Garmin introduces AOA system for general aviation
March 17, 2014, Olathe, Kan. - Garmin International has introduced an improved angle of attack (AOA) system for general aviation aircraft.
The system consists of new GI 260 AOA indicator, which is designed to provide pilots with a quick understanding of AOA during critical phases of flight, as well as offer audible alerts during high-workload situations.
It also comprises GAP 26 angle of attack probe and a GSU 25 air data computer.
The company said that the system is intuitive, enhances safety, and easy-to-install.
"Now this level of safety enhancing technology typically found on military and commercial aircraft is available to general aviation."
Garmin aviation sales and marketing vice-president Carl Wolf said: "Now this level of safety enhancing technology typically found on military and commercial aircraft is available to general aviation at a price within reach."
The AOA system displays the precise angle between the wing and oncoming flow of air, and provides pilots with a visualized indication of the flight characteristics leading to a stall with combination of colours and chevrons, making the information easy-to-understand.
When nearing an impending stall, the GI 260 AOA indicator offers pilots progressive audible and visual alerts as the aircraft nears the critical angle of attack.
The AOA system is expected to be available for installation in general aviation aircraft in the third quarter of this year.
Various packages will be available to accommodate the appropriate aircraft voltage and the option for a heated probe.