Garmin GDL 50 – Portable ADSB Receiver (No Sirius XM)


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Wirelessly Link to Weather, Traffic, GPS and More

  • Receive subscription-free animated U.S. datalink weather¹ via ADS-B “In”
  • ADS-B dual-band traffic with TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic technology³
  • Wireless connectivity to Garmin Pilot™, FltPlan Go and ForeFlight apps as well as select Garmin portables
  • Compact device with rechargeable battery; designed to sit on aircraft glareshield
  • Provides GPS position data, backup attitude4 and more

Providing an easy-to-use and completely portable aviation datalink, the compact GDL 50 ADSB
receiver lets you access the subscription-free ADS-B weather and
traffic services available in the U.S. — all while providing GPS
position, speed and altitude information as well as backup attitude
reference. Better still, you can use our Connext® wireless connectivity to stream this information onto compatible Garmin aviation portables and mobile apps, such as Garmin Pilot or ForeFlight.

Track Aviation Weather

ADS-B “In” datalink technology, the GDL 50 receiver allows reception of
subscription-free Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather
information. With this, your compatible devices² can display animated
graphical weather plus METARs, TAFs, winds and temperatures aloft,
PIREPs, NOTAMs and other features linked from ADS-B. And to help you
maintain the most current weather picture, your GDL 50 receiver can
queue the ADS-B weather data display while your display device is
sleeping or turned off, so it automatically updates when you turn the
screen back on.

Spot Potential Traffic Threats

aid in situational awareness, GDL 50 can also receive ADS-B position
reports directly from other aircraft in your vicinity. In the U.S., 2
frequencies (978 UAT and 1090 ES) are approved by the FAA for ADS-B
broadcasts, so the GDL 50 series offers access to both frequencies. This
allows you to see the most comprehensive view of all ADS-B “Out”
equipped targets in your vicinity. Your compatible display³ will alert
you by announcing traffic targets both audibly and visually. Spoken
audio alerts announce “Traffic, Traffic” to get you looking right away.

View Enhanced Traffic Features

further extend your display’s traffic monitoring capability (on
compatible displays), the GDL 50 receiver also allows access to our
TargetTrend relative motion tracking technology. This feature gives you a
faster, more intuitive way to judge the direction and closure rate of
intruding targets relative to your aircraft’s position. So, rather than a
fixed “snapshot” of the traffic situation, TargetTrend provides a more
dynamic “velocity-based” display that shows which aircraft trajectories
are most likely to converge with your own. For example, if traffic is
ahead of you and traveling along the same track but at a slower rate,
the motion vector would point opposite of its indicated direction of
flight to show you are overtaking the traffic. The result — you’re able
to make faster, better target avoidance decisions.

airport operations, TerminalTraffic technology (a part of the
comprehensive Garmin suite of Terminal Safety Solutions) enables ADS-B
equipped surface targets to be displayed on your device’s
SafeTaxi® diagram, so you can see what’s happening with traffic on busy
runways and taxiways. ADS-B equipped aircraft in flight are easily
distinguished from ground vehicles and taxiing aircraft, which are
displayed using distinct colors and symbols. Thus, TerminalTraffic
provides a clear, real-time overview of on-surface activity in the
airport environment.

Built-in GPS and Attitude Sensors for SVX™ Display

addition to its weather and traffic capabilities, your GDL 50 feature
set includes a built-in WAAS GPS receiver. This enables GDL 50 to
deliver highly accurate aircraft position, speed and altitude
information to your compatible mobile device app. Also, built-in
attitude sensors enable select Garmin aviation portables and apps with
our SVX synthetic vision technology to serve as a backup attitude
reference4 during your flights. With virtual terrain,
obstacles, runways, horizon cues, HSI, GPS speed, altitude and more,
this brings a whole new perspective to your portable navigation.

Battery Power for Hours

50 is a true go-anywhere device. A rechargeable built-in lithium-ion
battery allows GDL 50 to operate for up to 8 hours on a single charge.
And for operation connected to power, you can plug it into your
aircraft’s 12 V power outlet with the included adapter cable, or use the
microUSB port positioned on the side of the receiver.

Link up with the Benefits of ADS-B

pilots who want subscription-free U.S. datalink weather and traffic,
the compact GDL 50 portable ADS-B receiver offers a versatile solution
with an array of additional capabilities. And by going with Garmin, your
receiver will be backed by a comprehensive 1-year warranty — and by the
industry’s No. 1-ranked product support team.

GDL 50 is a noncertified receive-only product. It does not provide ADS-B “Out” capability to satisfy FAA mandate requirements.

all ADS-B weather products may be available across all devices. Check
your Pilot’s Guide for specifics about which products are available on
your device.
²View our growing list of compatible devices
³Audible traffic alerting, TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic require
compatible displays. Check your Pilot’s Guide for specific capabilities
available on your display.
4The attitude information
provided by GDL 50 is not intended to be a source of attitude
information for flight in instrument meteorological conditions

In the Box:

  • GDL 50 portable receiver
  • Suction cup for cable placement
  • Mounting bracket
  • Trial subscription to Garmin Pilot™ app
  • Vehicle power cable
  • Documentation