Garmin GDL 52 SiriusXM/ADS-B Receiver

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All-in-one device provides weather, traffic, audio and AHRS

You can have it all with the GDL 52 from Garmin: SiriusXM satellite weather and audio, subscription-free ADS-B weather, dual band ADS-B traffic, GPS position, even backup attitu...

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All-in-one device provides weather, traffic, audio and AHRS

You can have it all with the GDL 52 from Garmin: SiriusXM satellite weather and audio, subscription-free ADS-B weather, dual band ADS-B traffic, GPS position, even backup attitude information. Flexible display options mean you can view weather and traffic information on the Garmin Pilot app on iOS or Android, plus portable GPSs like the aera 660 and 795/796. The GDL 52 even works with the FltPlan Go app and ForeFlight.


  • 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
  • View traffic with the included dual band ADS-B receiver
  • Access subscription-free FIS-B weather when in the US
  • Attitude heading reference system (AHRS) is a backup attitude source
  • Built-in WAAS GPS provides precise location
  • 5-hour rechargeable battery means no wires
  • Bluetooth connection to the Garmin Pilot app on iOS or Android
  • Also works with ForeFlight Mobile and the FltPlan Go app on iOS or Android
  • Connects to Garmin portable GPSs: aera 660 and 796/795
  • Includes mounting bracket and vehicle power cable


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.


Dual band ADS-B receiver too
When flying in the US, the GDL 52 can also receive subscription-free weather from the FAA’s ADS-B ground stations. This includes NEXRAD radar, METARs, TAFs, TFRs, and more. To help you maintain the most current weather picture, the GDL 52 receiver can queue the weather while your display device is sleeping or turned off so it automatically updates when you turn the screen back on.

In addition to comprehensive weather data, pilots utilizing GDL 52 can receive “dual-link” ADS-B traffic information and audible alerts to easily identify potential traffic conflicts. ADS-B traffic can be overlaid on the dedicated traffic page or the moving map, as well as IFR/VFR charts on compatible devices. Exclusive to Garmin displays, patented TargetTrend™ and TerminalTraffic™ technologies further enhance the traffic picture. TargetTrend provides pilots with a more intuitive method of judging target trajectories and closure rates, while TerminalTraffic displays a comprehensive picture of ADS-B-equipped aircraft and ground vehicles throughout the airport environment on the moving map and SafeTaxi® airport diagram.


SiriusXM Radio

By simply connecting a compatible Bluetooth headset or audio panel to GDL 52, 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. If you prefer, a 3.5 mm stereo audio jack positioned on the side of your GDL 52 makes it easy to provide a hardwired audio out connection to an auxiliary device or audio panel in your aircraft.


Built-in GPS and Attitude Sensors for SVX Display

In addition to its weather and audio entertainment capabilities, the GDL 52 feature set includes a built-in WAAS GPS receiver. This enables GDL 52 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.



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 52 can access two tiers of SiriusXM Aviation weather (Pilot for ForeFlight or Pilot Express). Click here to learn more.


In the box:

  • GDL 52 portable receiver
  • Suction cup for cable placement
  • Mounting bracket
  • Trial subscription to Garmin Pilot™ app
  • Vehicle power cable
  • Documentation




  • 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)


  • 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: 5 hours


  • 18-pin power and data connector
  • microUSB
  • ADS-B MCX antenna port
  • SiriusXM® MCX antenna port
  • GPS MCX antenna port
  • 3.5 mm audio jack (audio out only)
  • Wireless Connext™ (Bluetooth®)


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Broken micro USB port after light use - defective product
I bought this top of the line unit from Sporty's to use with my garmin pilot iPad app. It works really well for that - traffic awareness.
After about one month, the antenna fell off - $45 to replace.
After about 6 months use, the micro USB port internal to the unit broke off of the circuit board. You'll be plugging and unplugging this each to]one you use it, and it is a complete design and manufacturing defect. Garmin warranty is 3 months. I haven't been able to get anyone to quote me a cost to repair. My unit is junk right now, as there is no other way to charge it.
In restrospect, I would've bought the gdl 50; the need for Sirius Xm weather and radio is nil. I tried the Sirius WX trial; it is not worth any more than the free ads-b / fis-b WX.
May 12, 2019
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Not happy with it at all, the AHRS blanks out very often.
May 12, 2019
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Better then Foreflight Stratus3
I have been using Foreflight and Stratus3. Great products by the way!

I decided to switch to GARMIN for ADSB and HUD. I like much better. See pic. I usually know where I am so clean ADSB and HUD better then FF in my opinion. FF better for flight planning.

Stay away from Garmin watch...bought this features so buried in watch inaccessible while in flight.

Can use both apps together on ipad.
Very cool!
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April 16, 2019
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Garmin 52 A+
We fly in Northern Wyoming and the Garmin 52 works flawlessly with ForeFlight.
Its incredible portable all in one unit with:
ADSB(select areas have towers, displays all ADSB out aircraft on iphone/ipad)
Sirius XM Weather & Audio (includes 3 free months, the weather is much more accurate because unlike the Stratus relying on ADSB towers which we do not have a lot of in our area, this is satellite weather)
Bluetooth (not WiFi like Stratus, automatically tracks all flights and updates logbook)

The only downside is battery life but I purchased the 20,000mAH Flight battery pack from Sporty's and run it on 2.4 amp charge when it gets low after 4-5 hours no sweat!

HIGHLY RECOMMEND for training pilots or jumping between planes that do not have in-panel Garmin avionics.
January 15, 2019
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Garmin Gld52
Great Receiver works as advertised.
September 10, 2018
10 months ago
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Better than the G1000!
Works great! Highly recommended. Having ADS-B and SXM weather available as in-flight weather is a relief and for any flight. Traffic works great, better and more accurate than the G1000 unit on my airplane.
August 10, 2018
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Garmin GDL52
We’re using this unit in a Challenger 300 with heated windshields. We have an external XM receiver antenna mounted on the glareshield in an area where there are no heating elements. The until receives “excellent” signals from SXM. We transmitt it all to my iPad with Garmin Pilot installed. Works perfectly ! !
May 8, 2018
1 year ago
I purchased the GDL-52 to link with my Aera 796
Via Bluetooth and it works great. It paired up after I updated the software on my 796 to 5.40.
ADS-B works great, Sirius XM works great.
And all the wires that were all over the cockpit to operate my Aera 796 are GONE.
My Aera 796 is now truely portable with SiriusXM and ADS-B
I could just keep going with all the things I LOVE
About the GDL-52. Thanks Garmin
Lorenzo U.S. Army Aviation Retired
March 28, 2018
1 year ago
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How many additional antennas do I have to purchase for all functions to work?
Anthony R on Jan 22, 2018
Garmin GDL 52 SiriusXM/ADS-B Receiver
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Garmin GDL 52R SiriusXM/ADS-B Receiver
Garmin GDL 52R SiriusXM/ADS-B Receiver
BEST ANSWER: The GDL 52 will function without any additional antennas. The GDL 52R connects to the ship's antennas.
Is this available now AND is going to be able to work with Foreflight eventually? Is that a Foreflight or a Garmin question???
A shopper on Dec 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is compatible with Garmin Pilot, ForeFlight, and Fltplan Go.
So, how do you change XM stations?
A shopper on Feb 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Channels are changed from within Garmin Pilot. When Garmin Pilot is connected to a GDL52, just select "Connext" from the main menu. There will be a submenu item for controlling the audio content of the SXM signal.
Will this work with foreflight?
A shopper on Jul 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it now works with ForeFlight, Garmin Pilot, and Fltplan Go.
Is it a Garmin or ForeFlight issue with the compatibility with the gdl52 and 39?
Harry R on Apr 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The GDL 52 works with both ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot.
Please clarify, is the $200 rebate for a SiriusXM subscription or is the rebate from Garmin for purchasing the GDL 52?
Charles C on Nov 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The rebate is for the Sirius subscription.
If hooked up to an aera 660, do I have to have the Garmin Pilot app in order to listen to SiriusXM music and control music channels?
Kurt N on Mar 29, 2018
Garmin GDL 52 SiriusXM/ADS-B Receiver
Garmin GDL 52 SiriusXM/ADS-B Receiver
Garmin aera 660 GPS (Americas)
Garmin aera 660 GPS (Americas)
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Sirius XM music is controlled via the Garmin Pilot app.
can the GDL-52 connect via bluetooth to my bluetooth capable Audio Panel for Sirus XM radio
or do I have to hardwire it?
A shopper on Mar 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Gdl-52 will connect to the audio panel and the XM radio is controlled via the Garmin pilot app.
How do you connect the xm so that you can listen thru the headset?
Art L on Jan 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: There are two ways to connect. The unit has a place to connect a cable or you can Bluetooth the unit. The volume and content are controlled via the Garmin Pilot All.
How many ipads can connect to the gdl 52?
A shopper on Dec 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The GDL-52 can connect to two devices.
Will a backup battery be available?
A shopper on Aug 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is possible but we do not have one yet.
What aviation weather package do I have to purchase to get ADSB in?
Cecil H on Jul 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You do not need to purchase a package for ADS-B weather. You do need a subscription to either Foreflight or Garmin Pilot.
what is the compatibility of the Gdl 52 with Foreflight and Ipad mini 4?
Skipilot on Jan 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you. I had trouble with new Sentry and wanted to be sure.
what are the differenced between the 53 and 39D?
Kim M on Jun 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The 39D and the GDL 50 provide the same functionally. The GDL 50 has a longer battery life (8 vs 4)
In Foreflight, will the Garmin GDL-53 display traffic and weather at the same time, or only on separate pages?
Austin H on Apr 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the GDL 50/52 will show traffic and weather at the same time.
Does the Gld52 have ADS-B traffic both in and out?
Chad V on Mar 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, the GDL 52 is an IN receiver only.
I have foreflight and also a Garmin 396 can I display the WX and traffic on the 396 as a comparable display?
A shopper on Feb 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, it will not display on the 396. It will display on foreflight.
I currently have the wires for a GDL 39 3D hard wired in my plane, with they work with the GDL 52 or do I need a new harness?
A shopper on Jan 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It should work with the GDL 52.
Is the included mounting bracket the screw-down bracket, or non-skid base? Is the included power cable the same as the power+data cable available separately, or just power only?
rfors on Dec 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The unit has a non-skid base and the power cable is just a power cable.
I have a Bluetooth audio panel that I would like to hook up to SirusXM. How can I change the stations if I use Foreflight? All answer to this question said to change it using the Garmin Pilot app and I don’t plan on switching. Secondly, let’s say I’m flying more than 5 hours? Can I plug it directly into my aircraft’s Stratus power unit or will I need a back up battery? Also how fast does the unit charge? Thank you!
Kora J on Dec 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Currently to control the Sirus XM radio you have to use the Garmin Pilot app. We expect that feature to be added to Foreflight as some point. Yes, you can run the GDL 52 while it is plugged into the Stratus power. Charging time is approx 4-6 hours.
Will this work with a Garmin 550 aera?
Jim H on Oct 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Garmin 550 is not listed as a compatible device.
Does XM weather work in Puerto Rico?
Ruben on Oct 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Here is the map of the coverage area.
will the Garmin GDL-52 receive XM Weather and ADS-B Traffic then display on ForeFlight simultaneously?
A shopper on Oct 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the GDL-52 will receive XM Weather and ADS-B traffic and display on Foreflight.
Will this work in Puerto Rico?
Ruben on Sep 30, 2018
How much is the monthly fees ??
Daniel on Aug 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The monthly subscriptions start at approximately $40.00. Complete plan details here:
Can the GDL52 be operated as like Stratus and GDL50 ADSB weather source, without active XM radio account. e.g, can it work like a GDL50 though battery life is less ?
john h on Jul 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can.
Does this now work with ForeFlight?
Randy B on May 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the GDL 52 now works with ForeFlight in addition to Garmin Pilot (as of July 2018).
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