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Upgrade your next flight without upgrading your airplane

This compact device provides ADS-B traffic and weather services, an attitude-heading reference system (AHRS), and SiriusXM weather and entertainment—no installation required. What is it?

Give up? It’s the Garmin GDL 52 SiriusXM Aviation portable receiver paired via Bluetooth with Garmin Pilot or ForeFlight.

The utility of the GDL 52 and the instant benefits that a pilot can gain from flying with one are impressive.

Before adding SiriusXM weather directly to his panel, Josh Flowers flew with a GDL 52 and ForeFlight.  Josh likes SiriusXM weather for the resolution and frequency of data. It is a real benefit to pilots like him who are flying IFR.

Jody Jones, president of the International Stinson Club, flies with a GDL 52, aera 660, ForeFlight, and SiriusXM Aviation. He uses SiriusXM with his GDL 52 to gauge the crosswind at his destination airport when flying his vintage tailwheel.

Flight Chops (Steve Thorne) says “it's bananas” when he thinks about all that he gets on ForeFlight with his GDL 52 including AHRS, data, and weather information. This is especially important for him when he’s flying a North American T–6 Harvard and “half the gauges don’t work.”

If you’re thinking about buying a GDL 52, be sure to take advantage of these additional SiriusXM benefits.

  • Now through the end of the year, SiriusXM is offering a limited time $300 rebate.
  • The GDL 52 comes with a free three-month trial of Pilot for ForeFlight or Pilot Preferred weather with Platinum entertainment.
  • SiriusXM offers a six-month suspend program. If there are six months that you need SiriusXM weather, subscribe for six months and then suspend your service for the next six months. The GDL 52 is perfect with this program because you can use the ADS-B weather during the suspended six months.

Whether you’re a renter, flying with a six pack, or want to complement your avionics with weather information on an iPad, the Garmin GDL 52 will automatically improve your next flight.

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Topics: Weather, Apps, ADS-B

SiriusXM Aviation

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