It’s time to rethink what’s possible in your panel. Now, with Garmin’s G3X system, pilots of experimental/kitbuilt and light sport aircraft are finding they can comfortably afford to fly with the very latest in electronic “glass cockpit” capabilities. Adapting proven technology from Garmin’s top-of-the-line integrated flight deck systems, the G3X offers a full range of upgrade solutions to fit your panel, priorities and budget.
A Complete Silicon Suite
Designed around the GDU 370/375 series of panel-mount displays, the G3X suite provides an easy-to-install, non-TSO’d option that lets you grow your system as your needs and budget dictate. For example, you can start with a single glass display that combines full primary flight (PFD) attitude/directional guidance with electronic engine monitoring and detailed moving-map multifunction (MFD) capabilities. Then, should you choose to expand your cockpit configuration, you can opt for separate PFD and MFD screens – or even add a co-pilot’s flight display. A built-in network interface allows up to three displays to be interlinked in the panel, with full reversionary backup for added safety and redundancy.
Highly Evolved. Not Highly Expensive
Simplicity meets sophistication in the G3X flight deck. Combining flexible architecture with a G1000-like interface, the multi-tasking GDU features a big 7-inch high-definition WVGA screen, built-in high-sensitivity GPS receiver, rotary joystick cursor control for data entry, redundant power inputs, and softkeys for mode selection. There’s a front-loading SD card slot for easy software and database updates. Plus, a built-in aviation basemap helps provide realistic visual reference – identifying cities, roads, rivers, lakes, and other ground features along your flight path. You can choose topographic VFR or airway-style IFR map modes. And for enhanced enroute safety, there’s a built-in terrain elevation database that uses color-coding to alert you as you approach potentially hazardous terrain. Both overhead and vertical profile views of this data are graphically depicted on the terrain page. What’s more, by adding a Garmin GTX 330 Mode S transponder, your G3X can even display Traffic Information Service (TIS) alerts to help identify other aircraft in proximity to your position.
Solid-State ADAHRS Makes Gyros Obsolete
The G3X system uses the latest in GPS-aided digital ADAHRS (Air Data and Attitude Heading and Reference Systems). Leveraging solid-state sensors and sophisticated attitude determination and integrity monitoring algorithms used in Garmin’s high-end G1000 system, the G3X’s ADAHRS provides highly accurate and reliable referencing of your aircraft position, rate, vector and acceleration data. Better still, the complete sensor package – ADAHRS and EIS engine monitoring¹, plus magnetometer and temperature probe – takes up just a fraction of the space and weight previously required by conventional gyro-based instrument systems.
Navigate with Electronic Charts
In addition to its detailed terrain map, the G3X system comes preloaded with SafeTaxi® airport diagrams and includes an initial update of Garmin FliteCharts®. The FliteCharts offer NACO-format IFR approach plates and terminal procedures for airports throughout the U.S. (Note: FliteCharts will disable when the data is over 6 months out-of-date). Garmin SafeTaxi gives you detailed taxiway maps and geo-referenced position information for over 900 U.S. airports. Plus, there’s also AOPA Airport Directory data that offers detailed information on over 7,400 U.S. airports, along with airports of entry for Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
So Many Ways to Connect
To create the ideal glass package for your aircraft, the G3X will integrate seamlessly with a wide array of Garmin avionics and sensors. The affordable SL40 VHF Comm or SL30 Nav/Comm units offer space-saving 1.3-inch high formats that fit easily in most smaller panels. To augment the G3X’s non-TSO’d internal VFR GPS, you can opt to add Garmin’s popular GNS 430W or 530W WAAS-certified IFR GPS/Nav/Comm units for even more capability. Another great choice is the GMA 240 non-TSO’d audio panel: It supports dual COMM and NAV receivers, has two music inputs, and lets you hear G3X audio alerts through your headset. You can even connect cellphone calls or iPod/MP3/XM Radio players – which the system will override with instant muting when radio transmissions are received from ATC.
Watch for Flying Weather
Weather is always moving and changing. So, the Garmin G3X system makes weather watching easier with optional XM™ WX satellite datalink capability (XM subscription required). It’s available with the GDU 375 display module, which features a built-in XM receiver. (The GDU 370 model does not include XM capability.)
Providing critical weather information for the U.S. and parts of Canada, the XM receiver offers you access to graphical NEXRAD imagery, METARS, TAFs, TFRs, winds aloft, echo tops, lightning strikes, storm cell data, and more. (Subscriptions required; sold separately) The graphical weather data can be overlaid directly on the MFD’s topographic map. And there’s even a user interface that lets you use the XM receiver to enjoy more than 170 channels of digital inflight entertainment via XM Radio. All in all, it’s a smarter, safer and infinitely more enjoyable way to fly.
Garmin G3X: Flying with a full deck just got easier.
¹Engine/Airframe interfaces: Support is planned for sensors commonly used on Lycoming, Continental, Rotax, and Jabiru engines