Garmin has announced that it is releasing a new line of low-cost ADS-B solutions. These new solutions require only a fraction of the time necessary to install more complicated systems, greatly reducing the costs beyond equipment purchases.
A revolutionary new design will lead to a much higher level of ADS-B adoption within ADS-B aircraft. The GDL® 82 ADS-B Out Datalink is rule-compliant, economical, and easy to install. This new ADS-B solution is installed in-line with the aircraft’s existing transponder antenna wiring, allowing for a seamless transition to ADS-B Out compliance. A GPS antenna is also included with the solution, ensuring that aircraft of any age, make, or model can become truly compliant. The system is a “one size fits all” model, and even contains AutoSquawk interrogation technology – which allows the aircraft to synchronize pressure altitude information and transponder signals with the GDL 82. This is unique in the market, as it does not require a pilot to manually keep squawk code in sync – the system handles the heavy lifting for you.
The good news for general aviation?
This kit has a purchase price of less than $2000.
Further adding to cost-effective ADS-B solutions, Garmin has also introduced the GDL 52 and GDL 51 ADS-B Receiver and SiriusXM portable solution. With a list price below $1,200, this solution aims to fill the gap between ADS-B Out and ADS-B In systems. Before, to have a fully compliant ADS-B In/Out system, pilots would often have to spend thousands more on complicated equipment that had to be manually synchronized.
The GDL 52 and GDL 51 use SiriusXM’s powerful network of satellites to deliver FIS-B weather information, SiriusXM aviation weather, graphical weather, METARs, TAFs, winds, temperatures, PIREPs, and NOTAMs.
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