May 27, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
The FAA has granted a supplemental type certificate for Garmin’s G500H, an all-glass avionics system designed specifically for the VFR Part 27 helicopter market. The STC is for the Bell 206-series and Bell 407 helicopters.
The G500H is optimized for the rotorcraft market and builds on the G600 and G500, which are for the fixed-wing aircraft market. It offers SafeTaxi airport diagrams, optional helicopter synthetic vision technology, optional XM WX Satellite Weather with NEXRAD, and the option to display video from a forward looking infrared (FLIR) camera or other video sources.
It is available in two versions—one with the primary flight display on the right, the other version with the PFD on the left. The G500H communicates and integrates with Garmin’s other panel mount products, such as the GNS 430W/530W series.
Recognizing the importance of keeping track of personnel and mobile assets, the G500H is also compatible with Garmin’s new GSR 56 Iridium transceiver. This optional worldwide position tracking solution enables aircraft location data to be monitored via Web-based displays on authorized base-ops computers.
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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