Garmin® Adds Connectivity to Cockpit with GDL® 59 and GSR 56
OSHKOSH, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the GSR 56 Iridium datalink and GDL 59 data logger and Wi-Fi datalink. These independent systems offer features like worldwide weather, voice communication and data communication.
“These systems use two unique transmission methods and are the foundation for Garmin’s next generation connected cockpit,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “Whether it’s Iridium voice service, worldwide weather, text messaging, or maintenance data logging, the GSR 56 and GDL 59 are affordable products that work worldwide and give pilots the connectivity they need in the cockpit.”
Garmin’s Iridium-based transceiver, the GSR 56, has worldwide weather capability and informs pilots of METARs, TAFs, and winds aloft around the globe. In addition, radar and satellite imagery are available for the United States, Southern Canada and Western Europe. Additional regions are expected to receive radar and satellite imagery in the future.
The GSR 56 also offers Iridium voice and data service (subscription required) that lets pilots or passengers make worldwide Iridium-based calls from the airplane’s cockpit or cabin while in-flight or on the ground. From the cockpit, the dialing interface is provided through the multi-function display (MFD) and incoming call messages are prioritized with other aural messages.
The GDL 59 is a flight parameter recorder that uses a high-speed Wi-Fi transceiver (802.11g) to synch with Wi-Fi hot spots that are within range of the airplane while it is on the ground. The GDL 59 supports transmission of logged data reports including engine trend and exceedance data, system maintenance data crew advisory system (CAS) messages, and more.
The highly configurable information recorded on the GDL 59 may be downloaded after the flight through Wi-Fi via the GDL 59, or it may be sent during flight through the Iridium data transmission via the GSR 56. The data may then be sent to an aircraft manufacturer’s server for trend monitoring and maintenance planning.
At this time, the GSR 56 and GDL 59 are available from some aircraft manufacturers or fleet operators on select G1000®-equipped models. Garmin anticipates that support for worldwide weather, voice communication, and data communication via the GSR 56 will be available as an option for the G500/G600/G500H at the end of 2010.
Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin, G1000 and GDL are registered trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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