Combining a dual-band ADS-B “In” datalink with a SiriusXM satellite weather/music receiver in a single, compact remote unit, GDL 52R is the all-in-one aviation weather, traffic and audio entertainment solution for pilots flying experimental/amateur-built or light sport aircraft. When installed with your G3X Touch series avionics, the GDL 52R receiver makes it easy to tap into features that aid situational awareness while making your time aloft even more enjoyable. You get full SiriusXM coverage — accessible from ground or air — combined with the subscription-free weather and traffic features of an ADS-B “In” datalink. Together, these 2 datalink technologies bring a world of safety-enhancing information — plus access to more than 150 channels of digital-quality music, news, sports and other entertainment programming — directly to your cockpit.
Works with a Variety of Devices
Providing multiple display outputs and viewing options, GDL 52R works not only with your G3X Touch avionics, but it can also communicate simultaneously with the Garmin Pilot™ app running on your compatible iPad® tablet or other mobile devices³. Likewise, if you fly with an aera® 660, aera 796 or aera 795 series aviation portable, the receiver’s data links can also be accessed (via wired or wireless connection) with these products as well. GDL 52R is able to support up to 2 Connext wireless connections for your devices while simultaneously providing wired connections for 2 other devices. Better yet, with the connectivity that links your mobile device app and GDL 52R, a single subscription lets you stream SiriusXM services onto multiple portables or mobile devices. So you get more access — on more devices — without spending more money.
The Ultimate Weather Watcher
Continuous SiriusXM satellite updates — accessible by ground and air — help you make better, more timely flight decisions. The SiriusXM network’s powerful satellites deliver seamless coverage across the continental U.S. and its coastal regions as well as southern Canada. (See coverage map) Choose from available SiriusXM Aviation weather packages that provide METAR data and animated NEXRAD imagery plus current reports on precipitation, lightning, winds aloft, echo tops, turbulence, freezing levels, TFRs and more¹.
Alternatively, the GDL 52R receiver also provides subscription-free access in the U.S. to ADS-B Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather information. With this, your compatible portable or panel displays can display animated graphical weather plus METARs, TAFs, winds and temperatures aloft, PIREPs, NOTAMs and other features linked from ADS-B. Better still, to help you maintain the most current weather picture, your GDL 52R receiver can queue the weather from ADS-B and/or SiriusXM while your display device is sleeping or turned off so it automatically updates when you turn the screen back on.
Great Sound Made Easy
With your GDL 52R, you can choose wired or wireless Bluetooth® audio connections to enjoy the high-quality audio entertainment channels provided by SiriusXM1. Volume adjustments and station selection may be accessed through your compatible G3X Touch display, Garmin aviation portable or mobile device app. If you prefer, you can also opt to hardwire GDL 52R through your compatible audio panel (or use the wireless connectivity of our GMA 245™ or GMA 245R) for routing through the cabin headsets.
Spot Potential Traffic Threats
To aid in situational awareness, GDL 52R can also receive ADS-B position reports directly from other aircraft in your vicinity. In the U.S., 2 frequencies (978 UAT and 1090 ES) are approved by the FAA for ADS-B broadcasts, so GDL 52 offers access to both frequencies. This allows you to see the most comprehensive view of all ADS-B “Out” equipped targets in your vicinity. Your compatible display4 will alert you by announcing traffic targets both audibly and visually. Spoken audio alerts announce “Traffic, Traffic” to get you looking right away.
View Enhanced Traffic Features
To further extend your traffic monitoring capability (on compatible displays), GDL 52R also allows access to our TargetTrend relative motion tracking technology. This feature gives you a faster, more intuitive way to judge the direction and closure rate of intruding targets relative to your aircraft’s position. 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. For example, if traffic is ahead of you and traveling along the same track but at a slower rate, the motion vector would point opposite of its indicated direction of flight to show you are overtaking the traffic. The result — you’re able to make faster, better target avoidance decisions.
For airport operations, TerminalTraffic technology (a part of the comprehensive Garmin suite of Terminal Safety Solutions) enables ADS-B-equipped surface targets to be displayed on your device’s SafeTaxi® diagram so you can see what’s happening with traffic on busy runways and taxiways. ADS-B-equipped aircraft in-flight are easily distinguished from ground vehicles and taxiing aircraft, which are displayed using distinct colors and symbols. Thus, TerminalTraffic provides a clear, real-time overview of on-surface activity in the airport environment.
Built-in GPS and Attitude Sensors for SVX™ Display
In addition to its weather, traffic and audio entertainment capabilities, your GDL 52R feature set includes a built-in WAAS GPS receiver. This enables GDL 52R to deliver highly accurate aircraft position, speed and altitude information to your compatible mobile device app. Also, built-in attitude sensors enable select Garmin aviation portables and apps with our SVX synthetic vision technology to serve as a backup attitude reference5 during your flights. With virtual terrain, obstacles, runways, horizon cues, HSI, GPS speed, altitude and more, this brings a whole new perspective to your portable navigation.
One Solution, Many Capabilities
For pilots who want the best in U.S. datalink weather coverage plus an impressive array of traffic, navigation and audio entertainment options, GDL 52R is the ideal 1-box, dual-network solution. And by going with Garmin, your receiver will be backed by a comprehensive 1-year warranty — and by the industry’s No. 1-ranked product support team.
GDL 52R is a noncertified receive-only product. It does not provide ADS-B “Out” capability to satisfy FAA mandate requirements.
¹Subscription required and sold separately. See SiriusXM.com/aviation for details. Not all SiriusXM weather products may be available across all devices. Check your Pilot’s Guide for specifics about which products are available on your device
²With support from compatible display. Not all ADS-B weather products may be available across all devices. Check your Pilot’s Guide for specifics about which products are available on your device
³See your dealer for our growing list of compatible devices
4Audible traffic alerting, TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic require compatible displays. Check the Pilot’s Guide for specific capabilities available on your display
5The attitude information provided by GDL 52R is not intended to be a source of attitude information for flight in instrument meteorological conditions
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