Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced new features and capabilities for the Garmin Pilot app for iOS® and Android™ including support for the GDL® 39 portable ADS-B receiver. When paired with a GDL 39, Garmin Pilot can display subscription-free weather and ADS-B datalink traffic information for even greater situational awareness in flight.
“Garmin Pilot now offers more valuable, safety-enhancing information than ever before,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “ADS-B weather and traffic, high-integrity GPS position information and capabilities like split-screen have all been integrated to provide the best picture of the pilot’s operational environment – from the time the flight plan is filed to the time the aircraft lands and everywhere in between.”
The GDL 39 combines a dual-link ADS-B receiver and a GPS receiver into a single product that wirelessly streams ADS-B traffic and weather information to the Garmin Pilot compatible mobile device via built-in Bluetooth® connection. Subscription-free weather information is continuously broadcast using the FAA’s 978 MHz UAT uplink and is similar to the basic services offered by leading commercial satellite weather providers. Weather services include access to NEXRAD imagery, METARs, TAFs, winds and temperatures aloft, PIREPs, NOTAMs and more.
Pilots can also receive ADS-B traffic information and alerts to help identify potential traffic conflicts. In addition to the ability to receive traffic data from TIS-B ground stations, the dual-link GDL 39 offers direct air-to-air ADS-B reception on both ADS-B frequencies (1090 ES and 978 UAT) to provide a more comprehensive view of potential flight path conflicts. Through this integration, Garmin Pilot is the first Garmin product available that supports the display of advanced traffic awareness features like TargetTrend™ relative motion technology. TargetTrend helps the pilot visualize the trend of the traffic threats as it relates to their aircraft to allow an instantaneous view of the traffic picture without any interpretation needed. This results in faster decision making and reduced pilot workload in dense traffic environments.
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