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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.
Aera 760 — Many have relied on Garmin portables for many years, going back to the 196 through 496 and to the touchscreen Aera 560. Now Garmin further ups the ante with their new 7-inch Aera 760 GPS with IFR. Get more details here.
"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 aera portable (or dock-mountable) instruments (new model; see below) used on 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.
Garmin Pilot iPad App — Garmin has carefully built their Pilot app for iPad and tablets so that it reveals more information to to the pilot. The most recent addition to this impressive development? Now see engine instrumentation, too. Follow the link to get more detail on how this work and why you should find it of interest.
Well Grounded, too — Not to leave anything out, Garmin's aera 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!
Rather loudly and persistently I beat the drum about “affordable aircraft,” but readers also enjoy learning about other aircraft.
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Recently I interacted with a reader, someone considering a light aircraft for purchase.
This flying dream has been years in the making. Admittedly, it’s a big project, but so authentic is this 70%-scale P-51 Mustang lookalike that I think I see you already starting to drool.
The appeal is obvious. What pilot doesn’t like the idea of flying faster?
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Welcome our newest entry to the Special LSA fleet: Montaer’s MC01.
As regular readers know, I promote ByDanJohnson.com as the home of “affordable aviation.” I even own the domain name AffordableAviation.com.
In the earliest Light-Sport Aircraft days, nearly 70% of available models came from Europe.
➡️ Update 11/3/20 — A new video interview with Flight Design USA importer Tom Peghiny appears at the bottom of this article.
I always enjoy when a new airplane company arrives on the market and sets plans in motion to expand and improve their flying machine.
Garmin is going to Oshkosh 2020! No, wait, that can’t be.
This week kicks off the truly gigantic trade show known by its sponsoring organization’s abbreviation: NBAA, or in common lingo, “Enn, Bee, Double A.” While not taking up the extensive terra firms of Oshkosh, NBAA actually has more paying exhibitors.
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“It cannot be done,” is the quick dismissal from many in aviation, referring to instrument flying in a LSA.
Video review: Garmin — G3X Touch EFIS (0414)
Garmin is one of the most familiar brand names in Light-Sport Aircraft.
For a billion-dollar, publicly-listed company Garmin (stock symbol: GRMN) has repeatedly displayed the nimbleness of a start-up enterprise.
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.