March 27, 2014 - Garmin announced this week the G3X Touch large touchscreen, glass flight display system for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft (LSA).
The non-certified system offers pilots easy-to-read, easy-to-use, high-resolution 10.6-inch flight displays with split-screen functionality, and a host of advanced interface options at a competitive price.
The G3X was developed by Garmin's 'Team X' experimental engineering team, composed of pilots and homebuilders. "Team X listened to the requests of our customers and as builders themselves - designing products for the activity they love - have delivered a large, intuitive touchscreen flight display, which offers a number of enhanced capabilities that give our amateur-built and light sport customers what they asked for, and more," said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing."
Four dedicated buttons and two rotary knobs on the bezel provide common in-flight functions like direct-to navigation, setting altitude, changing heading, or radio tuning. An intuitive split-screen mode offers the option to view PFD, MFD, and engine information on a single display. Synthetic vision (SVX) is a standard feature, providing a rich, three-dimensional depiction of terrain, obstacles, water features, the runway environment, and more.
Current G3X owners can easily integrate the new display with their existing ADAHRS, engine indicating systems (EIS), and autopilot so there is no need to replace existing equipment behind the panel. GPS and XM antennas installed on an existing G3X system conveniently plug into the back of the new display without the need for cabling or antenna changes. A composite video connection (BNC) is provided, which provides a way to connect to VIRB, Garmin's HD action camera or other compatible camera, to show video in the PFD inset window or on the MFD.
Five LSA manufacturers will offer G3X Touch as an option, including: Van's Aircraft (RV 12); CubCrafters (Carbon Cub); Flight Design (C4, CTLS); Pipistrel (Panthera Experimental Version, Virus 912, Virus SW, Sinus 912, Sinus Flex); Tecnam (P2008, P92 Eaglet, ASTORE, P92 Tail Dragger).
A well-equipped, single display G3X Touch system, which includes SVX, video input, a built-in WAAS GPS receiver, ADAHRS, magnetometer, OAT probe, interactive mapping and more, starts at $5,499 and G3X Touch with EIS starts at $6,099.