Avionics Report

April 2015 Issue

Garmin GDL69 SXM: Price ADS-B Instead

Garmin has a replacement for older GDL69 XM receivers, but upgrading to the GDL88 ADS-B receiver could be a better long-term strategy.

As we’ve been reporting, SiriusXM Aviation is delivering its next-generation datalink weather products (supplied by WSI) over its latest G4 satellite network. The benefit is more weather products included in the entry-level subscription package. The downside is that older receivers won’t work with the newer G4 network. If you have one of these first-gen XM receivers, including Garmin’s popular GDL69 and GDL69A, it continues to receive XMWX weather from provider WxWorx, but for how long is anyone’s guess.

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