Garmin launches G5 electronic flight instrument for experimental aircraft
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The G5 electronic flight instrument for experimental amateur-built (EAB) and light sport aircraft (LSA) is an all glass back-up or primary flight instrument with optional autopilot capability. With a bright, 3.5 inch sunlight-readable liquid crystal display (LCD) with built-in GPS, the G5 displays attitude, ground track, altitude, airspeed, groundspeed, vertical speed, slip/skid, course (lateral) deviation, vertical deviation and incorporates a dedicated HSI page.
Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing said: “The G5 is easy to install and the integration potential is limitless, which is key when it comes to designing an aircraft panel. We’re excited to bring this innovative and safety-promoting product to the experimental and light sport aircraft market and look forward to seeing how our customers uniquely incorporate it into the panels of their aircraft.” Suitable for installation in place of a standard 3 1/8 inch flight instrument, the G5 can be easily integrated into an EAB/LSA cockpit, measuring 2.1 inches in depth or 3 inches with an optional four-hour back-up battery for added assurance in case of aircraft electrical failure.
The fully integrated G5 electronic flight instrument serves as a dissimilar flight instrument when paired with G3X and G3X and can double as a redundant ADAHRS source, supplying the appropriate air data, attitude and heading information to G3X displays. Pilots who have configured airspeed bugs within their G3X system will see the same airspeed configurations displayed on the G5 whose display, depending on ambient cockpit lighting, automatically dims and brightens independently from G3X for easy viewing in all lighting environments. A dedicated rotary knob allows for easy adjustments to altitude and heading bugs, as well as barometric altitude settings, which automatically syncs with the G3X or G3X Touch flight displays. The G5 can also be paired with the GMC 307 or GMC 305 autopilot mode controllers and GSA 28 autopilot servos to be a standalone autopilot solution, delivering a simple and cost-effective avionics suite.
The G5 electronic flight instrument should be available in April of this year with back-up battery by June. Additional information at www.garmin.com/experimental.