July 25, 2013
By Dave Hirschman
Garmin’s new GTR 200 radio gives Experimental and light sport aircraft better, cheaper options than FAA-certified equipment.
The panel-mount unit is the same physical size as the SL40 radio it replaces, and the GTR 200 adds big numbers and “3D audio.” The new radio also retains popular features such as standby frequency monitoring and a built-in intercom. And with a retail price of $1,199, it’s far less expensive than FAA-approved models.
“Our dedicated ‘Team X’ has done it again,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president for aviation sales and marketing, referring to the small group of company engineers that produce experimental avionics. “The GTR 200 is the idea solution, combining a powerful 10-watt radio with excellent sound quality and innovative features.”
The GTR 200 also “talks” to the Garmin G3X primary flight display/multifunction display (PFD/MFD) and gets radio frequencies from its database. Tune in 124.875 on the radio, for example, and the frequency is identified as FDK ATIS. Search for Nearest Airport on the G3X and frequencies can be transferred to the GTR 200 with the push of a single button—a move that lightens pilot workload and helps avoid mistakes.
GTR 200 deliveries are scheduled to begin in August.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
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