Garmin GDL 39 3D Has Attitude
January 21, 2014 - Garmin has added attitude display capability to its new GDL 39 3D portable ADS-B receiver when teamed with the iPad Garmin Pilot app. Sensors in the portable GDL 39 3D box combined with its WAAS-aided GPS receiver can determine pitch and roll and display the information in the form of a conventional attitude indicator on the Pilot app.
The GDL 39 3D also gives alerts of traffic based on ADS-B "in" technology, receives the full complement of weather data sent up from FAA ground stations, and shows highly detailed moving maps on the Pilot app. The GPS receiver in the GDL 39 3D also provides altitude, groundspeed, and heading (track) to present a complete flight instrument display on the iPad Pilot.
The attitude and flight instrument display is intended to back up instruments installed in the airplane. The portable GDL 39 3D receiver links to the iPad and Pilot app using Bluetooth. As always, the weather sent up over the ADS-B link is subscription-free. The GDL 39 3D receives traffic information in both frequencies used for the service and has Garmin's TargetTrend display that shows which targets pose the most immediate threat and where closest passage will take place.
The compact GDL 39 3D can also link with other Garmin portable navigators such as the aera series and the GPSMAP 695 that have Bluetooth capability.
Garmin has priced the GDL 39 3D at $849, which includes a trial subscription to the Garmin Pilot app for your iPad. An optional battery ups the price to $899. With the announcement of the GDL 39 3D, Garmin has dropped the price of the original GDL 39 that lacks the attitude capability and other features but receives weather and traffic to $599. Visit the Garmin website for more information.