ICON A5s Will Soon Include Garmin’s G3X

New avionics option includes a two-axis autopilot.

The G3X includes a dedicated return-to-level (LVL) mode.Icon Aircraft

Icon Aircraft’s Jason Huang said, “Our owners have put more than 20,000 total hours on their A5s, and one theme we’ve heard from them, in addition to the incredible fun they’re having, is the desire for an upgraded avionics and navigation package.” As Icon’s president, Huang listened to customers’ pleas. By early 2021 customers will be able to order their new airplane’s with the G3X Touch, which includes a 7-inch touchscreen and a two-axis autopilot. The new Garmin avionics suite replaces the non-standard Garmin aera 796.

In a news release, Icon said, “The Garmin G3X Touch flight display features a bright, high-resolution screen with infrared touch control interface that seamlessly brings all essential flight information to your fingertips. It is designed to make navigation and communication easier, with intuitive graphics and menus to increase situational awareness and simplify data entry and display. The G3X Touch provides controls for the radios, transponder, and navigation on a single display; and the Garmin GMC 507 control panel for the optional autopilot manages a variety of advanced in-flight modes that significantly decrease workload when activated.” The G3X also includes a dedicated return-to-level (LVL) mode.

To celebrate the new avionics package, Icon is offering 50 percent off the price of the upgraded avionics package for US delivery orders placed by the end of February 2021. Icon says the new avionics package is not currently available for retrofit.