Garmin Debuts Vantage Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Solutions for General Aviation

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., today unveiled Garmin Vantage, a family of existing Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solutions designed to exceed the needs of aircraft owners and operators around the world. These ADS-B solutions serve a diverse number of aircraft and their operators, including experimental, general aviation, helicopter, business and transport category aircraft.

Garmin Vantage encompasses the industry’s most comprehensive line of ADS-B solutions that are presently available to address air traffic modernization initiatives around the world, while offering safety enhancements to aircraft owners.

Cirrus panel displaying the versatility of a Garmin Vantage ADS-B solution (Photo: Business Wire)

“As the market leader, Garmin was the first to develop an ADS-B solution well over a decade ago and today we are proud to have more compliant solutions and more aircraft flying with ADS-B than anyone else in the industry,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “Garmin’s heritage of innovation has paved the way for thousands of pilots to realize the immediate safety benefits of ADS-B today. Regardless of what type of aircraft you fly, where you fly or what you’re looking to get out of ADS-B, pilots can depend on a Garmin Vantage ADS-B solution to exceed their needs and keep them flying.”

Vantage ADS-B Solutions for General Aviation are Timely and Simple

For aircraft without modern display technologies, the GDL® 84 presents many aircraft owners with a cost-effective solution to meet NextGen requirements without the need to overhaul the panel of the aircraft. The GDL 84 offers experimental and general aviation aircraft an all-inclusive option to wirelessly display weather and traffic on a mobile device, while meeting regulatory requirements for ADS-B Out when operating below 18,000 feet. Additionally, for aircraft owners who do not already have a compatible WAAS GPS position source on board their aircraft, the GDL 84 offers a built-in WAAS GPS receiver. The GDL 88 goes one step further to provide the benefits of ADS-B on a compatible display installed in the panel. These Garmin Vantage ADS-B solutions are approved for hundreds of aircraft makes and models and provide pilots operating in the U.S. with a simple, straightforward option to meet airspace requirements.

Thousands of Garmin-Equipped Aircraft Owners Worldwide Are Close to ADS-B Compliance

Thousands of customers already equipped with Garmin avionics in their panel are provided an easy upgrade path to meet ADS-B airspace requirements around the globe, thanks to our heritage of scalable and upgradable product designs. Aircraft owners who already have a GTX 330 or GTX 33 transponder can optionally pursue a simple Extended Squitter (ES) upgrade for $1,200* (plus installation). When paired with a compatible WAAS position source, this quick and easy upgrade provides the transponder with the appropriate transmission capabilities to meet ADS-B Out requirements. For GNS non-WAAS customers, a path is available to upgrade existing avionics to WAAS for use as an approved ADS-B Out position source.

Industry-First Features Optimized for Helicopters

The GDL 84H and GDL 88H provide a rule-compliant ADS-B Out solution for helicopter operators in the U.S., while offering state-of-the-art traffic alerting capabilities tailored to these operators and their unique operations. As part of Garmin’s Terminal Safety Solutions, TerminalTraffic™ provides pilots with the most comprehensive picture of ADS-B-equipped aircraft and ground vehicles in the airport environment. ADS-B-equipped aircraft in-flight are easily distinguished from ground vehicles and taxiing aircraft, which are displayed using distinct colors and symbols. Additionally, while operating in the airport environment, nuisance alerts from fixed-wing aircraft are minimized and abbreviated while performing unique helicopter maneuvers such as hovering. On Scene mode also works in the background to minimize nuisance traffic alerts when intentionally operating in close proximity to other helicopters during hovering operations such as Electronic News Gathering. On Scene mode is available with the GTN™ 650/750 touchscreen avionics and GDL 88H.

Solutions for Business and Transport Aircraft

As part of Garmin’s expansive ADS-B portfolio, the GTX 3000 meets current compliance standards as a certified ADS-B Out solution when paired with a WAAS position source such as the GDL 88, allowing this cohesive system to meet ADS-B requirements for a variety of business and transport category aircraft. With this Vantage solution, owners and operators can satisfy global ADS-B requirements and receive the benefits of ADS-B without the need to pursue costly Flight Management Systems (FMS) or cockpit display upgrades. Utilizing the internal WAAS/SBAS receiver within the GDL 88, the GTX 3000 transponder broadcasts aircraft identity, state and intent data (DO-260B compliant) to air traffic control, while integrating with existing equipment such as TCAS systems and transponder controllers. This Vantage ADS-B solution is currently certified for the Gulfstream G150 and G200 business aircraft and is available at the Gulfstream Service Center in Dallas, Texas.

Additionally, Garmin is currently working with select Garmin Authorized Dealers to approve this Vantage solution via Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) in the following aircraft, which will be made available to the Garmin Dealer Network:

  • Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP; Elliott Aviation
  • Hawker 750, 800A/XP, 850XP; 900XP; Elliott Aviation
  • Citation V; Executive Aircraft Maintenance
  • Learjet 60; Butler National Corporation
  • Learjet 35A; Butler National Corporation

Integrated Flight Deck Upgrades

Many aircraft manufacturers are pursuing transponder-based solutions such as the GTX 33 ES, which are becoming available as an ADS-B Out compliant option for aircraft with a WAAS-enabled Integrated Flight Deck. For aircraft without WAAS, the GDL 84 can offer ADS-B Out compliance and ADS-B In capabilities for display on a mobile device. Garmin continues to work on solutions for Integrated Flight Decks that will be made available to aircraft manufacturers.

Garmin Vantage ADS-B solutions are further extended to experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft (LSA). Pilots who install the non-certified G3X™ and G3X Touch systems can become ADS-B Out compliant with the remote-mounted GTX 23 ES transponder, when paired with an approved WAAS position source, such as a GTN touchscreen navigator. Transponder control is provided on the display of G3X and G3X Touch, giving pilots convenient access to this remotely installed solution.

Preserve the Panel of the Aircraft

Minimally intrusive ADS-B solutions provided by Garmin Vantage are available to aircraft owners who do not wish to modify the panel of their aircraft. The GDL 84 and GDL 88 contains patented AutoSquawk wireless interrogation technology, which interfaces with existing equipment to synchronize the squawk code between the transponder and the ADS-B Out solution, eliminating the need to install a separate dedicated UAT control panel. These Garmin Vantage ADS-B solutions interface with a wide range of general aviation transponders so pilots are offered flexibility without the cost of a major installation.

Superior ADS-B In Features with Garmin Vantage

Dual-link technology offered by the GDL 84 and GDL 88, provides pilots with the most comprehensive traffic picture available in the industry today as these solutions receive on both approved ADS-B frequencies. Enhancing the traffic picture, TargetTrend™ offers pilots a heightened state of situational awareness. Traffic trajectories and potential conflicts are easier to identify with TargetTrend, which incorporates relative motion technology to help pilots visualize closure rate of nearby traffic targets. The traffic picture is further enhanced during taxi, takeoff and landing with TerminalTraffic, which detects and displays other aircraft or ground vehicles on runways or taxiways who are also broadcasting their ADS-B position information. All of this information is presented to the pilot on a simple, easy to understand SafeTaxi® diagram with reference to runways, taxiways hangar locations and more.

Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather products are another example of the many benefits offered by receiving ADS-B In. Select Garmin Vantage ADS-B solutions take advantage of subscription-free weather, including NEXRAD imagery, METARs, TAFs, winds and temperatures aloft, PIREPs, NOTAMs and more within the U.S. These weather products are accessible on a variety of certified displays and mobile devices, offering pilots a number of possibilities when it comes to receiving the benefits of weather and traffic in the cockpit.

Discover Educational Tools, Plan Your Installation, Save Money

Garmin Vantage is backed by decades of experience resulting in superior integration, industry leading technology and exclusive features unmatched by any other ADS-B solution available on the market. Aircraft owners can discover which Garmin Vantage solution best suits their needs by visiting our newly redesigned ADS-B website, which provides owners with the tools needed to make informed decisions regarding their individual installations. Garmin’s new website guides pilots through a series of graphics, videos and also features an interactive installation planner to suggest a Garmin Vantage solution tailored to their individual aircraft and operations. For a limited time, the installation planner concludes by supplying a $200 discount certificate good toward the purchase of select Garmin Vantage ADS-B solutions. Visit our updated website at:

Additionally, Garmin plans to conduct a series of online ADS-B webinars for customers. The first webinar will be hosted on March 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM CDT. These webinars will discuss the technicalities surrounding ADS-B, address commonly asked questions and highlight a variety of Garmin Vantage ADS-B solutions that can help aircraft owners receive added safety benefits while satisfying global ADS-B requirements. To register for one of Garmin’s webinars or to attend a regional ADS-B seminar conducted by a Garmin aviation regional sales manager, visit:

Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to OEM, aftermarket, military and government customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes Integrated Flight Decks, navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, an expansive suite of ADS-B solutions and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and value. For more information about Garmin’s full line of avionics, go to

For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at, or

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