VERO BEACH, Fla. – July 28, 2014 – Piper Aircraft, Inc. has received Amended Type Certificate approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to incorporate the Garmin GFC 700 autopilot system in new Garmin G1000-equipped twin-engine Piper Seneca V aircraft.
“Moving the Twin Class Seneca V equipped with G1000 avionics to the Garmin GFC 700 is another step in giving buyers the most modern cockpit experience possible,” said Piper Vice President of Sales and Marketing Drew McEwen. “The G1000 and GFC 700 will provide Seneca pilots a more sophisticated level of integration for this class of twin and training aircraft.”
Fully integrated with the G1000 glass flight deck, the GFC 700 is an advanced Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) based automatic flight control system that provides flight director, autopilot, yaw damper, automatic and manual electric trim capabilities and brings a high level of digital sophistication to general aviation flight control. Originally designed to fly on turbine aircraft — and incorporating the top-level safety and performance features found on that class of aircraft — the GFC 700’s scalable architecture enables exceptional flight automation, precision and value in piston aircraft.
A fully digital, dual-channel flight control system capable of using the depth and breadth of data available in the G1000 system, the GFC 700 offers inherent advantages in safety, redundancy and reliability — while optimizing performance over the airspeed envelope. Providing crisp flight maneuvering in response to Garmin’s solid-state MEMS-based AHRS data, the GFC 700 is built to inspire confidence while ensuring optimum smoothness and comfort.
About the Piper Seneca V
The Seneca V is powered by two Continental Turbocharged TSIO-360-RB engines generating 220 hp each. The configuration of multiple entry and baggage doors with the comfort of a cabin-class interior makes the Piper Seneca V the perfect business tool. Equipped with the Garmin G1000 it starts at $1,011,300.
About Piper Aircraft
Piper Aircraft, Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single- and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series – the Meridian, Mirage and Matrix – offers businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Twin Class Seneca V and Seminole balance proven performance, efficiency and simplicity in twin-engine aircraft. The Trainer Class Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole and Seneca V aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. All Piper airplanes feature advanced Garmin avionics in the cockpit. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
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