Garmin has been the undisputed leader in aviation GPS products for over a decade, and now they are joining the iPad revolution. Today the company unveiled GLO, a portable Bluetooth GPS made for mobile devices like the iPad and Android tablets. The tiny device is about the size of a deck of cards, and packs a 12-hour rechargeable battery inside, so the device can be operated completely wire-free. Simply turn it on and go flying.
One unique feature of the GLO (suggested by its name) is that it works with both the familiar GPS constellation and Russia’s GLONASS satellite system. This increases the number of available satellites, and Garmin claims it can decrease GPS lock-on time by up to 20%. The receiver also offers a 10Hz update rate (10 position updates per second), although many devices will limit this to a lower level.
Two models are available. The basic GLO includes the GPS and a USB cable for charging, and should be available in August. The GLO for Aviation package adds an aux power cable, anti-skid dash mount and a free 6-month trial of the Garmin Pilot app. This model should be shipping in the next few days.