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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedGarmin announces G500, G3X
By George Wilhelmsen, EAA AirVenture Today

New lower cost alternative to G600, improvements to G3X series.

July 27, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - Garmin announced several new products at a press conference today at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, but the one that was the most unexpected was a lower-cost version of the G600 display, dubbed the G500.

The new G500, which will cost $15,995, is designed to fill the role of a primary flight display (PFD) and multi-function display (MFD) for single- and twin-engine Class 1 and 2 aircraft that weigh less than 6,000 pounds. The new G500 has the same fit and form as the G600, and even shares the same display, but it offers options for the inclusion of Synthetic Vision, the new GAD 43 autopilot interface, and the Garmin weather radar interface.

Garmin also announced a new application or "app" for the popular Apple iPhone, which sells for $99.95 per year and provides Pilot MyCast weather on the iPhone. The weather products include NEXRAD loops, METARs, TAFs, weather maps, satellite loops, lightning maps, AOPA airport directory information, and NOTAMs, and also provides for flight planning and flight plan filing. The new application is expected to be available in September 2009.

Further support of the G3X series was included with the release of the GSU 73. The new device supports the G3X with an attitude heading reference system (AHRS), an air data computer, an engine instrument system that works with most popular light sport and experimental aircraft, and an ARINC 429 interface to support autopilots. The new unit also has a magnetometer and temperature probe, to allow it to provide all the required information. The effect of this unit, when combined with the optional engine probes, is to turn the G3X series into a small version of the G1000 display.

For more information, visit www.Garmin.com.

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