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GARMIN GDL 39 ADS-B / GPS RECEIVER

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Overview

Note: GDL 39 can only receive ADS-B information in the USA.

The GDL 39 offers the complete package that combines a dual-link ADS-B receiver and Garmin’s industry-leading GPS receiver into a single unit that streams ADS-B datalink traffic and subscription-free weather to select Garmin aviation portables including the aera® 796/795, aera 500 series, GPSMAP® 696/695, G3X™ experimental flight display and select Garmin Pilot™ app compatible devices.

Subscription-free weather information is continuously broadcast using the FAA’s 978 MHz UAT uplink and is similar to the basic services offered by leading commercial satellite weather providers.

Weather services include access to NEXRAD imagery (which can also be put in motion as new data is collected on select devises), METARs, TAFs, winds and temperatures aloft, PIREPs, NOTAMs and more.

Pilots can also receive ADS-B datalink traffic information with alerts to help identify potential traffic conflicts. In addition to receiving traffic data from ADS-B ground stations, the dual-link GDL 39 features direct air-to-air ADS-B reception on both ADS-B frequencies (1090 and 978 UAT) to provide a more comprehensive view of potential flight path conflicts. In order to maximize available traffic information for the display, the aircraft should also be equipped with a compliant ADS-B “out” solution like the GDL 88 or GTX 330ES/33/23 ES transponders.

The GDL 39 provides weather and traffic information via wireless support for compatible mobile devices like the iPad and Andriod tablets via built-in Bluetooth® connection and wired connections for compatible Garmin portables. The Bluetooth connection also allows two devices to connect to GDL 39 at once wirelessly, making it possible for two-pilot crews to view traffic and weather on separate devices from the same GDL 39. Garmin products including the aera 795/796, 500/510/550/560, GPSMAP® 695/696 and G3X series can connect to the GDL 39, as well as an external power source, via a wired connection. Traffic only compatible displays include theGPSMAP 496/495 and GPSMAP 396.

The portable design of the GDL 39 also includes a built-in WAAS GPS receiver, which brings Garmin’s industry-leading GPS location information to wirelessly connected mobile devices. The GDL 39 integrates seamlessly with the Garmin Pilot app to support its navigation functions with reliable and accurate GPS capability.


Specifications

Antenna/Receiver
  • Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 3.5" x 1.9" x 6.0" (8.89 x 4.83 x 15.24 cm)
  • Weight: 0.48 lb (0.22 kg)
  • Operating temperature: 20°C to +60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
  • Operating altitude: To 55,000 ft
  • Power input: 10 to 32 VDC, 3.5 W max.
  • Battery charge power: 4.5 W max
  • Total power while charging: 8.0 W max
Optional Battery Assembly
  • Type: Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery
  • Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 3.8" x 0.9" x 6.4" (9.65 x 2.29 x 16.26 cm)
  • Output voltage: 7.4 VDC
  • Charging voltage: 10-32 VDC
  • Charge temperature:Unit may not charge at extreme temperatures below 0° C (32° F) or above 32° C (90° F)
  • Operating temperature: -20° C to +60°C (-4°F to +140° F)
  • Typical battery operating time: up to 4 hours

Compatible Devices

DISPLAY TIS-B TRAFFIC FIS-B WEATHER CONNECTION TargetTrend™ Capable Attitude from GDL 39 3D
Garmin Pilot app 30 targets Yes Bluetooth Yes Yes (iOS only)
G3X Touch 30 targets Yes Bluetooth or Cable Yes No
G3X 30 targets Yes Cable Yes No
aera 795/796 30 targets Yes Bluetooth or Cable Yes Yes
aera 660 30 targets Yes Bluetooth or Cable Yes Yes
aera 500 series 30 targets Yes Cable Yes No
GPSMAP 695/696 30 targets Yes Cable Yes No
GPSMAP 495/496 8 targets1 No Cable No No
GPSMAP 396 8 targets1 No Cable No No
ForeFlight Mobile 30 targets Yes Bluetooth No Yes
FltPlan Go 30 targets Yes Bluetooth No Yes

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In The Box

  • GDL 39
  • Mounting bracket
  • Suction Cup for Cable
  • Pilot's Guide
  • Power adapter (based on selection)
  • Free Trial of Garmin Pilot App (For iPad / Android version ONLY)
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Reviews

Steve
December 30, 2017

Steve
December 30, 2017

The best application for my GPS security 100%

Angel
February 13, 2017

Works great, read all the other reviews and I agree 100%. One small thing. When you first pair it the GDL 39 must be able to pick up a GPS signal, which means pair it the first time outside. We tried to do it in the office, no dice. This instruction is not really front and center and we found it on the Garmin Pilot app not in the instruction book.

Jeff G
August 27, 2014

What a Great piece of equipment. Always a pleasant surprise when something is even better than you anticipated. Just flew from DFI to JYO and return, it worked flawlessly. Received the unit last week, coupled it to my 696 placed it in my car so the software could update imagine my surprise when after the update finished I picked up weather. While flying it typically shows receiving 5 stations. If you already own a Garmin 695 or newer this is must have, worth every penny. At the airport had it wired to my 696, Bluetoothed to my Nexus 7 2nd Gen, and a friend had it Bluetoothed to his Iphone. Awesome

Ron W
August 15, 2013

I have used the GDL39 with an iphone 5 for several months now with no problems. The additional battery will last roughly 4 hours. The ADS-B weather and information in flight is invaluable.

Kirk K
April 26, 2013

Just flew 20 IFR hours across the southern US with the GDL39 and the Garmin iPad app. Worked as advertised. Both current NEXRAD and METARS were invaluable on this trip. The Garmin app continues to improve with every release and there were no integration issues with the GDL39. Purchased the external battery and it lasted right at 4 hrs. Left on the glareshield until it became really hot and it did not shutdown once.

Mark M
April 7, 2013

I just bought the GDL39 and bluetooth it to an iPad using GarminPilot ap... works great! The ap is very easy to use, has geo-ref approach plates, safetaxi airport diagrams, and received weather at 2,000' AGL, traffic picked up on the ground and I'm flying out of KEVV, not a busy place. I don't have a ADS-B out transponder so I'm dependent on other aircraft to trigger the ground station but that hasn't been a problem. I had been a faithful Foreflight user but read some concerns about Stratus. I also like that two devices can bluetooth to the one unit. The Garmin product works flawlessly! My Long-EZ cockpit is quite filled with LCD screens, may need to get the iPadMini, a safety issue of course, that's my rationale for the wife.

Dr. V
February 14, 2013

Q&A

Q: Can this device be used with area 500 and iPad simultaneously?

Yes you can hard wire one device (aera 500, 510, 550, 560, GPSMAP 696, 695, aera 796 or 795) and also output to an iPad or Android device at the same time.

Q: Can this device output to multiple iPads at once or is it one iPad per GDL-39 receiver? Regarding part # 11-10728

The signal sent out by the GDL-39 receiver can be received by up to two iPads simulataneously.

Q: Can P/N 11-10729 GDL 39 for the AERA 796 Bluetooth to the GDL 39 or is this the wired version to the GDL 39?

Part number 11-10729 is the wired version which connects the 796 directly to the GDL 39 with a single cig charging plug for both units. For the Bluethooth version you will want to order 11-10728.

Q: Does the Garmin GDL 39 come with hardware/cable to connect to Aera 560?

If you order the GDL 39 to Aera 560 which is our part number 11-10727 it will come with a power and data cable to connect and power both units.

Q: Can the GDL 39 be hard wired to a Garmin 496 and connected via Bluetooth to an iPad at the same time and will it operate both ForeFlight and FLYQ on the iPad?

Yes, ForeFlight is compatible with the GDL 39, 39 3D, and 39R ADS-B receivers with ForeFlight Mobile EFB versions 7.7.2 and later, provided the GDL39 has firmware version 4.0.0 or later. You can connect to the 496 (traffic only no ADS-B weather on the 496) via the 496/GDL 39 cable and you can still connect one additional iPad/Android device via Bluetooth (again only with the Garmin app).

Q: Can the GDL 39 be hard wired to a Garmin 496 and connected via Bluetooth to an iPad at the same time and will it operate both ForeFlight and FLYQ on the iPad?

Yes, ForeFlight is compatible with the GDL 39, 39 3D, and 39R ADS-B receivers with ForeFlight Mobile EFB versions 7.7.2 and later, provided the GDL39 has firmware version 4.0.0 or later. You can connect to the 496 (traffic only no ADS-B weather on the 496) via the 496/GDL 39 cable and you can still connect one additional iPad/Android device via Bluetooth (again only with the Garmin app).

Q: I have an Aera 500 (which I love) that mounts in a cradle that is plugged into a 12V cigarette lighter socket. I want to get traffic shown on my Aera. How does the GLD-39 connect to Aera 500 series?

The Aera 500 series GDL 39 cable is a single plug with three ends. One with a GDL 39 plug, one we an Aera 500 series bracket (like the one on the yoke mount) and lastly a cigarette plug to charge both.

Q: Does the Bluetooth version of the GDL 39 for the iPad/Android/796/795 come with a cigarette lighter plug for power in the box?

Yes, the Bluetooth version comes with GDL 39, cigarette lighter plug and mount. This version can connect to two Bluetooth devices.

Q: I am interested in a Garmin GDL 39. I already have an AERA 560 bare wire connector, which I have going to power and connected to an ELT. I have both the AERA 560 and an IPAD that I could use with the GDL 39. If I'm already using the Garmin bare wire connector, what remaining options do I have?

The GDL 39 will Bluetooth to the iPad. You can however do this as the ELT would get the aera 560 data through the 39 bare wire cable 11-10730 using the serial pass through option that is discussed in the GDL 39 users manual.

Q: The GDL 39 receives ADS-B traffic and weather. However, The Aera 500 was never intended to display weather (only the 510 and 560 for XM). Does this mean that if I connect the GDL 39 to my Aera 500 I only get traffic or will I also see weather?

The Aera 500 and 550 cannot do XM weather but can do ADS-B weather and traffic via the GDL 39.

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