Garmin announced the GDL 82 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink, the latest addition to the most comprehensive line-up of certified ADS-B solutions available from Garmin. The GDL 82 is a small, lightweight Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) with built-in GPS that uniquely integrates with the aircraft’s existing transponder and transponder antenna. This new, patent-pending installation design allows for a streamlined installation. For aircraft owners looking for a turnkey solution to satisfy the requirements of ADS-B Out in the most economical manner, the GDL 82 is a straightforward path to meet regulatory requirements.
“Garmin is the market leader in installed ADS-B solutions and with the GDL 82, we’re excited to give customers another budget-friendly and straightforward path to compliance that is quick and easy to install,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “With 29 months left to meet the requirements of ADS-B Out and the steadily increasing backlog of ADS-B installations at many avionics shops, we’re committed to providing our customers with solutions that are backed by our well-established lineage in ADS-B and superior product quality that pilots have come to know and expect from Garmin.”
Becoming rule-compliant and avoiding the cost of modifying the existing aircraft panel is important to many aircraft owners. The GDL 82 provides pilots with a minimally intrusive ADS-B Out solution that doesn’t require any panel modifications. Installation is quick and easy because the GDL 82 boasts a patent-pending installation design, which is installed in-line with the aircraft’s existing transponder wiring and antenna to transmit the necessary ADS-B Out information.
The GDL 82 also contains AutoSquawk interrogation technology, which interfaces with most Mode C general aviation transponders to synchronize the squawk code between the transponder and the GDL 82, eliminating the need to install a separate dedicated UAT control panel. This technology eases the burden of manually keeping two squawk codes in sync while in flight, reducing pilot workload.
The GDL 82 broadcasts on the 978 MHz frequency, providing a rule-compliant ADS-B Out solution for aircraft operating below 18,000 feet in the United States. The WAAS GPS receiver that is required for ADS-B compliance is built-in and offers additional cost-savings for aircraft owners without an existing WAAS GPS on board their aircraft. For thousands of aircraft owners, the GDL 82 is a comprehensive solution that meets regulatory requirements and provides pilots with a simple upgrade path to achieve ADS-B Out.
Pilots who already utilize an ADS-B In receiver such as the GDL 52, GDL 39/GDL 39 3D and Stratus line of portable solutions can receive additional benefits as the GDL 82 compliments many existing products on the market. With ADS-B Out participation, pilots using these products have access to a more comprehensive ADS-B In traffic picture, resulting in improved situational awareness.
The GDL 82, which includes a WAAS antenna and installation kit is expected to be certified and available in Q4 2017 for an expected street price of $1,795. To learn more, visit the Garmin exhibit at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 24-30, 2017. For additional information regarding the most comprehensive ADS-B solutions on the market, visit www.garmin.com/ads-b or contact a Garmin Authorized Dealer.