Garmin Updates G5 And G3X Touch


Garmin has added features to the G5 and G3X Touch EFISs ahead of next week’s Oshkosh. New configurations of the G3X Touch for experimental aircraft will be available, while the G5 received incremental changes to add features for both certified and homebuilt aircraft.

For the G5, Garmin has added outside-air temp, true airspeed and wind data to the display; these features will be available with the addition of the OAT probe as part of a $495 upgrade package. In addition, for experimental aircraft, the G5 will be able to display density altitude while the aircraft is on the ground. These new features are available whether the G5 is configured as an attitude indicator or DG/HSI. What’s more, the certified versions of the G5 will soon be able to select from two navigation sources. The G5 is designed to fit into a 3 1/8-inch (or similar) instrument hole.

For the G3X Touch, Garmin has added integrated engine and flight-data logging with the data sent via Bluetooth to the Garmin Pilot app. Garmin says that “pilot-configurable exceedances can be set within the Garmin Pilot app.” This data, including the exceedances, are normally housed on the unit’s SD memory card, but now can be accessed through the Pilot app as well. The G3X Touch for experimentals will get a new display configuration—a multifunction display with the engine values overlaid. As before, the G3X Touch is available in 10-inch and 7-inch landscape displays and a 7-inch portrait display.

“TeamX, our dedicated team of passionate pilots and experimental aircraft builders, continue to roll out additional updates that add more capability to aircraft with a new or existing G5 electronic flight instrument or G3X Touch flight display,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “Garmin remains committed to offering value-minded solutions that give pilots even more features and flexibility when considering an avionics installation, and we are thrilled to give thousands of customers more reasons to pursue a flight display upgrade.”

The new hardware and software packages will be available in August.

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Marc Cook
Marc Cook is a veteran special-interest journalist who started as a staffer at AOPA Pilot in the late 1980s. Marc has built two airplanes, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glasair Aviation Sportsman, and now owns a 180-hp, steam-gauge-adjacent GlaStar based in western Oregon. Marc has 5000 hours spread over 200-plus types and four decades of flying.


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