Piper Aircraft, Inc. has just announced it will begin incorporating the Garmin GFC 700 flight control system within Garmin G1000-equipped Seminole aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Type Certificate change approval for the much anticipated update, clearing the way for Piper to outfit twin-engine Seminoles with the system which will offer an exceptional flight automation experience to Seminole pilots.
“Moving the Seminole aircraft equipped with G1000 avionics to the Garmin GFC 700 is another step in giving buyers of new Piper airplanes the most modern cockpit experience possible,” stated Piper Vice President of Sales and Marketing Drew McEwen. He added, “The G1000 with GFC 700 will provide Seminole pilots a more sophisticated level of integration for this class of training aircraft.”
The GFC 700 is an advanced Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) based automatic flight control system that fully integrates with the Garmin G1000 flight deck [link to previous article - http://www.shorelineaviation.net/news---events/bid/66394/Piper-Twin-Engine-Seminole-Gets-Garmin-G1000-Avionics], which Piper began incorporating into Seminole aircraft just last year.
The all-glass G1000 avionics panel is characterized by its exceptional flight data capture and display. And with its fully digital, dual-channel flight control system, GFC700 is capable of utilizing the rich data sets G1000 provides and delivering increased redundancy, reliability and safety—all while optimizing performance.
GFC 700 features include autopilot, flight director, yaw damper, and both automatic and manual electric trim capabilities that augment flight stability—and delivers a new level of digital sophistication to general aviation (GA) flight control.
Incorporating top-level safety and performance features, GFC700 was originally designed for use in turbine aircraft. Now pilots can enjoy the same exceptional flight automation, precision and value in piston-powered Seminole.
GFC 700 is built to inspire confidence while ensuring optimal smoothness and more comfortable flight, delivering crisp flight maneuvering in response to Garmin’s solid-state MEMS-based AHRS data.
As certified in the Seminole, the GFC 700 also includes Electronic Stability & Protection (ESP), which incorporates the following benefits:
- Activates automatically if the airplane exceeds one or more flight parameters
- Employs autopilot servos and sensors, yet maintains operation when the autopilot is turned off
- ESP for aircraft being hand-flown—for enhanced safety
- Facilitates the correction of excessive pitch attitude, roll attitude, or airspeed Integrated
- Low Airspeed protection helps prevent inadvertent stalls (requires supported Angle of Attack/Lift sensors)
- ESP that augments pilot vigilance—without taking over control
- Can be overridden by the pilot at any time Automatically boosts corrective pressure as exceedances move beyond safe limits Returns aircraft to stable, straight-and-level flight—gently
- Unobtrusive operation that stimulates the aircraft’s natural stability
- May be temporarily turned off for flights where extreme maneuvering is expected and for training
Said Shoreline Aviation president, Keith Douglass, “The GFC 700 brings true innovation to the Piper Seminole. The system continually runs in the background and will automatically sense and correct unsafe flight conditions—even when hand-flying.” Added Douglass, “It’s a level of sophistication previously reserved for much more advanced aircraft and brings a new level of safety to the Seminole.”
About the Piper Seminole
Powered by two Lycoming L/O -360-A1H6 engines, the Piper Seminole is a twin-engine piston powered aircraft that offers a cruising speed of 162 KTAS / 300 km/h and a range of 700 nautical miles (1,426 km). A trusted training aircraft, the Seminole seats four and is highly regarded by both students and instructors alike for its reliable and forgiving operation. Seminole sets the standard with hundreds of thousands of hours in flight school settings around the world and over two decades of service.
Based in Vero Beach, Florida, Piper Aircraft Inc. has earned worldwide renown for its highly regarded single-engine and twin-engine aircraft—and for consistently delivering performance, reliability and value.
The Piper aircraft line ranges from high-performance pistons to pressurized turboprops, including the single engine M-Class—the Meridian, Mirage, and Matrix, Twin Class Seminole and Seneca V, and the Trainer Class Archer TX, Arrow, Seminole and Seneca V. All Piper planes boast Garmin advanced avionics in the cockpit. Learn more about Piper Aircraft [link to page].
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