Garmin International has announced the GDL 52/51, a series of portable receivers capable of receiving Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) traffic and weather, as well as SiriusXM Aviation weather and audio.
The flagship GDL 52 combines all of these functions into a single device, while the GDL 51 specifically provides SiriusXM Aviation weather and audio entertainment.
Both variants also receive GPS position data and display back-up attitude information within compatible portable devices.
Wireless and hardwired compatibility is extended to include G3X Touch, the aera 660 and aera 795/796 aviation portables, as well as wireless connectivity with the Garmin Pilot app, giving customers access to a full-featured suite of weather products, ADS-B traffic and more using a single device.
Carl Wolf, Garmin Vice President of Aviation Sales and Marketing, said: “With the introduction of the new GDL series, we are reaffirming our leadership position and commitment to providing pilots with the most comprehensive in-flight traffic and weather solutions available on the market.
“With the GDL 52, we’re excited to be the first to bring the most economical and all-inclusive portable receiver to pilots who want to access the benefits of ADS-B In weather and traffic without compromising the advantages of SiriusXM Aviation weather and audio entertainment.”
The GDL 52 combines a dual-link ADS-B and SiriusXM receiver in one, supplying ADS-B traffic, a wide range of Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather products, as well as SiriusXM Aviation weather and audio to compatible Connext products via Bluetooth wireless technology or hardwired connections.
The GDL 51 specifically provides SiriusXM Aviation weather and audio. The GDL 52/51 also receive GPS position and back-up attitude information2 for display on select portables and mobile devices.
In addition to comprehensive weather data, pilots utilising the GDL 52 can receive ADS-B traffic information and audible alerts to easily identify potential traffic conflicts.
ADS-B traffic is overlaid on the dedicated traffic page, the moving map, as well as IFR/VFR charts on compatible devices. Exclusive to Garmin products, patented TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic further enhance the traffic picture.
TargetTrend provides pilots with a more intuitive method of judging target trajectories and closure rates, while TerminalTraffic displays a comprehensive picture of ADS-B-equipped aircraft and ground vehicles throughout the airport environment on the moving map and SafeTaxi airport diagram.
Boasting superior battery life, Garmin says a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery allows the GDL 52 to receive ADS-B and SiriusXM data for up to five hours on a single charge, while the GDL 51 can receive SiriusXM data for up to seven hours.
Pilots also have access to the most recent data as the GDL series continually downloads traffic and weather information in the background – even while the display is sleeping.
Capable of wirelessly streaming data to two devices and making hardwired connections to two additional devices simultaneously, the GDL series offer quick and convenient access to essential information throughout the cockpit. Remote-mount versions of the GDL series, the GDL 52R/51R, can also be wired to external power.
The GDL 52/52R/51/51R can hardwire or wirelessly connect to G3X Touch, the aera 660 and aera 795/796, while also wirelessly connecting to the Garmin Pilot app.
The GDL 52R and GDL 51/51R will be available next week through Garmin dealers at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 24-30, 2017. Garmin dealers will be taking orders for the portable GDL 52, which is anticipated to be available Q4 2017.
The new GDL series also include a free trial of the Garmin Pilot app. Both products are currently eligible for a SiriusXM Aviation rebate of $200 with an initial purchase of a SiriusXM Aviation weather subscription.
Additionally, customers who purchase a GDL 52/52R will receive the first three-months of a free monthly subscription to the SiriusXM Pilot Preferred aviation weather package and the SiriusXM All Access audio programming package at no cost.