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Garmin extends remote aircraft management to all

Wireless two-way data via GDL 60

The cumbersome process of updating Garmin avionics via data cards is about to go wireless.

Aircraft with a Garmin GDL 60 datalink installed can update Garmin avionics remotely, as well as monitor and log data from many Garmin avionics, including navigators and engine monitors. Photo courtesy of Garmin.

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.

In addition to wireless updates, PlaneSync will allow aircraft owners and managers to remotely check fuel quantity, electrical system status, and other parameters via the Garmin Pilot app. It also records flight and engine times and other records.

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.

Dave Hirschman
Dave Hirschman
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large 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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