Update on the Garmin GDL 49
The GLD 49 teams up with the Garmin 400/500 series panel mounts to bring flight-critical weather data directly to the cockpit. Pilots who install the GDL 49 and subscribe to Echo Flight's weather data link service can have instant access to NEXRAD weather data and METARs. This data can be displayed in textual or graphical format on the 400/500 series Garmin products such as the famous GNS 430 and GNS 530
Echo Flight's subscription-based weather data is an alternative to other Flight Information Services (FIS). Unlike broadcast FIS data, Echo Flight uses ORBCOMM's network of low-earth orbit satellites to deliver weather information on a request/replay basis. With the GDL 49, there is no altitude restriction and pilots can request weather data at their current location, their destination or anywhere in between. The GDL 49 delivers up to the minute weather information where pilots need it most- in the cockpit.
We expect to receive our first GDL 49 in the next couple of weeks. There's a huge back order for this product now, I'd recommend getting on the list. The GDL 49 is a small receiver that doesn't require any panel space and weighs only 2.5 pounds. Call for pricing. You'll need to purchase a subscription service from Echo Flight which will cost between $10-$55.00 per month, depending on the service you desire. Sure beats the heck out of an expensive radar! Any questions drop me an email