Pacific Coast Avionics offers the new Garmin G3X Touch EFIS system for experimental or light sport (LSA) aircraft. G3X Touch is a large touchscreen, glass flight display system featuring easy-to-read, easy-to-use, high-resolution 10.6-inch flight displays with split-screen functionality and a host of advanced interface options. G3X EFIS displays are available in three formats-10.6" landscape, 7" landscape, and 7" portrait–and all systems are available as a single or multiple displays. The systems include GDU-4XX display(s), GSU-25 ADAHRS, GMU-11 Magnetometer, and GTP-59 OAT. Please note that GEA-24 Engine Interface Unit and all Install Kits are sold separately.
Large Touch Display
Since G3X Touch is scalable and easily configurable, pilots can choose to install one, two, or even up to three G3X Touch displays in their panel. Incorporating the latest in infrared touchscreen technology, the display offers a resilient, high-resolution, sunlight readable screen that demonstrates Garmin’s industry-leading experience in integrated flight decks. The touchscreen provides a simple user-interface, which is easy to learn and offers efficient access to information. The bezel contains four dedicated buttons and two rotary knobs, which provide increased efficiency in performing common in-flight functions like direct-to navigation, setting altitude, changing heading or radio tuning.
Enhanced Functionality and Situational Awareness
The G3X Touch display provides pilots with an intuitive split-screen mode with the option to view PFD, MFD, and engine information on a single display. Synthetic vision (SVX™) is a standard feature on G3X Touch, which provides a rich, three-dimensional depiction of terrain, obstacles, water features, the runway environment, and more. G3X Touch conveniently displays VFR Sectionals and IFR Enroute Charts, which provide pertinent information in-flight while on an IFR or VFR flight plan. 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. The new GDL 39R (remotely mounted ADS-B receiver) is also compatible with G3X Touch and offers pilots an excellent solution to display ADS-B traffic and subscription-free weather.
Seamless Integration and Familiar Interface
G3X Touch interfaces with Garmin’s industry-leading experimental autopilot, which gives pilots autopilot control through the touchscreen interface, while still supporting the optional, stand-alone GMC 305 autopilot control panel. G3X Touch gives 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. Team X has incorporated a user-interface that is similar to other Garmin touchscreen aviation products, so pilots can easily find pertinent in-flight information quickly.
New Comm Radio and AOA Indicator Support
Tucked away behind G3X Touch, pilots can choose to integrate the new GTR 20 remote transceiver for added functionality. The GTR 20 offers pilots an ideal solution for a clear, powerful communication radio and intercom, which is controlled from the G3X Touch display. The 10-watt radio provides advanced features such as 3D audio, stereo intercom, stereo music input, alert inputs, and standby frequency monitoring. Even more, 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. The combination of the remote comm transceiver and transponder provide pilots the option to fly VFR with everything they need controlled from the display of G3X Touch, saving space and offering an immaculate panel. 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.
In addition to G3X, the 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. In conjunction with G3X Touch, the GI 260 is designed to give pilots a quick, at-a-glance understanding of AOA during critical phases of flight and offers audible alerts during high-workload situations. The GI-260 Angle-Of-Attack system is expected in June 2014.