Posted on: 13 May 2014 by Mark Howells
Garmin International has received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the installation of dual touchscreen-controlled GTN 725s in ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft.
The GTN 725 GPS navigators, says Garmin, expand the operating utility of the ATR 42/72, by offering Precision-Area Navigation (P-RNAV) capabilities to operators in Europe.
“Garmin continues a legacy of making investments to ensure that operators in Europe have solutions available that offer aircraft the capability to fly shorter routes with higher levels of accuracy,” explained Carl Wolf, the company’s vice-president of aviation sales and marketing. “The GTN 725 is a solution for operators in the ATR 42 and ATR 72 that enables them to fly P-RNAV procedures, which expands the operational capability of the aircraft throughout European airspace.”
According to Garmin, when incorporating dual GTN 725s into the ATR 42/72, operators gain additional access to airports with higher levels of operating requirements. The dual GTN 725 installation offers pilots flying the ATR 42/72 the ability to fly shorter, more direct routes in airspaces utilising P-RNAV procedures. Fewer radar vectors are needed, thereby reducing the workload for both the pilot and air traffic control, which streamlines navigation through complex airspace. Similar to the functionality of B-RNAV, P-RNAV procedures feature the same capability with a higher level of accuracy.
Garmin notes that with a range of advanced flight display capabilities, the GTN 725 offers operators “rich, interactive mapping that also displays airspace, frequency information and more. The touchscreen interface allows pilots to graphically edit flight plans on the moving map display, providing an easy and intuitive way to make flight plan modifications at any time”.
The GTN 725 is compatible with optional Garmin ChartView powered by Jeppesen. Instrument Approach Procedures are conveniently overlaid on the moving map display, offering operators increased situational awareness when transitioning from the enroute to approach phases of flight. Garmin SafeTaxi airport diagrams are geo-referenced on the GTN 725 so runways, taxiways, FBOs and hangars are easily identifiable and navigating around unfamiliar airports is simplified.