Fly with Your Fingertips

Advanced touchscreen flight displays.
At a price within reach. Available from $4,599

G3X Touch

OverviewBuilt for Your Needs, Panel and Budget

Built from the ground up with a native touchscreen interface – but retaining all of the tried and true capabilities of the G3X – the new G3X Touch is the smartest, most advanced large-format flight display we’ve ever designed (and priced) specifically for experimental/amateur-built aircraft. Well-equipped 7-inch systems start at only $4,599 while EIS-equipped systems start at only $5,199. The even larger 10.6-inch display systems with EIS start at $6,099.

The G3X Touch suite of displays offer incredible installation flexibility; use any combination, up to 3 of the large 10.6-inch and 7-inch high-resolution displays which are configurable for split-screen mode. Add the optional GTR 20 remote comm to tune frequencies with only a few touches and gain powerful features like 3D Audio that are typically only found in audio panels. Consider the GTX 23 ES remote transponder to free up even more valuable panel space for your displays, as well. Terrain/obstacles alerting, worldwide geo-referenced FliteCharts® and SafeTaxi® airport diagrams SiriusXM® weather, ADS-B “In” traffic and weather and angle of attack sensor can all be added easily. Built-in Connext-enabling hardware, such as ANT+ and Bluetooth®, provide wireless integration with your iPad® or other compatible tablet device running Garmin Pilot™, flight plan transfer capability and remote control of accessories like the VIRB™ action camera right from the display. Adding the GDL 39R ADS-B "In" datalink further providers your G3X Touch displays and tablet both weather and traffic while in the U.S. Plus, the affordable Garmin autopilot system integrates with the G3X Touch, complete with advanced features 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.

*Note, this device has a nominal operating velocity of 800 Knots/411.56 (m/s).

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System OptionsCreate Your Perfect Panel

With up to 3 high-resolution 10.6-inch or 7-inch displays – each that and work in PFD, MFD or in split PFD/MFD mode – the G3X Touch makes it easy to create a system that will fit your needs, panel space and budget. For example, use 2 large 10.6-inch displays while adding a 7-inch display for dedicated EIS engine monitoring or a dedicated video display – it’s your choice with a lot of possibilities.

Single Display

Like it’s predecessor, the G3X Touch allows you to add on to your system as you need. So start with a single-display system that can work as your PFD or in split PFD/MFD mode, providing complete attitude/directional guidance with electronic engine monitoring and interactive moving-map multifunction (MFD) capabilities.

Dual Display

Operate 1 display as a PFD and the other as an MFD. Or see both in split-screen mode on your side while your co-pilot can access the information they want on the other side. This configuration also offers full reversionary capability in case one display fails.

Triple Display

Get the ultimate touchscreen cockpit. This configuration includes three large 10.6” displays. Have a full PFD for pilot and co-pilot with a MFD in the middle. Or customize it anyway you’d like. Get the information you want right where you want it.


HardwareInstalls simply. Adds immense capability.

The backbone of the G3X Touch system is the same tried-and-true sensor technology as the G3X. In fact, you can upgrade from the G3X to the G3X Touch with just a few alterations to your existing panel and wiring.

Each easy-to-read display features a high-resolution WVGA screen with infrared touchscreen technology with a large touchpoint that that ensures precise inputs and minimizes inadvertent touches – even with gloves. LED indicators make it easy to tell when sensors have been correctly connected and flexible mounting options allow the GSU 25 ADAHRS to be mounted either on back of the display or remotely.

A front-loading SD™ card slot makes it easy to update software and databases. The 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 information is graphically depicted on the terrain page.

Each G3X Touch system comes with the following:

  • 1 or more displays (with or without SiriusXM 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

Single-axis

Configured with 1 GSA 28 integrated servo for roll only autopilot

Dual-axis

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)


FeaturesSee the Big Picture

Click on each photo below to learn more about that feature.

Touchscreen Display
Configurable Touchscreen Display

Infrared touchscreen technology puts all of your flight information at your fingertips. Easily pan across the moving map by dragging your finger across the screen or pinch to zoom to see more detail. Switch from full-screen PFD to split PFD/MFD with a touch. Add an optional remote transponder and remote comm and have everything you need to fly VFR –and tune frequencies and enter squawk codes along the way with just a few taps.

Attitude Awareness
Attitude Awareness

In place of sensitive mechanical gyro instruments, the G3X Touch system uses the latest in GPS-aided ADAHRS (Air Data, Attitude Heading and Reference System). Based on solid-state technology derived from Garmin’s popular certified G1000 system, the ADAHRS provides accurate and reliable referencing of aircraft attitude, heading, rate, vector and acceleration data. Because the ADAHRS is independent of the magnetometer, it can be mounted in any of 16 positions without special magnetometer considerations. For additional redundancy, the G3X Touch system optionally supports multiple ADHARS, sharing the input of a single magnetometer and outside air temperature probe, or with a redundant magnetometer and probe if preferred.

Rich, Interactive Map and more
Rich, Interactive Map and more

The G3X Touch contains a powerful, rich and detailed moving map display. If you’ve ever wondered at any given time how far away upcoming airspace, inclement weather, traffic or anything on the moving map was, G3X Touch makes it a cinch! Simply press the knob and scroll anywhere on the map and using your current position, the G3X Touch displays the distance, bearing, and time to that location on the map as well as the elevation and GPS coordinates of that location.

Other powerful features include an “Always On” bearing pointer to the nearest airport, extended runway centerlines, easy creation of user way points, altitude alerting tones when leaving the indicated bugged altitude, display of pilot defined checklists, and flight and engine data logging of up to a 1,000 hours on a single 2 GB SD™ card.

Engine Instruments
Engine Instruments

Configurable EIS displays of engine, fuel and systems data can be accessed and monitored on the G3X Touch via the system’s ADAHRS remote sensor unit. Engine Sensor Kits priced as low as $299 are available for popular models of Lycoming, Continental, Rotax and Jabiru engines.

SiriusXM Weather & Radio
SiriusXM™ Weather & Radio

SiriusXM Aviation Weather is supported by the G3X Touch with optional subscription. When subscribed, the Garmin datalink receiver built into the GDU 465, can display graphical NEXRAD radar, METARS, TAFS, TFRs, winds aloft, lightning strikes, storm cells and more. What’s more, more than 170 channels of SiriusXM Satellite Radio can also be enjoyed through the interface.

SafeTaxi® Diagrams
SafeTaxi® Diagrams

When your aircraft touches down, built in Garmin SafeTaxi airport diagrams are there to help you navigate many U.S., Canadian and European airports with confidence. You’ll see a depiction of your aircraft’s exact location overlaid onto taxiways, runways, hot spots, hangars and other airport facilities.

Terrain and Obstacles
Terrain and Obstacles

In addition to the worldwide Garmin land basemap that helps identify cities, roads and bodies of water along your flight path, the G3X Touch also provides a built-in database of both terrain elevation and obstacles that overlay on the main moving map page. And the dedicated terrain page helps to depict terrain and obstacles of concern based on the aircraft’s current altitude. The terrain page can be displayed using a 2D map, profile view or both (pictured). While not directly focusing on the display, both visual and audible alerts help provide an automated warning to the pilot. Even more, the G3X Touch provides a 500’ callout for additional confirmation while on approach for landing at the destination airport.

Worldwide Charting
Worldwide Charting

The G3X system comes preloaded with geo-referenced Garmin FliteCharts, which displays your position on AeroNav–format terminal procedures including IFR approach plates for thousands of U.S., Canadian or European airports. The system can also display IFR/VFR sectionals and terminal VFR charts for both the U.S. and Europe. Optional geo-referenced ChartView is also available for those who prefer Jeppesen-style charts or desire additional coverage areas worldwide (subscription required).

Traffic Advisories
Traffic Advisories

To help you keep nearby air traffic under surveillance, the G3X Touch supports traffic with either a TIS (Traffic Information Service) via an interface with your Garmin GTX 23 ES Mode S transponder or a GTS 800 active traffic system. Traffic displays in 3D on the PFD’s synthetic vision (SVX) with directional arrow indications to help point out traffic at a glance. Traffic also displays in 2D right on the MFD’s moving map page or a separate dedicated traffic page can be configured. And visual and audible alerts of nearby traffic help keep your eyes outside of the aircraft.

Reversionary Mode
Reversionary Mode

If your installation includes a separate PFD and MFD, you’ll have additional reversionary backup should a failure of either display occur. In reversionary mode, the remaining GDU combines critical flight instrumentation with engine readouts and navigation information in a single–screen consolidated presentation.

Advanced Avionics Integration
Advanced Avionics Integration

The G3X Touch is natively integrated with our navigators including the popular GTN series, as well as GTR/GNC series radios. This allows for the display of the flight plan from your GTN navigator, as well as more detailed leg instructions such as holds and procedure turns.

The G3X Touch will also integrated with compatible autopilots with pitch and roll steering commands so you can fly like the pros. All of this information is displayed and easily controlled from the touchscreen. It will even fly a preset Vertical Navigation (VNAV) profile that makes it easy to get down to the desired altitude and distance from the airport. Even better, when combined with GTN avionics, this tight integration allows pilots to couple the autopilot in order to fly the entire approach down to minimums.

See it in Action

ADS-B Weather
ADS-B Weather

Gain access to subscription-free aviation weather information on your G3X Touch with the addition of a GDL 39R ADS-B receiver. The remote-mounted device features ADS-B "In" technology that allows it to receive Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather information over the FAA's 978 MHz Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) uplink. You can easily access and display animated NEXRAD radar, METARs, TAFs, winds and temperatures aloft, PIREPs, NOTAMs and more right on your G3X Touch display.

Synthetic Vision
Synthetic Vision

With Garmin SVX™ synthetic vision technology for the G3X Touch, you’ll always know what lies ahead — even in solid IFR or nighttime VFR conditions. Using sophisticated graphics modeling, SVX provides a 3-D “virtual reality” perspective for enhanced situational awareness. Synthetic Vision displays terrain using different shades of color and even includes streams, lakes and large bodies of water. Even more it displays obstacles, traffic (optional), the airport environment that includes airport sign posts and the runway. For additional awareness, your route is outlined with “windows” on the PFD screen. This virtual “highway in the sky” varies in size to depict the flight path in perspective, making it easy to visualize enroute legs, course intercepts, final approach courses, runway thresholds and more.

ADS-B Traffic
ADS-B Traffic

When equipped with GDL 39 ADS-B receiver, the G3X Touch can receive and display ADS-B position reports directly from other aircraft in your vicinity. Because the FAA permits ADS-B broadcasts on 2 frequencies (978 UAT and 1090 ES), the GDL 39 contains both receivers so you can see a comprehensive view of all ADS-B "Out" equipped targets. In addition, the GDL 39 can receive Traffic Information Service-Broadcast (TIS-B) information that allows you to view the same dynamic traffic picture as ATC ground controllers. TIS-B information is available if your aircraft is either participating with an ADS-B "Out" solution, or within a certain range of another ADS-B "Out" participating aircraft in a service area. TargetTrend technology provides an easy-to-interpret picture of aircraft trajectories so you can better predict which may converge on your own, while SURF technology supports the display of ADS-B "Out" equipped surface targets.

Garmin Autopilot
Garmin Autopilot

Developed specifically for experimental aircraft, the Garmin autopilot for G3X Touch features advanced features like flight director, coupled approaches and auto-trim. The GSA 28 servo features a gear train with engagement clutch and ability to back drive the brushless DC motor, providing multiple levels of safety without the need to use a shear pin. It’s available as a single servo system for roll only autopilot or with 2 servos for both roll and pitch. With the optional GMC 305 control panel, you’ll gain added features like level button (LVL), indicated airspeed hold (IAS), yaw damper (YD) and flight director (FD). It also provides additional redundancy in the unlikely event of a display loss. Speed scheduling normalizes the electric trim input controls so the pilot can provide the same level of controls input during slow and fast operations. Installation kits are available for RV-4/6/7/8/9/10 models as well as industry standard mounting.

Angle of Attack
Angle of Attack

The Garmin Angle of Attack (AOA) system provides accurate, real-time measurement of wing performance to provide stall margin indication to the pilot both audibly and visually. The angle of attack probe is available with unheated pitot, with pilot-controllable heated pitot, or with automatic temperature regulating pitot that helps protect against inflight icing, helps save power and maintains a lower surface temperature when operating in stagnant air. Requires the GSU 25 ADAHRS for interface capability.



Frequently Asked Questions

G3X Touch

Q: How many displays can the G3X support?
A: The G3X needs a minimum of one display and can support up to 3 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: 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.

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