Our TeamX experimental avionics group introduced new Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather capabilities to several popular Garmin products. These capabilities are available through the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) ADS-B ground station network in the United States. Pilots can now access this new weather information on the G3X Touch flight display for experimental aircraft and the aera 660 and aera 795/796 portables using Garmin receivers that support ADS-B In.
The introduction of the new FIS-B weather products give pilots additional tools to better interpret the broader weather picture. These new products include lightning, turbulence, icing (current and forecast) and cloud tops. With at least one ADS-B ground station in view while in-flight or on the ground, pilots can easily access and receive beneficial weather in the cockpit within the U.S.
Garmin ADS-B products are currently capable of receiving these new services. These products include the GTX 345, GDL 88, GDL 84, GDL 52, GDL 50, GDL 39 3D and GDL 39. Compatibility is also extended to include all remote-mount Garmin ADS-B In receivers. These ADS-B In receivers do not require a software update in order to receive the new weather products.
In addition to the G3X Touch for experimental aircraft, aera 660 and aera 795/796 compatibility today, the Garmin Pilot app on Apple mobile devices can also receive and display these new FIS-B weather products.
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