GDL 39 – Portable ADS-B “In” Solution for Vintage Aircraft


GDL 39

Portable tablets and pilot apps, like Garmin Pilot, have become increasingly more commonplace in the cockpit. The days of paper charts and the trusty E6B have given way to a new age of electronics within the pilot community. This new age has created an appetite for unprecedented in-flight information, changing the way we fly. Weather and traffic awareness are becoming essentials and with the January 1, 2020 ADS-B deadline looming, many general aviation aircraft owners are already equipping their certified or experimental aircraft with integrated ADS-B solutions such as the GDL 84 and GDL 88. But what about aircraft certified without an electrical system? The vintage folks such as Luscombes, Champs and Cubs that won’t be able to accommodate these systems? Fortunately for us bugsmasher drivers, there is an ADS-B “out” exemption for those types of aircraft originally certified without electrical systems. But the issue still remains as to how those of us flying low and slow can get all the same great in-flight information.

GDL 39 ProductNo electric, no problem – we’ve got you covered. Our GDL 39/GDL 39 3D is a portable ADS-B receiver that connects to iOS and Android devices with Garmin Pilot, as well as our aera 795/796, aera 500 series, GPSMAP 695/696 and GPSMAP 396/496/496 portable GPS units. It provides ADS-B “In” data including subscription free FIS-B weather and advanced ADS-B “dual-link” traffic with TargetTrendTM and TerminalTrafficTM technology, and relays WAAS GPS position information to connected tablets. The GDL 39 3D takes situational awareness one step further by displaying SVXTM synthetic vision, which depicts a 3D view of terrain and obstacles, as well as backup attitude indication on certain devices. Garmin Pilot Screenshot

The GDL 39/GDL 39 3D can be powered by two different sources. A more conventional 10-32 VDC power can provide continuous power to the unit if connected via a cigarette lighter adapter – a great portable ADS-B “In” solution for aircraft equipped an electrical system. For aircraft without an electrical system (those aforementioned Luscombes, Champs and Cubs), an optional lithium ion rechargeable battery is available to provide up to four hours of operating time.

Whether you’re putt-putt-ing around the patch in your Piper Cub, or cruising up to Oshkosh in your Champ, stay informed in the cockpit with the GDL 39. For additional information, visit

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