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ANN April 1st Special
Edition: Garmin announced Thursday that it's new GPS5000VP
brings the automotive GPS experience into the cockpit, with voice
prompts to inform the pilot of upcoming heading changes, restricted
airspace, even missed approach procedures. Garmin says the
GPS5000VPX will even direct you from the airport ramp to the active
"These features will greatly increase safety while decreasing
cockpit workload," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of
marketing. "The voice prompts are a lot like having somebody in the
right seat who's job it is to keep you up to date on where you're
The GPS5000VP will alert the pilot about upcoming heading
changes and destinations based on a pre-programmed flight plan.
"It's really simple," said Kelly. "Just tell the unit your
destination airport and expected altitude, and it will
automatically calculate a route for you. It will route you around
all restricted airspace, let you know about obstacles in your path,
pretty much does your flight planning for you."
Once airborne, the GPS5000VP announces heading changes
beginning three to six miles out, based on TAS. For example, the
pleasant female voice might alert you
"In-three-miles-turn-left-heading-three-two-zero." As you near your
destination airport, she will say "Approaching-destination. In-six
miles-begin-three-hundred-foot-per-minute-descent." When coupled
with an FLIR camera, the GPS5000VP can recognize an approach below
minimums, alerting the pilot to
with the familiar magenta line showing the way.
On the ground, the GPS5000VPX can take you from the ramp to the
active runway through an interface with airport charts.
"In-point-two-miles-turn-left-taxiway-F ... turn-left," the unit
The GPS5000VP is a direct replacement for most Garmin units,
with a portable model available for the LSA and retrofit market.
"With a commonality of interface, pilots will feel very familiar
going from car to plane and using very similar equipment," said
Kelly. The ultra-affordable GPS5000VP will start at just $5999,
with the VPX model starting at $7999, which includes a one-year
subscription for chart updates.