Garmin Launches GPS Smartwatch for Pilots

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The D2 Air includes multiple tools for planning and in-flight use.

Garmin launched its new D2 Air GPS smartwatch for pilots, which includes multiple tools for planning and in-flight use. Serving to connect seamlessly between a pilot’s flying life and ground-based existence, the D2 Air features weather, direct-to navigation, airport info, flight logging, and a pulse oximeter. The watch displays in several time zones (including Zulu time)—and gives the pilot the ability to immediately call up metars and tafs among other aviation data. It comes preloaded with a worldwide database, and allows for flight plan transfer with Garmin Pilot.

“The D2 Air is an exciting option for current and aspiring pilots, as well as the aviation enthusiast,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing for Garmin. “The D2 Air offers a bright and striking display with valuable capabilities that benefit pilots in the air while offering advanced smartwatch features on the ground, placing the D2 Air aviator smartwatch in a category of its own.”

Battery life is promised at up to 5 days while using ground-based functions, and up to 10 hours continuous GPS and pulse oximeter use in flight. The D2 Air retails for $499. Look for a report in an upcoming issue of Flying.

The D2 can be used in flight as a back-up navigation and pulse oximeter source.
 

The D2 can be used in flight as a back-up navigation and pulse oximeter source.

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