2016: A Year In Review
2016 was loaded with ground breaking new product announcements and achievements for us at Garmin. It’s hard to imagine we could ever top the past year, but we’re definitely going to try. Let’s look back at some of the crowning moments of the past year, and look forward to an even better 2017!
GTX 345 All-In-One ADS-B Transponder
With three years remaining until the NextGen airspace deadline, aircraft owners were asking for a simple solution to replace aging transponders. We responded with our GTX 345 series of ADS-B transponders. With a standard footprint allowing easy installation or remote mounting choices, the GTX 345 series provides options from basic ADS-B “Out” compliance (GTX 335), to combined “Out” and “In” capabilities (GTX 345) that provide ADS-B weather and traffic data for portable/mobile devices via Bluetooth.
Our G5 Electronic Flight Display took the year by storm. After being first announced for the experimental market at Sun ‘N Fun, we announced its availability on over 560 models of certificated aircraft at Oshkosh. A cost-effective and reliable replacement to antiquated vacuum-driven instruments, the certificated version allows aircraft owners to install G5 as an upgrade for aging attitude or turn coordinators.
It had been a few years since we brought portable navigator to market, a product we’re well known for in the aviation community. But the aera 660 represented the new trend in aviation technology as we went smaller, and more feature-packed while still utilizing touchscreen capabilities and Bluetooth connectivity for ADS-B weather and traffic information.
We redefined the cockpit connectivity game with our Flight Stream 510 MultiMediaCard. This product, which is inserted into a GTN series touchscreen navigator, allows pilots to connect mobile devices to a GTN via Bluetooth. Once a connection is established, databases can be easily updated via Database Concierge, traffic and weather data can be shared across devices, voice calls and text messages can be completed, plus much more.
We launched the second generation of the D2 pilot watch series in 2015, the Bravo, and expanded on that line in 2016 with the Titanium. With a built-in heart rate monitor, Titanium bezel and Titanium band, this aviation watch took elegance and capability to a new level.
A highly anticipated project over the past few years, the G5000 integrated flight deck retrofit for Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP aircraft crossed the finish line in the fall of 2016. Among its many capabilities, this upgrade saves weight and lowers the cost of operation while solving part obsolescence with zero-time avionics.
Upon the successful completion of the Beechjet G5000 upgrade program, we announced the launch of our next platform – the popular Cessna business jet Citation Excel & XLS.
Our Team X experimental engineering team didn’t disappoint with this new audio panel for experimental/light sport aircraft. With superior sound quality, Bluetooth wireless music, phone, 3D Audio and more, this product hit the right chord with amateur homebuilders.
We continued growing our popular pilot app with new features and tools. Among them were Jeppesen Terminal Charts and chart overlay, weight and balance, plus checklists, just to name a few.
Telligence voice control for GTN series
We made talking to an airplane actually practical with Telligence voice control. Pilots can control certain functions within a GTN series touchscreen navigator, and get specific information by simply pushing a push-to-command button on the yoke, and speaking into the mic.
As great as 2016 was, stay-tuned for what we have in store for 2017! Be sure to share all your aviation adventures and pictures with us using #flyGarmin on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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