Garmin: Five Reasons Your Plane Needs Garmin Smart Glide

Five Reasons Your Plane Needs Garmin Smart Glide

October 19, 2021

In the event of a loss of engine power in a single-engine aircraft, a pilot must face the urgent and workload-heavy task of maneuvering the aircraft from its current position to an appropriate airport. Enter Garmin Smart Glide ™. Available on GTN ™ Xi Series Navigators with compatible flight displays, Smart Glide provides additional peace of mind, guidance and assistance during power loss events in single-engine aircraft. Here are five ways Smart Glide can help in these situations:

1. It continuously calculates and evaluates options in the background.

Engine failure emergencies can happen to anyone – anytime, anywhere – and those first few moments can be stressful. We designed Smart Glide to constantly monitor flight conditions and calculate glide options in the background, so if a loss of engine power occurs, the system is already prepared. You can then activate Smart Glide in several easy ways depending on your avionics and panel configuration – with a dedicated Smart Glide button mounted on the panel, by holding down the Direct-to button on the GTN Xi Navigator for two seconds or via a display compatible flight. This quick and easy activation allows pilots to continue to assess the situation, work on checklists and resolve the issue.

2. He recommends a route with alternatives.

Once activated, Smart Glide automatically takes into account glide range, terrain, obstacles and more to recommend a suitable airport for landing, as well as a list of alternative options nearby (if available). If no airport is within the estimated glide range, Smart Glide will let you know.

Once an airport is selected, Smart Glide creates a direct route to the airport.

3. It can help to fly on a selected route.

If your aircraft is equipped with a Garmin GFC ™ 500 or GFC ™ 600 autopilot, Smart Glide can help you fly the aircraft. When activated, it automatically switches the CDI to GPS mode, engages the autopilot in IAS mode at the best glide speed, and activates the flight director control bars on the compatible flight screen. This allows pilots to devote more attention to working on checklists and troubleshooting the emergency.

For airplanes equipped with third-party autopilots, pilots can activate the appropriate autopilot modes to receive lateral GPS guidance with Smart Glide.

4. It automatically assists certain emergency tasks.

To further assist pilots en route during a loss of engine power, Smart Glide automatically loads the selected airport’s CTAF frequency in the main Comm standby position and offers a shortcut to load transponder code 77001. This way, when the time comes to change the frequency or activate the emergency call code, Smart Glide has already prepared the avionics for the pilot.

5. It automatically displays valuable information.

While en route to an emergency destination, Smart Glide displays a glide alignment ring and provides information about the airport, including bearing and distance, orientation of longest runway, altitude of estimated arrival (AGL) and winds (if available). The system also provides audible distance and bearing alerts for the airport and indicates when the pilot must begin maneuvering for landing. Once the aircraft reaches this point, the pilot regains control and can land the aircraft.

Are you ready to add Smart Glide to your aircraft? If your aircraft is already equipped with compatible Garmin avionics, you may be able to add Smart Glide with a simple software upgrade – just contact your local authorized Garmin dealer. For more information on our Smart Glide technology and how it can help with a loss of engine power, click here.

1Requires compatible transponder (sold separately)


Garmin Ltd. published this content on October 19, 2021 and is solely responsible for the information it contains. Distributed by Public, unedited and unmodified, on October 19, 2021 03:40:05 PM UTC.

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