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Garmin seeks G600 RVSM approval

Garmin expects to obtain FAA approval for reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) early next year for some G600-equipped aircraft.

Garmin and industry partners AeroMech of Everett, Wash., and Corporate Aircraft of Fresno, Calif., are seeking an STC for RVSM approval in the Cessna 441 Conquest II. If successful, Garmin expects to seek G600 RVSM certification in other high-altitude turboprops.

RVSM is required for aircraft operating above 28,000 feet, and the Conquest II has a normal operating ceiling of 35,000 feet.

“Many G600 operators are flying high-performance aircraft … and they need the flexibility that comes with RVSM,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin vice president of marketing. “The RVSM certification for the Conquest II with G600 will open the gateway for these aircraft to fly behind state-of-the-art flight displays and simultaneously operate their aircraft at these more efficient altitudes.”

The retail price for RVSM G600 equipment and hardware is about $80,000.

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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