Garmin Rolls Out All-in-One ADS-B Solutions

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Apparently responding to buyer complaints about complex ADS-B Out solutions that require expensive WAAS upgrades, Garmin International has announced two all-in-one transponders that will allow owners who don't have WAAS GPS receivers to upgrade to ADS-B Out as simply as possible. One version of the new product combines both In and Out in a single box, with the option of onboard WAAS GPS, while a second is a less expensive Out only solution. 

The GTX 345/335 are extended-squitter Mode S transponders that will meet the 2020 mandate for ADS-B Out. For owners who don't have a WAAS GPS source in the airplane—and that's many—the transponders will also offer the option of onboard WAAS sources, significantly broadening the market appeal.

Both transponders will integrate with current and legacy Garmin displays, including some G1000 suites, the GTN navigators series, the GNS 430W/530W and the G500/600 flight displays. ADS-B In output will also be compatible for display on tablet apps such as Garmin Pilot and ForeFlight Mobile. The GTX 345 displays ADS-B In traffic and FIS-B weather and shows GPS position data and backup altitude information.

The GTX 335 is an Out only solution and is priced at $3795 with onboard WAAS and $2995 without WAAS. The GTX 345 offers both ADS-B In and Out and sells for $5795 with onboard WAAS and $4995 without WAAS. Both models are panel-mount devices, but the remote-mount options are also available for the G1000 and GTN-series products. STCs for the new transponders are expected later this month, according to Garmin.