Garmin Autoland for small planes

The Garmin is an American multinational technology company. It has a presence in the technology space since 1989. The company recently introduced new landing technology, Garmin Autoland.

Garmin Autoland Screen
Garmin Autoland Screen

Furthermore, the company is continuously researching on aviation safety systems. The new technologies keep everyone onboard safer. The advanced capabilities also make flying easier and stress-free.

In addition, this product comes under Garmin Autonomi. A new range of products that adds automation and safety-enhancing tools to passengers and pilots.

Overview Garmin Autoland

The Garmin Autoland is a revolutionary technology. It keeps passengers and pilots safe. The flying is rewarding on its own. You can go to places in very little time. When flying with the family, colleague, or flying for business, all responsibility comes to pilots. They must keep everyone safe.

So, now the new technology is here to keep everyone safe and protected. It’s the Garmin Autoland. This technology takes control of the entire plane when the pilot is not capable of flying. Then it lands the Airplane automatically on its own.

Here is how it works?

First of all, the system monitors the pilot’s interaction with the aircraft. It automatically activates in case if it senses the pilot is non-responsive. Even the passengers on aircraft can manually activate the system by just pressing a button.

Autoland starts with the push of a button
Autoland starts with the push of a button

Furthermore, the system then informs passengers about its activation by an electronic voice. It also tells passengers that the emergency Autoland system is now in control of the entire aircraft. The Autoland then takes complete control of the aircraft.

The system then searches the best possible airport for landing. During the selection of airports, the system considers multiple factors. Those factors include the runway size, weather, time, wind direction, glide path, and fuel range.

Then, it automatically communicates with an air traffic controller and transmits appropriate transponder codes. The system also keeps updating passengers about flight progress.

Furthermore, it also shows time to land on the screen. The Autoland then flies the aircraft autonomously to the approach. The system lands aircraft on the runway and applies brakes automatically. The system completely stops the aircraft and brings it to a standstill.

The working of this technology is more complex but only appears simple as we read it. It involves lots of algorithms and years of research. The system also requires other inhouse technology that works together to achieve a safe landing.


First of all, the system is designed to land the aircraft only in emergency situations. It is not recommended to use it when the pilot is capable to land the aircraft. The Autoland searches for airports within a range of 200 nautical miles. Hence, in case you are flying over the sea, the system will not be able to land aircraft. This is because it has limitations on the range.

Furthermore, Autoland will not function if the aircraft fuel is depleted. In the case of mechanical failures, the system will not work. The system also requires flight controls to move freely when the system is active. The Garmin Autoland also requires Garmin Avionics and AFCS systems operational to land the aircraft safely.

Watch Garmin Autoland in action

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