In March 2011, Garmin International Inc., the renowned developer of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology for aviation and other applications, launched its G2000 integrated flight deck. The company said in a press release that the G2000 was “designed for high performance piston aircraft” such as the Cessna Corvalis TTx.
The G2000 evolved from the very successful G1000 flat panel avionics suite that Garmin began delivering to general aviation companies in 2004. A major difference between the G1000 and G2000 is the latter’s touchscreen capability, which is similar to that used in smartphones and newer laptop computers.
There are three main pieces of Garmin G2000 hardware in the cockpit: a pilot flight display (PFD), a multi-function display (MFD), and the GTC 570 controller. The PFD and MFD are available in 12- or 14-inch widescreen units (16:9 ratio). The only touchscreen component of the Garmin G2000 suite is the GTC 570 controller.
Garmin Touchscreen Controller
By tapping icons on the GTC 570 screen, the pilot accesses menus related to aircraft navigation and communications, terminal procedures and charts, flight plans, mapping, traffic, weather, display options, checklists, and more. The controller has finger rests along its perimeter that allows the pilot to steady his/her hand when flying in turbulence.
The three Garmin G2000 units: PFD, MFD, and controller, use power-saving light emitting diode (LED) technology that generates images which are easily viewable in all conditions, even direct sunlight. With a maximum PFD and MFD resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, the imagery is even sharper than on the acclaimed G1000. The PFD can function as the MFD, the MFD as the PFD, or either of them can display information normally shown on both units, thanks to their split-screen feature.
The pilot can configure the PFD to display not only altitude, attitude, airspeed, and vertical speed information, but also on-/off-track navigation via a digital horizontal situation indicator (HSI) instrument. Insets showing traffic, terrain, and other obstacles can be added to or removed from the PFD as desired. The Garmin G2000 can also show data for the aircraft engine, fuel tanks (quantity), and electrical system.
Other G2000 Features:
- Synthetic Vision (three-dimensional terrain imagery) and Enhanced Vision, Garmin’s version of forward-looking infrared (FLIR) technology
- The capability to control aircraft lighting and environmental systems
- Automatic flight guidance
- FliteCharts and SafeTaxi charts and diagrams
- Global weather and communications through the Iridium network (with an installed Garmin GSR 56 satellite datalink unit and paid subscriptions)
- Auto-squelch, 3D audio, and automatic volume control (requires a Garmin GMA 36)
- FBO, ground transportation, lodging, and other facility information for most U.S. airports (requires an AOPA data subscription)
- International airport information (requires an AC-U-KWIK data account)
The G2000 also works with Garmin’s Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP) technology, which protects the pilot against stalls, spins, overspeeds, excessive banking, and other abnormal situations such as high-altitude flight resulting in hypoxia. The ESP functions when the pilot hand-flies the aircraft.
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