July 19, 2014
By Dave Hirschman
Garmin has created a wireless bridge that allows tablet computers running the Garmin Pilot app to share information with the company’s most popular panel-mount avionics.
A Bluetooth wireless gateway known as Flight Stream 110 pairs with the GDL 69/69A or the GDL 88 to share traffic, weather, GPS, and SiriusXM audio controls with multiple mobile devices.
Another wireless gateway known as Flight Stream 210 allows two-way transfer of flight plans between Garmin panel-mount avionics and up to four mobile devices.
Flight Stream 210 communicates with a GDL 88 as well as the GTN 750, or GNS 430/530 WAAS units. Garmin’s new G3X “Touch” for Experimental aircraft has a built-in wireless gateway. Flight Stream 110 has a retail price of $549, and Flight Stream 210 has a retail price of $999.
The new products and features are part of Garmin’s “Connext” program, an ongoing effort to link the company’s panel-mount avionics with tablet computers (both iOS and Android) running the Garmin Pilot app.
In other Garmin developments, the company announced a software upgrade to the GTN 750/650 that shortens radio frequency changes and flight plan updates; and lets pilots load flight plans and custom checklists from SD cards, and pre-load database updates.
WireAware, a feature designed for helicopter operators, is designed to show the location of power lines on GTN units.
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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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