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H5000 Pilot Computer Software Update

B&G is pleased to announce the arrival of the latest software suite for the H5000 Pilot system. The latest software package provides multiple new features, enhancements and fixes for field issues reported by users, customers and Navico’s internal SQA teams.

Following the success of the last Vendee Globe race, the H5000 Pilot Computer has been enhanced by the addition of failsafe sources and allowing the following variables to be outputted to the displays and for logging, giving the advanced user the ability to monitor and analyse individual elements of the Pilot setup.

Active Perf Mode
Gust Bear Away
TWS Bear Away
Heel Compensation
Pilot Net Course
Pilot Target Wind Angle
Pilot Weather Helm
Pilot Mean Heel

Full release notes are available here.

Summary of Updates:

H5000 Pilot Computer


* Added Failsafe Modes for the primary inputs (Boat Speed, Heading and GPS) meaning that should any of these sources fail, the Pilot will automatically change over to the secondary source.

* Output internal data variables to the Network for displaying and logging via the H5000 CPU.

Following reliability engineering work with our Mechanical R&D and Production teams, we have identified improvements in the manufacturing process for the H5000 Pilot Keypad. These improvements were implemented into production units a few months ago and have shown themselves to be effective in the field. Any H5000 Pilot Keypad manufactured after the 19th August 2016 contains these design improvements. The unit packaging contains the date of manufacture printed on the label as shown below. Alternatively, the first serial number of the H5000 Pilot Keypad with these enhancements is 107213220.


  • Improved the low level NMEA 2000 handling, which in some intermittent circumstances could cause a “No Autopilot Computer” alarm to be raised. NOTE: “No Autopilot Computer” messages are raised when the regular “heartbeat” status message transmitted by the autopilot computer is not received at an individual display unit within the timeout period.

Software upgrade installation instructions can be found in the 'H5000 CPU Installation Manual'

Software updates may be performed using the Navico SWUP PC tool. You will need the latest version of the SWUP tool to enable reprogramming of H5000. Please contact your service contact if you require assistance in obtaining SWUP or updating the software.

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Last UpdatedSeptember 12, 2018
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