Aviation Tools You Can Take with You

For tools of any trade, portability can improve versatility. Portable products can help keep you mobile, potentially allowing more options or opportunities for projects and pastimes. This is especially true in aviation. For some, portables can be cost-effective navigation tools for specific aircraft – or a transferable option for multiple aircraft. For others, it could simply be a dependable backup, one that typically stays in the flight bag for any unplanned or unexpected situation. The common thread in these products is their ability to deliver additional information within the cockpit, enhanced situational awareness or an extra form of communication, all in a mobile package. Here are our portable avionics solutions fit for any flight bag:

Pilots checking weather on Garmin aera 760 outside aircraft.
Garmin aera® 760

aera® 660 and aera® 760: purpose-built portable navigators

Mount it on the yoke, in the panel or keep it by your side, the aera 760 and aera 660 GPS navigation devices feature sunlight-readable touchscreen displays and come in two different sizes — a 5” display with the aera 660 and 7” display with the aera 760. These aren’t just tools for getting you from Point A to Point B, they feature a 3D Vision view that shows terrain, obstacles and a detailed layout of the airport environment to help keep you aware of your surroundings. Plus, add even more situational awareness by pairing a GDL® 50/51/52 series portable receiver — they can wirelessly stream weather and traffic data to the aera 660/760 and even overlay that information directly on the map display.

GDL 52 on top of aircraft panel with pilot holding aera 660 in flight
Garmin GDL 52 and aera 660

GDL 50/51/52 portable receivers

An ideal companion to our aera 660/760 series portable navigators or mobile devices running Garmin Pilot™, the GDL 50/51/52 series provides valuable information including weather and traffic data wirelessly. The data type offered is different for each unit, tailored to different pilots’ specific needs. The GDL 50 provides subscription-free U.S datalink weather via ADS-B “In” technology1. It also provides ADS-B traffic data via our TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic technology, providing detailed directional information on traffic targets in-flight and on the ground using relative motion technology2. Next in line is the GDL 51, which provides SiriusXM® satellite aviation weather and digital audio entertainment. For those wanting both ADS-B weather and traffic data plus SiriusXM Aviation Weather and digital audio entertainment? Go for the GDL 52, it features all of the aforementioned features. Additionally, all GDL 50/51/52 devices provide GPS position data and backup attitude information to compatible products.

Pilot holding inReach in cockpit with message received notification
Garmin inReach Mini

inReach® series satellite communicators*

Popular in the outdoor and adventurer communities, our inReach satellite communicators can be indispensable for pilots. It doesn’t matter if a mission takes you into the backcountry, oversees or simply across the state. With inReach, pilots can benefit from two-way satellite messaging and position tracking — so loved ones can stay in touch, in the know on your location and ensure you’ve arrived at your destination safely. Plus, each inReach model features an SOS button in case of emergency. If activated, it triggers an interactive SOS message to GEOS, a professional 24/7 global monitoring and response center (satellite subscription required). Add peace-of-mind to every flight with inReach.

For additional information on our latest portable or panel-mounted avionics solutions, visit Garmin.com/aviation.

1. Not all ADS-B weather products may be available across all devices. Check your Pilot’s Guide for specifics about which products are available on your device.

2. Audible traffic alerting, TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic require compatible displays. Check your Pilot’s Guide for specific capabilities available on your display.

*NOTICE: Active satellite subscription required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices. It is your responsibility to know and follow all applicable laws in the jurisdictions where the satellite communication device is intended to be used.

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