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"National Guard Officer appreciates MGRS
in his GPS III® Pilot"
Thank you, thank you for giving us an update to install the MGRS
on our III Pilot. As an Army National Guard Safety Officer and
Instructor Pilot, I really appreciate having that capability.
It is extremely useful when planning and executing our military
missions. I highly recommend the Garmin GPS III Pilot to any military
aviator looking for a great GPS.
G. M. J.
"GPS III Pilot stars in air-to-sea rescue"
We have been in the aircraft delivery industry for nearly 34
years. We have seen the whole gamut of navigation method—from
the days of the kerosene compass and clock navigation to Loran
A boxes that required a foot locker to ship to the GPS systems
of this day and age.
May 17 at 11:55 Z, I received a call from an associate who was
told by Santa Maria ATC "an aircraft was in the water." It is
difficult to explain the cold empty feeling that came over
One of my pilots, not to mention a true friend, was to have departed
Santa Maria, LPAZ, at 06:00 Z for LECO, A Coruna Spain. It
to be a much easier flight than the previous day. The leg to
Santa Maria from St. John's Nfld was simply horrible—over
17 hours due to winds that were less than cooperative.
After 5:17 in the air, Alex Haynes (the pilot) experienced a
catastrophic failure of his 172's engine, and the rest was up
to gravity and the benevolence of God. Upon the failure, he immediately
radioed his position (thanks to his GPS III Pilot) and ditched
at approximately 11:37 GMT. Within half an hour, there was an
Egyptian aircraft overhead, then a British C 130, and finally
a Portuguese P-3. A great air-to-sea rescue was followed by a
welcomed fishing boat. All this was made possible, 500 miles from
nowhere, by the most important 9 ounces in any flight bag.
Having an accurate, dependable GPS instrument was the most important
single contributing factor that enabled Alex to be a happy statistic
as opposed to fish food. Thanks for the professionalism that is
built into each and every product your ship out the door.
"Emergency landing a success thanks to GPS
I am one of your newest customers. I just ordered a Garmin GPS
III Pilot for my plane. Only after seeing the unit in action last
Saturday and literally seeing how it was instrumental in saving
my life did I order the unit. I had been "waiting" for the prices
to hopefully drop on the III Pilot before I got one. Now I see
that its price is actually very reasonable. After all, how much
is a life worth?
My instructor, Johnny S., a stunt pilot/medical student in Mississippi,
and I were flying to an airshow last Saturday. The airshow was
to be held in Dexter, Missouri. We were flying from Jackson, Mississippi,
to Missouri in Johnny's Hiperbipe stunt plane. Johnny was to perform
the following day at the airshow.
While en route to the airshow, we were cruising at about 5,500
feet MSL. Johnny was flying in the right seat and I was in the
left seat. All of a sudden, Johnny reached up and punched one
of the buttons on his III Pilot. He immediately commented that
we were going to have to make an emergency landing. I was totally
in the dark about any problems with the plane. The engine seemed
to be running fine. There were no weird sounds and the ride was
as smooth as silk.
Upon questioning him further, he quickly commented that he was
getting oil on the windshield from the prop area. He indicated
that things were going to get worse before they got better and
we had to get down and get down quickly. He commented that the
nearest airport was the Lexington, Mississippi, airport which
was about 5 1/2 minutes away. He, of course, was reading this
information right off of the III Pilot screen and pointed it out
Within seconds, the situation had gotten much worse just as he
had said it would. The oil from the prop area seemed to be flowing
freely and the windshield quickly was covered to the point where
it looked like rippling caramel coating it. Johnny's window and
side view was not far behind in being completely covered. It was
as though someone had thrown a blanket over the windshield. There
was zero visibility from the PIC's right-seat position.
My side of the plane was quickly getting coated with oil as well.
Johnny tried opening his door to view what was ahead but the hot
oil from the engine plastered him. He quickly closed the door.
He called 121.5 and transmitted a Mayday.
There was no way for Johnny to pick an emergency landing area
with his view totally blocked. I too had limited visibility and
could see no good landing spots. He told me that he had the III
Pilot locked on the Lexington airport and we were going to head
toward the airport.
With only a small area to look through the window on my side
and no area on Johnny's side of the plane, Johnny asked me to
tell him when I saw the airport and to tell him when we crossed
mid-field. He was doing his best to keep the plane flying.
Eventually, I spotted the airport among a grove of trees. There
would have been no way to see this airport when we initially began
to experience problems with the plane. Thank goodness, Johnny
knew how to find the nearest airport using the GPS and had enough
experience to know that the GPS would point us to the airport.
He relied totally on the III Pilot and it came through big time.
As we approached mid-field, I let Johnny know we were crossing.
He instinctively flew the pattern with no visibility on his side
and me giving directions as to where the runway was located.
Believe it or not, he flew the plane on final approach and maneuvered
based on my telling him to "go left, go right, go left, left some
more, go right," etc.
The landing consisted of one bounce and a huge flare with a soft
touch down. We rolled to a stop in disbelief. In a moment of silence,
I am not sure what Johnny was thinking, but I was thanking the
Lord for letting us survive this ordeal. And thanking Him for
the III Pilot mounted on the dash. Without it, there is no way
we would have ever found the airport. Also, did I mention that
the area we flew over was covered with trees? No other emergency
landing site could be seen.
My III Pilot is supposed to be on my doorstep come Thursday.
I can't wait to set it up and start learning all about it. I am
attaching a digital photo of Johnny's plane which I took after
the ordeal. The oil has settle down somewhat in the photo but
I believe the photo will speak for itself.
Thank you guys for such a great producta true lifesaver.