5.0 / 5.01 ReviewDurability5.0 / 5Reliability5.0 / 5Performance5.0 / 5Ease Of Use5.0 / 5Value4.0 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (1)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesYou get seamless operation, long range NEXRAD, and subscription feesWe use the GDL51 in an older King Air. I chose it over the ADS-B unit because we make some long flights and wanted the higher resolution NEXRAD for the full US, not just the regional picture.
Paired to the iPad once and it connects immediately every time
Weather data is top-quality and available at all altitudes
More weather products than ADS-B (turbulence, storm cells, icing)
Good battery life
Subscription fees - but I knew this so I really can't complain
Doesn't get NOTAMs (need ADS-B for that)
Our heated windshield blocks the SiriusXM signal
I needed to buy the external antenna and run it to the one point on the windshield that doesn't have embedded wires for heating. Without the antenna, reception was often poor or non-existent. When I used it in my 182, with no external antenna, signal was always excellent.October 1, 2017Purchased
10 months ago
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Browse 6 questions Browse 6 questions and 8 answersI currently use foreflight with stratus 2s and also a garmin aera 660 with gdl 39, i would like to have the advantages of XM weather, should i get the gdl 51 or SXAR1 to have the whole picture, the idea would be to clean my cockpit from too many devices. any suggestions?Garmin GDL 51 SiriusXM ReceiverBEST ANSWER: I am a long time user of XM weather, I think I am one of the first 100 original customers. I will not fly without XM. I have been using the SXAR1 with Foreflight since it first became available last December. Now I get all the XM on Foreflight. It is an excellent product, seamlessly integrated. The SXAR1 battery lasts over 8 hours, I cannot tell you how long it will last, as it has never run out on a day of flying. It is a really good solution. I think it is better than the Garmin as it is smaller, and it is cheaper. The Fore Flight XM subscription does not have the Surface Visibility Forecast, Freezing Level, NOTAMS, Special Use Airspace Status and Tropical Storm Tracks with Windfields Observed, nor all the icing information products that I was used to in the Pro subscription plan that I was used to. (NOTAMS, Special Use Airspace Status were never available on XM), and I would really like to see the Freezing level especially, and also the surface visibility forecasts added. I am hoping they will add all those to the XM as it is getting harder an harder to justify XM vs ADS B for many pilots. I fly to Canada regularly so the XM is the only option up there, as ADS B is not available in Canada.Hi, I am interrested in the GPS AHRS functions only, will that work without a suscription?BEST ANSWER: Yes, without a SiriusXM subscription. You will still need a display to show this information (tablet or GPS).I own a Garnin 696 with a GMX42 XM antenna mounted and wired in a panel dock. I want the capability of moving the receiver/antenna to another aircraft (for use with an Ipad) without buying another xm subscription. Because the 796 uses the same GMX42 that my 696 uses, will this unit plug and work with my 696? It appears this GDL 51 has an MXC antenna port, does the other end of that antenna cord have a micro USB like the GMX 42?BEST ANSWER: As I understand the subscription is tied to the the GXM 42.Is there a monthly fee?BEST ANSWER: Yes, there is a monthly fee for the sirus weather.Will this work in conjunction with the GDL 39 for traffic?BEST ANSWER: Please contact garmin aviation support at 1-866-739-5687.Can this be used with Foreflight? If not then what apps can it be used with?BEST ANSWER: It is only available for use with Garmin Pilot.
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