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Old 06-28-2016, 09:37 AM
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Default GMA 245 and G5 pirep

Completed my panel finally! Changed out the GMA 240 for the new 245 and the GRT Mini X for the G5. The GMA 245 is great. 1st, the auto squelch works as advertised and the ability to select noisy cockpit seems to reduce the background hiss while using intercom. 2nd, the bluetooth to my iPhone works superbly. I was able to have a 5 minute conversation at 2500 ft msl while enroute to an air show last weekend. 3rd, the 3D audio is especially helpful in our air show environment in that the 2 coms are separated in my head, Air Boss is in my right ear and lead is in my left ear. 4th, dedicated music volumes for pilot and copilot will be welcome to my wife. 5th, bluetoothing to our Garmin Virb XE's will make our videos more interesting by adding our cockpit audio.

The G5 is the perfect compliment to my G3X touch. Should I lose the main display, I will still have autopilot capability along with moving map and approach capability via the GTN 650. But, best of all is a full time dedicated "Baro" knob for both displays via the G5 multi function knob that is defaulted to "Baro" until pushed. It also changes the Touch baro setting via Can Bus.

Hopefully this is my last panel upgrade for a while!


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Old 06-28-2016, 09:54 AM
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Completed my panel finally!

Hopefully this is my last panel upgrade for a while!


Jon,

Your the only guy I know that is as bad as I am when it comes to panel upgrades!

My panel is getting a G5 soon!

That last statement you made could be impacted by whatever is next from TeamX!

Sure am glad you added a true backup a while back when you installed the Mini with all the real IMC you fly in! The integration of the G5 with the Touch should prove valuable!
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:31 AM
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Brian,
I admit I'm a little conflicted when it comes to Team X! I look forward to seeing what's up their sleeve, but dread the work they cause me! 😂😀😳😍😜
Although the Mini is a fine unit, it's capabilities were never going to be used in my panel. For the last few months I never touched it in flight. The G5 is a wonderful compliment to my Garmin panel. The mini is/will be a nice compliment to an existing GRT system, or as a stand alone. Although the G5 also makes a lot of sense as a dissimilar backup to GRT and the others.
Personally, I prefer the horizon depiction better on the G5 than the mini though.
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Old 06-28-2016, 03:57 PM
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I added one of those but no pitot tubes. 5 minute install. Says 8 hr battery backup. I like it. Autopilot is Trio.



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Old 06-28-2016, 04:00 PM
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I added one of those but no pitot tubes. 5 minute install. I like it. Autopilot is Trio.




One of those whats Steve?
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Old 06-28-2016, 04:35 PM
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D2 a "mini". pretty amazing device.
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Old 06-28-2016, 05:46 PM
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I have yet to fly with a G5, but I slid a 245 in to the RV-3 last week in place of the 240, and agree with all you said about it Jon - a really useful and nice panel. I too thought that the phone connection just....worked! Intercom functions aren't quite so important in a single seat airplane, of course....

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I have yet to fly with a G5, but I slid a 245 in to the RV-3 last week in place of the 240, and agree with all you said about it Jon - a really useful and nice panel. I too thought that the phone connection just....worked! Intercom functions aren't quite so important in a single seat airplane, of course....

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Nice panel. Amazing you have almost everything my panel has but your panel looks uncluttered. Great layout. I have the second G3X Touch in an RV-7A panel. What you built looks great and should be a wonderful IFR machine. Can't wait to finish my build so I can enjoy the great avionics.
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Nice panel. Do you want to sell the mini x?
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