Garmin recently earned FAA TSO along with an expansive approved model-list STC for its TAS and TCAS I traffic systems. The lineup, first announced last year, includes the GTS 800 ($9,995), the GTS 820 ($19,995) and the GTS 850 ($24,995).
The traffic systems now can be installed in 580 different makes and models of aircraft, and Garmin expects to add more models this year.
While competitively priced, the new systems have some cutting-edge features, including what Garmin is calling its CLEAR-CAS (Correlated Location Enhanced ADS-B Receiver-Collision Avoidance System) technology that allows the system to track up to 60 targets at any given time. The information from the systems is shown on a compatible Garmin display and includes flight identification, altitude, ground speed and direction of flight of the target.
Each of the systems offers high-end performance and next-generation capabilities. The GTS 800 is a 40-watt unit with up to 12 miles of effective range, while the 820 and 850 use a 250-watt transmitter for up to 40 miles of range. The 850 is also an approved TCAS I system.
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