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February 14, 2013
By Ian J. Twombly
Garmin recently announced the availability of its new all-digital radar altimeter, called the GRA5500. The new device is meant for transport category, helicopters, business, and commercial aviation, a Garmin news release said.
Garmin says that as an all-electric device, the GRA5500 can process hundreds of altitudes a second, and then filter them against false returns for a more accurate indication of actual altitude.
The GRA550 follows the ARINC 429 standard, which means it can interact with a number of Garmin displays, such as the G1000, G500/600, the company’s TCAS II, Cat II ILS requirements, and more.
Currently standard equipment on the Cessna Citation X, Sovereign, Latitude, Longitude, and Bell 525, the GRA5500 sells for $13,995 without antennas.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
FAA Information and Services
With solid instrument meteorological conditions extending hundreds of miles in every direction, a VFR-only pilot was stuck on top. The controller who helped him was among those honored March 4 with the Archie League Medal of Safety Award.
AOPA’s Air Safety Institute has awarded Flight Assist Commendations to 10 air traffic controllers who guided general aviation pilots to safe landings despite thunder storms, icing, mountainous terrain, and inoperative instruments and radios.
The FAA needs to be more efficient and complete critical projects, House leaders said during a hearing on FAA reauthorization.
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