Garmin unveils G3X Touch

Garmin has introduced the G3X Touch, a large touchscreen, glass flight display system for installation in experimental amateur-built and light-sport aircraft (LSA).

The non-certified G3X Touch system offers pilots high-resolution 10.6-inch flight displays with split-screen functionality and a host of advanced interface options, according to company officials.

Since G3X Touch is scalable and easily configurable, pilots can choose to install up to three G3X Touch displays in their panel, Garmin officials noted. Incorporating the latest in infrared touchscreen technology, the display offers a sunlight readable screen.

The bezel contains four dedicated buttons and two rotary knobs, which increases efficiency in performing common in-flight functions like direct-to navigation, setting altitude, changing heading or radio tuning, officials said.

Synthetic vision (SVX) is a standard feature on G3X Touch, which provides a three-dimensional depiction of terrain, obstacles, water features, the runway environment, and more. G3X Touch displays VFR Sectionals and IFR Enroute Charts. A version of G3X Touch also includes SiriusXM Aviation Weather and Radio capability, which allows pilots to receive NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, TFRs, winds aloft, and more. SiriusXM Satellite Radio is also accessible via G3X Touch. Both weather and audio capabilities require purchase of a subscription from SiriusXM Satellite Radio Inc.

Garmin’s new GDL 39R remotely mounted ADS-B receiver is also compatible with G3X Touch and offers pilots a solution to display ADS-B traffic and subscription-free weather.

G3X Touch interfaces with Garmin’s experimental autopilot, giving pilots 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 provided on the display as well.

Tucked away behind G3X Touch, pilots can choose to integrate the new GTR 20 remote transceiver for added functionality. The GTR 20 offers pilots a solution radio and intercom, which is controlled from the G3X Touch display. The 10-watt radio provides features such as 3D audio, stereo intercom, stereo music input, alert inputs, and standby frequency monitoring.

Frequency identification is available on the display of G3X Touch so identifiers such as “KOSH ATIS” are displayed as the pilot tunes the frequency.

For pilots who have incorporated the GTR 200 panel mount comm radio into their panel, full touchscreen control is also available through G3X Touch.

G3X Touch AOAThe new G3X Touch can display angle of attack (AOA) information, when installed with the GSU 25 ADAHRS and GAP 26 probe. Optionally, the new GI 260 angle of attack indicator provides pilots with a visualized indication of AOA using a combination of colors and chevrons and may be mounted on the glare shield in the primary field of view. The AOA system offers progressive audible and visual alerts as the aircraft nears the critical angle of attack.

Current G3X customers have the opportunity to upgrade to the G3X Touch system. Because the same sensors and connectors from G3X are incorporated into G3X Touch, customers can 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 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 encompassing 13 aircraft models offer G3X Touch as an option, including: Van’s Aircraft, CubCrafters, Flight Design, Pipistrel, and Tecnam.

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. The GTR 20 remote comm transceiver is available for $995 and the GI 260 AOA indicator is available for $249.

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  1. Dave Hill says

    Great news for two reasons; first, prices are competitive, secondly, Garmin recognizes that Light Sport & Experimental is where most of the new future aircraft are going to come from. I’m about two or years away from finishing my building project and it will be very interesting to see what will be on the market when I get ready to buy instruments for my panel. Thanks for post. Now I’m convinced not to buy anything until I’m ready.

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