraft. The G500 avionics suite is a way for aircraft owners to transform their existing “six pack” avionics panel to a full “glass cockpit” dual-screen display configuration.
It features a 6.5-inch primary flight display (PFD) and multifunction display (MFD), along with an attitude/heading reference system (AHRS). G500 customers also can install a tailored version of Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology software and ChartView as an option, along with the new Garmin GAD 43 autopilot offered for the avionics upgrade.
“More than 2,000 TB ‘Caribbean line’ aircraft were manufactured, and Daher-Socata is committed to offering support and services such as this avionics retrofit for our customers to keep their aircraft flying over the long term,” explained Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher-Socata Airplane Division.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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