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Touch­screens are go­ing main­stream, and why not? As long as an al­ter­na­tive means of en­ter­ing in­for­ma­tion in tur­bu­lence is of­fered, touch in­ter­faces clearly are su­pe­rior, as we all learned the first time we picked up an iPad. Garmin’s new touch-se­ries cock­pits, the G500 TXi and G600 TXi, in­cor­po­rate touch­screens and su­per­fast com­puter pro­ces­sors that sup­port light­ning-quick map and chart ren­der­ing, fast pan­ning and sin­gle-fin­ger zoom and pinch-to-zoom ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Three TXi dis­play sizes are avail­able, of­fer­ing flex­i­bil­ity for panel con­fig­u­ra­tions. Our fa­vorite is the large 10.6-inch dis­play, which just looks right in the panel of an air­plane like a Beech Bo­nanza. There are also two ver­sions of 7-inch dis­plays, in por­trait and land­scape ori­en­ta­tions. The 10.6inch dis­play can op­er­ate as a PFD, MFD or op­tional in­te­grated en­gine in­di­ca­tion dis­play. The 7-inch por­trait dis­play can be ded­i­cated to any one of those func­tions, while the 7-inch land­scape unit is avail­able ex­clu­sively as an en­gine dis­play. The G500 TXi sys­tem is in­tended for Part 23 Class I/II air­craft un­der 6,000 pounds, and the G600 TXi for Class III air­craft weigh­ing up to 12,500 pounds.

When the TXi se­ries is paired with a GTN 650/750 touch-screen nav­i­ga­tor, Con­next wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity of­fers ad­di­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Flight Stream 510 is an op­tion with the GTN 650/750, which en­ables Database Concierge, the wire­less trans­fer of avi­a­tion data­bases from the Garmin Pi­lot app on a mo­bile de­vice to a GTN and the TXi sys­tem. Flight Stream 510 can also share in­for­ma­tion with com­pat­i­ble mo­bile de­vices run­ning Garmin Pi­lot or ForeF­light Mo­bile, in­clud­ing two-way flight-plan trans­fer, traf­fic, weather, GPS in­for­ma­tion and backup at­ti­tude in­for­ma­tion.

Here’s the quick run­down of prices: The 10.6-inch G500 TXi dis­play is $15,995, the 7-inch dis­play is $11,995; the 10.6-inch G600 TXi dis­play is $24,995, and the 7-inch dis­play is $18,995.

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