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Piper M600, Daher TBM 960 to feature Garmin’s new PlaneSync technology

Editor's note: This article was updated March 29 to clarify which Garmin PlaneSync features will be available for the Piper M600 and the Daher TBM 960.

Garmin’s new PlaneSync technology will be available later this spring in the Piper M600 and Daher TBM 960 turboprops, enabling pilots and owners to remotely manage many functions of the aircraft as well as preflight and postflight duties.

Garmin's PlaneSync technology will soon be available for the top-of-the-line turboprops from Piper (the M600, pictured) and Daher, a retrofit that enables various remote aircraft management functions. Photo by Alyssa Cobb.

The system uses the Garmin Pilot app and 4G cellular service or Wi-Fi to allow M600 owners to check “fuel quantity, aircraft location, oil temperature, battery voltage, [and] the current METAR at the aircraft’s location.” M600 and TBM 960 owners can even update their GPS databases remotely as long as the system is connected.

The latest model M600/SLS will automatically include updates to the G3000 to include “enhancements to the synthetic vision system, onboard weather radar, navigation, flight planning, checklists, weight and balance calculation capabilities, and stabilized approach monitoring” and glide range ring functionality in the event of an engine out.

Garmin’s new 3D SafeTaxi will also be included in the M600 to improve situational awareness and reduce the potential for runway incursions.

The upgraded G3000 kit will be available for retrofit on M600s going back to serial number 89, according to Piper Aircraft Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support Ron Gunnarson.

The Piper M600 and Daher TBM 960 already feature Garmin Autoland, branded as the HALO Safety System on Pipers and HomeSafe on the TBM.

Daher's TBM 960 will also be eligible for Garmin PlaneSync installation soon. Photo by Alyssa Cobb.
Alyssa J. Miller

Alyssa J. Cobb

AOPA Senior Director of Media, Digital Media
AOPA Senior Director of Media, Digital Media, Alyssa J. Cobb began working at AOPA in 2004, is a flight instructor, and loves flying her Cessna 170B with her husband and two children. Alyssa also hosts the weekly Fly with AOPA show on the AOPA Pilot Video YouTube channel.
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