What is the coverage area for THE GDL 39 3D? Will it work in Central America?
Unfortunately, GDL 39 3D is for use in the United States. The Garmin Pilot App which must be used in conjunction with the unit is also only compatible in the United States as well.
What iOS and Android flight apps are compatible with the Garmin 39 3D?
The Garmin GDL 39 3D is only compatible with the Garmin Pilot App for both IOS and Android systems.
Can I mount this in a horizontal orientation? If so, does it lose and functionality?
Per Garmin, What’s important for reception is positioning the GDL 39 where it has a clear view of the sky, that it be mounted at least 3.3 feet away from the path of any high powered transmitter antenna, and should be mounted at least 6 inches away from a magnetic compass. If you can mount it meeting these requirements, you should have good reception.
Will the application work with a WiFi only iPad?
The Garmin GDL 39 will connect with a WIFI only IPAD through the IPAD's Bluetooth capabilities.
Can the GDL39 be plugged into a cigarette lighter?
If so, can can it be left permanently plugged in?
12 or 36 volts an issue?
The GDL 39 comes with a power adapter that can be plugged into the cigarette lighter. You may keep it plugged in. The adapter was designed to work with 12 V cigarette lighter receptacles only.
What traffic services will I receive from the GDL 39?
The GDL 39 has the ability to receive two types of traffic; air-to-air and ground-to-air. The GDL 39 can detect and display other aircraft in the vicinity of your aircraft, that are equipped with an ADS-B Out transponder with ES (Extended Squitter) or a Universal Access Transceiver (UAT). The GDL 39 also has the ability to receive Traffic Information Service (TIS-B) from FAA ground stations transmitted over the 1090 MHz datalink. TIS-B traffic includes targets being tracked through ADS-B technology and paints a comprehensive picture of traffic within +/- 15NM and +/- 3,500 feet of your position. This traffic service will only be available to aircraft that are equipped with an approved ADS-B Out solution and a certified WAAS GPS position source.
How can I update the firmware on the GDL 39?
The process for updating the firmware will vary depending on what device you are using with the GDL 39. If you are using the GDL 39 along with a Garmin aviation portable device the software will be received through the portable device. The software for your portable can be obtained by either visiting myGarmin.com or using our WebUpdater program. If you are using the GDL 39 along with an iOS or Android moible device you can use the GDL 39 Utility Application available on the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store. This is a free download and requires a Bluetooth connection between the GDL 39 and the mobile device. In either case, the unit will only update when connected to an external power source.
How many devices can I connect to the GDL 39?
The GDL 39 can be connected to as many as three devices at one time. A connection to the GDL 39 can be made two different ways; either by using a power/data cable or a Bluetooth connection. The GDL 39 can be connected to several Garmin aviation portables via a power/data cable (included with the GDL 39) as well as two bluetooth enabled devices (i.e. aera 796, iPad, or Android tablet). Compatible Garmin Aviation products include the aera 795/796, aera 5XX Series, GPSMAP 695/696, GPSMAP 495/496, GPSMAP 396, G3X Garmin Pilot Application for iOS and Android tablets and phones.
What weather services will I receive from the GDL 39?
The GDL 39 has the ability to receive subscription free Flight Information Service (FIS-B) that is broadcast from FAA ground stations around the United States and the Gulf of Mexico. FIS-B weather products include NEXRAD in the Continental U.S., NEXRAD Regional, TFR, TAF, PIREP, NOTAM, SIGMET/AIRMET, METAR, and Winds Aloft information. One key difference between FIS-B and satellite based weather services is that FIS-B is broadcast from the ground upward. Therefore your proximity to the ground station may present some line-of-sight disturbances and services may not be received until airborne.
Can the GDL 39 display traffic and weather on my certified panel mounted avionics?
No, the GDL 39 will only interface with Garmin Aviation portables and experimental products, as well as iOS and Android tablets and phones. These products include the aera 796/795, GPSMAP 696/695, aera 5XX Series, GPSMAP 496/495, GPSMAP 396, and the G3X.