Garmin announced it has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the GFC 600H helicopter flight control system in the AS350 B2/B3. The attitude-based (AHRS-derived) flight control system boasts a number of helicopter-tailored safety features, including attitude hold (ATT), Garmin Helicopter Electronic Stability and Protection (H-ESP), dedicated return-to-level (LVL) mode, hover assist, as well as overspeed and low speed protection. The GFC 600H requires the Garmin G500H1 or G500H TXi flight display and offers integration with compatible instruments and navigation sources.
With its advanced AHRS technology and redundant, cross-checking sensors, the GFC 600H was designed for smooth handling. The GFC 600H provides inputs to help stabilize the helicopter while hand-flying. The stability provided by the GFC 600H system offers significant workload reduction and benefits helicopter operators by maintaining a commanded attitude. Designed with the pilot in mind, its cyclic-mounted trim controls allow for seamless interactions without taking a hand off of the helicopter flight controls during basic operations, including system initialization of ATT mode, adjustments of the pitch and roll trim, and much more. While flying with ATT, pilots can easily “fly through” the flight control inputs for smooth maneuvers beyond the preset trim condition.
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