18 December, 2017: Garmin’s 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 offers GPS position data as well as back-up attitude information to compatible portable devices.
Besides complete weather data, pilots utilising the GDL 52 can receive ADS-B traffic information and audible alerts to easily identify potential traffic conflicts. Exclusive to Garmin products, patented TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic further improve the traffic picture. TargetTrend provides pilots with a more intuitive method of judging target trajectories and closure rates, while TerminalTraffic displays a broad picture of ADS-B-equipped aircraft and ground vehicles throughout the airport environment on the moving map and SafeTaxi airport diagram.
A rechargeable Lithium-ion battery allows the GDL 52 to receive ADS-B and SiriusXM data for up to 5 hours on a single charge. Pilots also have access to the most latest data as the GDL series constantly 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.
SiriusXM 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 SiriusXM. Volume adjustments and station selection are completed through a compatible display. Furthermore, 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 3.5mm audio out jack positioned on the side of the device.