Garmin GDL 51R Remote Mount SiriusXM Receiver

$200 mail-in rebate with subscription


$200 Mail-In Rebate from SiriusXM Aviation

*requires SiriusXM Aviation Weather subscription package. Expires December 31, 2019.

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Satellite weather for apps and portable GPSs

Nothing beats SiriusXM Satellite Weather for making smart in-flight decisions, and the GDL 51R makes it easier than ever to view this high quality information on your tablet or portable...

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$200 Mail-In Rebate from SiriusXM Aviation

*requires SiriusXM Aviation Weather subscription package. Expires December 31, 2019.
more information


Satellite weather for apps and portable GPSs

Nothing beats SiriusXM Satellite Weather for making smart in-flight decisions, and the GDL 51R makes it easier than ever to view this high quality information on your tablet or portable GPS. The compact receiver can be remote-mounted behind the panel and streams weather, SiriusXM Radio, attitude information, and GPS data wirelessly via Bluetooth. 


  • Weather is delivered by satellite, allowing reception at any altitude, anywhere in the US and southern Canada
  • View high resolution radar, lightning, satellite imagery, METARs, TAFs, TFRs, echo tops, Pilot Reports and more
  • Listen to SiriusXM Radio in flight, with over 150 channels of music, sports and entertainment
  • Attitude heading reference system (AHRS) is a backup attitude source
  • Built-in WAAS GPS provides precise location
  • Bluetooth connection to the Garmin Pilot app on iOS or Android
  • Also works with ForeFlight Mobile
  • Connects to Garmin portable GPSs: aera 660 and 796/795 

Coverage at any altitude

Continuous SiriusXM satellite updates — accessible by ground and air — can help you make better, more timely flight decisions. The SiriusXM network’s powerful satellites deliver seamless coverage across the continental U.S. and its coastal regions as well as southern Canada. Choose from available SiriusXM aviation packages that provide METAR data and animated NEXRAD imagery plus current reports on precipitation, lightning, winds aloft, echo tops, turbulence, freezing levels, TFRs and more. To help you maintain the most current weather picture, the GDL 51R receiver can queue the weather from SiriusXM while your display device is sleeping or turned off so it automatically updates when you turn the screen back on.


SiriusXM Radio

By simply connecting a compatible Bluetooth headset or audio panel to GDL 51R, you can wirelessly listen to your choice of high-quality audio entertainment channels provided by SiriusXM. Volume adjustments and station selection may be accessed through your compatible Garmin aviation portable or mobile device app. 


Built-in GPS and Attitude Sensors for SVX Display

In addition to its weather and audio entertainment capabilities, the GDL 51R feature set includes a built-in WAAS GPS receiver. This enables GDL 51 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 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.



  • Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 6.1" x 1.6" x 5.0" (15.49 x 4.06 x 12.7 cm)
  • Weight: 0.78 lbs (0.35 kg)


  • 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.


  • 15-pin standard D-sub power and data connector
  • SiriusXM® TNC antenna port
  • GPS BNC antenna port
  • Wireless Connext™ (Bluetooth®)



Subscription required for weather and audio. Subscriptions start at $29.99/mo. Note: pilots using Garmin Pilot have three subscription tiers to choose from; pilots using ForeFlight Mobile with the Garmin GDL 51 can access two tiers of SiriusXM Aviation weather (Pilot for ForeFlight or Pilot Express). Click here to learn more.



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I 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?
Nicolas on Nov 15, 2017
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BEST 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.
Will a remote antenna work in a jet with a heated glass windshield?
A shopper on Apr 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it works.
Is a 337 required?
A shopper on Mar 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend that you talk to your avionics shop. It depends on a few factors to determine if it requires the form 337.
What kind of antenna does this device require? Can it be mounted in a pressurized aircraft? What kind of device will it display XM weather on? Panel mounts? iPad? ...running Foreflight or just Garmin Pilot?
Martin M on Sep 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It will need XM weather antenna and GPS
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