Garmin adds to its experimental offerings with GTR 200 Comm Radio

Garmin has introduced the GTR 200 panel mount comm radio for experimental and light-sport aircraft.

Features include advanced auto-squelch, 3D audio, stereo intercom, stereo music input, alert inputs, standby frequency monitoring, on-screen frequency identification, and much more.

“Our dedicated ‘Team X’ has done it again. As a group of Garmin engineers who are fellow pilots and homebuilders, they’ve designed the GTR 200 comm radio with the features and functions at a price that’s perfect for the experimental and LSA market,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The GTR 200 is the ideal solution, combining a powerful 10-watt radio with excellent sound quality and innovative features like auto squelch and 3D audio.”

The two-place auto-squelch stereo intercom senses the amount of sound in the cockpit and automatically adjusts the mic squelch for intercom use regardless of cockpit noise level, Garmin officials said. With 3D audio, the GTR 200 makes it easy to discern between the active and monitored standby frequencies as well as the other passenger, officials said. The radio’s standby monitor is enhanced with patent-pending digital processing, so it seems as though there are two radios in one, officials add.

With its advanced integration with the Garmin G3X glass flight display or other compatible products, the GTR 200 is able to receive a frequency in the comm’s standby position directly from the G3X’s waypoint page, allowing the pilot to ensure accurate transfer and reduce workload, compay officials note. This same integration, automatically, and without the need for a database, displays the airport identifier and type on the GTR 200, like “KOSH ATIS” after the pilot tunes the frequency. These compatible products constantly stream the flight plan and nearest airports to the GTR 200 for quick access and retrieval, company officials said.

The GTR 200 stores up to 20 pilot-defined frequencies as well as the 20 most recent frequencies, company officials said. The radios are easy to install, with a standard density 37 pin connector and they support both 14 and 28 volt aircraft and offer 25 kHz channel spacing, officials add.

The GTR 200 is anticipated to be available in August for an expected street price of $1,199.

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