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Garmin Autoland achieves FAA certification for general aviation aircraft

By Eric Van Rees - 19th May 2020 - 06:16

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., announced Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification and availability of the Garmin Autoland system in the G3000® integrated flight deck in the Piper M600.

In the event of an emergency, Autoland will control and land the aircraft without human intervention1. The award-winning Garmin Autoland system is also featured on the Cirrus Vision Jet and Daher TBM 940 and will soon be available on these aircraft, with additional aircraft approvals to follow.

“What started as a vision to develop the world’s first Autoland system for general aviation, became a reality today as we deliver one of the industry’s most significant innovations,” said Phil Straub, Garmin executive vice president and managing director of aviation. “Congratulations to the entire Garmin team who contributed to the development and certification of Autoland – one of the industry’s most forward-thinking technologies that will forever enhance aviation safety and save lives.”

In the event of an emergency, the pilot or passengers on board the aircraft can activate Autoland to land the aircraft with a simple press of a dedicated button. Autoland can also activate automatically if the system determines it’s necessary. Once activated, the system calculates a flight plan to the most suitable airport, while avoiding terrain and adverse weather, initiates an approach to the runway and automatically lands the aircraft – without pilot or passenger intervention.

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