“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.