Garmin announced it has received approval of a CASR 175.C Data Service Provider (DSP) certificate from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), enabling expanded aviation database coverage in Australia. In addition to the integration of Airservices Australia data into the suite of Garmin databases, Garmin Pilot™ within Australia has also expanded to offer additional data and supports connectivity between Apple mobile devices and compatible avionics in the cockpit, including wireless flight plan transfer. Pilots can now take advantage of these new databases in Australia within Garmin Pilot, as well as in a new, cost-effective PilotPak database bundle on the flyGarmin® website.
"We're excited to offer our Australian customers new aviation database options and packages, as well as an expanded Garmin Pilot app that provides convenient, wireless connectivity with the avionics in their cockpit," said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. "In addition to providing our customers with more database options, we're proud of this tremendous accomplishment and extend our appreciation to CASA so we can provide Australian pilots with economical aviation database coverage in a comprehensive package."
Australian PilotPak aviation databases
Garmin is offering expanded database options that are new to Australia so customers have access to even more information in-flight. In addition to navigation data, airport directory and terrain database information available today, the new Australian PilotPak adds Garmin FliteCharts, which consists of departure and approach procedures (DAP). Approach procedures are geo-referenced, displaying the aircraft location as it relates to the instrument approach. Additionally, SafeTaxi® aerodrome diagrams, as well as IFR/VFR Charts are available. This includes enroute charts, Visual Navigation Charts (VNC), Visual Terminal Charts (VTC), World Aeronautical Charts (WAC) and IFR Terminal Area Charts (TAC). The Australian PilotPak provides database updates for all compatible avionics in a single aircraft and is available immediately on flyGarmin.com for $997 USD.
Select databases in the Australian PilotPak are compatible with the following avionics:
- GTN™ 650/750 touchscreen navigators
- G500 TXi™/G600 TXi/G700 TXi/G500H TXi flight displays
- G500/G600/G500H flight displays
- G1000®, G1000 NXi, G2000®, G3000®, G5000®, G1000H® and G5000H Integrated Flight Decks1
- G3X™, G3X Touch™ and G900X® glass flight displays
Garmin portables that are compatible with select Australian databases include:
- aera® 660
- aera 795/796 series
- aera 500 series
- GPSMAP® 695/696
- GPSMAP 495/496
Garmin Pilot Australia for Apple mobile devices
Available in two tiers, customers in Australia can now select which Garmin Pilot subscription best suits their flying. The Garmin Pilot Standard subscription includes navigation data and now, adds Visual Navigation Charts (VNC), Visual Terminal Charts (VTC), World Aeronautical Charts (WAC), IFR low and high enroute charts, IFR Terminal Area Charts (TAC) and the Australian Aerodrome AIP. The Garmin Pilot Premium subscription adds geo-referenced Garmin FliteCharts and SafeTaxi aerodrome diagrams. NEXRAD radar imagery, METARs and TAFs can also be viewed within the moving map in Garmin Pilot within both subscriptions.
Using Garmin Pilot, customers can also take advantage of the benefits and efficiencies of a wireless cockpit. Connext® integration allows Garmin Pilot customers to develop their flight plan within the app and seamlessly transfer it to their avionics prior to their flight. Flight plans also remain in sync throughout the flight and flight plan amendments can easily be made within Garmin Pilot and sent to a compatible navigator, including the GTN 650/750, GNS 430W/530W, G1000 NXi and G3X Touch. The sharing of GPS position information, as well as back-up attitude information can be displayed within the synthetic vision page within the app. Using Flight Stream 510, customers can also take advantage of Database Concierge, the wireless transfer of aviation databases from the Garmin Pilot app to Garmin avionics, including the GTN 650/750, G1000 NXi and G500 TXi/G600 TXi.
The Australian PilotPak can be purchased and downloaded from the flyGarmin website for $997 USD. Garmin Pilot Australia is available from the Apple App Store as a free download for the first 30 days. After the 30-day trial period, customers may purchase the Garmin Pilot Standard subscription for $99.99 USD annually, which includes navigation data, Australian Aerodrome AIP, VNC, VTC, WAC, IFR low/high enroute charts, as well as IFR TAC charts. For $49.99 USD customers can add the Garmin Pilot Premium upgrade, which includes FliteCharts and SafeTaxi, along with synthetic vision, terrain and obstacle alerting. For additional information, visit www.flyGarmin.com or visit www.casa.gov.au.