As many of you may know, Garmin made its ADS-B debut at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin a few weeks ago. The new GDL 39 brings subscription-free weather and traffic to Garmin aviation portables and Garmin Pilot on the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. We’ve received a few questions about interfacing Garmin portables and mobile devices with the GDL 39 and would like to take some time to address some of the more common inquiries.
When interfacing any Garmin aviation portable to the GDL 39, it is imperative that the operating software is completely up to date because the GDL 39 software is updated via the portable GPS software. Regardless of the model of GPS, running our WebUpdater program will take care of the necessary updates. Once the operating software has been updated, ensure the Interface Setup on your GPS is set to ‘Garmin Data Transfer’ or ‘TIS In’ if you are using a 396 or 496. This will allow the GDL 39 to interface successfully to your aviation portable.
With the latest version of Garmin Pilot on your tablet or phone, the GDL 39 will pair up via Bluetooth to display FIS-B (Flight Information Service-Broadcast) weather, as well as ADS-B air-to-air, and TIS-B traffic. While pairing Garmin Pilot and the GDL 39 ensure that the Bluetooth settings on your tablet are set to ‘On.’ When setting up the Bluetooth connection to your tablet or phone, make certain the GDL 39 is turned on. Prior to the setup, press and hold the Power button for five seconds. This puts the GDL 39 into Bluetooth pairing mode and a blue light will begin to blink. As soon as the device is connected, the blue light will no longer blink and display as solid blue. This indicates that the Bluetooth connection is active and connection has been made to the GPS, tablet, or phone.
For those of you who made it to AirVenture this year and had a chance to stop by the Garmin booth or stop in for a quick seminar, we hope everyone gained a better understanding of not only our products but ADS-B as a whole. We hope that incorporating the GDL 39 into your aircraft is an affordable and convenient way to receive subscription-free weather and traffic. For more information on ADS-B, please visit Garmin’s ADS-B Academy.