When Garmin released its incredible new safety utility, autoland, and two aircraft manufacturers, Piper and Cirrus, announced its imminent certification in their flagship planes, the M600 SLS and the SF-50 Vision Jet, respectively, it was a big deal. A short while later, Daher announced its TBM 940 would have Autoland, as well. By my reading, at the time of its launch, it was the number one topic of conversation in aviation chat groups across the segments. Airline pilots, bush pilots, homebuilders, and the private Jet-A crowd were all talking about Autoland.
And now, the technology has won the Robert J. Collier Trophy for 2020 for the top achievement in aerospace. Garmin is beaming with pride over the selection.