Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN),
recently celebrated the maiden flight of a Garmin integrated flight deck
in a supersonic F-5 fighter aircraft. In just under six months, Tactical
Air Support, Inc. (Tactical Air) completed the engineering design,
installation and first flight with the G3000™ integrated flight deck and
dual Garmin touchscreen controllers (GTCs). The G3000 in the F-5 is
expected to be ready to perform adversary training for the U.S. Navy in
Q2 2019. This commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Garmin solution allows
Tactical Air to take advantage of reduced development time, lower
life-cycle costs and reduced operational costs, through highly reliable
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G3000 flight deck in the F-5 (Photo: Business Wire)
“The maiden flight of the G3000-equipped F-5 is a significant
achievement as it is a testament to the rapid implementation time and
flexibility afforded by a Garmin integrated flight deck,” said Carl
Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “In just under six
months, Tactical Air was able to complete the engineering design,
installation and achieve first flight. Through their hard work,
dedication and our strong relationship together, we’re thrilled that
they’re already in the air with the Garmin G3000 in this iconic
aircraft. I am confident that the Tactical Air pilots will enjoy flying
behind Garmin glass.”
The F-5 is a supersonic, multi-role tactical fighter and attack aircraft
that in this role will provide air-to-air combat training, close-air
support training, tactics development and evaluation support. The
upgraded F-5 used by Tactical Air will be used in an aggressor training
role and the G3000 will transform the entire fleet of Tactical Air F-5’s
with sensor and system capabilities similar to current fighter aircraft.
“The first flight of the F-5 was flawless and achieved the main
objective of verifying Pilot Vehicle Interface (PVI) of aircraft
systems, displays, controls and the new Caution/Advisory System (CAS).
The PVI and CAS, when combined with the G3000, results in a more capable
fighter aircraft,” said Ken Hamm, Tactical Air chief test pilot. “As a
career test pilot with over 7,000 flight hours, I have flown aircraft
from the simplest to the space shuttle. Without a doubt, I can say the
F-5 cockpit is one of the most capable and flexible of all.”
The modular G3000 integrated flight deck boasts a large and vibrant,
high-resolution flight display that seamlessly interfaces to the F-5’s
existing mission computer, enabling advanced mapping, tactical radio
capabilities, radar display and more. The bezel keys, GTCs and L3 ForceX
mission system serve as the pilot interface to the flight display, and
the touchscreen controllers are designed so pilots can use gloves in the
cockpit. The G3000 has an open architecture that enables seamless
mission computer, sensors and systems interface and easily facilitates
future upgrades without impacting the avionics.
The NVG-compatible G3000 contains modern, state-of-the-art synthetic
vision technology (SVT™) that blends an out-the-window view of
surroundings on the primary flight display, which is particularly
helpful during nighttime and in mountainous environments. The G3000 also
has global capabilities for communication, navigation, surveillance and
air traffic management (CNS/ATM). Additional features within the G3000
integrated flight deck on the F-5 include, Terrain Awareness and Warning
System (TAWS), global Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)
traffic and weather, as well as video interfaces.
Through its expansive dealer network and award-winning aviation support
team, Garmin is renowned for its unrivaled global service network,
offering complete life-cycle support. Field service engineers are
strategically located throughout the globe to support any mission.
Garmin also has a full range of training solutions, including
computer-based training, instructor-led training and full-motion
simulator compatibility. For additional information regarding Garmin’s
defense, commercial or business aviation solutions, visit www.garmin.com/aviation.
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OEM, aftermarket, military and government customers. Garmin’s portfolio
includes navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, an
expansive suite of ADS-B solutions and other products and services that
are known for innovation, reliability, and value. For more information
about Garmin’s full line of avionics, go to www.garmin.com/aviation.
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