Maximize Performance and Capability With Garmin Autopilot
Leveraging technologies from the popular GFC 700 autopilot, the GFC 600 system, now available for a growing list of aircraft models, delivers precise response and optimal performance across your aircraft’s entire airspeed envelope. The system is digitally controlled, using solid-state attitude and air data sensor references instead of mechanical gyros, resulting in ultra-smooth round outs, intercepts, and enhanced system reliability. GFC 600 can interface with a range of Garmin and third-party instrumentation and navigation sources. Its environmentally hardened servos allow installation in various airframes, even in harsh conditions. The system’s scalable architecture lets you configure its components for the desired level of capability, ensuring optimum smoothness and reduced pilot workload.
Guidance from compatible navigation sources (such as GTN™ 750 or GTN 650) enables the GFC 600 system to fly precision, non precision, and GPS-guided approaches, holds, procedure turns, missed approaches, and more. Built-in GPS roll steering capability ensures smoother navigation tracking without the need for external roll steering converters. Flight director cues are displayed as command bars on compatible flight displays, offering visual guidance during manual flight. A remotely-installed Takeoff/Go-around (TOGA) button supports automatic pitch attitude capture for missed approaches.
Control Your Avionics Stack
The GFC 600 package includes a compact autopilot controller for mode and function selection. Backlit keys and a sunlight-readable annunciator display ensure visibility in various conditions. An up/down control wheel on the unit allows precise adjustment of aircraft pitch, airspeed, and vertical speed modes. A stand-alone mode annunciator is available for installations where the autopilot controller isn’t within the pilot’s primary field of view. The controller features a dedicated LVL mode button to automatically return the aircraft to level flight.
An Autopilot That Knows It’s Limits
With the autopilot engaged, GFC 600 offers overspeed and underspeed protection. In high airspeed situations, it adjusts pitch attitude to prevent further airspeed increase. Similarly, it provides underspeed (stall) protection by reducing pitch attitude during a missed approach sequence.
Hand-Fly with Stability Protection
Garmin ESP assists in maintaining safe, flight-stable conditions during manual flight. It nudges controls toward stable flight when deviations exceed recommended limits or underspeed/overspeed conditions occur. After a specified activation period, the autopilot engages with the flight director in level mode, avoiding stall/spin scenarios. ESP can be manually disabled for intentional maneuvers.
Silky Smooth Servo Control
The integrated “smart” servos apply control inputs as commanded by the autopilot, resulting in faster and more powerful response. The GFC 600 servos incorporate brushless DC motors, enhancing system efficiency and reducing maintenance/inspection requirements. The servos provide minimal control system friction when the autopilot is disengaged, allowing easy hand-flying.
The GFC 600 system offers unprecedented value in a retrofit autopilot solution. Supported by a comprehensive warranty and industry-leading product support, it’s a system you can fly with confidence. With supplemental type certification (STC) for various aircraft models, selecting an approved installation is straightforward. Consult your authorized Garmin installation center for configuring a GFC 600 system for your aircraft.
Bring New Levels of Autopilot Capability and Reliability to Your Aircraft
*Including underspeed and overspeed protection, a dedicated return-to-level (LVL) mode button, Garmin ESP™ (Electronic Stability and Protection), Smart Rudder Bias capability¹, Flight Director (FD), coupled approaches, and missed approaches when paired with a compatible navigator, and more.
**Integrates with G600/G500 and TXi series glass flight displays, Garmin navigators, and various third-party equipment.
***As well as pitch trim (automatic and manual electric trim); the addition of an optional fourth servo adds yaw damp capability.
¹Smart Rudder Bias requires G500 TXi or G600 TXi PFD and engine indication system.