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November 18, 2015

Garmin introduces new safety tools to enhance airport situational awareness for pilots

Garmin International has introduced new safety enhancing tools, to improve airport situational awareness for pilots.

By Lopamudra Roy

Garmin International has introduced new safety enhancing tools, to improve airport situational awareness for pilots.

The tools, which include Terminal Safety Solutions SurfaceWatch, TerminalTraffic and SafeTaxi, are said to be the most comprehensive airport monitoring features for aircraft offered by the company.

Terminal Safety Solutions is a precise and comprehensive monitoring system that provides the pilots with a better understanding of their location within the area of the terminal relative to traffic on the ground and in the air.

"These tools are the culmination of years of hard work and thousands of flight test hours performed by passionate pilots and engineers."

Garmin Aviation marketing and sales vice-president Carl Wolf said: "These tools are the culmination of years of hard work and thousands of flight test hours performed by passionate pilots and engineers, striving to improve the picture in and around the airport, and they have done so like no one else in the industry."

SurfaceWatch provides audio-visual tools to prevent an aircraft from taking off or landing on a taxiway or on a runway that is short or a wrong one.

The crew receives an aural awareness as well as a visual display on the primary flight display (PFD), based on the takeoff and landing distance (TOLD) performance data entered during pre-flight.

It also has an optional facility of audible runway distance remaining annunciations which provides callouts beginning at 5,000ft through 500ft.

TerminalTraffic provides a clear picture of ADS-B-equipped aircraft and ground vehicles in the airport that can be easily distinguished from aircraft in-flight with the help of distinct colours and symbols displayed.

The pilot receives all this information through a simple SafeTaxi diagram as well as audible alerts.

The Garmin SafeTaxi airport diagrams of runways, taxiways, FBOs and hangars help pilots navigate the airports easily and are available for over 2,000 airports in the US, Canada and Europe.

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