The wait is over for the GTN650 and GTN750 from Garmin. The panel-mount units are equipped with the latest in touchscreens, remote audio control, flight planning and electronic chart capabilities.
The screen area has changed dramatically, in addition to the desktop-like interface. The GTN 650 offers 53 percent more screen area than the GNS430W and the GTN750 offers 98 percent more screen area. The larger screen area allows the viewing of entire charts.
The units also offer enhanced situational awareness. There is a built-in terrain database that shows when potential conflicts are ahead. The units also allow pilots to fly GPS-guided LPV glidepath approaches down to ILS minimums.
In addition to the wide compatibility with other Garmin products, there is also XM Satellite weather, traffic and lightinging available on a moving map. Of course, XM raido is also available.
Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing had this to say about the units. "We're confident that the GTN series will set a new standard on what avionics for general aviation aircraft should b, just as the GNS 430 and 530 did when they were announced in 1998."