Team X, our dedicated experimental engineering team, has debuted two new full featured audio panels designed for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft, the GMA 245 and GMA 245 R. These products combine Bluetooth wireless music, phone, 3D Audio and more into a panel mount option in the GMA 245 that features a rich set of convenient and simple-to-use controls, as well as a remote-mount option in the GMA 245R, both of which are designed to interface with the G3X Touch flight display. With superior sound quality, industry leading auto squelch, music bass boost, advanced equalizer settings, 3D audio processing, and wireless integration with the VIRB XE action camera, to name just a few features, GMA 245 is a great option for your experimental or light sport aircraft cockpit.
Wireless in-flight communication is enhanced with the GMA 245/245R series, which brings Bluetooth audio to G3X Touch flight displays. Wireless communication further expands the utility of G3X Touch by allowing pilots the capability to connect a smartphone or tablet to easily make or receive phone calls and stream audio entertainment. Incoming phone calls are annunciated by both visual and aural cues so pilots can easily make, receive or complete phone calls without significantly diverting their attention from the flight display. The remote-mounted GMA 245R merges seamlessly with G3X Touch for a sleek installation. For pilots who wish to integrate a dedicated audio panel alongside a G3X Touch flight display, the panel-mount GMA 245 incorporates dedicated music and intercom volume control knobs, a backlit keypad and more.
Music effects add to the rich audio characteristics provided by the GMA 245/GMA 245R, allowing pilots to select bass boost levels, as well as equalizer effects, including rock, classical and pop. Advanced auto squelch automatically adapts to the volume level within the cockpit and allows for natural conversation at all ambient noise levels. Expanding upon the exceptional quality and G3X Touch integration of the existing GTR 20/GTR 200 series radio/intercoms, the GMA 245/245R includes a six-place stereo intercom and support for up to three stereo music inputs. Additionally, a built-in digital clearance recorder can record up to 60 seconds of selected COMM radio transmissions so pilots can play back difficult clearances.
We were the first to introduce 3D Audio technology to general aviation and now the GMA 245/245R includes this capability, which mimics how pilots hear and process multiple audio sources. With stereo headsets, incoming audio is spatially separated to reflect how people process sound and conversation by differentiating audio sources and their unique locations or seat position. For example, sound from COMM 1 will come from the left, whereas sound from COMM 2 will sound as though it’s coming from the right.
Bluetooth connectivity offered by the GMA 245/245R is further extended to integrate with our HD action camera, VIRB XE. In place of a standard headset cable, the GMA 245/245R and VIRB XE connect wirelessly to allow pilots the option to overlay intercom audio and air traffic control communications while capturing high definition video. With the GMA 245/245R, pilots are offered the option of remotely mounting VIRB XE within Bluetooth range to capture HD video at the perfect angle, without concern of the camera being in reach of a headset cable.
Contributing to an easy and convenient upgrade path, the GMA 245/245R is rack and pin-compatible with the GMA 240, GMA 340 and third-party audio panels for experimental aircraft. For pilots seeking a stand-alone or remote-mount solution, the GMA 245/245R offers seamless integration with G3X Touch. The GMA 245 (May)/245R (April) are expected to be available starting at $1,325 and $1,199 respectively. For additional information, visit www.garmin.com/aviation or contact a local Garmin authorized dealer.