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AOPA Sweepstakes' Beech Debonair gets Garmin avionics upgrades

6 December 2012 @ 5:00 PM  / Aviation Blog /


Here at Garmin, we love seeing awesome aircraft panel transformations. We have a long list of avionics upgrades available to help pilots breathe new life into their plane, while also adding advanced capabilities and enhancing pilot situational awareness. And that’s exactly why we’re excited about this years’ AOPA Sweepstakes airplane. For the past several years, the Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association (AOPA) has given away an aircraft to one lucky winner. And this year, AOPA has selected a 1963 B33 Beech Debonair. But don’t let the age of the aircraft fool you because this bird will be equipped with some of the most advanced avionics technology available. The four-seat aircraft has just made its way to Santa Fe Aero Services to undergo a full panel upgrade, which will include some of the latest from Garmin!

Take a look at the “before” picture:

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GTN_HR_153.1When Santa Fe Aero is finished, this panel will be fully transformed. One very noticeable upgrade will be the Garmin GTN 750 and GTN 650 touchscreen avionics stack. With dual GTNs the lucky winner of this aircraft gets two, fully-integrated GPS/NAV/COM/MFD solutions. The intuitive touchscreen controls provide unprecedented access to high-resolution terrain mapping, graphical flight planning, geo-referenced charting, traffic display, weather information and more.

This aircraft will also be fully ADS-B rule-compliant with Garmin’s latest ADS-B solutions on board. First, it will be equipped with a GTX 33 ES remote transponder. With this transponder and the GTNs, the Debonair will meet the requirements for ADS-B Out anywhere in the world. Having the remote transponder also saves panel space, allowing the pilot to control the transponder using the GTN touchscreen. The Debonair will also be equipped with the first dual-link ADS-B solution for certified aircraft – the Garmin GDL 88. Not only does the GDL 88 bring 978 MHz ADS-B Out capability to the aircraft, but it also brings dual-link ADS-B In capability. As a result, the pilot will be able to display subscription-free weather and comprehensive datalink traffic information on the GTNs. Learn more about the other advanced capabilities you get when you combine a GDL 88 with a GTN. GDL39_HR_7731

Finally, the aircraft will also include Garmin’s GDL 39 portable ADS-B receiver, allowing the pilot to also view subscription-free weather and datalink traffic on an iPad with the Garmin Pilot app.

The Debonair will be awarded to a lucky winner at the 2014 AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, California! Stay tuned to the Garmin blog for more updates, and be sure to look for the airplane at upcoming aviation shows!

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