Garmin Introduces Synthetic Vision for G3X/G300 EFIS

Called SVX, synthetic vision is coming to the G3X (for homebuilts and LSAs) and G300 (for the Cessna Skycatcher) EFIS packages. A software update for the G3x/G300 was unveiled at Sun 'n Fun today that enables the SV features, which include mapped terrain and obstacles that appear on the G3X's primary flight display (PFD). Airports and runways are also depicted in a fashion similar to the G600's SV that was introduced last year. The SV is drawn both in the upper portion of the screen and underlaid beneath the HSI. A single-screen system can still use SV with the screens in "split" mode—attitude at the top and moving-map below—while a two-screen system is intended for the PDF to be displayed on one screen and the moving map on other. Continue reading "Garmin Introduces Synthetic Vision for G3X/G300 EFIS"

Garmin Announces Cheaper GPS Databases, Pilot My-Cast Expansion

Garmin announced today that it was bundling database update packages on the GPSMAP 496/496 and GPSMAP 695/696 that could save consumers 50% annually.

Three levels are available for customers in the U.S. and Europe. The full U.S. update package for the 695/696 includes the NavData, obstacles, terrain, AOPA data, FliteCharts and SafeTaxi diagrams for $699.99; the same package without the NavData, called U.S. Lite, is $499.99. Packages for the 495/496, which doesn't have the FliteCharts, range from Continue reading "Garmin Announces Cheaper GPS Databases, Pilot My-Cast Expansion"

Garmin Introduces Engine Monitoring and Autopilot to the G3X Suite

The first news from the US. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring is that Garmin has expanded the G3X EFIS capabilities with EIS (engine monitoring) and a dedicated autopilot module. According to Garmin, “The EIS and autopilot are designed specifically for the G3X and are an affordable way for experimental and light sport aircraft (LSA) pilots to bring Garmin integration and quality into their cockpit. The sensor kits are expected to be available for all popular Lycoming, Continental, Rotax, and Jabiru engines in February 2010.” Continue reading "Garmin Introduces Engine Monitoring and Autopilot to the G3X Suite"

Pilot My-Cast Now on iPhone, iTouch

Garmin has announced that its Pilot My-Cast application will now be available for the iTouch and iPhone devices from Apple. Pilot My-Cast is an aviation weather, flight planning and flight filing app for U.S. and Canadian customers. A pilot may input a route, and then Pilot My-Cast overlays the flight path with the weather.

Pilot My-Cast is designed to take advantage of the iPhone/iTouch’s gesture-based user interface and includes five intuitive tabs at the bottom of the page for routes, flight plan, weather, airport information and settings. The routes tab allows the user to create a route to any airport, fix or VOR. Flight plan allows for the creation of a flight plan with a few touches, and the plan is then sent to DUAT service provider(s). Weather includes Nexrad, METARs and TAFs, SIGMETS, AIRMETs, PIREPs NOTAMs, lightning information, winds aloft and more displayed in text and graphics. Airport information accesses the AOPA Airport Directory. The settings tab allows users to customize Pilot My-Cast with aircraft- and pilot-specific information.

The Pilot My-Cast app is available from the app store for a monthly fee of $9.99, or an annual subscription of $99.99.

To order Garmin's Pilot My-Cast or to see a list of other supported phones, click here.