Garmin Unveils Low Cost ADS-B Out Solution for General Aviation Applications

Garmin has unveiled the latest addition to its most comprehensive line-up of certified ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solutions available. The new GDL 82 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink, is a small, lightweight Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) with built-in GPS that uniquely integrates with an aircraft’s existing transponder and transponder antenna. The new, patent-pending installation design also allows for a streamlined installation.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS–B) is a surveillance technology in which an aircraft determines its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked. The information can be received by air traffic control ground stations as a replacement for the secondary radar. It can also be received by other aircrafts to provide situational awareness and allow self separation.

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, Garmin, has committed to providing customers with solutions that are backed by its well-established lineage in ADS-B and product quality that pilots have come to know and expect.

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 new transceiver module 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 and is expected to be certified and available in Q4 2017 for an expected street price of $1,795. Garmin exhibited the GDL 82 module at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from July 24 - 30, 2017.