Garmin Debuts New Weather Radar for Planes, Helicopters

Garmin's GWX 75 weather radar. Photo courtesy of Garmin

Garmin International has introduced its new GWX 75 Doppler weather radar. It is intended for a wide range of aircraft, with a GWX 75H helicopter version also available. Optional features such as turbulence detection and ground clutter suppression are available.

The GWX 75 provides pilots with a source of onboard weather information to assist in the analysis of convective weather threats. Pilots can tailor a unique weather picture on each individual display in the cockpit, offering superior customization. A high-definition color palette helps pilots more easily interpret the severity of an individual storm cell or multiple storm cells in an area, which can incorporate four times more color contouring than typically displayed by other weather radars on the market.

Boasting a solid-state design, the GWX 75 offers reduced power consumption and extended life compared to earlier generation, magnetron-based weather radars. It offers a range of 320 nm, horizontal scan angles of up to 120 degrees and pilot-adjustable sector scanning. The GWX 75 also retains vertical scan capabilities, which allows the pilot to focus on storm tops, gradients and storm cell build-up at various altitudes.

Garmin has received technical standard order certification for the GWX 75 and GWX 75H weather radars, which are expected to be available in August starting at suggested retail prices of $21,995 and $31,995 respectively.

Garmin is exhibiting at the Farnborough Air Show in Hall 3, booth #3400.

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