OverviewLive the Suite Life
All the capabilities you want in a true “glass cockpit” are brought together in the G3X flight display system — with single display systems priced as low as $4,375. Designed specifically for experimental/kitplane and light sport panels, this scalable system lets you grow as your needs and budget allow.
This easy-to-install suite can contain up to three redundant PFD/MFD configurable displays, all of which contain a built-in GPS and big, bright sunlight readable 7" high-resolution WVGA screen. The G3X provides full primary flight display (PFD) attitude/directional guidance along with electronic engine gauges, terrain/obstacles alerting, geo-referenced FliteCharts® and SafeTaxi® airport diagrams. Optional SiriusXM® weather, ADS-B “In” with traffic and weather, ADS-B “Out” transponder, and angle of attack sensor can all be added easily. An affordable Garmin autopilot system is also available with advanced features like coupled approaches and auto-trim, as well as flight director, indicated air speed hold and straight and level button when installed with an optional control panel.
You can choose a single- or multi-display configuration with separate PFD and MFD displays — or you can even add a third co-pilot’s display, if desired.
System OptionsOne System. Many Solutions.
The integration and versatility provided by the G3X electronic flight displays makes it easy to customize the ideal panel layout for your aircraft. You can start with a single display — or use as many as three displays — to fit the space, avionics stack, and budget available. Shown here are just a few examples of what’s possible and practical in a G3X installation.
The versatile G3X panel-mount glass displays work like building blocks, allowing you to grow your system to fit your needs and budget. You can start with a single display that combines full primary flight (PFD) attitude/directional guidance with electronic engine monitoring and moving-map multifunction (MFD) capabilities.
Want a two-screen flight deck layout with separate PFD and MFD displays? That’s an easy upgrade with G3X. You get a large-format attitude and heading display, paired with your moving map and engine gauge data. A built-in Garmin network interface allows for full reversionary capability on either screen.
For the ultimate in non-certified glass cockpit suites, this configuration adds a third display for the co-pilot’s position. The Garmin network interface allows for a maximum of three displays to be interlinked in your panel. You can use it as an optional second MFD to display even more data at once — like dedicated engine information and moving map.
HardwareCombine Simplicity with Sophistication
The multi-tasking Garmin displays that comprise your G3X suite are scaled to fit the panels (and price ranges) of most experimental/kitbuilt and light sport aircraft.
Each display features a big 7" high-resolution WVGA screen, built-in high-sensitivity WAAS GPS receiver, rotary joystick cursor control for data entry, redundant power inputs, and soft keys for mode selection. There’s a front-loading SD™ card slot for easy updating of software and databases. Plus, a built-in aviation basemap helps provide realistic visual reference — identifying cities, roads, rivers, lakes and other guide points. You can choose topographic VFR or airway-style IFR map modes. And there’s also 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.
Each G3X System comes with the following:
- 1 or more displays (with or without XM weather capability)
- Air Data, Attitude and Heading Reference System (ADAHRS)
- Magnetometer, which determines the aircraft’s magnetic heading
- Outside air temperature probe
- Engine Indication System (EIS) interface (engine sensor kits sold separately)
Integrated AutopilotAdd an Affordable AFCS
All it takes is the addition of Garmin’s affordable GSA 28 “smart” servo units to give your G3X a range of autopilot capabilities similar to those provided by our top-end flight control technology. You have the option of purchasing 1 servo (roll only), or 2 servos (pitch + roll) to add the level of capability you want. Even better, the Garmin servo provides a built-in interface to drive a customer supplied trim servo at no extra cost. When the autopilot is off, the servo provides speed scheduling for the manual trim commands. When the autopilot is on, the servo adjusts to constantly keep the aircraft trimmed. It also features a gear train with engagement clutch and the ability to back drive the brushless DC motor, providing multiple levels of safety without the use of a shear pin. Plus, servo software updates are done over the CAN bus using the G3X SD card, eliminating the need to send the servo back to the manufacturer for updates.
The optional GMC 305 control panel is a dedicated interface unit that provides advanced autopilot modes like indicated airspeed hold, independent flight director, and third axis yaw damper (when installed with appropriate servos). A control wheel integrated into the GMC 305 makes for easier pitch, vertical speed and airspeed adjustments. Plus, for added safety, the panel’s advanced LVL mode button commands the autopilot to help restore your aircraft to straight-and-level flight. And because the servos interface directly with the ADAHRS, the GMC 305 allows for standalone operation of the autopilot in the unlikely event of a display loss. Installation of the system is simple and straightforward, with industry-standard servo mounting kits available — as well as airframe-specific versions for the popular Van’s RV series (RV-4/6/7/8/9/10 models).
Autopilot Options for G3X
Configured with 1 GSA 28 integrated servo for roll only autopilot
Configured with 2 GSA 28 integrated servos for pitch and roll autopilot
Optional GMC 305 Control Panel
A separate autopilot control panel for dedicated mode selection, as well as access to additional autopilot modes including Indicated Airspeed Hold (IAS), Level Recovery (LVL), independent flight director and Yaw Damper (YD)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many displays can the G3X support?
A: The G3X needs a minimum of one display and can support up to three displays.
Q: What engines can the G3X support?
A: The G3X can support 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder Lycoming and Continental engines. It can also support the Jabaru and Rotax 912 engines. Turbine engines are not supported.
Q: Does the engine instrument window show up all the time even if there are no engine instruments to show?
A: No. This window will only show up when an engine parameter has been configured for an input.
Q: How do I upgrade my G3X to have ADS-B "In"/"Out" capability?
A: The answer depends on a number of factors, like your full avionics installation and where you fly. Visit the Garmin ADS-B Academy for help selecting the solution that's right for you.