March 2014 Issue

Garmin GDL39 3D: Virtual Pitch and Roll

Garmin’s updated portable ADS-B receiver puts an attitude indicator on the revised Pilot app. A smaller footprint would make it easier to manage.

Garmin’s GDL39 portable ADS-B receiver is just one choice in a crowded market of capable low-cost solutions. In our view, the GDL39 has been shadowed by the competition because it lacked some of the advanced features that buyers might expect from a modern portable ADS-B receiver. For example, while other brands sport full AHRS functionality, the utilitarian GDL39 is stark, by comparison, offering little more than an integral Bluetooth GPS receiver.

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