GARMIN G3X TOUCH APPROVED
The Garmin G3X Touch has been approved for more then 500 aircraft as it continues to grow in popularity, being first introduced to general aviation in 2014, it offers several panel configurations, and it includes wireless connectivity and synthetic vision, as well as optional display redundancy, advanced autopilot compatibility, and engine monitoring. Garmin also announced the new GNX 375 color touch-screen GPS navigators, enabling localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) and other Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) GPS-enabled instrument approaches in a compact, 6.25-inch-wide-by-two-inch-tall size that allows easy replacement of many non-WAAS legacy GPS navigators. The GNX 375 adds an integral transponder that provides Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out, as well as dual-frequency ADS-B In. Intended for certificated aircraft weighing 6,000 pounds or less, and experimental/amateur-built (EAB) aircraft, the GNX 375 have STC approval for more than 700 aircraft makes and models. The G3X Touch can be configured with a large 10.6-inch display paired with a seven-inch display, providing primary flight display (PFD) and dedicated multifunction display (MFD) capability. Dual seven-inch displays also can serve as dedicated PFDs/MFDs or, for limited space, a single 10.6-inch or seven-inch display can be installed. Multiple displays offer redundancy and reversionary operation, as a single display can show all primary flight information—including optional engine information. Garmin’s synthetic vision comes standard on all G3X Touch displays and provides a rich, 3-D depiction of terrain, obstacles, water features, and the runway environment; it also can serve as a standalone VFR navigator with vertical navigation capabilities that allow pilots to generate a vertical descent profile. Garmin Connext allows wireless flight plan transfer and sharing of traffic, weather, and back-up attitude information with a compatible tablet or smartphone. The G3X Touch can serve as an attitude source for Garmin’s GFC 500 autopilot, in place of the G5 electronic flight instrument. Installed with a G3X Touch, the GFC 500 provides auto-trim, flight director, airspeed climbs and descents, dedicated level mode, Garmin Electronic Stability and Protection, and underspeed and overspeed protection. The GFC 500 is available as an option for select Beechcraft Bonanza, Cessna 172/182/210, Grumman AA-5, Mooney M20, and Piper PA–28 models, with additional certifications underway. The G3X Touch can control up to two com radios, including the GNC 255 Nav/Com and the GTR 225 Com, as well as the GTN 650/750. By adding Garmin’s GEA 24, it can display primary engine information. List asking prices (HARDWARE ONLY) for the G3X Touch start at $7,995 for a single seven-inch display and $9,995 for a 10.6-inch display, including install kit, GPS antenna, AHRS sensor, and magnetometer. These prices will be available in the next update of VREF. The new /GNX 375 navigators are designed to easily replace earlier-generation products such as Garmin’s iconic GPS 150/155 series, as well as the GX 50/55 and KLN 89/90/94 series. Aircraft owners can retain many existing flight instruments, audio panels, and legacy CDI/EHSI indicators such as the KI 209—or pair the navigator with a new or existing flight display like the G5 or G3X Touch. They also are compatible with the GFC 500 and GFC 600 autopilots and select third-party autopilots. The GNX 375’s integrated ADS-B allows pilots to view ADS-B traffic and weather on compatible devices. The GNX 375 are scheduled to be available from Garmin dealers in April with list asking price of $7,995 (HARDWARE ONLY). These prices will be available in the next update of VREF.