Garmin debuts GDL 39 3D

Garmin has introduced the GDL 39 3D, a portable ADS-B and GPS receiver that adds simultaneous display of aircraft attitude information (pitch and roll), alongside interactive mapping, traffic, and weather within the Garmin Pilot application.

The GDL 39 3D also features advanced traffic awareness, including patent-pending TargetTrend relative motion technology and subscription-free weather.

The GDL 39 3D combines a dual link ADS-B receiver that supplies ADS-B traffic, weather, and WAAS GPS data to Bluetooth compatible iOS and Android devices.

Garmin39Garmin Pilot enables the display of back-up attitude information and moving map page with weather and traffic overlay while in split screen mode.

Pilots also receive subscription-free weather. Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather is broadcast using the FAA’s 978 MHz UAT uplink and is similar to the existing weather products available today by commercial satellite weather providers, Garmin officials noted. Weather products include NEXRAD imagery, METARs, TAFs, winds and temperatures aloft, PIREPs, NOTAMs, and more.

Pilots can receive ADS-B traffic information and alerts to help identify potential traffic conflicts. The dual link GDL 39 3D offers a comprehensive view of traffic information, which receives traffic on both ADS-B frequencies, 1090 ES and 978 UAT. ADS-B In technology enables the GDL 39 3D to receive Traffic Information Service-Broadcast (TIS-B) and helps pilots gain a better understanding of the traffic picture around them, company officials said.

The GDL 39 3D also offers advanced ADS-B features, including TargetTrend relative motion tracking and SURF technology. TargetTrend provides a faster, more intuitive way of judging target trajectories and closure relates in relation to your aircraft’s position, Garmin officials said. In dense traffic environments and in many other scenarios, TargetTrend allows the pilot to discern the aircraft with the greatest threat, which saves time and reduces workload. SURF technology also supports the display of ADS‑B‑equipped surface targets on the map page so pilots are more aware of other aircraft and surface vehicles on the ramp.

The GDL 39 3D collects and stores all available traffic and weather data in the vicinity so it is available as soon as the display is turned on. It’s capable of simultaneously providing wireless data to two devices while hardwired to a third. The GDL 39 3D is Bluetooth capable, which enables pilots to continually receive weather and traffic information in the air or on the ground.

The GDL 39 3D is available today, starting at $849. The GDL 39 3D bundled with an optional battery is $899. The price of the existing GDL 39 is now $599 and $649 with an optional battery. Also included with the purchase of the GDL 39 3D is a free trial of Garmin Pilot.

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