Garmin Adds FIS-B Weather to the GTN 650/750 Series

FIS-B weather products such as lightning, cloud tops, turbulence, icing, graphical AIRMETs and center weather advisories are now available on the GTN650/750. Courtesy Garmin

When pilots install the latest Garmin software update and use a compatible ADS-B In receiver, they can view new FIS-B weather products on the moving map display of the GTN 650/750. The new weather products include lightning, cloud tops, turbulence, icing (current and forecasted), graphical AIRMETs and center weather advisories (CWA).

When these Garmin units are paired with a G3X Touch flight display in experimental/amateur-built aircraft, pilots can also edit VFR flight plan information. Additionally, the GTN 650/750 can display a selected altitude intercept arc on the moving map when installed with a Garmin primary flight display (PFD), such as the G500 TXi/G600 TXi, G500/G600 or G3X Touch. When pilots input a preselected altitude on the PFD, the selected altitude arc will indicate where the aircraft will arrive at that particular altitude.

For SiriusXM aviation weather customers, pilots have the option to alternate between base reflectivity and composite reflectivity NEXRAD weather radar imagery. When SiriusXM aviation weather or FIS-B weather cannot be displayed on the GTN 650/750, the “no coverage” area of weather is transparent so pilots can still view airports, base map information and more. Pilots operating into airports not served by satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) can receive advisory vertical guidance (LNAV+V) while flying LNAV approaches with the GTN 650/750.

The GTN software upgrade is available immediately from Garmin authorized dealers for hundreds of aircraft makes and models at no charge. However, a dealer installation charge may apply.

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