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Garmin’s GPS 3000 Gets Certified in Europe

By Nick Zazulia | February 5, 2019
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An Embraer Legacy 650 at Atlas Air Service, where it can be fitted with the Garmin GPS 3000. (Garmin)

Garmin's new wide-area/satellite-based augmentation system (WAAS/SBAS) GPS, the GPS 3000, has been certified in Europe.

Meeting ADS-B Out requirements and capable of five position updates per second, the remote-mount GPS 3000 is aimed at commercial, business, air transport and defense markets.

While FAA certification is still pending, EASA supplemental type certificates (STCs) are available for the Embraer E135/145 and its Legacy 600/650 business jet derivative, Garmin said last week. The STCs are available through FTI Engineering in cooperation with Atlas Air Service as well as Garmin dealers.

“Garmin continues to lead the industry with the most fielded ADS-B solutions that span all segments of aviation, including a wide range of commercial, defense, regional and business aircraft,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “We are thrilled to provide these aircraft with a solution that is cost-effective and is an easy-to-install alternative to the existing avionics manufacturers' service bulletin.”

The GPS 3000 meets the FAA's technical standard order C145d for Class 3 high-integrity position source equipment and DO-260B standards for ADS-B compliance, according to Garmin, as well as the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics' DO-160 standards for environmental conditions and test procedures for airborne equipment and DO-178B standards for software.

Garmin's new system integrates with compatible flight management systems to provide GPS navigation. In the correct configuration, the GPS 3000 can support vertical approach navigation, such as localizer performance with vertical approach guidance, the company said. It also supports terrain awareness warning systems and terrain collision avoidance systems. The device uses an ARINC 429 data bus and an ARINC 743A-5 global navigation satellite system interface for such integration.

A Garmin representative said the company does not have a timeline for FAA validation and is not announcing the next platforms on which is plans to certify the GPS 3000.

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