Maxcraft is on the ground at the 2023 annual Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Orlando, Florida where Garmin announced PlaneSync, their solution for Connected Aircraft Management. PlaneSync allows aircraft owners and operators to use many of the functions they’ve become accustomed to using with the FlightStream 510 while away from the aircraft.
THE FLYING LIFE, SIMPLIFIED
Every pilot knows that flying doesn’t just start at the runway. It takes time, effort and preparation to keep your aircraft ready for flight. PlaneSync technology helps simplify the complexities of aircraft management, allowing aircraft owners and operators to spend more time focused on the task at hand — flying.
SEAMLESSLY CONNECT WITH YOUR AIRCRAFT
Using 4G LTE cellular or Wi-Fi® connectivity provided by the GDL® 60 datalink, PlaneSync technology interfaces with supported avionics and devices to let you keep tabs on your aircraft from virtually anywhere1,2.
AUTOMATE YOUR DATABASE UPDATES
With PlaneSync, you don’t have to lift a finger to manage your avionics database updates — because it’s all done automatically via 4G LTE or Wi-Fi1 technology. Forget juggling database update cycles or transferring databases to data cards. With PlaneSync technology, your avionics and databases are kept ready to go whenever you are. You save the time and hassle of updating data cards, and you can even check your system’s update status remotely via your Garmin Pilot™ app.
REMOTELY CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR AIRCRAFT
Is your aircraft serviced and ready to go? You can check ahead, using an aircraft dashboard on your Garmin Pilot app. When appropriately equipped, PlaneSync allows you to check2 active/standby database status as well as Hobbs, tachometer and flight times, fuel quantity, battery voltage, OAT, oil temperature and aircraft GPS location3. Avoid last-minute surprises at the airport by checking things out in advance6.
EASILY ACCESS FLIGHT AND ENGINE DATA
With added capability coming in early 2024, PlaneSync will also help keep your postflight activities to a minimum. With compatible avionics, PlaneSync technology will automatically transmit your flight and engine log data to the flyGarmin.com® website. You can then view the data on flyGarmin.com or your Garmin Pilot app and share it with your maintenance crew for analysis or troubleshooting.
IT’S ALSO A CONNEXT® GATEWAY IN YOUR COCKPIT
INTEGRATE MOBILE DEVICES WITH YOUR AVIONICS
To give you more flexibility in the cockpit, the GDL 60 datalink with PlaneSync technology also includes Connext device connectivity, enabling information to flow back and forth between your avionics and compatible flight apps. You can stream weather, traffic, attitude information, GPS position reference and other data from your system4 — and essentially turn your mobile touchscreen into an extra control/display in the cockpit.
FLIGHT PLAN ENTRY MADE SIMPLE
Save vital time on flight planning by using flight apps such as Garmin Pilot and ForeFlight on your mobile device to create and file your flight plan from the comfort of your home or office. Then, once at the airport, the GDL 60 datalink’s Connext device connectivity lets you quickly upload the waypoint data from your device to your avionics. In no time, you’re ready to activate your flight plan and go flying.
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS
When a GDL 69A SiriusXM® receiver5 is added to your Connext onboard network, you and your passengers can select and control SiriusXM audio entertainment channels via the Garmin Pilot app on your compatible mobile devices. Select from 100+ channels of SiriusXM music, sports, news and entertainment programming for your in-flight enjoyment.
GLOBAL SATELLITE COMMUNICATION
By adding a GSR 56 satellite transceiver with Connext satellite services5 to your GDL 60 datalink-equipped aircraft, you can extend your reach. Use your compatible mobile device and its contacts list to send in-flight text messages or initiate phone calls globally.
GDL 60 DATALINK WITH PLANESYNC TECHNOLOGY
Providing LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity capabilities, the GDL 60 datalink can add PlaneSync technology to your aircraft.
Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.
1Active PlaneSync and database subscriptions required for automatic database updates. Active PlaneSync subscription plan required for flight log uploading. Features are available on-ground only and require GDL 60 to have active LTE or Wi-Fi connectivity; signal strength and other factors may apply. See Garmin.com/PlaneSyncCoverage for LTE coverage details.
2Remote aircraft status requires active PlaneSync subscription. User’s smart device must have internet connectivity. Feature is available on-ground only and requires GDL 60 to have LTE connectivity; signal strength and other factors may apply. See Garmin.com/PlaneSyncCoverage for coverage details.
3GPS location provided by avionics. Select avionics can provide live location with a compatible GPS antenna; otherwise location displayed will be based on the avionics last known location. GPS signal strength and other factors may apply.
4Compatible avionics required
5Sold separately; subscription required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices. It is the responsibility of the user to know and follow all applicable laws in the jurisdictions where the device is intended to be used.
6This information is intended as supplemental information only and is not a substitute for preflight checks
7Flight log uploading expected to be available in early 2024
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