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Driven by customer input, Textron Aviation announced it is bringing the revolutionary Garmin Emergency Autoland system to its new Beechcraft Denali single-engine turboprop. The new feature is being implemented into the aircraft’s development and flight test program and will be available as a standard feature at the time of entry into service. Beechcraft Denali gets Garmin Emergency Autoland.

The Garmin Emergency Autoland system is the world’s first certified system of its kind. It allows an aircraft to land automatically in the event of pilot incapacitation. A passenger can activate the Emergency Autoland system by pressing a dedicated button in the cockpit. Once activated, the system immediately takes control of the aircraft and informs ATC of the emergency. It then calculates a flight path to the most suitable airport or runway while avoiding terrain and adverse weather. It initiates a stabilized approach and automatically lands the aircraft, stopping it before shutting down the engine.

Garmin International earned the prestigious 2020 Robert J. Collier Trophy for Garmin Autoland.

Textron Aviation is aligning Beechcraft Denali aircraft certification timing, expected in 2025, to the certification timeline for the new Catalyst engine, a product of Avio Aero – part of GE Aerospace. The Denali is the first aircraft powered by this engine. ? The Denali flight test certification program features three flight test articles. The three flight test aircraft have surpassed 1,300 flight hours.

We have been following this program since it was first introduced in 2016.  Its gestation has been rather long.  Certainly long than planned.

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