We are excited to announce our latest software release's for both the GTN and GTN Xi Series IFR Navigators. These software updates can be downloaded from the Software Download Area
directly, for EAB aircraft. Make sure to select the appropriate model when downloading the Software and Service Bulletin document, as the GTN and GTN Xi navigators use separate software loader cards. Several of the new features are a direct result of feature requests from the field, so please continue to provide your feedback on our equipment, and we will work to implement improvements that best serve the group as a whole as we continue to develop and enhance our products.
Database Sync with GPS 175, GNC 355 and GNX 375 IFR GPS Navigators
The ability to sync databases across the two families of Navigators is made possible by this GTN and GTN Xi update, as long as the 2 Inch Navigator is running the most recent version 3.10 software. There is one exception, database sync is not currently supported between a GTN 6XX/7XX and a GNX 375.
Also, with a forthcoming software update for the Garmin GPS 175, GNC 355, and GNX 375, both the GTN and GTN Xi will be capable of flight plan crossfill between the two families of IFR GPS Navigators. We will update you here when the software for the 2 Inch Navigators is made available.
Fuel Flow Information
With a forthcoming update to the G3X Touch, we will be able to send Fuel Flow information from the G3X Touch to the GTN and GTN Xi Series Navigators. Configuration guidance and more details will be provided with the corresponding G3X Touch software update.
Once a GTN Xi is configured with the glide ratio, best glide speed, etc. the estimated area the aircraft can glide is outlined in cyan around the aircraft on the moving map page. Both terrain and wind information are taken into account as part of the estimated area drawn. Wind information can come from a variety of inputs, including the G3X Touch, GI275, or G5 with optional OAT.
On the moving map page, cyan chevron arrows indicate the best airport within the estimated gliding distance and the most favorable reported weather conditions using a datalink weather source. Additionally, the nearest airport page indicates a green check box next to all airports that are within the estimated glide range. The pilot can adjust runway criteria displayed in the nearest airport page, such as surface type and length. If any airport is within best glide range, it will be displayed regardless of the preference set. The text font color and background color are inverted to identify the factor causing it not to be displayed, e.g. too short of a runway.
GTN Xi Radio Control
With dual GTN Xi installations, pilots can quickly control the COM and NAV radios of both from either GTN Xi. Controls include radio tuning and volume from either display. A new, dedicated radio page helps speed and simplify the process making it easy to understand and select the desired radio frequency and active/standby position for either GTN Xi.
Quick Page Navigation
Quickly switch between pages using the dual concentric knob. Like other Garmin products, the outer knob switches between pages and the inner knob switches between fields on the page. A locator bar indicates which page is currently selected and the other pages available. While the first and last pages are reserved, the others in between can be customized by the pilot. This will be very familiar for those using a GNS or flight display like the G3X. This enables most any feature to be accessed with the knobs and buttons alone.
And much more:
• New user fields such as the ability to display Flight ID, a radios page shortcut, the current time (including seconds), distance and bearing from a selected waypoint, and current position formatted in latitude and longitude
• Ability to select a default page to display on startup
• Shortcut to view charts after tapping on airport, departure, arrival or approach from the Flight Plan page
• An option to inhibit terrain alerts and mute traffic alerts from their respective pop-ups