Tue, Apr 08, 2008
Diamond Aircraft Industries has JUST
introduced the new Garmin Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) for new
DA40 Diamond Stars. Garmin’s SVT presents a 3D depiction of
terrain, obstacles and traffic on the G1000’s primary
flightdisplay (PFD) so that the avionics panel replicates what
pilots would see outside the cockpit on a clear day.
“With Diamond having been the launch platform for the
Industry Standard G1000, it is only appropriate that we continue to
lead by introducing this most modern of safety enhancements to
general aviation,” said Peter Maurer, President of Diamond
Aircraft. “The technology is incredible, but what is really
sensational is the price. Until now, Synthetic Vision of this
quality was reserved for military or large jets, and cost several
hundred thousand dollars. Garmin truly deserves credit for
pioneering such affordable safety enhancements.”
The foundation of SVT is the depiction of 3D terrain, which is
displayed on the PFD. Land, water and sky are clearly
differentiated with shading and textures that are similar to the
topographical colors found on the multi-function display (MFD)
moving map. SVT works seamlessly to alert pilots of potential
ground hazards by displaying terrain and obstacles which pose a
threat to the aircraft with appropriate TAWS alert coloring. Other
SVT features include a display of traffic on the PFD, obstacle
displays which enlarge intuitively as the aircraft approaches them,
and other useful tools like Pathways’ ‘flying
rectangles’ which help the pilot stay on course whether
flying en route legs or on arrivals, departures and approaches.
“Garmin’s SVT brings an unprecedented level of
integration and awareness to pilots of G1000-equipped aircraft,"
says Gary Kelley, Garmin’s Vice President of Marketing.
“SVT transforms the cockpit by accurately displaying
synthetic terrain, flight hazards, flight path marker and
highway-in-the-sky on the PFD so that the pilot maintains excellent
airborne situational awareness even when flying in conditions of
reduced visibility or darkness. This results in reduced pilot
workload and safer flying.”
All new DA40’s delivered from the factory will be able to
be equipped with Garmin SVT as an option, priced at $9,995.
Retrofit eligibility and information for delivered aircraft will be
released later in the year. Diamond is displaying the new SVT on
its DA40 XLS at Sun ’n Fun, booth MD-023B, MD-024C.
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