Garmin was first to introduce datalink weather for portable devices over a decade ago, forever changing the way pilots fly. Now Garmin is bringing the benefits of in-flight weather to your iPad or Garmin portable GPS–without a monthly subscription. The new GDL 39 is a compact, portable ADS-B receiver that delivers weather, traffic and GPS information to the cockpit all in one package.
The GDL 39 features ADS-B “In” datalink technology that allows it to receive subscription-free Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather information over the FAA’s 978 MHz Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) uplink. Easily access graphical NEXRAD radar, METARs, TAFs, winds and temperatures aloft, PIREPs, NOTAMs and more right on your compatible Garmin aviation portable or through the Garmin Pilot app on your iPad or Android device.
It can also receive ADS-B position reports directly from other aircraft in your vicinity. Because the FAA permits ADS-B broadcasts on 2 frequencies (978 UAT and 1090ES), the GDL 39 contains both receivers so you can see a comprehensive view of all ADS-B “Out” equipped targets.
The GDL 39 also contains a built-in WAAS GPS that provides precise navigation data to the Garmin Pilot aviation app. The device connects wirelessly to iPad and Android devices via Bluetooth, and can connect to other Garmin GPS portables with a cable. The unit can be powered by aircraft panel power with the included adapter or though an optional 4-hour battery pack.
The Garmin GDL 39 is available for $799 and you can pre-order here: Garmin GDL 39 ADS-B receiver.