POR­TA­BLE WEATHER

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Garmin’s new GDL 52 com­bines GPS, ADS-B and Sir­ius XM to pro­vide a full pack­age of data to a por­ta­ble tablet or smart­phone, and even some pan­el­mounted avion­ics. The wire­less de­vice con­nects to ipads and smart­phones through Garmin’s Pi­lot app as well as Garmin’s por­ta­ble GPS sys­tems, such as the aera 660, 795 and 796. It also links to the G3X touch­screen avion­ics suite and can be hard wired to the dis­plays.

Up to two de­vices can use the GDL 52 data con­cur­rently. Pas­sen­gers can lis­ten in on Sir­ius XM au­dio chan­nels ei­ther through a Blue­tooth head­set or com­pat­i­ble au­dio pan­els. Garmin boasts a five-hour bat­tery life for the GDL 52. Avail­able for $1,199

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