Enstrom Selects Garmin G1000H Integrated Flight Deck for 480B
OLATHE, Kan. – March 14, 2013 — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced March 5, 2013 at Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, that Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has selected the G1000H all-glass, integrated flight deck for its 480B helicopter model.
“The Enstrom 480B is a remarkably versatile helicopter, used for a variety of missions including law enforcement, news gathering, private ownership, as well as serving as an excellent training platform,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “Thousands of fixed-wing pilots have learned to fly behind our G1000, and now helicopter students will also have the opportunity to learn to fly behind an all-glass flight deck that provides the comprehensive information needed to enhance safety, reduce workload and increase situational awareness.”
The G1000H integrates all primary flight information, navigation data, communications, terrain awareness, traffic, weather, and engine parameters on two 10.4-inch, high-resolution displays. The G1000H’s reliable Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) provides accurate, digital output and referencing of the helicopter’s position, rate, vector and acceleration data. The G1000H also incorporates a large moving map, and supports a wide array of safety enhancing features, including Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology (HSVT™), Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS), datalink weather, Garmin’s traffic awareness and collision avoidance system, and more.
”Garmin’s state of the art G1000H integrated flight deck will provide our operators all the information they need in an intuitive package,” said Bill Taylor, Enstrom’s director of engineering. “The nature of the display reduces the pilot’s scan to a smaller area, resulting in less time looking inside the cockpit. The synthetic vision and the navigation display provide excellent situational awareness and dramatically reduce the pilot’s workload. Added options, such as traffic and weather increase the utility and provide an added safety margin.”
The physical architecture of the G1000H uses modern data-bus technology that reduces wire count and overall weight and simplifies installation and maintenance. Line-replaceable units (LRUs), which have been designed to withstand helicopter vibration levels, are integrated with sensors throughout the aircraft and transfer data seamlessly from these sensors to the PFD/MFD to deliver real-time information to the pilot.
The 480B equipped with G1000H was on display at the Enstrom Helicopter booth at Heli-Expo. Additional information about the G1000H is available at garmin.com. Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), aftermarket, military and government customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, surveillance, and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and value.
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About Enstrom Helicopter Corporation Founded in 1959, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation manufactures a complete line of helicopters. The three-seat, piston-powered F28F and 280FX are popular training, sport and light commercial aircraft. The larger turbine-powered 480B is available as a three-place advanced trainer and patrol aircraft, a 2+2 four-seat training helicopter, or as a three- to five-place executive transport. For law enforcement applications, Enstrom produces an optionally equipped variant of the 480B, known as the Guardian, and the F28F, called the Sentinel. For more information on Enstrom, visit www.enstromhelicopter.com.
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About Enstrom HelicopterFrom Rudy Enstrom’s early designs in 1943 to initial testing in a Michigan Quarry in 1957 to aircraft operating on six continents, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has maintained a reputation for safety, value and performance. Based in Menominee, Michigan and proudly made in the United States, Enstrom has a rich history for design innovation. The goal is to provide helicopters to the customer’s exact specification and deliver support and maintenance worldwide.