Designed specifically for FAR Part 23 Class 1/Class 2 aircraft (singles and twins under 6,000 lbs.), the G500 is an affordable, dual-screen electronic flight display that works with your Garmin avionics stack to provide a fully certified “glass cockpit” retrofit option.
Replaces your six-pack with twin screens
The G500’s 10-inch wide bezel fits neatly into the panel space vacated by your standard six-pack of mechanical 3-inch flight instruments. (In many cases the existing airspeed indicator, artificial horizon and altimeter can be relocated to serve as standby instrumentation.)
Dual 6.5-in. LCDs, mounted side-by-side in the bezel, put both Primary Flight Display (PFD) and Multifunction Display (MFD) capabilities directly in your field of view to help streamline instrument scanning. You’ll see real-time True Airspeed calculations and selectable Winds Aloft data – as well as aircraft ground speed, GPS active waypoint, distance-to-waypoint, desired/actual track, and more. The screens are even Class B night vision goggle friendly for use with a wide array of optics.
On the left-hand side, the PFD consolidates all primary situational information regarding your aircraft’s position, speed, attitude, vertical rate, altitude and flight progress. For added visual orientation, a scaled version of Garmin’s SVT Synthetic Vision Technology is also available as an upgrade option – creating a 3-D “virtual reality” perspective view of flight and enroute terrain features.
It’s all about situational awareness
Looking over to the right side of the G500, the MFD provides detailed moving-map graphics of your aircraft’s current position in relation to ground features, chart data, navaids, flight plan routings and more. A trial version of Garmin FliteCharts® and SafeTaxi® come pre-installed (the charts will disable when the data is over 6 months out-of-date). And built-in terrain and U.S. obstacles databases provide color-coding and other visual cues to graphically alert you when proximity conflicts loom ahead. What's more, AOPA Airport Directory data comes pre-installed, putting FBO and fuel/service listings right at your fingertips.
G500 operation is simple – with familiar rotary knob for data entry, softkeys for mode selection, front-loading SD card slot for additional data and updates, plus an easy-to-navigate G1000-like graphical user interface.
Experience the AHRS advantage
In place of sensitive gyro instruments, the G500 uses Garmin’s super-reliable GRS 77 Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS). Combining inputs from GPS, magnetometer and air data computer, the Garmin AHRS provides an accurate digital referencing of your aircraft’s dynamic orientation in space. Also, unlike some competitive attitude/heading sensors, it’s even able to restart and properly realign itself while the aircraft is moving. ARINC 429 interface support also allows radar altimeter data to display directly on the PFD.
Sync up with your autopilot
The G500 was designed to interface with the most popular autopilots and flight directors installed in Class 1 and Class 2 aircraft. You can use the G500 for cockpit control/display of heading, course and navigation source inputs for the autopilot. What’s more, with the optional GAD 43 adapter unit, you can elect to have the same ultra-reliable digital AHRS data driving the G500 display to serve as your autopilot’s primary attitude reference. This typically eliminates the need to retain a gyro-mechanical ADI as your autopilot reference for the G500 glass cockpit.
Add weather, traffic and other options
For added cockpit capability, it’s easy to combine the G500 with a variety of optional sensors and data links. For example, digital on-board weather radar functionality for the U.S. can be added with Garmin’s GWX 68 or other ARINC 708 radar systems (software interface is optional; LRU sold separately). Garmin’s GDL 69 series XM receiver offers up-to-the moment weather and NEXRAD coverage for the U.S., as well as XM satellite radio, while the GSR 56 provides global weather data, radar imagery, voice/data connectivity and ground-based position tracking through the Iridium satellite network. And for help in watching nearby traffic, you can access Traffic Information Service (TIS) alerts on your G500 simply by adding a GTX 330 Mode S transponder. For more advanced traffic surveillance, select from an available TAS or TCAS system, including Garmin’s GTS family of traffic surveillance products. The G600 also includes a video input option that allows your MFD to double as an EVS or live-cam video monitor.
Retrofit made easy
With Supplemental Type Certification (STC) provided under an FAA Approved Model List, Garmin has detailed G500 installation specs for over 600 models of GA aircraft. So, retrofitting is simple and straightforward. Just see your authorized Garmin installation center to see how fast you could be onboard with this great-looking system in your aircraft.
Garmin G500: It’s retrofit glass for a whole new class.
G500 Product Commentary
The G500 has been a hit since its introduction in the GA cockpit for planes under 6,000 lbs. The large screen split down the middle give the pilot a primary flight display (PDF) on the left side of the unit that incorporates valuable flight information such as airspeed, true airspeed, ground speed, vertical speed, altimeter, turn and bank, and attitude indicator. Also included in the PFD is a horizontal situational indicator (HSI) that allows pilots to switch between GPS1, GPS2, Nav 1, and Nav 2. This is important because now most autopilots can be driven by multiple sources without needing to install a costly switching unit. Simply press the CDI button on the front of the screen to select the GPS or Nav source you want the autopilot to follow. The right display offers a moving map with the ability to overlay radar, XM weather, XM radio, Stormscope, and traffic information from an active Garmin, L-3, or Avidyne traffic receiver or a TIS traffic receiver should these boxes be installed in the plane. Options exist for Synthetic Vision which give the pilot a 3D view of the landscape, along with obstacle and terrain warnings. For situational awareness, the G500 is in the top of the class for EFIS systems. Your scan is reduced by having both your flight instruments, moving map, traffic, obstacle, weather, and lighting information right in front of you.