Garmin G5 Mini/Backup EFIS

Garmin G5
Garmin G5

Garmin chose Sun ‘n Fun 2016 to introduce their new EFIS unit that can serve well as a backup display for airspeed, altimeter, artificial horizon, vertical speed, slip/skid ball, and HSI. Heading information must come from another source, or as a stand-alone unit GPS ground track will be displayed instead of magnetic heading. Its 3.5-inch display will easily fit in most panels. I found it easy to use and was impressed with its suggested retail price of only $1200.

The G5, when tied to a larger Garmin G3X unit, will also display CDI and glide slope information.That is a lot of capability for such a small package, It is, of course, experimental only.





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Dave Prizio
Dave Prizio has been plying the skies of the L.A. basin and beyond since 1973. Born into a family of builders, it was only natural that he would make his living as a contractor and spend his leisure time building airplanes. He has so far completed four—two GlaStars, a Glasair Sportsman, and a Texas Sport Cub—and is helping a friend build an RV-8. When he isn’t building something, he shares his love of aviation with others by flying Young Eagles or volunteering as an EAA Technical Counselor. He is also an A&P mechanic, Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR), and was a member of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council for six years.


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