Garmin touch screen fitted into Pilatus PC12 by Duncan Aviation

Terry Spruce

Garmin GTN 750Duncan Aviation’s Avionics Satellite Shop in
Denver has
recently completed an installation of the new Garmin GTN-750 and GTN-650
touch-screen GPS/NAV/COMM systems in a Pilatus PC-12/45 cockpit. This was the
first Pilatus PC-12 to have this new system installed in it.

Bob Hazy, Duncan
Avionics Satellite Shop manager said “There are more than 800 PC-12 legacy
aircraft in operation. Most have the Garmin GNS-530 and GNS-430 systems
installed. As touch-screen technology becomes more popular, the interest will
grow. ” 

Hazy goes on to explain how the Denver
Satellite shop made this glass cockpit retrofit more convenient for the pilot.
“With the FAA’s approval, we moved the engine instruments to the right of the
center panel and installed the touch-screen units to the left.” Because the Pilatus can be flown with just one pilot, having the
touch-screens closer to them is very important.

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