Garmin Unveils New MFD

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Garmin has introduced the GMX 200, a new multi-function-display it says improves upon its popular MX20 with a bigger, easier-to-read display and better control and function features. The MFD will show every conceivable physical feature and navaid on a high resolution backlit screen that displays vivid colors and contrast in all lighting conditions in views from a quarter of a mile to 2,500 miles, says the company. "The GMX 200 concentrates information from different sources on one remarkable display" said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "The unit is easy-to-use and provides operators with an extra margin of safety in the cockpit." Too much information? Just dial it back. The device features a single button that the pilot uses to select or deselect features on the display and a rotary knob controls scalability and data input. The MFD comes preloaded with worldwide terrain, mapping and Jeppesen charts and updates are handled through an SD card slot. A split screen function allows data to be sorted and organized to the pilot's preference. STC is expected this summer and the starting price will be about $9,000.