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STC Approved: Garmin GTN 650/750 for Citation 500 Series

STC Includes Touchscreen Interface, WAAS Approvals
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Touchscreen Technology Now Available For Legacy Citations installing the new touchscreen Garmin GTN 650/750 GPS/NAV/COM on Cessna Citation 500 series aircraft to include models 500, 501, 550, 551, S550 and 560. The new STC, granted to JETTECH, is for a fully integrated GPS/NAV/COMM and also covers the installation of the Garmin GTX 33’s transponders, remote GMA35 audio panels, and GA35/37 antennas.
In addition, the STC includes WAAS approvals and will complement JETTECH’s existing STC for the Garmin G600 “Glass Panel” EFIS installation modification for the Legacy Cessna Citations offered as an STC’d data package. Shipments will be begin immediately and JETTECH says it stands ready to support its customers through the installation process.

“The benefits of this STC’d installation are numerous for Legacy Citation owners and operators.” said Rob Irwin, founder and member/manager of JETTECH. “Not only are there greater ranges of choices and price points, pilots now have access to instrumentation that would otherwise be limited or not available due to space restrictions.”

Irwin noted The GMA35 unit is designed to fit securely behind the GTN 750 series, leaving more room for the large display avionics. He said that all is required is to just touch the onscreen “Audio Panel” or “Intercom” button to access those controls. The large, six inch tall high-definition touchscreen offers access to a variety of displays including terrain mapping, graphical flight planning, geo-referenced charting, traffic display and satellite weather.

In addition to the new STC for the Garmin GTN 650/750 installation as well as the previously announced STC for the G600 install on Legacy Citations, JETTECH has also secured an STC for installing the Garmin G600 RVSM for the Cheyenne III, IIIA & 400LS models.

(Image provided by JETTECH)

GPS-based communication system helps helicopters in oil spill rescue effort

Aviation plays a big role in the cleanup of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as fixed wings and rotors carry workers and supplies throughout the region.

EMS Aviation promoted through a statement released last week its FLEET tracking system, now being used by a private contractor for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Florida-based Heli-works Inc. uses the system between biologists in Bell 206Ls outfitted with the equipment and rescuers on the ground to locate and recover oiled birds.

The system is backed by a web-based Automated Flight Following (AFF) map that shows a helicopter’s location, speed, heading, altitude and flight history.

The FLEET system also offers text and phone capabilities to crew, in addition to automated tracking. The FLEET system is composed of an iridium antenna and transceiver with integrated GPS.

Read more about the technology here. 

New Garmin glass panel for helicopters, plus GPS tricks


The above video comes from AvWeb and IFR Magazine. It gives some GPS Tricks for VOR Clearances.

Elsewhere in the sky, the FAA granted a supplemental-type certificate just before the Memorial Day holiday for a Garmin glass panel for helicopters. The G500H displays airspeed, attitude and vertical speed in addition to moving maps and terrain, with the option of having PFD on the left or right.


The certificate covers the Bell 206 and Bell 407. Garmin says the G500H takes the best features of the G600 and G500. It is compatible with the GNS 430W/530W series.

You can pick one up for just under $25 grand, including  the GDU 620 display/control unit, GRS 77H AHRS, GDC 74H digital air data computer, GMU 44 tri-axial magnetometer, and GTP 59 temp probe. The Garmin HSVT also is has a G500H option for around $8,000. 

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