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Lucy's Logbook: Flying Magazine Highlights Top 50 Navigation Innovations

18 April 2013 @ 8:51 AM  / Aviation Blog / Lucy's Logbook /

GNS 430Flying Magazine just released the Top 50 Navigation Innovations as it relates to aviation. As I began reviewing the list, I was caught off guard with #50: Bonfires. I sat there and looked puzzled at my computer, and thought to myself, “What kind of Top 50 list is this?”

GTN625_HR_154.1As I continued reading through the list, I started seeing innovations like IFR GPS Receivers (#31), WAAS (#11), Flat Panels (PFDs) (#7) and Handheld Navigators (#4), and couldn't help but think about how far we've come in the way of aviation navigation, and all of the ways Garmin has enjoyed a role in that progress. From the introduction of the industry's first IFR-certified GPS receiver (the GPS 155), to the creation of what would become the most popular and best selling navigators ever (the GNS 430/530 series), to fully-integrated, touchscreen-controlled glass cockpits, Garmin has remained committed to advancing navigation technology for pilots. 

Remember the first handheld aviation GPS units? We all remember the first handheld we used and valued its weight in gold in our airplanes. Over the last 14 years, Garmin has taken a basic GPS with a black and white moving map page, and transformed it into a GPS that doubles as an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) displaying approach charts and in some cases, live weather and music!
Flying put the introduction of AHRS/ADAHRS as #5 on its list. This innovation has unquestionably transformed cockpit avionics, and is a core technology of Garmin's integrated flight decks. Glass panel displays such as the G1000 have quickly become the standard in the industry, adding safety, reliability, and redundancy to many flight decks. So you can see why we're excited about the G3000 and G5000.

If you're like me, you quickly made your way to the end of the list to find out what Flying considers to be the #1 navigation innovation of all time. The answer: GPS. What was initially intended for use by military and government entities, is now widely available and affordable for general aviation aircraft, enhancing the ease and safety of navigating the skies. And Garmin is proud to have played a part in bringing this technology to pilots through a variety of products over the last 20 years.  

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