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Garmin certifies G600 glass-panel systemGarmin certifies G600 glass-panel system

Garmin has received FAA certification of its long-awaited glass-panel retrofit for the general aviation fleet.

The G600 can now be installed in 785 kinds of aircraft—pistons and turboprops, singles and twins—under 12,500 pounds.

The two-screen G600 is meant to replace the traditional “six pack” electromechanical instruments, increase reliability and vastly improve pilot situational awareness. The G600 is a combination primary flight display (PFD) and multifunction display (MFD) that displays all flight data as well as traffic, terrain, and weather. It’s designed to integrate with the company’s other panel-mount, WAAS-enabled GPSs (GNS 430, 480, and 530).

The G600 will retail for just under $30,000, and Garmin officials estimate it will take between 70 and 100 shop hours to install.

Although designed as a retrofit, new aircraft manufacturers are also showing interest in the G600. Aviat Aircraft intends to offer G600s as an option on 2009 Husky A-1Cs.

Garmin announced the G600 in 2006 and expected to begin selling the units the following year. But the company decided to upgrade the screen, and that involved extensive re-engineering. The company said it plans to begin shipping units to customers immediately.

Dave Hirschman

Dave Hirschman

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.

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