Garmin Angle of Attack System – FAA Approved and Shipping!


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Angle of attack, despite sounding a bit dramatic, is defined as the acute angle between the chord line of the airfoil and the direction of the relative wind. In a high angle of attack situation, the wing of an airplane begins to lose lift and in some cases, can potentially stall. Failure to recognize this while in flight can result in an abrupt loss of altitude and if not handled properly, loss of aircraft control. 

More commonly seen on military and commercial aircraft, Angle of Attack (AOA) indicators are now becoming the topic of conversation among general aviation. The FAA announced in February that it plans to make the installation of angle of attack indicators in GA aircraft easier, so what are you doing to take advantage of this safety-enhancing opportunity?  AOA Image

Garmin is pleased to announce our Angle of Attack (AOA) system is now shipping and approved by the FAA for installation in a wide variety of general aviation aircraft. The entire system is comprised of the GI 260 AOA indicator, GAP 26 angle of attack probe and GSU 25 air data computer, which combine to display safety-enhancing AOA and audible alerts throughout critical phases of flight.

The new Angle of Attack system supports the FAA’s recent initiative to broaden adoption of AOA displays to improve safety within general aviation. When approaching an impending stall, the GI 260 AOA indicator offers progressive audible and visual alerts as the aircraft approaches stall angle of attack. Because the Garmin AOA system corrects for weight, g-loading, density altitude and airspeed, it offers a higher level of accuracy compared to lift reserve indicators.

Angle of attack indicators can provide a number of benefits and act as a great supplement to airspeed indicators and stall warning systems. Thanks to the FAA’s simplified installation approval, pilots can easily and affordably put an AOA system in their airplane and add yet another safety-enhancing tool to their cockpit. 

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