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With a large array of the some of the best gear you can put in your panel Garmin is one of the most respected names in cockpit avionics. No wonder they are one of the leading suppliers of panel equipment in Light-Sport Aircraft.

When touchscreens first arrived in the Light-Sport Aircraft and light kit aircraft sectors in recent years, they found quick acceptance by a pilot population used to touchscreen smartphones and tablets. Of the new "touch" offerings, many found the G3X to be the best executed model available ... and the opinion has only grown stronger since Garmin debuted G3X Touch.

"Touch" Done Right -- G3X Touch is the panel mounted instrument many have come to love but it reflects a rich history with such capability from Garmin. Before G3X Touch, many embraced the 500-series aera portable (or dock-mountable) instruments or Garmin's larger 795 or 796 versions that are installed in many Light-Sport Aircraft and light kits. With any of these touch-capable Garmin units, you get a full maps and so much more that you'll have to explore Garmin's website to know all the features. No wonder G3X turned out so well.

G3X Touch is a Winner! -- Ever since Garmin debuted their celebrated G3X, pilots have become even more enamored with with glass screens. Use your fingers to operate the elegant infrared touch method and gain access to a synthetic view primary flight display (PFD) with moving GPS-map plus full engine monitoring. You can also operate an autopilot, radios, and even the new VIRB camera to offer you a different viewpoints ... and you can see the camera view right on G3X (or turn it off it you don't want it). Garmin gear adds full ADS-B weather and traffic and the large company offers all this at remarkably good value.

Well Grounded, too -- Not to leave anything out, Garmin's smaller aera 500-series offers “dual boot” design, offering you driving guidance with your airplane instrument, all supported by preloaded City Navigator® NT street mapping. Operating much like Garmin’s popular nüvi® line of touchscreen auto navigators, the aera 500-series can offer voice-guided turn-by-turn directions with text-to-speech audio technology that calls out streets by name. How's that for versatility?

When some well-equipped pilots fly, they use G3X in their panel and carry a aero 500X for backup and for use when driving. It's all good with Garmin.

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  Garmin -- G3X Touch EFIS (0414)
Garmin is one of the most familiar brand names in Light-Sport Aircraft. Very popular devices include handhelds like the 496 (now aera) or iPad-like 796. For those who prefer permanently panel-mounted, a top choice is now the G3X with touchscreen capability. Garmin is a multibillion-dollar company but they've had to work to stay ahead of smaller but nimble competitors. Their G3X Touch is a very strong play to keep in the lead. Garmin's Jessica Cox walks us through some of the features of this grand new instrument.

Links to Articles

  SPLOG Garmin’s Bon Voyage to a Longtime Team Member, 08/15/2014
SPLOG begins: When a multibillion-dollar company makes an event out of your retirement ... well, that's quite something but more importantly it shows how much that enterprise valued your years. Many people inside Light-Sport or light kit aviation know Tim Casey , the
  SPLOG Final Newsbits Before AirVenture 2014 Starts, 07/26/2014
SPLOG begins: Garmin has a new smaller version of their very impressive G3X Touch. I examined this at Sun 'n Fun when it was debuted in the 10-inch screen and came away highly impressed after two reviews on videos. For a billion-dollar company Garmin remains passionately
  SPLOG Garmin Goes Touch with New G3X Avionics, 03/29/2014
SPLOG begins: For a billion-dollar, publicly-listed company Garmin (stock symbol: GRMN) has repeatedly displayed the nimbleness of a start-up enterprise. As if to prove this point Garmin announced several new products for the start of Sun 'n Fun. And for those of us
  SPLOG Are You D2?...Tiny Instruments from Dynon & Garmin, 10/09/2013
SPLOG begins: An amazing thing happened as we all prepared to go to AOPA last-ever annual show in the sprawling Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Two top suppliers to the LSA sector came out with products bearing almost the same name. However, they're quite different, fun,
  SPLOG Garmin Team X on a LSA Development Tear, 03/29/2013
SPLOG begins: Next month, in April 2013, the Light-Sport Aircraft industry celebrates an anniversary. It will be the eighth year since the first Special LSA approval was granted by an FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative in 2005. Evektor 's Sportstar was first,
  SPLOG Garmin's Radios Add Technology to Cockpits, 03/19/2013
SPLOG begins: Technology and radios seem to be obvious partners, don't they? In the old days of a few round dials to help a pilot operate his flying machine, the comm radio was perhaps the highest technology to enter the cockpit. Radios continued to improve over the
  SPLOG March 2013 LSA News Wrap, 03/11/2013
SPLOG begins: Several news items in our March 2013 LSA News Wrap and we'll get to it ... right after this: We're thrilled to tell you that — for the second month in a row — achieved another record. Despite fewer days, February substantially
  SPLOG Quick LSA Review of What's Expected at Oshkosh, 07/19/2012
SPLOG begins: I have several targets on my radar for follow-up at the big show that starts July 23rd. Here's a beforehand review; details will follow. |||| *** LSA seaplanes will generate plenty of interest, I think, with Icon 's latest announcements and the dreamy
  SPLOG VP-X Electronic Circuit Breaker meets EFIS, 03/02/2011
SPLOG begins: Vertical Power has a cool line of electronic circuit breakers that make it easy to monitor the status of your electrical system. *** With so many LSA going to glass cockpits, having general and specific information about the state of your electrics displayed
  SPLOG So Long GPS MAP 496; Hello New Aera!, 10/15/2010
SPLOG begins: Garmin is a company that, like its contemporaries in the computer or smartphone industries, does not sit still for long. Innovations and upgrades happen swiftly. *** Over the years, Garmin has become a staple of Light-Sport Aircraft. Stick your head inside
  SPLOG Tim Casey Explains All-Things Garmin, 10/13/2010
SPLOG begins: Tim Casey is just plain full of it. Garmin's jovial, well-recognized manager of the instrument company's aviation hand-held and LSA line of avionics products, is one knowledgeable character. In fact, he is so full of information that his one-hour seminar
  SPLOG IFR and LSA: Much Ado About... What?, 09/04/2010
SPLOG begins: I was mighty busy last week, talking about my blog regarding IFR-IMC on LSA . Whew! Sometimes I had useful discussions. Some of what I got was hate mail; a few took the shoot-the-messenger approach. What's all the furor about, exactly? *** Among my many
  SPLOG iCub, Meet Smart Cub, 09/02/2010
SPLOG begins: Those hard-working stalwarts at Legend , the number one U.S. producer of LSA, keep finding interesting things for folks like me to write about. • Trish Jackson is an Ohio native who flies Airbus freight carriers all over Europe. She learned flying
  SPLOG New EFIS for Light Sport, 04/03/2009
SPLOG begins: This week's Dallas AEA (Aircraft Electronics Assoc.) Convention has tons of cool new electronics . Of note to sport pilots is the G3X system from Garmin. It's a PFD (Primary Flight Display) and MFD (Multi Function Display) system that's built around Garmin's

Remos AG is the manufacturer of the next generation GXiS. This beautiful composite design built by German craftsmen offers excellent performance, light responsive handling, and a deluxe cockpit finish to please any aviator.

Flight Design USA imports CT, the top selling Light-Sport Aircraft. CT is a 98% carbon fiber design
with superb performance, roomy cockpit, great useful load, and a parachute as standard equipment ... the market leader for 10 years!

Sonex Aircraft is one of aviation's best-known brands offering exciting performance, easy building, prices to match the budgets of most pilots, and you will do business with some fine people. Taking years of success to new heights, Sonex debuted the "B" models with numerous upgrades.

The Airplane Factory (TAF) produces the Sling series of world-circling aircraft (literally) and now this fine-flying, all-metal beauty is available in the United States as a Special Light-Sport Aircraft. Here is an LSA to follow.

Glasair Aviation became famous for their Glasair series. Today the Washington state company is focused on the newer Sportsman in several varieties and on Merlin LSA. Later in 2017, buyers can buy a Merlin in fully-ready-to-fly form from this much-admired company renown for its top-tier customer service.

SilverLight Aviation created the first all-American gyroplane with modern sophistication and equipment, built by a proven expert. Gyroplanes like AR1 fly much like fixed wings but with real advantages.

Murphy Aircraft offers a wide range of highly capable aircraft from the light biplane RENEGADE to their newest RADICAL with many variations in between. Years of design and manufacturing experience combine with modern computer-based tooling to make solid, well performing aircraft kits.

Hansen Air Group represents recognized brands in the LSA
space: FK Lightplanes and their distinctive biplane Comet, FK9, and FK51 plus the great-flying Magnaghi Sky Arrow. Based in Atlanta, Georgia Hansen Air Group is an experienced player in the LSA space.
Multiple LSA

AeroJones Aviation builds the very popular CT-series of Light-Sport Aircraft. CTLSi is the latest version... a 98% carbon fiber design
with superb performance, roomy cockpit, great useful load, and a parachute as standard equipment.

Jabiru USA assembles the spacious and speedy J-230 with new, more attractive pricing making the model one of the best values in Light-Sport Aircraft.

The Shelbyville, Tennessee company also offers the Jabiru engine line with new 3310 and 2210 models in 2016.

J230-D & J170-D

Tecnam is the world's leading manufacturer of Light-Sport aircraft offering more models and variations than any other producer.

Besides the world's fastest-selling light twin and their new P2010 four seater, Tecnam offers these LSA: P-92 Eaglet, Astore, and P2008.

Many Light-Sport Aircraft & General Aviation models

Vickers Aircraft has created one of the most distinctive new LSA seaplanes yet to emerge. Powered by the 180-horsepower
Titan IO-340CC by Continental Motors, their Wave model is like no other seaplane ever introduced with multiple features to set it apart from the crowd.

BRM Aero manufacturers the handsome Bristell all-metal SLSA. This highly evolved, next-generation Light-Sport was carefully engineered for luxury, comfort, excellent stability, and safety while being fun, fast, and easy to fly.

SportairUSA imports the dashing and superbly-equipped StingSport S4 that has won a loyal following from American pilots. More recently, they introduced their TL-3000 high-wing LSA. SportairUSA is a full-line operation with maintenance and training, too.

North Wing is America's leading manufacturer of weight shift LSA and Part 103 ultralight trikes. The company's wing designs are so good that most other trike manufacturers use them. Aircraft prices are highly affordable by all.

Progressive Aerodyne designed and supplies the SeaRey series, arguably the most celebrated of all light seaplanes in America. A close community of hundreds of owners offers camaraderie few other brands can match.

Just Aircraft has delivered more than 300 kit aircraft since 2002, but in 2012 they electrified pilots with the awesome performance of their all-new SuperSTOL. It may look extreme and performs extremely well, but it is truly docile and forgiving to fly.

Aeromarine-LSA represents economical aircraft like Merlin PSA, fully enclosed and all-metal for less than $35,000; or Part 103 ultralights like Zigolo, a dual-purpose ultralight and motorglider with prices starting at only $12,000.

American Legend has been in the LSA space since the beginning, offering their iconic yellow taildragger. The Texas company offers a full line of LSA and kit-built aircraft including the 180-horsepower Super Legend HP.

Triton America started with a familiar-looking LSA model and significantly improved it, making it stronger while preserving the well-regarded flight characteristics. Welcome to a newcomer with lots of experience and their new Skytrek.

Aerolite 103 is a remarkably well priced (way below $20,000), well-equipped, Part 103 ultralight that flies beautifully. Several hundred are airborne and production has never been more solid. Here is an airplane every pilot can love and afford.

Aerotrek Aircraft imports the A240 and A220 tricycle gear or taildragger Special Light-Sport Aircraft. A finely finished aircraft at an excellent price, Aerotrek has wide, affordable appeal.

BushCat is the distinctive Light-Sport Aircraft within reach of almost any budget. With a solid heritage BushCat by SkyReach is fun, capable, and available as a kit, fully-built SLSA or ELSA.

Evolution Trikes developed and continues to refine their Revo, an absolutely magnificent weight shift control aircraft (or trike). Rev is their new very affordable single place machine.

Arion Aircraft has designed and built one of the most beautiful low wing entries in the Special LSA and kit-built aircraft sector. The all-American designed and built aircraft is priced fairly and flies wonderfully ... need you search for more?

Bristell USA distributes the highly-refined Bristell aircraft in North America. The Czech-built aircraft is a 5th generation design with excellent performance, wonderful handling, and a most appealing shape. Other airplanes may look similar but Bristell has gone far beyond.

Aero Adventure offers what is likely the lowest cost boat-hull seaplane in the light aircraft space with a kit that, complete with engine, sells for less than $50,000. Add a long history to its credit and Aventura is a seaplane worthy of a close look.

Lockwood Aircraft is the builder of two of light aviation's best-recognized flying machines: AirCam and the Drifter line. Most sport aviators already know the Lockwood brand, a leader in Rotax maintenance and aircraft services.

AirMax designed and manufactures a wonderful Light-Sport amphibious flying boat of the same name. Created in Brazil SeaMax is a beautifully finished, high performing aircraft, the first to win FAA acceptance as a SLSA and it sets a high standard for light floatplanes.

X-Air brings a return to reasonably priced Light-Sport Aircraft, with a ready-to-fly flying machine you can purchase for a genuinely low price. No new arrival, X-Air has a rich history in light aviation.

Evektor is Number One and always will be. The Czech company's SportStar was the number one SLSA to win approval but engineers have steadily improved the model far beyond that 2005 version that started the race.

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