Garmin introduces industry-first, all-in-one portable ADS-B and SiriusXM Aviation receiver

Garmin GDL 51

Garmin announced the GDL 52/51, a series of portable receivers that are capable of receiving Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) traffic and weather, as well as SiriusXM Aviation weather1 and audio for display and control on select portables and mobile devices. The flagship GDL 52 combines all of these functions into a single device, while the GDL 51 specifically provides SiriusXM1 Aviation weather and audio entertainment. Both variants also receive GPS position data and display back-up attitude information2 within compatible portable devices. Wireless and hardwired compatibility is extended to include G3X™ Touch, the aera® 660 and aera 795/796 aviation portables, as well as wireless connectivity with the Garmin Pilot app, giving customers access to a full-featured suite of weather products, ADS-B traffic and more using a single device. Continue reading "Garmin introduces industry-first, all-in-one portable ADS-B and SiriusXM Aviation receiver"

ForeFlight 9 Released, Including Integrated Checklist, Glide Advisor, and Sirius XM Audio

ForeFlight announced the release of ForeFlight 9 this week with updated and new features. One of the top features is the ability to use one of many preconfigured templates or create their own custom checklists, which are fully editable, can be shared through AirDrop or email, and provides color-coded interface showing a clear visual confirmation of the items that have been completed. Continue reading "ForeFlight 9 Released, Including Integrated Checklist, Glide Advisor, and Sirius XM Audio"

Garmin's New Datalink Weather Receivers

Garmin announced its new GDL 69 and GDL 69A SXM datalink receivers.

These new datalink receivers offer access to new weather service packages with lower activation fees, which are made available by SiriusXM and their latest G4 satellite network. The GDL 69A SXM receiver provides both pilots and passengers with SiriusXM Satellite Radio audio in addition to new weather service packages.



iPhone SXM Control
iPhone SXM Control

The GDL 69 and GDL 69A SXM receiver adds to Garmin’s large lineup of datalink weather receivers that offer pilots access to SiriusXM aviation weather information both on the ground and in the air. When paired with a compatible display and/or the Flight Stream 110/Flight Stream 210 and a compatible mobile device using the Garmin Pilot application, SiriusXM aviation weather information delivers seamless coverage throughout the continental United States and portions of Canada and Puerto Rico, while providing pilots access to additional weather products. The base service now includes weather products such as lightning, (including cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground activity), graphical winds aloft, temperatures aloft, AIRMETs and SIGMETs. In addition to providing detailed weather information, the audio-enabled GDL 69A SXM receiver provides SiriusXM Satellite Radio entertainment in the cockpit.


The new GDL 69 and GDL 69A SXM receivers use the same antenna, offers pin-for-pin compatibility and slides into an existing GDL 69 rack. With similarities in weight and electrical load, the GDL 69 and GDL 69A SXM receivers are designed as a direct replacement for existing installations.

Currently, the GDL 69 and GDL 69A SXM receivers are compatible with the following displays:

  • GTN 750/650 Series
  • GNS 400W/500W Series
  • GNS 400/500 Series
  • G500/G600/G500H
  • G1000
  • G950
  • G900X
  • GMX 200
  • MX 20

The GDL 69 and GDL 69A SXM receivers are expected to be available in April 2015 for a list price starting at $3,875, while the helicopter versions are expected to become available later in the second quarter of 2015. Visit aviation or contact a Garmin dealer for more information. Visit for subscription information or to learn more about the latest packages available from SiriusXM.

SiriusXM Page
SiriusXM Page

Free Transition Training for Buyers of Used LSAs

To promote fleet safety, SportairUSA now offers free transition flight training and a free aircraft safety check to purchasers of used Sting, Sirius and Savage Light Sport Aircraft.

We have always provided free transition flight and ground school training to our new aircraft buyers, said Bill Canino, CEO of SportairUSA. To help maintain the safety of the fleet as our aircraft enter the pre-owned market we have decided to offer the same service, plus a free aircraft safety check, to buyers of used Sting, Sirius and Savage airplanes. Continue reading "Free Transition Training for Buyers of Used LSAs"

Sirius LSA Available for Demo Flights

Sportair USA, distributor for the Sirius LSA from TL Ultralight of the Czech Republic, has announced that the first aircraft is available for demo flights in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The first delivery will occur at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In this April.

The Sirius is a two-seat, carbon-fiber composite design powered by the 100-hp Rotax 912 ULS engine. It also features a GRS whole-plane ballistic parachute. Continue reading "Sirius LSA Available for Demo Flights"