The cumbersome process of updating Garmin avionics via data cards is about to go wireless.
Garmin is vastly expanding its PlaneSync aircraft management system to allow automatic database updates via Wi-Fi or LTE via an installed GDL 60 datalink that connects to avionics including GTN Xi series navigators, TXi flight displays, and GI 275 electronic flight instruments, among others.
PlaneSync was introduced in 2022 for a few aircraft types that use Garmin G3000 integrated flight decks.
Downloads for Garmin avionics take place via the Garmin GDL 60 datalink while aircraft power is off. The data is then synchronized across the avionics network when aircraft power is activated. PlaneSync will be available via subscription in the third quarter of this year.
Subscriptions cost $10 per month for Wi-Fi-only service, $30 for LTE support, and $45 per month for worldwide LTE service. The GDL 60 device is listed for $3,995 on Garmin's website.