Garmin, the international developer of aviation, marine, consumer, fitness, and outdoor technologies, has recently launched their latest equipment of audio panel and backup instrumentation which will soon be available for light sports aircraft as well as experimental aircraft. Garmin’s new technology allows for an electronic flight instrument and new audio panel options.
According to Garmin’s vice president of aviation marketing and sales, Carl Wolf, Garmin’s new GMA 245 as well as their remotely mounted GMA 245R audio panels will offer “home theatre sound quality to the cockpit.” These innovative audio panels will also offer a variety of new features, including Bluetooth connectivity for phone calls and music through a tablet or smartphone. Garmin’s new audio panels will also feature Garmin’s 3D Audio technology, which focuses audio input into various locations of the headset in order to make it more intuitive for the pilot to differentiate between communication sources.
“You’ve got to hear it with your own ears to appreciate how rich and clear the sound quality really is,” said a Garmin spokeswoman, Jessica Koss. “You can easily differentiate between multiple voices on the radio or intercom and listen to the one you want to hear.”
The GMA 245 has a retail price of $1,325 while the Garmin GMA 245R will sell for $1,199. The GMA 245 will release about a month after the GMA 245R, which is anticipated to be available in April.
Garmin has also revealed their G5 electronic flight instrument for the light sport aircraft and experimental aircraft market. The G5 can be utilized as a primary flight instrument, while also having the capabilities of acting as a backup for the G3X or other EFIS systems. The unit is compatible with the standard 3 1/8-inch panel slot. The G5 integrates with a variety of Garmin’s autopilot equipment and provides primary flight data.
“Installation is quick and easy and the integration potential is limitless,”Wolf said. “We’re excited to bring this innovative and safety promoting product to the Experimental and Light Sport market.”