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.