Garmin has received European Union Aviation Safety Agency approval for the GFC 600H Helicopter Flight Control System is now available in an IFR configuration with a Stability Augmentation System. This configuration includes collective control, bringing 4-axis capability to the GFC 600H system for the first time.

“We are very excited to now offer a 4-axis, IFR flight control system for the helicopter market. This technology will provide IFR operators with advanced automated flight capabilities and bring added protections to one of the most challenging flight categories in aviation. We’re confident AW109 Trekker operators will be impressed with the performance of GFC 600H.” said Carl Wolf, Garmin Vice President of Aviation Sales and Marketing.

The GFC 600H features a console-mounted mode controller with push-button controls and a night vision goggle compatible display. Digitally controlled, high-performance servos and new Garmin developed linear actuators allow for faster, crisper, more powerful responses – enabling the GFC 600H to perform with smooth handling throughout the flight envelope. Autopilot modes supported include altitude acquire, altitude hold, approach auto-level, radar height hold, as well as vertical speed, indicated airspeed, heading select, attitude hold, and more. Using navigation system inputs, GFC 600H can also fly various approach types.