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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 500/600-series aera portable (or dock-mountable) instruments or Garmin's larger 79x-series units 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.
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 use G3X Touch to 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.
Multiple Sizes, Orientations & Options — You can choose among 10.6-inch landscape, 7-inch landscape, or 7-inch portrait formats. Or you can mix and match any of these so you have even more control options at your fingertips with less clutter should your panel space be limited. Still want more? G3X Touch displays integrate beautifully with Garmin's experimental radios, transponders, audio panels, and ADS-B. You even also add an affordable Garmin G3X autopilot system just by adding Garmin GSA 28 servos.
Well Grounded, too — Not to leave anything out, Garmin's smaller aera 500/600-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 500/600-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 an aero unit for backup and for use when driving. With Garmin… it's all good!
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