Garmin VHF NAV/COM Radio Specials
Garmin is pleased to announce a new series of VHF NAV/COM radios, the GTR and GNC series. As the replacement products for the popular SL30 and SL40 models, the GTR series COM transceivers and GNC series NAV/COM radios include a breadth of new features to reduce pilot workload, while also offering an affordable solution to meet the requirements of the 8.33 kHz channel spacing mandate recently enacted by the European Union under the Single European Sky (SES) initiative.
These products have truly reinvented the stand-alone aviation COM radio with novel features like reverse database look-up and the COM monitor function, which bring new efficiencies to cockpit radio management. Beyond that, these products demonstrate Garmin's commitment to aviators worldwide, providing the solutions they need to meet the latest regulatory requirements in their regions, such as the recent SES mandate.
The series offers a variety of original features never seen before in a stand-alone COM radio. A unique frequency database makes it easy to find all the frequencies associated with a given airport or facility just by entering the location name or station ID. And when manually tuning a frequency, the reverse lookup function will automatically provide the navaid and/or airport identifier. Pilots can also find the nearest airport, area control center, flight service station, weather frequencies and VORs. All models also include a COM monitor function, which provides the utility of two receivers in one, allowing the pilot to listen to transmissions like ATIS without leaving the active ATC frequency, as one example.
The GTR and GNC series automatically store the 20 most recently called frequencies. Plus, the radios allow for storage of up to 15 favorite frequencies such as the pilot's home airport or other frequently visited destinations. A familiar flip-flop feature allows channels to be entered in a standby window, and then activated with a press of a button. All models also include a built-in, voice activated two-place intercom making it a great solution for a two seat aircraft without an audio panel. A built-in timer can assist with approaches, holds and other assigned maneuvers.
The SES mandate aims to enhance safety and efficiency of air transport in Europe by tripling the number of channels available for aircraft communications. This mandate requires all European aircraft using European airspace to be equipped with 8.33 kHz radios by December 31, 2017. Select GTR and GNC models offer both 25 kHz and the 8.33 kHz operational capabilities required to comply with the law.
The GNC series NAV/COM radios offer all of the same COM features, while also adding navigation capability with VOR/ILS with Glideslope. The GNC series works well with select Garmin flight displays including the G500, G600, G500H and G3X to display the NAV indicators in the primary field of view, and can integrate with most autopilots.
To learn more about Garmin NAV/COM Radios and for pricing, please contact Nathan.
Evolution 1500: Most flexible, most compatible, lowest cost.
The Evolution 1500 combines the powerful, award-winning EFD1000 Pro PFD (Primary Flight Display) with the versatile EFD500 MFD (Multi-function Flight Display) to deliver a full-featured, exceptionally easy-to- use glass panel at the lowest price on the market.
And your fly-away cost is made even lower because Aspen's patent- pending retrofit technology delivers substantially lower installation cost. There's no need for costly new panel modifications; Evolution Flight Displays (EFDs) uniquely retrofit directly into your aircraft's six-pack panel holes. The self-contained EFDs also don't require the installation of heavy remote mount boxes. And since Evolution displays work with the avionics already in your panel - no matter what make - you don't have to upgrade your GPS or radios.
The Pro PFD provides professional-grade EFIS primary flight instruments, with a full-featured electronic HSI with moving map. The 500 MFD adds photo-quality moving maps, terrain awareness, geo-referenced charts and airport diagrams, and (with optional or existing sensors) traffic displays, WX500 Stormscope® display, and the full suite of XM WX® aviation weather products.
The Evolution 1500 package delivers value pricing compared to installing the 1000 Pro PFD and 500 MFD separately. The modular Evolution EFDs are fully upgradable, so you can add comprehensive hazard awareness capabilities, new features, and even a second MFD to complete a three-display glass cockpit system. Evolution delivers greater flexibility since Aspen flight displays work with your existing GPS, radios, and traffic sensors - so you don't have to upgrade them until you're ready.
To learn more about the Evolution 1500 and for pricing, please contact Nathan.
Evolution 2000: Total Instrument Redundancy, by Design.
The Evolution 2000 combines the Pro PFD and the 1000 MFD to provide a system with MFD versatility as well as the safety and confidence of full PFD instrument redundancy. This Evolution Flight Display pair is an unbeatable duo that provides everything you need in an easy-to-use, full-featured glass cockpit for your GA aircraft. Safety First. And Second.
The cornerstone of aviation safety is redundancy. Aspen's trailblazing Evolution 2000 is the only GA EFIS display that provides total system redundancy - at less fly-away cost than any competing system.
Evolution 2000's safety architecture delivers an exclusive total backup ability that steam gauges and competing glass can't match. From full PFD capability built into the MFD to dual redundant backup batteries, Evolution offers the only glass panel that can effectively eliminate heavy, unreliable steam instruments.
Aspen's unique PFD/MFD window layout flexibility allows you to configure displays to prioritize critical flight data. Multiple views at your command significantly enhance situational awareness.
To learn more about the Evolution 2000 and for pricing, please contact Nathan.
Garmin® is announcing GLO™, a portable GPS and GLONASS receiver that brings Garmin's industry-leading GPS technology to mobile devices. GLO wirelessly connects to Apple® and Android® devices via Bluetooth®. It offers up to 12 hours of battery life and a position update rate of up to 10 times per second (update rate may be limited by the host device). This is approximately 10 times faster than the internal GPS receivers of most mobile devices. GLO is approved by Apple for use with its products.
When using both GPS and GLONASS satellites, the time it takes for the receiver to "lock on" to a position is, on average, approximately 20 percent faster than using GPS alone. Furthermore, when using both GPS and GLONASS, the receiver has access to 24 more satellites than using GPS alone.
Garmin has developed a special GLO for Aviation package. The GLO for Aviation package comes with an anti- skid mount, power cable, USB cable, and a free six-month trial for Garmin Pilot, the newest aviation navigation app for Apple and Android mobile devices. There will also be a basic version of GLO available that will include a USB cable. Orders are being accepted today for the Aviation version of GLO with expected deliveries beginning Friday, July 13. The standard GLO version is expected to be available in August.
The Garmin Pilot app has the ability to look at weather, plan and file flight plans as well as help you navigate. Also, electronic flight bag capabilities help minimize the amount of paper needed for navigation reference in the cockpit. The app comes with IFR high and low enroute charts, VFR sectionals and Garmin FliteCharts®. Optional geo-referenced FliteCharts and SafeTaxi® diagrams are available to assist in navigating approach procedures and unfamiliar airports, and all charts are downloaded to the device for easy access while in flight. To learn more about the GLO or the Garmin Pilot App and for pricing, please contact Nathan.
Garmin GDL 39
ADS-B Datalink Traffic and Subscription-Free Weather for Garmin Aviation Portables & iPads
The GDL 39 offers the complete package that combines a dual- link ADS-B receiver and Garmin's industry-leading GPS receiver into a single unit that streams ADS-B datalink traffic and subscription-free weather to select Garmin aviation portables including the aera® 796/795, aera 500 series, GPSMAP® 696/695, G3XTM experimental flight display and select Garmin Pilot™ app compatible devices.
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 (which can also be put in motion as new data is collected on select devises), METARs, TAFs, winds and temperatures aloft, PIREPs, NOTAMs and more.
Pilots can also receive ADS-B datalink traffic information with alerts to help identify potential traffic conflicts. In addition to receiving traffic data from ADS-B ground stations, the dual-linkGDL 39 features direct air-to-air ADS-B reception on both ADS-B frequencies (1090 and 978 UAT) to provide a more comprehensive view of potential flight path conflicts. In order to maximize available traffic information for the display, the aircraft should also be equipped with a compliant ADS-B "out" solution like the GDL 88 or GTX 330ES/33/23 ES transponders.
The GDL 39 provides weather and traffic information via wireless support for compatible mobile devices like the iPad and Andriod tablets via built-in Bluetooth® connection and wired connections for compatible Garmin portables. Coming later this year, Bluetooth support will be added to the aera 795/796 via a free software download. The Bluetooth connection also allows two devices to connect to GDL 39 at once wirelessly, making it possible for two- pilot crews to view traffic and weather on separate devices from the same GDL 39. Garmin products including the aera 795/796, 500/510/550/560, GPSMAP® 695/696 and G3X series can connect to the GDL 39, as well as an external power source, via a wired connection. Traffic only compatible displays include the GPSMAP 496/495 and GPSMAP 396.
The portable design of the GDL 39 also includes a built-in WAAS GPS receiver, which brings Garmin's industry- leading GPS location information to wirelessly connected mobile devices. The GDL 39 integrates seamlessly with the Garmin Pilot app to support its navigation functions with reliable and accurate GPS capability.
The standard GDL 39 package includes a mounting bracket, appropriate DC power cable, ADS-B antenna and extended Garmin Pilot subscription. As an introductory mail-in promotion, customers can get a free carrying case and battery with their GDL 39 purchase before Aug, 31st 2012. Customers must submit the mail-in form by September 30, 2012. GDL 39 deliveries will begin this week. Free carrying case and battery promotion will take 10-12 weeks for delivery to customers. For more information about the GDL 39 contact your Regional Sales Manager.
We know preparing for ADS-B can be difficult so we created the Garmin ADS-B Academy. The ADS-B Academy is designed to give you and your customers a resource to enable educated and informed decisions about how to transition to this new technology. We will have to an ADS-B Dealer Webinar on Thursday July 19th at 10AM CDT; you can expect a follow up communication with the invitation and details to the event. For more information and for pricing, please contact Nathan.
Garmin GDL 88 Series
The first dual-link ADS-B solution for Certified Aircraft
The GDL 88 Series is the first, dual-link solution for certified aircraft that not only provides a path to meet the ADS-B "Out" requirements for many aircraft owners, but also brings subscription-free weather and advanced traffic display to the cockpit. With the GDL 88, Garmin provides a turnkey solution for many aircraft types. Not only does this versatile unit provide both ADS-B "Out" and "In" capability for aircraft operating in U.S. Airspace and below 18,000 feet, but it is also able to receive on both 1090 MHz and 978 MHz UAT frequencies. That means it can link with these other transmitter formats within air-to-air range - and provide the most comprehensive display of ADS-B "Out" equipped traffic targets in the vicinity, regardless of your proximity to a ground station uplink. This all adds up to enhanced flight safety for aircraft equipped with Garmin's dual-link ADS-B transceiver.
The dual-link design overcomes several other limitations inherent with single-link ADS-B options. For example, if your 1090 MHz (Mode S) transponder has extended squitter (ES) functionality for ADS-B "Out", then your GDL 88 can be used in 1090/978 MHz receive mode to provide the display capabilities for ADS-B "In". Aircraft operating outside the U.S or above 18,000 feet may require 1090 MHz with ES compliant mode S transponder with Extended Squitter. In effect, the dual-link Garmin GDL 88 truly offers a more "Universal Access" solution than a single-link UAT. However, if you do only fly below 18,000 feet and stay within U.S. airspace, then the GDL 88 can serve as your all-in-one, ADS-B "Out" and "In" transceiver. Garmin's GDL 88 can provide a robust ADS-B experience for aircraft of all types and sizes. Everything from piston aircraft to larger GA business aircraft can benefit with an appropriately scaled Garmin GDL 88 installation.
Satisfy the ADS-B Mandate
Under the FAA's NextGen air traffic management system, all aircraft in controlled airspace will need to be equipped with ADS-B "Out" technology by 2020. For those who only fly below 18,000 feet and in U.S. airspace, the GDL 88 offers an affordable solution to obtaining compliance. With ADS-B "Out", the GDL 88 gathers information about your position, track and speed from either your existing WAAS GPS source or an optional built-in WAAS receiver. It then broadcasts this information to ADS-B ground stations over the 978 MHz Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) frequency. This gives ATC and ADS-B "In" equipped aircraft a more precise picture of what's happening in the sky, and allows for safe and efficient flight routing.
Subscription-free Aviation Weather
The GDL 88 also features ADS-B "In" datalink technology that allows it to receive subscription-free Flight Information Service- Broadcast (FIS-B) weather broadcast from ADS-B ground stations on the same 978 UAT frequency. The weather content available on this subscription free FIS-B datalink is comparable to the basic subscription services offered by leading commercial satellite weather providers. On a compatible flight display, this uplink allows you to view graphical NEXRAD radar, METARs, TAFs, SIGMETs, AIRMETs, NOTAMs, TFRs and more. This means there's a real economic advantage to be gained with the Garmin GDL 88 series as the choice for ADS-B 'In'. The FAA's ADS-B datalink traffic and subscription free weather is currently available and operational in many areas across the U.S. (coverage information can be found on Garmin's ADS-B Academy). The FAA plans to have nationwide coverage by the end of 2013.
Spot Potential Traffic Threats
Since the GDL 88 has a dual-linked receiver, pilots will get a comprehensive view of all ADS-B "Out" equipped targets in the vicinity. The GDL 88 is also compatible with active traffic systems, enabling it to prioritize multiple traffic inputs and remove duplicate targets by choosing the highest integrity source available. When there are several traffic targets in an area, the advanced display capability of the GTN series will de-clutter the display by grouping the targets and showing only the one that is the highest priority. The pilot can touch a grouped target to ungroup and show all targets in the area. The GTN also allows the pilot to select any target on the display to view more detailed information including closure rate and ground speed.
With a new display feature called "TargetTrend™," Garmin's GDL 88 offers pilots a faster, more intuitive way for pilots to judge the direction and closure rate of intruding targets in relation to the their aircraft's position. Unlike a ground controller's traffic display, which has a fixed reference point, the reference point for your ADS-B airborne display is constantly moving through space. So, rather than a fixed “snapshot” of the traffic situation, TargetTrend™ provides a more dynamic “velocity-based” display that shows which aircraft trajectories are most likely to converge with your own. This, in essence, is what TargetTrend™ relative motion display does - providing an easy-to-interpret directional traffic picture that allows for faster, better decision making and increased safety of flight in high-density traffic environments. While today, not all targets will display with TargetTrend relative motion trajectories, as more aircraft become ADS-B 'Out' equipped, the more beneficial this capability will become to pilots.
Click here to see screenshots of Target Trend vs.Absolute Motion
Receive Audible Alerts
You can still take advantage of the GDL 88's ADS-B "In" traffic, even if you don't have a compatible flight display to view the data. When appropriately equipped aircraft are in your vicinity, a visual indicator light can alert you when traffic enters your vicinity and audible alerts will let you know of a conflicting aircraft's range, bearing, and relative altitude (when available). You'll hear this information through your cabin audio system in an ATC-like spoken format: "Traffic: 10 O'clock, High (or Low or Same Altitude), 2 miles."
Separate Control Panel Not Required
Under ADS-B requirements, your ADS-B "Out" source must squawk the same code as your transponder. Patent-pending technology allows the GDL 88 to be compatible with a wide range of general aviation transponders - synchronizing squawk code and ident to eliminate the need to install a dedicated UAT control panel. By opting for the "do it all" solution provided by Garmin's GDL 88, your path to ADS-B compliance is as simple, straightforward and cost-effective as it can possibly be.
Enhance Your Reception
Antenna options allow the performance of the GDL 88 to be optimized for any type of aircraft. For optimal performance, a diversity antenna version of the GDL 88 with both top- and bottom-mounted antennae enhance the signal reception both above and below, and works to minimize blind spots caused by the wings or fuselage during aircraft maneuvering. This is especially useful in maintaining optimal reception of ADS-B traffic during ground operations. A basic bottom-mount antenna version is also available as a more cost-effective alternative.
Availability and Provisioning for the GDL 88
Initial deliveries of the GDL 88 series are expected to begin in Q4 2012. Since customer interest in this product prior to certification is expected, PRELIMINARY installation guidelines for the GDL 88 series will be available in the Dealer Resource Center. These preliminary installation guidelines are subject to change prior to certification and are intended to help minimize future installation costs for potential customers. Although installation racks and kits will not be available until final certification is complete, the compatible UAT antenna as well as GPS antenna (only required for customers needing GDL 88 with internal WAAS) are commercially available today.
For more information, please contact Nathan.
Garmin GWX Weather Radar
The GWX 70 is a technologically advanced weather radar that collects real-time precipitation intensity to provide the pilot with the tactical weather information needed to help avoid severe weather. The GWX 70's compact, all-in-one antenna/receiver/transmitter is designed for easy installation in a wide variety of aircraft. Available antenna sizes include 10, 12 and 18 inch.
Using solid state pulse compression technology, the GWX 70 performs all of the same basic functions as the GWX 68 at a comparable price (NO More MAGNETRON). The GWX 70 combines exceptional range and adjustable scanning profiles with precision target definition for accurate, real- time weather analysis in the cockpit.
Advanced features for compatible displays via optional software enablements include Turbulence Detection and Ground Clutter Suppression. Turbulence detection is a type of advanced, Doppler-enabled technology to identify turbulence in air containing particulates, such as precipitation or dust, out to 40 nautical miles. Previously, this level of technology was only available onboard commercial and large business aircraft, but the GWX 70 opens the door for aircraft of all sizes to affordably obtain the benefits of a high-end weather radar. Ground clutter suppression is also available as an option, which allows the GWX 70 to identify radar returns from the ground and remove them from the display.
With the addition of Ground Mapping Mode, the GWX 70 provides a real-time depiction of terrain for various applications - such as an additional navigational aid.
On compatible displays, Altitude Compensated Tilt will also reduce the pilot's workload. One of the challenges with older radars is the need for the pilot to change the tilt of the radar with any altitude change. This process is automated in the GWX 70 such that the pilot needs to set the tilt only once and the radar automatically adjusts with any future altitude changes.
Garmin's exclusive WATCH™ feature (Weather Attenuated Color Highlight) helps identify the shadowing effects of short-range cell activity, highlighting areas where radar signals are weakened, or attenuated, by intense precipitation and that may not fully reflect the “storm behind the storm.” To focus radar scanning on a specific area of interest, the GWX 70 offers pilot-adjustable sector scan angles from 20 to 120 degrees. The system also includes a vertical scanning function to aid in analyzing storm tops, gradients and cell buildup activity at various altitudes.
In most installations, the GWX 70 is a direct replacement for the GWX 68. It is compatible with a breadth of Garmin multifunction displays, including the GTN series touch screen avionics, the G1000 integrated flight deck, the GMX 200, MX 20 and G500/G600. The availability will differ for each display. We will have full-feature support on the GTN products with GTN software version 3.0 available in Q4 2012. The G600/G500 and GMX200/MX20 will support GWX 68-like capabilities via the ARINC 708 interface upon initial GWX 70 certification. A number of manufacturers have already selected the GWX 70 for installation on new aircraft - including Cessna's Citation Ten, Citation Latitude and Citation Longitude, as well as Bombardier's Learjet 70 and Learjet 75. Garmin expects to receive Technical Standard Order (TSO) certification of the GWX 70 in August 2012. For more information and for pricing, please contact Nathan.
An Airborne Weather Radar with 40 Watt Transmitter output? Is this a typo?
No. Weather radar performance depends upon how much energy it can reflect off of targets and receiver sensitivity. In traditional magnetron-based radar systems, very high power pulses are transmitted, typically 4-8kW. Pulse width relates to range resolution, so using wider pulses to put more effective energy on the target results in lower resolution of the returns, so magnetron based radars only use pulses of very short duration, typically 2 to 4 microseconds. Also, due to inherent limitations in magnetrons, Pulse Repetition Frequency (PRF) is normally limited to around 100Hz. In the time that a magnetron-based radar can put one pulse on the target, the solid state transmitter in the GWX 70 can put hundreds of lower power pulses on the same target, which equates to the same or more effective energy on the target. With Pulse Compression technology made possible through Digital Signal Processing (DSP), the GWX 70 can also transmit much wider pulses which likewise result in more effective energy, without the typical loss in range resolution experienced by traditional radar systems. Finally, the DSP receiver in the GWX 70 is 10-15dB more sensitive than typical radar systems available in the GA market. All of these technologically advanced capabilities of the GWX 70 result in outstanding performance exceeding that of typical magnetron based radars.
For more information and for pricing, please contact Nathan.