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New From Garmin: Added Functions For G3X Glass Panel; App For Wx Routing

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The Garmin folks are at the Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Fla., this week with two announcements -- add-on capabilities for the G3X glass panel that was introduced last year, and a new app for the iPhone that overlays your flight route directly onto weather information. Users of the G3X now can add an engine information system (EIS) and an integrated autopilot interface that were designed specifically for the G3X. The result, according to Garmin, is "an affordable way for experimental and light sport aircraft (LSA) pilots to bring Garmin integration and quality into their cockpit." The EIS can be added on to existing systems with a free software download and the installation of a sensor kit, both of which will be available next month for most of the popular engine types. The new integrated autopilot interface will be available next month as a free software upgrade. Click here for more details from Garmin and click here for a preview of an upcoming review of the G3X by Kitplanes editor Marc Cook. The basic G3X system starts at $9,995. The new app for the iPhone or iPod Touch is called Pilot My-Cast and provides aviation weather, flight planning, and flight filing capabilities, and it is available now.

"We've designed the iPhone and iPod Touch version of Pilot My-Cast from the ground up," said Craig Burfeind, president of Digital Cyclone, a subsidiary of Garmin. "Our customers range from the student pilot who has taken their introductory flight to executives of general aviation companies. Pilots who use Pilot My-Cast tell us they can't live without it. They appreciate that we tailor the information to their flight. They input their route, and then Pilot My-Cast overlays the flight path with the weather -- no other aviation weather app gives pilots this much customization." The app is downloadable from the app store, for a monthly fee of $9.99, or an annual subscription of $99.99. For more details, click here for Garmin's news release.

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