Garmin Introduces ADS-B Solution for Bizjet Owners

With the ADS-B mandate quickly approaching here in the United States, Garmin has come up with a new solution for a growing list of business jets that the company says will satisfy ADS-B requirements globally. Rather than having to install expensive upgrades to the flight management systems, operators will be able to install three Garmin boxes that combine to satisfy the new requirement.

The system includes Garmin's GTX 3000 Mode S Extended Squitter transponder, GDL 88 ADS-B datalink and Flight Stream wireless gateway. The GTX 3000 broadcasts the required ADS-B out aircraft data to ATC through information provided by the GDL 88 WAAS/SBAS receiver. The Flight Stream sends ADS-B In data to a mobile device in the cockpit using Garmin's Pilot app. Through Flight Stream, the app will be able to display not only ADS-B traffic, but also Nexrad weather imagery, FIS-B weather, metars, TAFs, winds and temperatures, pireps and notams without the need to pay for a subscription.

STC approval for Garmin's ADS-B solution is in the works through several aviation service providers for the Citation V, the Hawker 750, 800A/XP, 850XP and 900XP, the Beechjet 400A and the Learjet 35A and 60. More platforms are expected to be added to the list soon.

The three boxes combined weigh in at only 10.4 pounds. Pricing has not yet been released, but Garmin said it will be "very competitive and attractive to operators looking for a low intrusive, cost effective solution."

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Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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