Yesterday we told you a little about the G600's little brother, the G500. Today, we're moving back up the food chain to the G600 and its new features. The G600 has been on the market for over one-year and it has quickly become a favorite with pilots. However, everyone that bought a G600 kept asking us when we'd certify synthetic vision on it. You asked for it, so we did. Garmin's SVT now comes standard on the G600, and it's an optional upgrade to the G500. If you already own a G600 and are disappointed you didn't get SVT at the time of your purchase, don't worry, we have you covered. Between now and December 31, 2009, existing G600 customers can upgrade to SVT at no charge from Garmin (dealer installation costs may apply).
Another great new standard feature for the G600 is the GAD 43, an autopilot interface designed specifically for the G600 and G500. The GAD 43 allows the AHRS to provide attitude information to the autopilot in place of a gyro-mechanical ADI or VG. The G600 provides course deviation, vertical deviation, heading bug, course pointer and ARINC 429 GPS roll steering information to the autopilot. In addition, if the autopilot does not support ARINC 429 roll steering, the G600 can act like a roll steering converter via the heading input. The GAD 43 can emulate the many existing gyro interfaces and uses far more reliable AHRS data to provide the required attitude, heading, yaw input and baro correction information to the autopilot. Once you boil this aviation-speak down, it means that your autopilot will operate more precisely and most owners will be able to replace the costly ADI with a more affordable attitude indicator as the required backup instrumentation. Just like with SVT, if you're an existing G600 owner, you have the exclusive option of purchasing the GAD 43 for $1,495 between now and December 31.
One last G600 tidbit in case you missed it -- Piper Aircraft selected the G600 for the Seminole, Seneca, Warrior and Archer. Read about it here.