Garmin Announces Two New Slimline Panel Radios


Garmin announced today (Jan. 31) it has introduced a pair of “affordable” slim line comm and nav/comm radios. The GTR 205 comm-only (list price $2,695) and the GNC 215 nav/comm ($5,295) take up 1.3 inches of bezel height form factor and include full-color LCD displays. The GNC 215 includes VOR/ILS capability with localizer and glideslope guidance.

The dimensions of the two new radios correspond to those of the previous-model SL30 and SL40 panel-mount radios for easier upgrade. The comm sections have pilot-selectable 25 kHz or 8.33 kHz channel spacing. The LCD displays show current and standby frequencies and station ID, such as “KOJC TWR.” The control configuration is consistent with other current Garmin models, simplifying the user interface, according to Garmin.

The GNC 215 nav section includes navaid lookup to locate the appropriate frequency from its worldwide database when the navaid name is entered. It can also monitor the standby frequency and display the received radial. It also has a supplemental CDI display for VOR or localizer tracking. The GNC 215 can also interface with most CDIs, HSIs, and autopilot systems as well as most Garmin panel-mount screens.

Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing, said, “The GTR 205 and GNC 215 products show Garmin’s commitment to offering attractive and affordable ground-based navigation and communication options while continuing to provide world-class, modern capabilities.”

Mark Phelps
Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.


  1. I’m disappointed … it appears the GTR205 does not have a built in two place intercom 🙁 like the GTR200. Also, nowhere could I ascertain that the GTR205 is TSO’ed … even on the Garmin web pages.

  2. I love the “affordable.” $5300 for a NAV/COMM is only “affordable” in Garmin’s world, where a smart watch is an “affordable” $1000.

    • Yeah, I had to smile when I saw the word “affordable” for the 215. Garmin is the Apple of the avionics world. Good products, but affordable is not in their vocabulary.

  3. What I need from Garmin is a remotely mounted WAAS GPS that ties into the G3 ! I don’t have panel space for nor do I need a GTN or 430 ! Just make the box or offer/make a G3 with the WAAS inside.

  4. How much does the database cost? They may have actually made the similar Bendix King product look attractive if we ever have to replace our KX-155.

  5. The cost of their ‘affordable’ NAVCOM intersects the price of their ‘entry level’ GPSNAV (no com or VLOC) the GTN 175.