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Garmin announced on Dec. 14 that the all-in-one GDL 52 portable aviation receiver is now available. The GDL 52 is the first portable receiver capable of receiving automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) weather and dual-link, as well as SiriusXM Aviation weather and audio for display and control on select portables and mobile devices. It includes a built-in battery and provides GPS position data, as well as back-up attitude information to compatible portable devices.
In addition to comprehensive weather data, pilots utilizing 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 page, and also displayed over 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, 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. 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 compatible display is sleeping.
Capable of wirelessly streaming data to two devices and making hardwired connections to two additional devices simultaneously, the GDL 52 offers quick and convenient access to essential information throughout the cockpit.
A remote-mount version, the GDL 52R, can also be wired to external power. The GDL 52/52R can hardwire or wirelessly connect to G3X Touch, the aera 660 and aera 795/796, while also wirelessly connecting to the Garmin Pilot app.
SiriusXM1 audio is also available through the GDL 52, with three easy ways to connect. By simply pairing a compatible Bluetooth headset to the GDL 52, pilots can wirelessly listen to audio services provided by SiriusXM1. Volume adjustments and station selection are completed through a compatible display. Additionally, pilots with a compatible audio panel installed in the cockpit, such as the GMA 245/245R, GMA 345 and GMA 35c/350c/350Hc, may connect the GDL 52 to the audio panel via Bluetooth to wirelessly access SiriusXM audio. Audio panels with a wired music input can also connect to the GDL 52 using a 3.5 millimeter audio out jack positioned on the side of the device.
The GDL 52/52R is available and shipping now for $1,149, and it also includes a free trial of the Garmin Pilot app. For more information, click here.
Garmin’s aviation business segment is a provider of solutions to OEM, aftermarket, military and government customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, an expansive suite of ADS-B solutions and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and value.