Garmin GDL 50 ADS-B Receiver

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ADS-B Weather, Traffic, GPS and More

Garmin's GDL family of portable devices offers a variety of options for receiving weather and GPS information in flight. The compact GDL 50 ADS-B 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 Garmin Connext wireless connectivity to stream this information onto ...

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ADS-B Weather, Traffic, GPS and More

Garmin's GDL family of portable devices offers a variety of options for receiving weather and GPS information in flight. The compact GDL 50 ADS-B 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 Garmin Connext wireless connectivity to stream this information onto multiple Garmin aviation portables (including aera 660, aera 796 or aera 795 series) as well as iPad tablets and mobile devices with the Garmin Pilot app. It's also compatible with ForeFlight.

Features:

  • Receive subscription-free animated U.S. datalink weather via ADS-B In
  • ADS-B dual-band traffic with TargetTrend™ and TerminalTraffic™ technology
  • Wireless connectivity for display on iOS and Android devices (Garmin Pilot app and ForeFlight) and Garmin portable GPSs
  • Compact device with rechargeable battery; designed to sit on aircraft glareshield
  • Provides GPS position data and backup attitude

 

Track Aviation Weather

Featuring 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 devices 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

To aid in situational awareness, GDL 50 can also receive ADS-B position reports directly from other aircraft in your vicinity. In the US, two 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 display will alert you by announcing traffic targets both audibly and visually. Spoken audio alerts announce “Traffic, Traffic” to get you looking right away. NOTE: ADS-B traffic is limited unless your airplane is equipped with ADS-B Out in the panel.

 

View Enhanced Traffic Features

To further extend your display’s traffic monitoring capability (on compatible displays), the GDL 50 receiver also allows access to Garmin 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.

For 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 synthetic vision

In addition to its weather and traffic capabilities, the GDL 50 also 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 Garmin's SVX synthetic vision technology to serve as a backup attitude reference 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

GDL 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 12V power outlet with the included adapter cable, or use the microUSB port positioned on the side of the receiver.

 

In the box

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

 

Specifications

Physical

  • Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 4.9" x 1.3" x 3.4" (12.44 x 3.30 x 8.64 cm)
  • Weight: 0.75 lbs (0.34 kg)
  • Anti-slip mat (bottom of unit only)

Performance

  • Operating temperature: -20°C to +60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
  • Operating altitude: To 55,000 ft
  • Nominal operating velocity range: 0 – 800 kts (411 m/s)
  • Power input: 10 to 32 VDC, 3.5 W max.
  • Battery type: Lithium-ion rechargeable (built-in)
  • Charge temperature: Unit may not charge at extreme temperatures below 0° C (32° F) or above 32° C (90° F)
  • Typical battery operating time: 8 hours

Connections

  • 18-pin power and data connector
  • microUSB
  • ADS-B MCX antenna port
  • GPS MCX antenna port
  • Wireless Connext™ (Bluetooth®)

 

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Compatibility

GDL 52 compatibility chart

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Would You Recommend?
Yes (6)
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Durability
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Would You Recommend?
Yes
Garmin GDL-10 is money well spent
Using the Garmin GDL50 has been a most pleasant experience and money well spent. It performs unexpectedly well. Mounted in my radio stack, it receives GPS and ADS-B signals without even an external antenna and connects to IPhone and IPad automatically. It works flawlessly with Garmin Pilot which is very intuitive and easy to use considering the large amount of information it renders to the user.
July 9, 2019
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
GDL 50
This thing works great! The ADS-B in info is so helpful for building SA.
April 10, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Durability
1 / 5
Reliability
1 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
1 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
Disappointed
Very disappointed that Garmin GDL50 does NOT work with FLIGHT PLANNING “I-FLY”. Waited 6 months hoping Garmin would start.So I’ll have to sell the GDL 50 t less that
February 25, 2019
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great upgrade from my GDL39
Battery life has been great, and it the AHRS works well. The included mounting bracket is a good way to install in my personal airplane, but leave me the versatility to quickly pop the GDL50 out to take with me when i flight instruct.
January 15, 2019
Durability
1 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
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2 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
Antenna breaks easily
Be very careful with the antenna on this unit because it will break. And when it does break, and it will absolutely eventually break, Garmin does not sell replacement antennas. Nor was this product designed with a standard connection to easily replace the antenna; it has a proprietary mount which is to say the antenna connection itself is MCX, but the actual plastic connection point isn't standard. So when your antenna breaks you'll be straight out of luck finding a replacement.
January 8, 2019
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Works great
Connects quickly and easily to my iPad and iPhone (for backup) via the Garmin Pilot app.
No interference with he compass, which is amazing. Exceptional battery life.
September 17, 2018
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Just got it - works great thus far
Once connected to Samsung Tab S3 and Garmin Pilot via Bluetooth it's very quick to reconnect the next time. Rubber on bottom very 'grippy' so we'll see how it goes... wish there were more ways to secure it as I fly King Airs in a lot of turbulent conditions and swap aircraft a lot so permanent mounts are not possible. Only real complaint is the USB power plug is not the same as my Garmin Virb Ultra... would've seemed obvious, but now have to carry extra cords.
September 8, 2018
Purchased
11 months ago
Welcome ADS-B
Works great especially with the new weather products coming soon. I compared the GDL 50 side by side with XM radio weather and it was almost the same. So long 59.00 per month Traffic products excellent
August 30, 2018
Purchased
11 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Works well with Aera 660
Syncs with Bluetooth to Aera 660. I get ADS-B traffic superimposed over a moving map. Cool.
May 30, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Question and Answer
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What is the difference between the GDL 50 and the GDL 39? And why is the newer GDL 50 $100 cheaper?
A shopper on Mar 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The GLD-50 has an 8 hour battery vs the four hour battery in the GDL-39.
Does ForeFlight work on it ?
Jon H on Mar 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: At the time of the first post is was not compatible. This was changed with a later version of Foreflight.
Hello! Does this ADS-B garmin GDL50 receiver is able to receive the traffics and meteo informations in Europe as it starts to have in some places the equipment for it, like the gdl 39 is already able to do?
Alexis M on Mar 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you’re flying in Europe with the Garmin Pilot app and a GDL 50, you will see moving map with full GPS reception, plus backup attitude information – and Garmin has full European charts. You’ll also see some traffic if there are ADS-B Out equipped airplanes around, but you won’t see any weather. The app is fully functional in Europe, and the ADS-B receiver would be a nice benefit, but you’re missing a key feature. This would be the same with the other GDL products from Garmin.
Why would traffic be limited if you don't have ADS-B out in the panel?
David R on Sep 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: With ADS-B out you are requesting a data packet back from ATC. The ADS-B in receive, does not request this data packet. Traffic is limited to air to air transmissions, of an aircraft broadcasting ADS-B out or if another aircraft is causing the towers to send. For more information please see the FAA.gov website and search ADS-B or view our blog at ipadpilotnews.com
Is the communication between the receiver and the data provider secure? Is the data encrypted?
Jim D on Jun 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It is not encrypted.
I'm looking at Combining the Area 660 and GDL 50 I already have with the GTX 335 to have a full ADS-B In/Out system. How does the GTX 335 integrate with the Area 660 / GDL 50, or does it?
Ronald D on Apr 10, 2019
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BEST ANSWER: The GTX 335 does not integrate with the GDL-50/Area 660. However, if you have the GTX 335, you'll get a complete traffic picture via the GDL 50. So while it's not a fully integrated system, all three parts would work together very well.
Is the GDL 50 compatible with JeppView FlightDeck Pro X or the WSI app?
Joseph H on Mar 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It is not listed by Garmin as being compatible.
How long is the Garmin Pilot Trial subscription that comes with the GDL 50?
A shopper on Feb 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It is a 3-month trial subscription.
I currently have a GDL 39 3D hard wired in my plane, will this harness work for the GDL 50 or does it require an all new harness?
A shopper on Jan 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It should work with the GDL series of receivers.
Please be very clear with your answers, Will this GDL 50 work with ForeFlight App? If it does work with ForeFlight do all of the features work, as in will it provide attitude info to the ForeFlight app?
I have Garmin 660 in my airplane but I also use ForeFlight App, I need a ADS-B receiver that will connect to both Garmin Pilot and ForeFlight Apps.
Thank you
Darcy W on Dec 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Garmin list that the GDL 50 will display Traffic, Weather GSP and Attitude information.
Can the GDL 50 be hard wired into a Garmin 560 GPS and if so, is such a harness available?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, the GDL 50 cannot be wired into the GPS, it uses Bluetooth to connect.
Does GDL 50 support GDL 90 protocol?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It does not, Garmin uses a priority transfer protocol
Since the GDL50 is still not included under the DATALINK device list in Garmin Pilot, how can the firmware be updated for a GDL50?
Mike S on Apr 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend you contact Garmin customer service 1.866.139.5687.
Is the charge port USB or proprietary?
Steveair57 on Apr 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is USB port.
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