Garmin has updated the GDL 69 datalink receiver to take advantage of the updated Sirius satellite network, with two versions to be available in April.
The GDL 69 will allow users to access new Sirius XM aviation weather packages, now offered with lower activation fees and priced starting at $34.99 per month. The GDL 69A will provide access to those same weather subscriptions, and also to Sirius XM Satellite Radio (available with a separate subscription). Both models use the same antenna and have pin connectors identical to the previous GDL 69 version, and can be installed as a direct replacement. Prices start at $3,875.
Both GDL 69 models deliver weather data to a range of Garmin displays, from the GNS 400/500 series to the G1000, and others. The Garmin Pilot application for mobile devices will also receive and display data from the GDL 69 using Garmin’s Flight Stream 110/Flight Stream 210 interfaces.
Sirius XM aviation weather products cover the continental United States, and portions of Canada and Puerto Rico, providing a range of weather products including lightning, winds aloft, temperatures, and alerts.