Garmin has unveiled expanded Connext weather and data service packages that provide new pricing tiers that offer all-inclusive rate plans designed to suit pilots’ flying needs for global weather and connectivity.
Based on annual aircraft utilization, two new rate plans are available, each combining continuous weather updates, voice calling and unlimited text messaging.
Aircraft equipped with the GSR 56 satellite datalink transceiver and compatible avionics can take advantage of these new rate plans starting at $79.99 per month.
Each plan is tailored to the number of hours that pilots typically operate throughout the year.
For example, Connext Weather 150 ($79.99) is designed for customers who operate 150 hours per year or less and provides worldwide weather updates at 10-minute intervals. This package also includes 30 minutes of voice per month and unlimited text messaging.
Connext Weather 400 ($174.99 a month) offers customers averaging 400 flight hours per year access to worldwide weather at five-minute request intervals, the maximum available. Connext Weather 400 also adds unlimited voice usage and unlimited text messaging.
Additionally, through Dec. 31, 2016, customers who purchase any one of the data plans can purchase a new GSR 56 with a Flight Stream 510 for $9,9953, a savings of more than $1,800. See a Garmin Authorized Dealer for additional details.
Existing GSR 56 customers can receive a three-month account credit upon enrollment in a new, 12-month subscription contract when taking advantage of these new data plans, company officials noted. Customers who have not activated service for their GSR 56 prior to July 1, 2016, can subscribe under any of the new rate plans before Dec. 31, 2016 to receive this credit.