Garmin clears up the ADS-B picture!
Leave it to Garmin to clear up a very confusing, cluttered market of ADS-B products for general aviation. This time there’s no rebranded products, partial approved model STC for certification, tricky install footnotes, gotchas or $7000 transponders.
The new GTX-335
transponders are finally an all-in-one option that addresses almost every possible ADS-B installation scenario.
Features and options include:
- Models available with or without internal WAAS GPS
- ADS-B In capability (optional)
- Most display compatibility option in the industry including G1000
- Ideal size and fit factor (1.65” H) makes it easy to replace almost any panel mount transponder
- Remote mount versions available for GTN 650/750 compatibility
- Rack mount altitude encoder available to eliminate external wiring to encoder (optional – $299 List)
- AML STC allowing for easy installation in hundreds of aircraft
- List Prices start at $2995
Quite simply, if you already have a Garmin transponder (GTX-327/330 or remote GTX-32/33), then the GTX-335/345 are the most sensible option for you. However, even if you have an older Mode C transponder, then the Garmin option is still the most sensible since you will update to a modern transponder while having complete ADS-B Out capability to comply with the 2020 mandate.
The ADS-B picture for general aviation is now much clearer.
For more GTX-335/345 details and product images, visit Garmin’s Blog
post “Garmin Introduces Next Generation of All-In-One ADS-B Transponders”.
Garmin announced today the release of the GTX 345 and GTX 335, all-in-one ADS-B transponders, which include Extender Squitter (ES) ADS-B Out with options for built-in WAAS position source as well as dual-link ADS-B In. With the most compatibility options in the industry, these new transponders display on a wide variety of current and legacy Garmin displays, including select G1000 integrated flight decks. Regardless of the existing avionics configuration, the GTX 345 enables more capabilities for pilots by displaying ADS-B traffic, subscription-free weather, GPS position data and back-up attitude information within popular apps such as Garmin Pilot and ForeFlight Mobile via Connext wireless technology. The GTX 335/345 come in an attractive size and form factor, making it easy to replace the most popular transponders in the industry, like the Garmin GTX 327 and many others. Remote options are also available for compatibility with the GTN 650/750 series and G1000-equipped aircraft. List prices start at $2,995.
View the full press release from Garmin here: http://newsroom.garmin.com/press-release/featured-releases/garmin-unveils-next-generation-all-one-ads-b-transponders
SEA Partnership to Certify Boeing 737NG Cobham Satcom System, fitted with Inmarsat SwiftBroadband Safety capability
SEA has partnered with China Trancomm, Cobham, Inmarsat and Delta G Design to certify the Cobham Aviator 300 system, fitted with Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband Safety capability for Airline Operational Communications (AOC) messaging, on Shenzhen Airlines’ Boeing 737-800 fleet.
This system will make Shenzhen Airlines compliant with the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC)’s four-minute mandate. The mandate, more formally known as the Satellite Communications Implementation Plan for Airline Operations Control, requires airlines to operate and control voice communications independent of Air Traffic Control within four minutes.
The system will also interface to the airplane’s existing Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), allowing the flight deck data messages to be carried over Inmarsat SwiftBroadband, which is a significant advancement using this newer technology.
SEA engineers have completed the aircraft survey in Shenzhen, China, and development of the FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and CAAC Validation of Supplemental Type Certificate (VSTC) is well underway. To learn more about SEA’s STC program and aircraft modifications services, contact PMO@seaerospace.com.