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.
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.
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.