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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Garmin Uncovers G5000H Helicopter Flight Deck

By Dale Smith

Rotor & Wing flew the Bell 407GX with the Garmin G1000H late last year (See October 2011, page 38). The manufacturer plans to unveil its G5000H during this year’s Heli-Expo. On the left, the G1000H uses a solid green circle to depict the distance before all usable fuel has been consumed. Just inside of that is a dotted green circle that shows where the aircraft will begin to use its allotted fuel reserve. The rings self-correct for changes in atmospheric conditions, power demand, and ground speed.  Photo by Ernie Stephens

Garmin (Booth 9432) has unveiled its newest member of a growing family of integrated avionics suites—the G5000H touch-screen integrated flight deck for helicopters.

 

According to Bill Stone, Garmin’s avionics product manager, while the G5000H will have many of the same capabilities of its advanced G5000 system for fixed-wing aircraft, it has been specifically developed for rotorcraft operations, including being “hardened” against moisture and vibration.


While the G5000H is an evolution of the G5000, Stone points out, it offers helicopter operators some significant differences. “It will feature our new higher-resolution H-Synthetic Vision display and H-TAWS,” he explains. “The new software has a higher-resolution terrain and obstacle database to give pilots greater awareness for low level operations.”


The higher-resolution databases combined with much higher-resolution G5000H displays “are especially beneficial for non-traditional areas where helicopters operate like oil rigs, hospital helipads and off-airport locations,” Stone adds.


Developed specifically for the medium-lift category of helicopters, the G5000H can be installed in a variety of configurations with up to four large-format displays and up to four individual touch-screen user interface units.


The G5000H will also feature Garmin’s “3D spatial audio capability,” Stone notes. “It’s similar to surround sound—it divides the comm, intercom and other inputs into separate audio channels so it is much easier to understand what you hear. We think it’s a great safety enhancement.”

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