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Garmin International has achieved the maiden flight of a Garmin G3000 integrated flight deck in a supersonic tactical aircraft, the company announced on 24 April.

In just under six months, Tactical Air Support completed the engineering design, installation and first flight with the G3000 integrated flight deck and dual Garmin touchscreen controllers in an F-5 aircraft. The G3000 in the F-5 is expected to be ready to perform adversary training for the US Navy in the second quarter of 2019. This commercial-off-the-shelf Garmin solution allows Tactical Air to take advantage of reduced development time, lower life-cycle costs and reduced operational costs, through highly reliable state-of-the-art designs.

The maiden flight of the G3000-equipped F-5 is a significant achievement, as it is a testament to the rapid implementation time and flexibility afforded by a Garmin integrated flight deck [….] In just under six months, Tactical Air was able to complete the engineering design, installation and achieve first flight. Through their hard work, dedication and our strong relationship together, we’re thrilled that they’re already in the air with the Garmin G3000 in this iconic aircraft. I am confident that the Tactical Air pilots will enjoy flying behind Garmin glass,” commented Vice President of Aviation Sales and Marketing at Garmin, Carl Wolf.

The F-5 is a supersonic, multi-role tactical fighter and attack aircraft that in this role will provide air-to-air combat training, close-air support training, tactics development and evaluation support. The upgraded F-5 used by Tactical Air will be used in an aggressor training role and the G3000 will transform the company’s entire fleet of F-5s with sensor and system capabilities similar to current fighter aircraft.

The modular G3000 integrated flight deck boasts a large and vibrant, high-resolution flight display that seamlessly interfaces to the F-5’s existing mission computer, enabling advanced mapping, tactical radio capabilities, radar display and more. It has an open architecture that enables seamless mission computer, sensors and systems interface, easily facilitates future upgrades without impacting the avionics and can be used wearing gloves.

The night vision goggle-compatible G3000 contains modern, state-of-the-art synthetic vision technology that blends an out-the-window view of surroundings onto the primary flight display – particularly helpful in missions at night or in mountainous terrain, for example. Additional features include the Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS), global Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) traffic and weather, as well as video interfaces.

The first flight of the F-5 was flawless and achieved the main objective of verifying Pilot Vehicle Interface (PVI) of aircraft systems, displays, controls and the new Caution/Advisory System (CAS). The PVI and CAS, when combined with the G3000, result in a more capable fighter aircraft [….] As a career test pilot with over 7,000 flight hours, I have flown aircraft from the simplest to the Space Shuttle. Without a doubt, I can say the F-5 cockpit is one of the most capable and flexible of all,” observed Tactical Air’s Chief Test Pilot, Ken Hamm.

The G3000 as mounted in the F-5 will provide aggressor training for the US Navy. (Photo: Garmin)

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