SiriusXM Aviation weather and satellite radio services are available for LSA/Experimental Aircraft using various Garmin products. See the Portables and Apps section for additional options to access SiriusXM Aviation and audio services.
Garmin GDL® 51/51R
Portable/Remote Mount SiriusXM® Weather and Music Receivers
Providing an easy-to-use and completely portable aviation satellite link, the compact and portable GDL® 51 or the remote mount GDL 51® SiriusXM receiver let you access continuous, detailed weather information, plus more than 150 channels of digital-quality music, news, sports and other entertainment programming via satellite. Better still, you can also use Garmin Connext® wireless connectivity to stream SiriusXM services onto multiple Garmin aviation portables (including aera® 660, aera 796 or aera 795 series) as well as iPad® tablets and other mobile devices with the Garmin Pilot™ app. GDL 51® is also compatible with ForeFlight. So you get more access — on more devices — without spending more money.
Regular SiriusXM satellite weather and data updates, accessible on the ground and all flight long, can help you make timely, better, flight decisions. And to help you maintain the most current weather picture, your GDL 51 receiver can queue the weather from SiriusXM while your display device is sleeping or turned off so it automatically updates when you turn the screen back on.
It’s easy to get great sound by connecting a compatible Bluetooth® headset or audio panel to the GDL 51, so you can wirelessly listen to your choice of SiriusXM audio entertainment channels. Volume adjustments and station selection may be accessed through your compatible Garmin aviation portable or mobile device app. If you prefer, a 3.5 mm stereo audio jack positioned on the side of your GDL 51 makes it easy to provide a hardwired audio out connection to an auxiliary device or audio panel in your aircraft.
Built-in GPS and Attitude Sensors for SVX™ Display In addition to its satellite weather and audio entertainment capabilities, your GDL 51 receiver’s feature set includes a built-in WAAS GPS receiver. This enables GDL 51 to deliver highly accurate aircraft position, speed and altitude information to your compatible mobile device app. Also, built-in attitude sensors enable select Garmin aviation portables and apps with our SVX synthetic vision technology to serve as a backup attitude reference3during your flights. With virtual terrain, obstacles, runways, horizon cues, HSI, GPS speed, altitude and more, this brings a whole new perspective to your portable navigation.
Garmin GDL™ 52/52R
Portable/Remote Mount SiriusXM® & ADS-B Receivers
3 Months Free Offer
Get the first 3 months of SiriusXM Pilot Preferred aviation weather package and the SiriusXM All Access audio programming package at no cost with purchase of the GDL™ 52 and SiriusXM subscription.
$200 Rebate eligible.
Providing an easy-to-use and completely portable aviation satellite link, the compact and portable GDL® 52 or the remote mount GDL® 52R SiriusXM receiver combine SiriusXM Aviation service coverage — accessible from ground or air — with the free weather and traffic features of an ADS-B “In” datalink. Together, these 2 network link technologies bring a world of safety-enhancing features, plus access to more than 150 channels of digital-quality music, news, sports and other entertainment programming directly to your cockpit. Better still, you can use our Connext® wireless connectivity to stream this information onto multiple Garmin aviation portables (including aera® 660, aera 796 or aera 795 series) as well as iPad® tablets and mobile devices with the Garmin Pilot™ app. GDL 52® is also compatible with ForeFlight. So you get more access, on more devices, without spending more money.
Regular SiriusXM satellite weather and data updates, accessible on the ground and all flight long, can help you make timely, better, flight decisions. Alternatively, the GDL 52 portable receiver also provides free access in the U.S. to ADS-B Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather information. With this, your compatible devices can display features from ADS-B. And to help you maintain the most current weather picture, your GDL 52 receiver can queue the weather from ADS-B and/or SiriusXM while your display device is sleeping or turned off so it automatically updates when you turn the screen back on.
Spot Potential Traffic Threats
To aid in situational awareness, GDL 52 can also receive ADS-B position reports directly from other aircraft in your vicinity. In the U.S., 2 frequencies (978 UAT and 1090 ES) are approved by the FAA for ADS-B broadcasts, so GDL 52 offers access to both frequencies. This allows you to see the most comprehensive view of all ADS-B “Out” equipped targets in your vicinity. Your compatible display4 will alert you by announcing traffic targets both audibly and visually. Spoken audio alerts announce “Traffic, Traffic” to get you looking right away.
View Enhanced Traffic Features
To further extend your traffic monitoring capability (on compatible displays), the GDL 52 receiver also allows access to our TargetTrend relative motion tracking technology. This feature gives you a faster, more intuitive way to judge the direction and closure rate of intruding targets relative to your aircraft’s position. So, rather than a fixed “snapshot” of the traffic situation, TargetTrend provides a more dynamic “velocity-based” display that shows which aircraft trajectories are most likely to converge with your own. For example, if traffic is ahead of you and traveling along the same track but at a slower rate, the motion vector would point opposite of its indicated direction of flight to show you are overtaking the traffic. The result — you’re able to make faster, better target avoidance decisions.
For airport operations, TerminalTraffic technology (a part of the comprehensive Garmin suite of Terminal Safety Solutions) enables ADS-B-equipped surface targets to be displayed on your device’s SafeTaxi® diagram so you can see what’s happening with traffic on busy runways and taxiways. ADS-B-equipped aircraft in-flight are easily distinguished from ground vehicles and taxiing aircraft, which are displayed using distinct colors and symbols. Thus, TerminalTraffic provides a clear, real-time overview of on-surface activity in the airport environment.
ForeFlight Mobile SiriusXM Aviation and Satellite Radio portable Receiver
With the Garmin GDL 51 and GDL 52 Aviation receivers, pilots using an iPad or iPhone with the ForeFlight Mobile app can view SiriusXM Aviation in-flight weather and data delivered via satellite to monitor storm fronts, track lightning strikes, TAFs, METARs, winds and more. SiriusXM Radio can also be added at a discount. Subscriptions sold separately.
The GDL 51 and GDL 52 Aviation receivers deliver SiriusXM Aviation weather and GPS position to the ForeFlight Mobile app on your iPad or iPhone via Bluetooth®. Command and control signals from the iPad or iPhone are sent to the receiver over the same Bluetooth connection. Note: The WSI Pilotbrief Optima app is also available on the iTunes App Store and supports SiriusXM Aviation and SiriusXM Audio service.