July 28, 1999
Teams Up with BFGoodrich Avionics Systems, Inc., to Bring Weather
and Traffic Information to the Cockpit
Garmin International, the aviation industry's leading manufacturer
of electronic navigation and communication equipment, has announced
an exciting new interface with BFGoodrich Avionics Systems, Inc.
Garmin's legendary GNS 430 multi-function avionics system will
provide the display interface for both the BFGoodrich STORMSCOPEÆ
WX 500 Weather Mapping Sensor and the SKYWATCH Traffic Advisory
System. The interface will allow STORMSCOPE and SKYWATCH data
to be shown on the GNS 430s color display.
of bringing valuable weather and traffic information to the GNS
430 really makes a lot of sense," said Gary Kelley, director of
marketing, Garmin International. "The ability to look at one piece
of navigation equipment and instantly identify weather and traffic
hazards relative to your current position and heading will be
a huge benefit to pilots."
enables pilots to avoid threatening weather by detecting electrical
discharges associated with thunderstorms. The weather-mapping
sensor can determine storm activity within a 200 nm radius of
an airborne traffic advisory system that helps pilots avoid potential
collisions with other aircraft. The system monitors the airspace
around the airplane and advises the pilot the airplane and advises
the aircraft. The system monitors the airspace around the airplane
and advises the pilot to look for transponder-equipped airplanes
in the area.
offer a software upgrade option on the GNS 430 for users of the
STORMSCOPE and SKYWATCH systems. This all-in-one avionics box
combines an IFR certified GPS, a comm with VOR, LOC and glideslope
and a color moving map. Additionally, the GNS 430 contains a detailed
database that shows cities, highways, railroads, rivers, lakes
interface will also be available in the future on Garmin's soon-to-be-released
GNS 530. The GNS 530 is a larger version of the GNS 430 and boasts
a five-inch diagonal color display. It will be available during
GNS 430 software upgrade will be available to customers beginning
Avionics Systems is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a
division of BFGoodrich Aerospace of Akron, Ohio. The company provides
aircraft systems and services and manufactures performance materials
that are used in thousands of consumer and industrial products
worldwide. For more information on BFGoodrich Avionics Systems,
please call (616) 949-6600.