Garmin has announced an upgrade will provide additional features to their GTN touchscreen avionics. New features include Connext cockpit connectivity, which allows for wireless flight plan transfer between the TGN 750/650 series navigators and Garmin Pilot (which also recently received an upgrade). Connext will also provide better GPS position data and the option to display weather, traffic and altitude information. This upgrade will include database syncing capabilities, FastFind to make searches easier and more streamlined, airspace altitude overlay, WireAware to help avoid wires and more.
This upgrade will be available in August for most users and will be free. Additional charges or monthly fees for some of these services may apply. Helicopter owners can expect to receive the benefits of WireAware, simplified database updates, FastFind, simple frequency entry, customizable checklists, and flight plan import capabilities in Q4 2014, for the following helicopter models: Bell 206 and 407 series, Eurocopter AS 350B2/B3, EC 130B4, EC 130T2, MD 369E/F/FF.
“The GTN 750/650 series is designed with a growth-oriented architecture and we are excited to adapt it to our expanded Connext portfolio of solutions to provide connectivity between tablets and avionics,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation marketing and sales in a press release.