Garmin G5 software update

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  1. Russell MacDonald

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    I just found out there is a new Garmin G5 software Update 6.0.

    If you have a certified G5 in your panel, the pilot/owner/operator is allowed to update per the STC instructions. Here's the link:

    https://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=10739#Instruct

    When you install this update, it includes all the previous updates for the G5, GAD 29B, GMC 507, GSA 28, and GMU 11. The update process is very simple and takes about 1 minute per G5. When you do the update in the G5, it automatically updates all the other units listed. I've done it six times with no issues, and each time the operation of the G5 system has been noticeably better in numerous respects.

    Here are all the changes made since V2.2:

    Change History
    Changes made from version 5.70 to 6.00:
    • Improved VOR TO/FROM flag operation for NAV radios connected via RS-232
    • General improvements to system operation
    • Includes update to GAD 29 software version 3.10
    • Includes update to GMC 507 software version 2.80
    • Includes update to GSA 28 software version 4.30
    • Includes GMU 11 software version 2.00
    Changes made from version 5.60 to 5.70:
    • Improved GMC 507 pre-flight test processing
    • General improvements to system operation
    • Includes update to GMC 507 software version 2.60
    • Includes GAD 29 software version 3.00
    • Includes GMU 11 software version 2.00
    • Includes GSA 28 software version 4.10
    Changes made from version 5.50 to 5.60:
    • Improved contrast of vertical deviation indicator
    • Improved flight director command display across multiple displays that use different attitude sources
    • Improved NMEA date/time output prior to initial GPS fix
    • Improved GMC 507 attitude monitoring
    • General improvements to system operation
    • Includes update to GMC 507 software version 2.50
    • Includes GAD 29 software version 3.00
    • Includes GMU 11 software version 2.00
    • Includes GSA 28 software version 4.10
    Changes made from version 5.20 to 5.50:
    • Added support for G500/TXI integration
    • Added support for GTN VNAV guidance
    • Added config mode indication that aircraft is in motion during magnetometer calibration
    • Improved CAN bus error reporting
    • Improved VHF NAV radio RS-232 OBS course data output
    • General improvements to system operation
    • Includes update to GMC 507 software version 2.40
    • Includes GAD 29 software version 3.00
    • Includes GMU 11 software version 2.00
    • Includes GSA 28 software version 4.10
    Changes made from version 5.00 to 5.20:
    • Added support for GSA 28 yaw damper in certified aircraft installations
    • Improved GAD 29B analog heading/course datum outputs
    • Improved battery status display
    • Changed glideslope deviation to be hidden when not flying inbound on localizer course
    • General improvements to system operation
    • Includes update to GMC 507 software version 2.20
    • Includes update to GSA 28 software version 4.10
    • Includes GAD 29 software version 3.00
    • Includes GMU 11 software version 2.00
    Changes made from version 4.10 to 5.00:
    • Added support for GMC 507 AFCS mode control panel
    • Added support for GSA 28 trim servos
    • Added support for flight director VOR, LOC, and GS modes
    • Added display of AFCS pre-flight test status
    • Added support for additional configuration for certified aircraft installations
    • Added ability to display AFCS data on all displays when multiple displays are present
    • Improved status message display
    • Improved ESP operation
    • General improvements to system operation
    • Includes update to GMC 507 software version 2.10
    • Includes update to GSA 28 software version 4.00
    • Includes GAD 29 software version 3.00
    • Includes GMU 11 software version 2.00
    Changes made from version 3.20 to 4.10:
    • Added support for GAD 29B and analog autopilot interface with GPSS
    • Added option to configure roll indicator for sky pointer or ground pointer
    • Added ability to adjust pitch/roll calibration without leveling aircraft
    • Added ability to configure unit yaw installation offset for use in angled panels
    • Added display of battery status on backlight adjustment page
    • Added 'EFIS/Airdata 2' ARINC 429 output format
    • Changed battery status display when battery is unable to charge
    • Changed selected track bug symbol
    • Improved heading tape bug indicator display
    • Improved altitude display when adjusting baro setting
    • Improved HSI page data field display
    • Improved configuration of hectopascal pressure units
    • General improvements to system operation
    • Includes GAD 29 software version 3.00
    • Includes GMU 11 software version 2.00
    • Includes GSA 28 software version 3.20
    Changes made from version 3.10 to 3.20:
    • Improved display of battery status
    • Improved attitude calculation
    • General improvements to system operation
    • Includes GAD29 software version 2.30
    • Includes GMU11 software version 2.00
    • Includes GSA28 software version 3.20
    Changes made from version 2.70 to 3.10:
    • Added support for GMU11 magnetometer
    • Added ability to reset to factory defaults
    • Added auto-slew support to sync VLOC course when switching from GPS to VLOC
    • Improved VHF radio VOR bearing display
    • Improved display of HDG and GPS fields on PFD
    • Improved display of LOI/DR and MSG/WPT indicators on HSI
    • Save PFD heading bug, track bug, and VLOC course through power cycles
    • General improvements to system operation
    • Includes GAD29 software version 2.30
    • Includes GMU11 software version 2.00
    • Includes GSA28 software version 3.20
    Changes made from version 2.60 to 2.70:
    • Improved GPS aiding from GTN and GNS navigators
    • General improvements to system operation
    Changes made from version 2.40 to 2.60:
    • Added configuration option to disable VLOC course selection on standalone unit
    • Changed VLOC course to use decoded OBS setting from MapMX input, if available
    • Changed flight director TO mode to disengage autopilot when activated
    • Changed flight director GA mode to disengage autopilot if minimum airspeed limit is not configured
    • Improved attitude calculation
    • General improvements to system operation
    • Includes GSA 28 software version 3.20
    Changes made from version 2.20 to 2.40:
    • Added display of CDI scale and GPS navigation source annunciations to HSI
    • Added support for Text Out RS-232 format
    • Added configuration setting to allow display of navigation data with a GDU display is present
    • Added configuration setting to hide HSI page
    • Added configuration setting to hide navigation data
    • Added configuration setting to inhibit user pitch offset
    • Added synchronization of TRK bug between multiple units
    • Improved flight director GPS mode when IFR GPS is navigating a heading leg
    • Improved attitude sensor processing
    • Improved GPS receiver performance
    • Improved GSA 28 software update process
    • Improved visibility of VNAV deviation indicator
    • Improved horizontal and vertical deviation data
    • General improvements to system operation
    • Includes GSA 28 software version 3.20
     
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    Well that's cool. I wonder if they'll start allowing that on other units too... I'd love to update my GTN, and the avionics shop is up to their ears in ADS-B installs.
     
  3. bradg33

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    If you poke around enough, you can find instructions on how to update your GTN on your own (and access to the firmware itself). Of course, you're only "allowed" to do so if you have an experimental airplane...
     
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    Just curious the update seems to be for the G5 as a DG. Is there anything new or reason to update if you only use it as an AI?
     
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    It's for both. If you only update one, you will get an error when you power them on for a software mismatch.
     
  6. Russell MacDonald

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    I think that many of the changes affected both HSI (HI,DG) and AI functions, and if you have any of the other items that are also updated, lots of changes were made to each of them, as well. The overall system runs much more smoothly now at V6.0 than V5.0 when first installed.

    Also, your software version could be several versions older than V6.0, and when you update it does all of the previous updates. Some of the previous updates clearly affect the AI. One that I recall enhanced the glide path indication on the AI, which made a big difference to its ease of use.

    So, I think it makes sense to update even if you have only the AI.