Garmin Autonomi has introduced a new automated navigation system named “Autoland Activation” that is able to automatically land small planes in a safe place with the push of a button, this new function could be a real help for the pilot or a life saver in emergency condition.
The “Autoland Activation” is developed by the US-based tech giant Garmin that is a specialist in developing GPS based software and devices.
How it works?
If a passenger presses the Autoland button, the system considers factors like weather, fuel on board, runway surface and length, terrain and obstacles and determines the best place to land. It can then guide the plane through the landing. It alerts Air Traffic Control, so help can be waiting on the ground and so that other planes can be diverted it also talks passengers through what’s happening in easy-to-understand language, displaying a map and providing updates.
This feature could also be a help for self pilots, the system will automatically trigger if it determines the pilot is incapacitated and the system can be cancelled with easy.
Autoland is still pending for FAA approval and it will be available in the G3000 flight deck on the Cirrus Vision Jet and the Piper M600. You can also add this feature to the Garmin G3000 cockpit for an additional cost.
These features are not new like the Autopilot system is also capable of landing the plane but it requires some performance to be done while Garmin’s Autoland Activation is more like an emergency backup system for pilots.