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Old 07-15-2011, 11:15 AM
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Default Garmin G3X EFIS Survival Tips

A famously skilled RV pilot has just asked to borrow your airplane. There are no issues with insurance, and you have no reservations whatsoever about giving him the controls. Yet, you are slightly worried because ? alas ? he has never operated the type of Glass Cockpit equipment you have installed. Afraid that he might run in to one of those little ?traps? that all complex software systems exhibit to the uninitiated, you take a few moments to brief him on the top ten ?tricks? you have learned that make flying with your personal EFIS easy and stress-free. We all learn short-cuts and signatures that help us more than the structured manuals ever could - now it is time to share those tips with the rest of the world!

If you have more than a few hours behind the G3X EFIS, how about listing a few of the items you?d share with the finest pilot you?ve ever met if he (or she) was going to fly your plane.

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Old 07-15-2011, 04:01 PM
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Default GIB survival

I was flying a friend last week and he couldn't see my main EFIS screen from the back seat.

I have a G3X mounted on my -8 panel on the right side so I selected the "panel" view on the G3X so my GIB could fly from the backseat and hold altitude by looking over my right shoulder and viewing the G3X.
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Old 07-15-2011, 04:35 PM
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I have a G3X mounted on my -8 panel on the right side so I selected the "panel" view on the G3X so my GIB could fly from the backseat and hold altitude by looking over my right shoulder and viewing the G3X.
Actually John has a GDU 375, which technically is only the display component of the G3X system, not the whole thing. When configured as a standalone MFD like John's got, the map/panel view is indeed available... however, the panel view is currently not available in the full G3X system when you have a PFD display. This might change in the future, but for now it is this way so you don't end up with GPS-derived pseudo-instruments displayed next to (and possibly disagreeing with) the more accurate sensor-based PFD instruments.

I'll post some other G3X tips later, but here's a simple one: If you get lost in a menu somewhere, pressing and holding the CLR key for two seconds will always return to the default page, which will be either the map or the PFD depending on your system.

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Old 07-15-2011, 04:50 PM
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Thanks Matt! I didn't know the GDU375 was the only one to have the "panel" option.

And I should have been clear, yes, it shows GPS data, so is a good backup if my main EFIS goes down or my GIB wants to see a "GPS" altitude and airspeed.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:44 PM
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Thumbs up G3X Mark Key

Matt talked about the press-and-hold function of the G3X CLR button to quickly get you to the default page. The ENT button has a press-and-hold function called MARK.



When you press-and-hold the ENT key, a popup window allows you to quickly define a user waypoint to MARK your present position. So, for example, if your flying buddy just dead-stick'd his plane into a cow pasture beneath you, you can use this single key to quickly define a user waypoint to MARK the location.

But wait - there is more! Each time you press-and-hold the ENT key, G3X automatically places a "1" in the Event marker column in the current flight data log entry stored each second to the SD card. So, whether you want to go back and see the lat/lon stored when you pressed the MARK button or just look at the stored engine data when you MARK'd the time when your engine ran rough, the MARK function is very useful. If you are just using it to MARK the flight data log entry, just cancel the pop-up window which offers to create the user waypoint.

OK, one more use for the MARK button. You shouldn't be pressing buttons during takeoff, but if you DID press-and-hold the ENT button just as your airplane lifted off the runway, it will MARK the 1 second log entry created as you lifted off. You can later go back into your log file and see the exact lat/lon on the runway where you became airborne.

Why, you say, would I want to MARK my liftoff point. Well, if you retrieve the lat/lon of this point from your flight data log file and find the start of the runway by noting in the log file when your logged heading aligned with the runway, you can use one of those online lat/lon to lat/lon distance calculators to see how much runway you used to get airborne.

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Old 11-27-2011, 11:14 AM
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Thanks for sharing these tips. They'll be really useful.

One item that I can't figure out is how to export or download the logbook of flights. I've exported the track files, but exporting the logbook is a mystery if, in fact, it's possible. Any hints?

Thanks,

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Matt talked about the press-and-hold function of the G3X CLR button to quickly get you to the default page. The ENT button has a press-and-hold function called MARK.



When you press-and-hold the ENT key, a popup window allows you to quickly define a user waypoint to MARK your present position. So, for example, if your flying buddy just dead-stick'd his plane into a cow pasture beneath you, you can use this single key to quickly define a user waypoint to MARK the location.

But wait - there is more! Each time you press-and-hold the ENT key, G3X automatically places a "1" in the Event marker column in the current flight data log entry stored each second to the SD card. So, whether you want to go back and see the lat/lon stored when you pressed the MARK button or just look at the stored engine data when you MARK'd the time when your engine ran rough, the MARK function is very useful. If you are just using it to MARK the flight data log entry, just cancel the pop-up window which offers to create the user waypoint.
This is incredibly useful but the feature seems to be absent from my G3X Touch. Does anybody have another trick to create a user waypoint and/or mark the log file? It would be terrible if the only way was through heads-down scrolling through menus.
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If everything appears normal right up to the point where you need to calibrate your AHRS/Magnetometer and your calibration attempts instantly fail, you most likely either have a missing, disconnected, miswired or bad config module in the GSU73's EMS connector.

The good news is that the config module in the PFD connector can be used in the GSU73. The one in the PFD is not required to get the system to calibrate. To maintain full LRU capability however all config modules must be present and working properly.

Here is a quote from Matt at Garmin regarding the GSU73's config module:

Quote:
Originally Posted by g3xpert
SNIP...... We actually just added a config mode status indication last week to show the health of the GSU 73 config module, to help identify this very situation. You can look for it in the next software update later this spring.

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Be mind full that the 12v sensor power output of the GSU73 has limits on what it will drive.

I can tell you this:

1ea Red Cube Fuel Flow Transducer and
2ea Princeton capacitive fuel level converters
will cause the sensor power to shut down

1ea Red cube and
1ea Priceton converter
works fine.

I recommend you power your Priceton converters from the main bus and not the GSU73...
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:36 AM
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Default Put that PFD #2 to good use!

A couple of people have asked me how I got the full screen MFD functions to display on my second PFD like in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uilR4M79bfc

It is actually quite simple and the G3X allows you to switch the second PFD between several modes of operation:


From the install manual Rev G Page 11-15

PFD2 Layout–Controls the screen layout for PFD2 (for 3-display systems only).
  • Auto–PFD2 is a dedicated full-screen PFD display (when not in reversionary mode).
  • Split Screen–PFD2 always remains in split-screen mode.
  • Full PFD/MFD–PFD2 displays a page sequence that includes a full-screen PFD display as well as
    full-screen MFD pages.
  • User Selected–(default setting) Allows changing PFD2 Layout in normal mode from the Display
    Setup page in the main menu.
Full PFD/MFD is how I have mine configured. This gives me the ability to either use it as a second PFD or MFD with a twist of the knob. The extra screen space makes it nice for having a map on one, traffic on the other or weather or however you want to display the massive amount of info available.

You can use the MFD and the PFD#2 as another MFD at the same time. In our small SBS cockpits the PFD#2 is quite usable from the pilot's seat!
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