Garmin Incorporates New iOS Weather Features

Garmin Pilot iOS incorporates new weather features, airspace alerting and more

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 10:26 am CDT

Olathe, KS


May 9, 2018 - Garmin is pleased to announce the addition of new features to the Garmin Pilot application for Apple mobile devices. Just in time for the Spring flying season, Garmin Pilot 9.3 incorporates several new weather enhancements that aid in identifying storm cell movement and icing levels, as well as airspace alerting. With the latest version for iOS, pilots can also view improvements made to the display of traffic, runway extended centerlines and more.
Flight profile view adds icing
When viewing the flight profile view alongside a flight plan within Garmin Pilot, customers can easily view the probability or severity of icing and overall icing potential. Within the Flight Profile view, light green, yellow and red shading indicate an increasing probability that icing may occur at a particular altitude.
Storm cell movement
The radar overlay on the moving map has been enhanced to include the projected path of a storm cell. An orange circle paired with a line that extends from the strongest storm cells display the potential path of that storm cell and where it’s predicted to be located in 15, 30, 45 and 60-minute intervals. If hail or tornadic activity is present, a corresponding icon will also be displayed alongside the particular storm cell line. By selecting the storm cell icon on the radial menu, pilots can view additional information within the storm cell, including speed, direction and more.
Airspace alerting
Garmin Pilot 9.3 adds airspace alerting to notify pilots prior to entering select airspace segments. Pilots can select airspace alerts within the settings page and choose individual airspace types they want to receive alerts for while in-flight.
SiriusXM Surface Analysis
Pilots that utilize a GDL 69, GDL 51 or GDL 52 who also have a valid SiriusXM Aviation Weather subscription, can now view the surface analysis layer on the moving map. Isobars, pressure systems, fronts, troughs, ridges and more can be viewed alongside flight plan information to easily determine whether a frontal system may impact a particular flight.
Traffic enhancements
Pilots can now utilize pinch-to-zoom gestures on the traffic page to zoom in and out to view traffic targets on the traffic page when Garmin Pilot is paired with an ADS-B In receiver. Pilots can also select whether traffic information is displayed in relative altitude (altitude relative to own-ship) or absolute altitude (altitude relative to the ground) so it’s easier to identify traffic targets that may pose a threat.
Additional features:
Extended runway centerlines have been improved to display mile marker segments so it’s easier to determine distance from the runway while on final approach.
Garmin Pilot has been optimized to support the high resolution, all-screen design of the Apple iPhone X.
Additions to the aircraft library
The Garmin Pilot aircraft library has grown to include new aircraft performance profiles for Cessna, Mooney and Piper.
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Scott Sherer
Wright Brothers Master Pilot, FAA Commercial Pilot
Aviation Director, Cessna Owners Organization Forum Moderator and Cessna Owners Author.

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