Global – that’s the reach of the Garmin Pilot flightplanning, weather briefing and real-time navigation app for iPad and iPhone as of today.

Pilots also have access to expanded coverage of European charts in a single application, including geo-referenced FliteCharts and SafeTaxi airport diagrams. New features such as FastFind and Smart Airspace offer efficient flight planning capabilities, quick waypoint entry and intuitive airspace navigation, says Garmin.

“Flight planning applications in the cockpit continue to grow in popularity and Garmin Pilot incorporates game-changing features like worldwide flight planning, all-inclusive weather coverage and navigation information,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing.

“Customers around the globe have been asking for a premium, feature-rich application and Garmin has delivered, backed by decades of industry-leading experience in navigation. Garmin Pilot incorporates a familiar user-interface and innovative features so pilots have access to the information they need to make informed decisions.”

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Garmin’s Pilot app now effective globally. This is a typical European chart, with the screen split into two and an approach plate on the right. Top, also a European chart with the app’s radial control on screen.

Flight Planning
Garmin Pilot streamlines pre-flight planning, allowing pilots to review weather and flight plan, as well as download and review charts ahead of each flight. Rich, interactive maps integrated within Garmin Pilot offer worldwide coverage using a combination of both Jeppesen and Garmin’s navigation data, so flight planning is simple for pilots around the globe.

Highly configurable moving maps allow pilots to choose between track-up or north-up orientation. In track-up mode, labels are always upright and easy to read because map information is displayed in the direction of flight.

Further customisation allows pilots to tailor maps to their personal preferences including map color, visibility range, display of NAVAIDs and more. A radial menu provides easy on-screen access to create user waypoints, navigate direct-to, graphically edit flight plans, view weather conditions and airport information at a glance.

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This is the screen used as a full map – in this case, Australia – with a live weather TAF.

Global Weather
Weather information including METARs, TAFs, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, NOTAMs and winds aloft may be displayed graphically as an overlay on the moving map page, within the airport information page and as a widget in split-screen mode using an iPad.

Text-based weather products may be viewed in split-screen mode and using the NavTrack feature, so pilots can easily see and intuitively understand weather trends along their route.

Additionally, radar and satellite imagery for Western Europe, Canada, Australia and the US provide pilots with even more weather products so its easy to determine if precipitation or cloud cover will impact a particular flight.

Feature-Rich Navigation
Garmin Pilot reduces the amount of paper charts needed to complete a flight, offering pilots electronic flight bag capabilities around the globe. Configurable maps give customers the option to customise the display of charts, weather overlays, terrain and obstacles in split screen view, so a variety of information can be displayed simultaneously.

Visual Reporting Points (VRPs), commonly found in Europe, are overlaid on the moving map page, allowing pilots to easily report their position. Customers also have access to optional geo-referenced European FliteCharts (terminal procedures) for select countries.

Garmin Pilot optionally supports European VFR and IFR charts with VFR data sourced directly from Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) and IFR charts from Eurocontrol.

Pilots may easily navigate unfamiliar airports with SafeTaxi, which conveniently displays geo-referenced airport diagrams throughout portions of Europe, directly on the moving map. FliteCharts and SafeTaxi coverage is further extended into Canada and includes approaches, departures and arrival procedures.

Global terrain, as well as US and Europe obstacle alerting available within Garmin Pilot, offers an enhanced level of situational awareness in even the most challenging terrain environments.

Smart Airspace
Similar to features found within Garmin avionics, Smart Airspace is available within Garmin Pilot, so it is easy to identify what airspace lies ahead. Smart Airspace conveniently highlights the airspace nearest the aircraft’s current altitude and de-emphasises non-pertinent airspace so pilots can quickly identify their location relative to the airspace around them. Additionally, the altitude filter removes airspace above the user-defined altitude.

As customers enter flight plan information, FastFind incorporates predictive logic to suggest airports and waypoints using current GPS location so entering flight plan information is faster and easier. Quick flight plan entry is possible with FastFind, which automatically begins searching for the nearest identifier as an airport or waypoint is entered within the flight plan.

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3D Synthetic Vision is also a feature of the Garmin Pilot app when on the PFD page. This is Switzerland where it’s useful to know about terrain!

3D Vision
Garmin Pilot also has sophisticated graphics to create a virtual topographic landscape to create 3D Vision, offering a clear 3D depiction of ground, water, terrain features and more. 3D Vision is transformed when paired with the GDL 39 3D portable ADS-B datalink receiver, which superimposes back-up aircraft attitude information on top of the Garmin synthetic vision (SVX) display.

Outside the US, the GDL 39 3D offers GPS, attitude information and air-to-air ADS-B traffic, providing pilots with even more information in the cockpit. Aircraft attitude information is also available on the aircraft panel page, which displays back-up attitude, GPS-derived altitude and airspeed, as well as HSI course guidance.

Free trial
Garmin Pilot 6.2 is available immediately as a free update, providing existing customers access to Smart Airspace, FastFind and optional worldwide coverage.

For new customers, Garmin Pilot is available in the Apple App Store as a free download for the first 30 days. After the 30-day trial period, customers may purchase an annual subscription of Garmin Pilot featuring worldwide coverage starting at $199.99. Pilots may purchase optional FliteCharts, SafeTaxi, DFS and IFR charts starting at $49.99.

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Pertinent airspace can be seen highlighted – this is the Smart Airspace feature.