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Editor’s Choice #5 of Rotorcraft Professional’sEditor’s Favorite Five Garmin G500H


Specially designed to meet the needs of today's helicopter operators, Garmin's G500H electronic flight display system provides an affordable "glass cockpit" solution for both retrofit and new produc­ tion aircraft. Dual 6.5­inch LCD screens, mounted side­by­side in a single bezel, enhance situational awareness by putting primary flight display (PFD) and multi­ function display (MFD) capabilities right in front of the pilot for easy scanning and interpretation. The PFD shows attitude, airspeed, climb rate, altitude and course/heading information—while the MFD provides highly detailed moving­map graphics depicting the helicopter's cur­ rent position in relation to ground fea­


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tures, chart data, navaids, flight plan rout­ ings and more. Garmin's HSVT™ synthetic vision technology, available as an option on the G500H, adds a 3D virtual perspec­ tive view of obstacles, terrain, traffic and airports to the pilot's PFD. In addition, the available Garmin HTAWS (helicopter ter­ rain awareness and warning system) with five­color Terrain Proximity display is sup­ ported with compatible WAAS GPS navi­ gators—offering "forward looking" avoid­ ance capability to predict in advance where potential hazards may exist, so pilots can safely take corrective action. HTAWS voice callouts, or VCOs, audibly announce the helicopter's height above terrain when descen¬ding below 500 feet.


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And upon arriving, the preloaded Garmin SafeTaxi® diagrams help pilots track their geo­referenced position on over 1,000 U.S. airports. Other system highlights include available XM™ Satellite Weather for North America—or an Iridium­based Garmin datalink system for worldwide satellite weather access, text messaging, voice calls and position reporting. There's also a video link option that enables the G500H MFD to serve as a FLIR or live­cam surveillance monitor. For more informa­ tion, see your nearby Garmin authorized service center or visit the factory website.


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