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Garmin GFC 600 certified for Piper Meridian aircraft

Garmin has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the GFC 600 autopilot in the Piper Meridian (PA-46-500TP). Smart Rudder Bias is now also certified for Cessna 414A aircraft equipped with the GFC 600 autopilot.The GFC 600 digital autopilot is intended for piston single/twin-engine and turbine aircraft that have a wide range of speed and performance characteristics and provides a long list of existing general aviation aircraft with a simple, lightweight, cost-effective autopilot path upgrade. The GFC 600 provides superior autopilot performance and reliability through its incorporation of solid-state attitude with self-monitoring capabilities. In addition to traditional autopilot capabilities such as altitude hold, vertical speed and heading modes, the GFC 600 also includes:Altitude pre-select and indicated airspeed hold modeVNAV capability when paired with a GTN or GTN Xi series navigatorDedicated LVL button automatically engages the autopilot to restore the aircraft to straight and level flight with one pressSupport for Smart Glide that can automate tasks and reduce pilot workload in engine power loss emergencies when paired with a GTN Xi series navigator and Garmin attitude indicatorUnderspeed and overspeed protectionSelect, couple and fly various instrument approaches, including GPS, ILS, VOR, LOC and back course approaches when paired with a compatible Garmin GPS navigatorYaw Damping mode minimizes yawing oscillations while also helping to maintain coordinated flightESP functions independently of the autopilot and works in the background while the pilot is hand-flying the aircraft to help avoid inadvertent flight attitudes or bank angles by nudging the pilot to return the aircraft back to a safe flight attitudeSmart Rudder BiasPart of the Garmin Autonomi family of autonomous flight technologies, Smart Rudder Bias provides pilots assistance against the hazardous effects of one-engine inoperative (OEI) flight when the aircraft is appropriately equipped. The system continuously monitors engine parameters using Engine Indication System (EIS) data displayed on a G500 TXi or G600 TXi flight display and activates when the system detects a predetermined power differential between each engine. Once activated, rudder force is dynamically adjusted to aid a pilot in providing enough force to the rudder to help control a sideslip. A yellow annunciator for the associated inoperative engine is conveniently displayed along with autopilot annunciations on the G500 TXi or G600 TXi flight display, helping the pilot identify the issue quicker.Enhanced Garmin Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP) settings for OEI conditions help Smart Rudder Bias equipped aircraft to avoid potentially hazardous flight attitudes and airspeeds by tailoring these settings to help address the aerodynamic characteristics associated with OEI operations. Smart Rudder Bias requires a G500 TXi or G600 TXi configured as a primary flight display (PFD) with engine indication system (EIS) data, which can be shown as a strip on the G500 TXi or G600 TXi, or on a separate dedicated TXi EIS display. Additionally, Smart Rudder Bias requires the yaw axis option to be installed on the GFC 600.
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