Garmin Announces AOA, Radar Altimeter At AEA

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Garmin introduced an angle of attack indicator system with the GI 260 that the company says offers "intuitive, safety-enhancing AOA information which is simple to install in GA aircraft." The system, which includes the display, the pitot and the air data computer will sell for $1,499 and operates differently from lift reserve type systems. The device "provides a visual indication of flight characteristics leading to a stall, incorporating visual and audible alerts as the aircraft nears the critical angle of attack," according to Garmin. The company also announced a new radar altimeter designed specifically for helicopters and GA aircraft.

The GRA 55 and GI 205 are a sensor/display system that provides "smooth altitude tracking" in rough terrain and above the trees. A pilot-selectable decision height preset triggers an audible alarm and the GRA 55 fulfills the radar altimeter requirement recently imposed by the FAA. It will play through "select Garmin integrated flight decks and flight displays, as well as some third-party displays." It will be available in the next few months for $6,995. Those without the requisite displays can buy the two devices as a package, including antennae, for $11,995. The GI 205 stand-alone indicator will be available by the end of the year on its own for $3,995.