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View Poll Results: What G3X Touch training do you want most at OSH?
CAN Bus planning/installation 23 40.35%
EIS/Airframe Configuration 20 35.09%
GTN/GNS Integration 26 45.61%
Calibration (Fuel/AHRS/AOA/etc) 20 35.09%
Troubleshooting tips- Data bus, error logs, etc. 16 28.07%
Databases and software 9 15.79%
System architecture 17 29.82%
Other: See my post! 6 10.53%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 57. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-25-2018, 11:21 AM
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Default G3X Training at OSH 2018

Hi VAF friends, long time no see!

In December I began working for Garmin in Olathe, KS on the Aviation Product Support team. I develop and deliver avionics maintenance and installation training for avionics technicians. So far it's been a great career move and I've learned a ton about avionics systems... even the certified variety!

My team and I will be giving a series of 45-minute training sessions for G3X installation and flying each day at Oshkosh this year, and it's time to start digging in and developing content. So I figured, who better to ask about what to talk about than you all??

If you're planning a G3X installation, what would you like to know? What can we do to demystify the system for you? If you've already gone through an installation, what did you have trouble with? What things could be clearer in the manuals? I've posted a poll here, but if there's something else you'd like to know, please reply in the thread and I'll see what I can do.

Thanks-- & see you there!
Katie Bosman
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Old 04-25-2018, 11:35 AM
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Hey Katie! Not gonna make it to OSH, but good luck all the same!
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Old 04-25-2018, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by KatieB View Post
Hi VAF friends, long time no see!

Good that you have not really fallen off the edge of the earth

For those who are not going to attend OSH, will there be recordings available online at a later date?
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Old 04-25-2018, 01:06 PM
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Default Nice idea.

Our system is in and working very well. we did it all with just the manual and a little thinking. The three things I would think that most of the people looking to, or installing would be. Can-bus, Antenna placement and distance from one another and Magnetometer location and issues. Hopefully on the wing end rib with an independent ground out to all the items mounted on that wing tip.
Just a few points of interest. Yours, R.E.A. III # 80888

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Old 04-25-2018, 03:25 PM
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+1 on practical CAN bus wiring tips
(bus layout, grounding, wire joining technique)
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Old 04-25-2018, 03:48 PM
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Default Interconnecting program for garmin equipment

Garmin does a great just show the different equipment and what needs to be wired we?re. The issues is how equipment is wire together so that interfaces work. Example that comes to minds the G5 with a gtn650. You can only use mapfx fomatng on one rs-232. You have to spit the out to two both the g3x touch and the G5.

A Garmin program that you could input the Garmin equipment and it will give you the all the wiring and inconncetion and configuration would be of great help.
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Old 04-25-2018, 03:52 PM
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I second what Mike suggested,,,,videos on-line would be fantastic!
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Old 04-25-2018, 04:09 PM
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"System Architecture" and Why

When I first installed the G3X Touch and related components there seemed to be little rhyme or reason for what was used CAN be what used RS-232 (not to mention what needed both).

I know some things have changed but it still remains a mystery, especially when the rest of the Garmin family of products start to connect in.

A typical example is G3X Touch, AHRS, Magnetometer, transponder, WAAS GPS, ARINC, COMM, backups, yada yada yada.

BONUS: I hope the 45 minutes get recorded and made available online!
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Old 04-25-2018, 07:53 PM
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I have dual touch, GTN 650, G5, and Garmin pilot. I’m in the learning stage. Still developing my flow for IFR. A recommended method of utilizing all the systems in the cockpit would be nice. On a recent trip, my clearance was amended four times while enroute. With multiple waypoint changes. Oh which system to use to make the amendments, what are the quick and easy ways for in flight operations.
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Old 04-25-2018, 08:41 PM
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Nearly past this point, but during my avionics install here's what I struggled with:

-CAN bus architecture
-acceptable signal wire splicing techniques (CAN bus related)
-where/how to mount all the LRUs
-antenna placement and restraints (length, compatibility/incompatibility, etc.)
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