|USFS Sherpa avionics will be upgraded with the Garmin integrated flight deck. Photo: Garmin
[Avionics Today 01-06-2016] The United States Forest Service (USFS) has selected the Garmin G950 Integrated Flight Deck (IFD) for its fleet of Shorts SD3-60 Sherpa aircraft. The G950 provides the USFS with an advanced avionics suite to increase mission effectiveness, while also aiming to solve avionics obsolescence and meet NextGen regulatory requirements with a Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out-compliant GTX 3000 Mode S Extended Squitter (ES) remote transponder.
“This modernization program brings next generation avionics capability, expanded utility and NextGen compliance to the Sherpa fleet, providing the United States Forest Service with the best information available while in-flight as they support wildland fire operations,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation marketing and sales.
The G950 integrates with the Sherpa’s existing autopilot and includes three 12-inch Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD) to combine navigation, communication, terrain, traffic and weather within the G950 integrated avionics suite. The suite also includes Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) and a Class-A Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS), as well as Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance (LPV) approach capability and a Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II).