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Garmin Introduces PlaneSync™

Connected Aircraft Management via the GDL 60 Datalink

Garmin is pleased to introduce PlaneSync Connected Aircraft Management, a system that automatically updates avionics databases, logs flight and engine data, and allows aircraft owners and operators to remotely check fuel and systems status via the Garmin Pilot™ app. Enabled by the new GDL 60 datalink, PlaneSync technology is designed to bring new levels of connectivity and convenience to aircraft owners and operators alike.

Connected Aircraft Management

Using a 4G LTE cellular or Wi-Fi® connection provided by the GDL 60 datalink, PlaneSync technology enables impressive avionics connectivity capabilities to streamline an aircraft owner’s pre-flight and post-flight activities. LTE connectivity is utilized to remotely check the aircraft’s fuel and systems status, while LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity can be used to download database updates and upload logged flight engine data. Requiring a GTN Xi and compatible with popular Garmin avionics such as TXi flight displays and GI 275 flight instruments, along with select integrated flight decks, PlaneSync technology is available for a wide array of Garmin-equipped general and business aviation aircraft.

Automatic Database Updates

Eliminating the time-consuming process of updating databases via PC and data card, PlaneSync technology automatically downloads databases to the aircraft via Wi-Fi or LTE. Downloads can occur while the aircraft is powered off and the owner is away from the aircraft. Essential databases are automatically synchronized across compatible avionics once the aircraft is powered up. This removes the need for pilots to plan around databases cycle updates, or manually update the databases using data cards.

Engine and Flight Data Logging

Added capability coming in early 2024, PlaneSync will automatically transmit engine and flight log data1 to secure cloud storage after landing. Owners can view this data on devices running the Garmin Pilot app or on flyGarmin.com and have the ability to download the log files for maintenance team viewing. The data log can include GPS position and speed, and attitude information as well as engine data when appropriately equipped.

Mobile Device Connectivity

The GDL 60 datalink offers Garmin Connext device connectivity, allowing pilots to connect their compatible app and interface them to the avionics to transfer flight plans and stream weather, traffic, attitude information and other data5. This can replace the need for a Flight Stream 510. The GDL 60 can also act as an interface to a GSR 56 satellite transceiver, allowing pilots to utilize in-flight text messaging or initiate voice calls6 via the Garmin Pilot app to stay connected virtually anywhere. The LTE and Wi-Fi enabled features such as automatic database updates, remote aircraft status and flight engine log uploading require a service plan from Garmin. Multiple service plans are available to provide cost-effective choices depending on the connectivity capabilities desired.