G3X Touch RV-12
Of particular interest to RV owners is the co-announcement that Van?s Aircraft will be offering both single and dual display G3X Touch systems for the RV-12. Please refer to the Van?s Aircraft press announcement for availability information.
The autopilot option for this system includes GSA 28 pitch and roll servos and a GMC 305 autopilot control panel. The pitch servo in this installation also provides auto-trim
support for the pitch trim motor which is a very nice feature. Any time you disengage the autopilot, the aircraft is always in perfect trim which makes a great airplane even better and more fun to fly.
As shown in this image, the GDU 460/465 10.6? displays take up pretty much all available space and the result is pretty impressive! Although these displays are quite sizeable, their power requirements are modest enough that the RV-12?s electrical system can support a dual-display installation.
The GTR 200 10W COM radio and stereo intercom and GTX 23ES remote mount 1090ES transponder are also touch controllable through the displays.
Touch screen intercom control
Autopilot Control Panel
As mentioned in our press release
, we are also proud to welcome five light sport aircraft manufacturers with a total of thirteen aircraft that have chosen this best-in-class new system for their aircraft.
New Backup Battery
We also want to mention that the great people at TCW Technologies have developed another fine battery backup option.
The brand new TCW IBBS-12v-3ah battery backup system uses a sealed Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (Li-Fe-PO4) battery and is being introduced with a list price of $230. The 3AH system weighs 1.1 lb and the aluminum enclosure is only 7.7" x 2.3" x 1.6", yet it delivers 5 amps maximum continuous current and 10 amps peak for radio transmissions and transient loads.
It has both an alert output that we use to trigger an "EMER BATTERY" alert on the PFD anytime the system is running from the backup battery and it has a battery voltage output that can be used for a full time readout of essential bus voltage on the EIS page. We installed one of these in the G3X Touch RV-12, and are pleased with the result. It is our understanding that Van's will include this system with all G3X Touch RV-12 systems.
New Lower Database Pricing
The new G3X Touch displays support all the charting, SafeTaxi, Airport Directory, and other databases common to G3X, but also add support for geo-referenced VFR Sectionals and IFR Hi/Lo charts.
The new U.S. Lite bundle adds VFR sectionals and IFR Hi/Lo charts used by the GDU 46X displays and will sell for only $149.99/yr
. Reductions will also be made to the U.S. Mini (now $49.99/yr, Americas (with Jeppesen Nav Data now $399.99/yr), and Europe Lite (with Jeppesen NavData now $349.99/yr) database bundles.
Great G3X Touch System Pricing
A well-equipped, single display G3X Touch system, which includes synthetic vision, video input, a built-in WAAS GPS receiver, ADAHRS, magnetometer and OAT probe starts at $5,499
and G3X Touch with engine interface starts at $6,099
. It actually costs about $400 less
to buy a single display G3X Touch system than an existing dual display G3X system.
The GTR 20 remote COM radio is currently available for a MAP price of $995
and the GI 260 will be available for $249
For those wishing to upgrade an existing G3X system to G3X Touch, the GDU 460 display will sell for a MAP price of $4,300
. The GDU 465 display with SXM receiver built-in is $4,900
. Keep in mind that this pricing includes mapping, Vertical Power support, and a built-in WAAS GPS that will cost you nearly $1,000 extra on some other systems.
At the present time, the new GDU 460/465 displays are not able to share a G3X system with a GDU 370/375 display due to significantly different programming, so those considering changing to the new displays should keep this in mind. As mentioned above, everything else behind the panel is compatible with the new displays.
We plan to finish up our system testing and begin shipping G3X Touch systems in April. We already have GTR 20 radios and some GDU 460/465 displays in stock.
Come see us at Sun-N-Fun
. We have several G3X Touch systems to demonstrate and will be giving a seminar every day to answer your questions. Several Garmin dealers will also be showing G3X Touch and we believe the new RV-12, among other LSA/OEM aircraft will also be there featuring G3X Touch.