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Owners of Garmin G1000-equipped Mooneys will soon be able to upgrade their cockpits to include synthetic vision technology and to take advantage of WAAS and SafeTaxi features.

“The availability of this kind of technology for single-engine airplanes is revolutionizing general aviation,” noted Mooney CEO Dennis Ferguson. “Synthetic Vision, GPS/WAAS and SafeTaxi are among the most important advancements in avionics technology to come along in decades.”

Mooney will begin installing the SVT-equipped G1000 avionics packages in production aircraft beginning in August. Mooney is also working on a package and pricing structure for aircraft owners who wish to upgrade their existing aircraft. Garmin’s SVT transforms the cockpit by accurately displaying synthetic terrain, flight hazards, flight path marker and highway-in-the-sky on the primary flight display (PFD) to help the pilot maintain excellent airborne situational awareness, even when flying in conditions of reduced visibility or darkness.

SVT blends the aircraft’s position with information from topographical databases to create and display real-time 3D images. Land, water and sky are clearly differentiated with shading and textures that are similar to the topographical colors found on the multifunction display (MFD) moving map. SVT also alerts pilots to terrain and obstacles with appropriate TAWS alert coloring.

Thomas B. Haines

Thomas B Haines

Editor in Chief
AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines joined AOPA in 1988. He owns and flies a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza. Since soloing at 16 and earning a private pilot certificate at 17, he has flown more than 100 models of general aviation airplanes.

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