Garmin® Introduces New, All-Digital Bluetooth® GMA™ 350c Audio Panel

Combines wireless music, phone, VIRB XE connectivity, Telligence Voice Command and 3D audio

OLATHE, Kan. /July 16, 2015/Business Wire - Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced an all-digital series of Bluetooth enabled audio panels, the GMA 350c, GMA 35c and GMA 350Hc. Designed for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, the GMA 350c series incorporates Bluetooth technology for wireless access to music, phone, Garmin Pilot alerts and more. This adds to an impressive list of features, including industry-first Telligence Voice Command technology and 3D Audio processing, as well as enhanced auto squelch capability and more. These features decrease heads-down time and increase overall situational awareness in the cockpit.

GMA 350c
GMA 350c

“Garmin continues to focus on simplifying the flying experience with the GMA 350c all-digital Bluetooth audio panel, so pilots can focus more readily on the task at hand – flying the aircraft,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “With the GMA 350c, it’s easier to complete important tasks such as opening a flight plan on the ground before departing an uncontrolled field. This, coupled with Telligence Voice Command and 3D audio, combine to make this the most-capable audio panel on the market.”

The all-digital GMA 350c Bluetooth audio panel incorporates patented features and superior voice control to provide pilots with an exclusive feature set unmatched by any other audio panels on the market. Bluetooth technology provides more functionality in the cockpit, giving pilots the option to wirelessly connect a smartphone or tablet to the GMA 350c to easily make phone calls or stream audio entertainment. Additionally, the GMA 350c series can be paired with the Garmin Pilot app to transmit terrain, obstacle or traffic alerts while in-flight. Pilot-controlled audio distribution ensures the appropriate communications are dispersed to passengers and crew accordingly.

Integration with VIRB® XE, Garmin’s next generation HD action camera, brings a new level of capability to the GMA 350c series. Bluetooth Audio connectivity offered by the GMA 350c allows pilots to connect wirelessly to VIRB XE in place of a headset audio cable to conveniently overlay intercom audio and air traffic control communications while capturing rich, high definition video.

Telligence Voice Command allows pilots to activate select audio panel functions by spoken commands. For example, when workload is the highest, pilots can switch from approach to tower frequency with ease by simply stating “COMM one.” With stereo headsets, three-dimensional sound is simulated with 3D Audio, which mimics how pilots hear and process multiple audio sources. This technology differentiates the audio sources and their unique locations or seat position so they are easier to distinguish. For example, sound from COMM 1 will come from the left, whereas sound from COMM 2 will seem as though it’s coming from the right.

Advanced auto squelch automatically adapts to the volume level within the cockpit. An internal microphone senses ambient noise and adjusts cockpit speaker volume level to ensure important audio transmissions are heard throughout all phases of flight. The GMA 350c analyzes cockpit noise levels and adjusts speaker volume accordingly to ensure alerts are quieter on the ground and louder in-flight. The GMA 350c series includes pilot, copilot and up to five passenger stereo intercom. It also supports three stereo music inputs, as well as dual COMM, NAV and AUX audio inputs. A built-in digital clearance recorder can record up to 2.5 minutes of selected COMM radio transmissions, so pilots can optionally play back clearances or unclear radio transmissions.

Contributing to an easy and convenient upgrade path, the GMA 350c is pin-compatible with the GMA 340 and GMA 350. The GMA 350c is designed as a direct replacement for existing GMA audio panel installations and as a slide-in replacement for the GMA 350. In addition to enhanced Bluetooth capabilities, the GTN 750 series has tightly integrated audio compatibility with the GMA 35c remote audio processor. For use in helicopters, the GMA 350Hc has the same core features as the GMA 350c, adding three COMM support, night vision compatibility and more.

The GMA 350c, GMA 35c and GMA 350Hc are expected to be available Q3 2015 starting at $2,295*. For additional information, visit www.garmin.com/aviation or contact a local Garmin authorized dealer.

Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to OEM, aftermarket, military and government customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, an expansive suite of ADS-B solutions and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and value. For more information about Garmin’s full line of avionics, go to www.garmin.com/aviation.

Garmin® Expands Connext™ Wireless Cockpit Ecosystem

Adds aera® 796/795, ForeFlight Mobile and Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck

OLATHE, Kan. /July 16, 2015/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced an expanded Connext ecosystem, which broadens compatibility to include the Garmin aera 796/795 aviation portable GPS, ForeFlight Mobile and Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck. With compatible Garmin avionics, customers can wirelessly receive ADS-B weather and traffic, as well as display precise GPS position data and back-up attitude information within these compatible products and devices.

Garmin Panel

“We’re excited to have ForeFlight’s and Jeppesen’s flagship apps join the Connext umbrella of tablet connectivity,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “Expanding the Connext ecosystem also gives aircraft owners additional options when pursuing ADS-B solutions and avionics upgrades and now, thousands of existing aera 796/795, ForeFlight Mobile and Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck customers have the capability to display ADS-B traffic and weather on their portable devices.”

aera 796
Garmin aera 796

The aera 796/795 now features compatibility with Flight Stream 210/110 when installed with a GDL® 88/84 to display ADS-B traffic, weather and attitude information. Flight Stream 210 also supports the display of back-up attitude information within the aera 796/795 on the 3D vision page. As part of Garmin’s Terminal Safety Solutions, TargetTrend™ relative motion technology and TerminalTraffic™ enhance the traffic display on the aera. TargetTrend offers pilots a heightened state of situational awareness, which incorporates relative motion technology to help pilots visualize closure rates of potential traffic conflicts. The traffic display is further enhanced during taxi, takeoff and landing with TerminalTraffic, which detects and displays other aircraft or ground vehicles on runways and taxiways who are ADS-B Out compliant. FIS-B subscription-free weather information, including NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, TFRs and AIRMETs/SIGMETs may optionally be overlaid on the moving map. The dedicated weather pages within the aera display additional weather products, including winds and temperatures aloft and PIREPs. Also available, the aera 796/795 pairs with G3X Touch™ and GDL 39R to support the display of ADS-B traffic and weather on the aera.

ForeFlight Mobile, a premier application that can be used with Connext, wirelessly communicates with Flight Stream 210/110 to display ADS-B traffic and weather information received from the GDL 88/84. The internal attitude sensor within Flight Stream 210 also powers ForeFlight Synthetic Vision with dynamic pitch and bank information. Highly accurate WAAS GPS position information provided by the GTN™ 650/750 or GNS 430W/530W navigators or GDL 88 with an internal WAAS receiver, is also shared to display precise position information on ForeFlight Mobile’s moving map view. Connext compatibility is available today and additional capabilities are expected in the future.

“Through this collaboration, ForeFlight and Garmin customers gain access to connectivity options that greatly enhance flight planning and in-flight experiences, unlocking more value from avionics investments,” says Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight. “This is the first step in a long-term relationship to deliver a continuous stream of innovative capabilities to customers of both companies."

The Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck app is expected to support the display of ADS-B traffic and weather, as well as WAAS GPS position information from a compatible source. Expect more details regarding avionics compatibility and additional features in a future release.

“Teaming with Garmin through the Connext system opens the door for enhanced situational awareness and options for the delivery of flight data,” said Scott Reagan, director, Jeppesen OEM Client Management. “This dynamic system will allow pilots to receive ADS-B weather, ADS-B traffic information and GPS positioning from their Garmin systems for display on Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck in a connected avionics environment to further aid the decision making process.”

Flight Stream 210/110 is a small, Bluetooth® wireless gateway, which is easily installed with Garmin avionics, enabling communication between avionics and up to two compatible devices. Flight planning is transformed with Flight Stream and the Garmin Pilot app on an iPad/iPhone and select Android devices, enabling communication between the GTN 650/750 touchscreen series and the GNS 430W/530W navigators. Unique features such as TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic display within Garmin Pilot to provide pilots with added situational awareness as it relates to traffic in the surrounding airspace and airport environment.

Flight Stream 110 is designed to pair with a GDL 88/84 and/or GDL 69/69A to provide the benefits of these products without the need for a compatible avionics display. Flight Stream 210 adds connectivity with the GTN and GNS WAAS series navigators, as well as back-up attitude information within compatible mobile devices. Additionally, Flight Stream 210 contains an internal attitude sensor, however if a G500/G600 flight display is installed in the aircraft, its high-integrity attitude source can take priority for display within Garmin Pilot. Expanded functionality of the GDL 69 SiriusXM datalink receiver displays SiriusXM Aviation weather on a tablet operating Garmin Pilot. Remote control of SiriusXM satellite radio is also available within Garmin Pilot for customers with a GDL 69A and Flight Stream 210/110. G3X Touch comes equipped with the Connext Bluetooth wireless gateway built-in, also providing flight plan transfer capabilities.

Customers seeking an ADS-B solution now have additional interface options when selecting a Garmin Vantage solution such as the GDL 88/84. For aircraft without modern display technologies, the GDL 84 presents many aircraft owners with a cost-effective option to meet NextGen requirements without the need to overhaul the panel of the aircraft. The GDL 84 offers experimental and general aviation aircraft an all-inclusive option to wirelessly display weather and traffic on a mobile device, while meeting regulatory requirements for ADS-B Out when operating below 18,000 feet. The GDL 88 goes one step further to provide the benefits of ADS-B In on a compatible display installed in the panel. AutoSquawk wireless interrogation technology interfaces with existing equipment to synchronize the squawk code between the transponder and the ADS-B Out solution, eliminating the need to install a dedicated control panel. Innovative dual-link capability allows the GDL 88/84 to receive on both the 978 MHz UAT and 1090 MHz frequency bands to provide the most comprehensive display of traffic information available.

ForeFlight customers can download ForeFlight Mobile version 7.2 or later on the Apple App Store to unlock ForeFlight Connect for Garmin. The latest software update for the aera 796/795, which enables these new features, is expected to be available Q3 2015 via Garmin’s WebUpdater. Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck compatibility will be detailed in an upcoming release. Garmin Pilot for iOS and Android is currently available in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Visit www.garmin.com/connext for additional information.

Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to OEM, aftermarket, military and government customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, an expansive suite of ADS-B solutions and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and value. For more information about Garmin’s full line of avionics, go to www.garmin.com/aviation.

Dynon Avionics and ForeFlight add Wireless Mobile Device Connectivity to SkyView System

SkyView_ForeFlight_Flight_Plan_Transfer_Wi-Fi_web_lowDynon Avionics partners with ForeFlight to bring wireless mobile device connectivity to its SkyView System

Dynon Avionics announced a partnership with ForeFlight that brings mobile device connectivity to its flagship SkyView avionics system. Enabled via a new Wi-Fi Adapter, SkyView pilots can now transfer flight plans between devices and send SkyView's GPS and attitude information to ForeFlight Mobile.

Seamless Flight Planning

SkyView pilots can now plan their flights at home using ForeFlight Mobile’s comprehensive flight planning features. Once at the airplane, they’ll save time by sending the planned route to their SkyView system via Wi-Fi. Flight plans sent from ForeFlight can be edited on SkyView and flown by the SkyView Autopilot. Pilots can also transfer updated flight plans between the devices at any time.

Wi-Fi Adapter for SkyView

SkyView to ForeFlight connectivity is enabled by a new Wi-Fi Adapter for SkyView that is installed in any of SkyView’s USB ports. The Wi-Fi Adapter costs $35 and can be purchased from Dynon Avionics dealers or Dynon directly. One is required for each SkyView display installed in an aircraft, maintaining system redundancy. Once configured, ForeFlight connects to SkyView through a secure WPA2-protected Wi- Fi link.

Support for the Wi-Fi Adapter is already built into the recently-released SkyView 12.0 Software. In addition to Wi-Fi and ForeFlight connectivity, SkyView 12.0 has over 40 new features and  improvements, including Autopilot Auto-Trim, OBS Mode, customizable aircraft icons, and a new optional in-air magnetic heading calibration.

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WAAS GPS and SkyView Attitude for ForeFlight

Customers also benefit from SkyView’s built-in WAAS GPS, which can drive aircraft position in ForeFlight. This is great for those with Wi-Fi- only iPads, and provides an additional high-availability GPS source for GPS-equipped devices.

When connected to SkyView, ForeFlight’s attitude indicator is driven by the same IFR-capable ADAHRS installed in every SkyView aircraft. This allows your ForeFlight attitude indication and Synthetic Vision display to show the same depiction for the best possible in-flight situational awareness.

WiFi Adapter for SkyView
WiFi Adapter for SkyView

Getting Started

Wireless connectivity between Dynon SkyView and ForeFlight requires  SkyView 12.0 Software, a Wi-Fi Adapter for each SkyView display, and a ForeFlight Mobile Pro subscription. Instructions for configuring and using these features are in the updated SkyView System Installation  Guide and Pilot’s User Guide.

For additional information, visit the Dynon Avionics website or  www.ForeFlight.com.

A video that demonstrates SkyView+ForeFlight features can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK87NDaMtvY.

 

A PDF brochure and more information about The New SkyView™ is available at http://www.TheNewSkyView.com.