GDU 460/465 10.6? Touch Screen Displays
We are very pleased to announce G3X Touch
and some great new display options. The GDU 460 and GDU 465 displays are state-of-the-art 10.6? diagonal, 1280 x 768 pixel, high performance, infrared touch screen displays designed from the ground up to be the highest quality, best performing, and easiest to use displays in the industry. Link to G3X Touch video
The GDU 465 display includes a built-in SiriusXM weather and radio receiver (just add external antenna), similar to the present GDU 375 display. Both the GDU 460 (without SXM receiver) and the GDU 465 come standard with a rear mounted BNC connector to support composite video input capability.
The Garmin VIRB action camera or other compatible video cameras can be connected and the video image can be viewed in a PFD inset window, on a split screen panel, or on the full width of a dedicated MFD.
While we are proud of the user interface on the GDU 370/375 displays, we knew we wanted to significantly change the user interface and optimize for a touch screen, while retaining support for dedicated knobs and buttons where it made sense and where it improves efficiency for the user. For example, in the above image the left dual concentric knobs are dedicated to changing Heading and Altitude even though there is full touch screen support to touch those fields and use the touch screen keypad to edit. Similarly, the Direct To and NRST buttons were retained for user convenience.
While capacitive touch is an excellent user interface for touch screens, we chose a multi-touch (with pinch zoom) infrared touch screen design for a couple of reasons. First, the infrared touch screen can be used even when wearing gloves, and secondly, this design requires no sensing element be incorporated into the LCD assembly which might in any way reduce image quality. Infrared IR touch screen technology is also utilized in Garmin?s GTC 570 touch screen controller which has been used for several years in G2000/3000/5000 equipped aircraft.
We used the same 50 pin connector on the back of the GDU 46X displays that is used on the GDU 37X displays. You can actually unplug a GDU 37X display, plug in a GDU 46X display, turn on the power, configure the display, and it will begin operating with the existing G3X system ADAHRS, engine interface, autopilot servos, and other components.
The GDU 46X displays are also equipped with a wireless interface that we are using to control the Garmin VIRB action camera
to start and stop the video and take pictures. You can install a VIRB camera inside your aircraft pointing to the side at your wingman, see the image on your G3X Touch display, and start/stop video recording and take pictures using the video touch control panel on the GDU 46X.
This image shows the "Photo Taken" message that pops up after you touch the "take a picture" button on the right. You can take a picture that is stored to the camera SD card at any time, even when recording a video. During video recording, a record time indication is presented in the camera control area.
GTR 20 Remote 10W COM Radio
We are also pleased to announce the availability of the GTR 20 remote COM radio to be used with G3X Touch systems. The GTR 20 was co-developed with the GTR 200 and has the same specifications (but weighs only 1.2 lbs). The GTR 20 offers pilots an ideal solution for a clear, powerful communication radio and intercom, which is controlled from the G3X Touch display. The 10-watt radio provides advanced features such as 3D audio, 2 place stereo intercom, stereo music input, alert inputs, and standby frequency monitoring. Frequency identification is available on the display of G3X Touch so identifiers such as, ?KOSH ATIS? are displayed as the pilot tunes the frequency. The combination of the remote COM radio and transponder provide pilots the option to fly VFR with everything they need controlled right from the display thus saving panel space.
Using the radio and stereo intercom from the touch displays is so easy and intuitive you may soon wonder how you ever tuned a radio without a touch screen. In this example, the user touched the STBY radio frequency area at the top of the display to bring up the touch tune panel similar to how this is done on a GTN 750. You can tune the frequency directly using either the buttons on the touch screen or the dual concentric tuning knobs in the lower right.
An even better method is to press the FIND button and be presented with frequency choices for Recent frequencies, NRST airports, Flight Plan airports, and User pre-defined frequencies so you just touch and tune. Loading frequencies for your departure or destination airport has never been easier. Of course the frequency identifiers are transferred and displayed in the active and standby windows.
Good news if you already own a GTR 200 radio. We haven?t mentioned this until now, but every GTR 200 ever built is equipped with the same CAN bus interface (pins 6,7) as a GTR 20 that allows it to easily be added to the high speed avionics bus on a G3X Touch system and be touch tuned from the GDU 460/465. Your choice, use the controls on the GTR 200 and/or touch tune it from the display. You can even mix GTR 200 and GTR 20 radios in the same system if you like. If you want a second COM and don?t have the panel space ? remote mount it.
Dual COM Radio Example
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