Garmin Introduces G3X Touch
New Touchscreen Glass cockpit for LSA
At Sun 'n Fun 2014 in Lakeland, Fla., Garmin introduced the next-generation glass cockpit for LSA applications, the G3X Touch.†
The G3X Touch, which is available in up to a three-screen configuration, has high-resolution†10.6-inch flight displays with split-screen functionality and a host of advanced interface options.†The display bezel contains four dedicated buttons and two rotary knobs, giving users the option of using a combination of touch and traditional knobs and soft keys. †
The system has split-screen mode with the option to view PFD, MFD and engine information on a single display. Garminís SVX (synthetic vision) is a standard feature on G3X Touch and provides a three-dimensional depiction of terrain, obstacles, water features and the runway environment. The G3X Touch also displays VFR Sectionals and IFR Enroute Charts.
A version of G3X Touch also includes SiriusXM Aviation Weather and Radio capability, which displays NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, TFRs, winds aloft, and other in-flight weather and entertainment. The new GDL39Ró a remote ADS-B receiveróis also compatible with G3X Touch.
The G3X Touch †interfaces with the Garmin GMC305 autopilot, allowing access to all autopilot modes from the touchscreen display, including indicated airspeed hold, yaw damper, flight director and level modes. Touchscreen control functionality for the remote-mounted GTX 23 ES transponder is also provided on the display. †
A composite video connection (BNC) is provided, which provides a way to connect to the VIRB, Garminís HD action camera or other compatible camera, to show video in the PFD inset window or on the MFD.
Garmin says the new G3X Touch displays, which start at $5499, can be easily interfaced with older G3X components without having to rewire the interface. The†G3X Touch with EIS (engine instrumentation system) starts at $6,099. The GTR 20 remote comm transceiver option is available for $995 and the GI 260 AOA indicator is $249.
Five light sport aircraft manufacturers encompassing 13 aircraft models have chosen the G3X Touch†as an avionics option.†These include Van's Aircraft, Cub Crafters, Flight Design, Pipistrel and Tecnam.†