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Old 05-26-2020, 02:06 PM
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Default G3X autopilot coupling with ILS

I currently have the G3X system with a GTN625. I also have an independent SL30 and indicator head. The question I have is there any way to get the autopilot to fly the ILS using the GTN625, or must I hand fly the ILS? I would like to keep the SL30 independent of the G3X. Otherwise, I need to eliminate or replace the indicator head since it requires different output signal (resolver) versus G3X signal requirement (serial) from the SL30.

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Old 05-26-2020, 02:40 PM
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The GTN has no connection to the SL30 or it's own ILS receiver, so cant do anything about that.

Are you able to have the SL30 output both the serial and resolver output at once? Otherwise unfortunately you get one or the other.

EDIT: Just read through the SL30 install manual and suspect this won't work, as you have to set the indicator mode to Resolver/Composite/Serial
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Old 05-26-2020, 02:44 PM
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Thinking this through a little further, I guess you could have the autopilot in heading mode to fly the localizer by watching the needle on your indicator and changing the heading continuously to keep it lined up. You could do the same with the VS mode for the GS. I suspect this would be really finicky though and probably a bit unsafe.
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Old 05-26-2020, 02:59 PM
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I was hoping the autopilot would use the GPS signal to fly the approach. The approach exists in the 625, but it appears Garmin doesn?t let it drive the autopilot (for monitoring only). I would monitor the SL30 to stay legal for the ILS. This is how it worked very well in the Chelton system I had previously.

Unfortunately, I have to pick either the indicator or the G3X due to the different SL30 format outputs.

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Old 05-26-2020, 03:14 PM
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This is confusing. What do you want? You want the ILS to be independent of the G3X but you want to use the autopilot which is part of the G3X...
1. There are a lot of gps lpv approaches which exactly overlay ILS approaches. For those, let the autopilot fly the gps approach while officially you monitor the ILS on the SL30.
2. Change the SL30 output to serial, hook it up to the G3X. Main problem solved. What about back up if the G3X fails? Two options:
a. Shoot the localizer approach using the CDI (left-right only, no GS) built into the SL30. You always choose an alternate that gets you in with localizer minimums. Or
b. Keep your cdi, run output wires from SL30 thru a panel switch, switching between cdi and G3X. Write down on emergency check list procedure for changing output from serial to resolver. Hold somewhere, complete changeover, shoot ILS.
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Old 05-26-2020, 02:52 PM
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...... I would like to keep the SL30 independent of the G3X. ........
In my -7A, my SL30 is connected to the G3X and Garmin autopilot which does a very good job of flying a coupled ILS approach.

Not sure what your rationale is, but to each his own.
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Old 05-26-2020, 03:21 PM
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I currently have the G3X system with a GTN625. I also have an independent SL30 and indicator head. The question I have is there any way to get the autopilot to fly the ILS using the GTN625, or must I hand fly the ILS? I would like to keep the SL30 independent of the G3X. Otherwise, I need to eliminate or replace the indicator head since it requires different output signal (resolver) versus G3X signal requirement (serial) from the SL30.

Aaron
Aaron,

For the G3X autopilot to couple to an ILS approach, you will need a NAV radio to provide the navigation information to the G3X Touch, the G3X Touch will not fly an 'artificial' ILS approach based off of GPS guidance.

You can however retain the analog connection from the SL 30 to the mechanical CDI, and wire the SL 30 via serial to the G3X, using the Garmin VHF NAV/COM setting. You will need to open configuration mode on the G3X, and select Navigation. Set Navigator 2 Selected Course to Disabled. Leave the SL 30 set to Resolver. In this case, course selection is made on the mechanical CDI, but the GDU has the navigation information from the SL 30.

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Old 05-26-2020, 06:10 PM
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Thanks Justin. You answered my question and allowed me to keep the indicator active.
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Old 05-27-2020, 07:27 AM
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You can however retain the analog connection from the SL 30 to the mechanical CDI, and wire the SL 30 via serial to the G3X, using the Garmin VHF NAV/COM setting. You will need to open configuration mode on the G3X, and select Navigation. Set Navigator 2 Selected Course to Disabled. Leave the SL 30 set to Resolver. In this case, course selection is made on the mechanical CDI, but the GDU has the navigation information from the SL 30.
Justin, can I do something like this with the 255 as well? One reason I have not added a second navigator to my aircraft is that the G3X would not allow me to show one source per G3X screen (PFD1 shows GTN, PFD2 shows 255)
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Old 05-27-2020, 08:18 AM
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Justin, can I do something like this with the 255 as well? One reason I have not added a second navigator to my aircraft is that the G3X would not allow me to show one source per G3X screen (PFD1 shows GTN, PFD2 shows 255)
Hi Guil,

While we don't currently display different primary NAV sources on the G3X PFD/MFD independently, there is an option to simultaneously enable the HSI bearing pointers to display VLOC 1/2 from a NAV/COM like the SL30 or GNC255.

Page 69 of the G3X Touch Pilot's Guide has some basic information describing this feature.

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