Garmin International announced July 12 that many of its Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers will be compatible with new Flight Information Services-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather products that should be available across the United States by October.
The new FIS-B products—Center Weather Advisories, cloud tops, graphical airmets, forecast icing, lightning strikes, and turbulence—were set to be deployed regionally beginning in late June, and available across the country by October.
ADS-B uses satellites instead of ground-based radar to determine aircraft location, and is a key technology behind the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System. The FAA has mandated installation of ADS-B Out for flights after Jan. 1, 2020, in airspace where a transponder is required today. ADS-B In services, such as FIS-B, are popular with pilots but are not required by the FAA.
A number of popular Garmin products are ready to support the new FIS-B products as soon as the ground stations begin to transmit them, allowing them to be displayed through the Garmin Pilot app on Apple mobile devices. Broader Garmin display compatibility is expected later this year and into the first half of 2019.
The GTX 345, GDL 88, GDL 84, GDL 52, GDL 50, GDL 39 3D, and GDL 39 will be capable of receiving the new products at launch, Garmin said. Compatibility also includes all remote-mount Garmin ADS-B In receivers. These ADS-B In receivers do not require software updates in order to receive the new weather products, the company added, but compatible displays will require a software update.
During the fourth quarter of 2018, Garmin expects to extend compatibility to the G3X Touch flight display for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft (EAB/LSA), the aera 660 aviation portable, and the Garmin Pilot app on Android mobile devices.
Software updates for certified Garmin displays that will support the new FIS-B weather products—including the G500 TXi/G600 TXi/G700 TXi flight displays, the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators, and the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck—are expected to be available in 2019.
Additional information will be available on the Garmin website.