Garmin International Inc. has announced its all-digital series of Bluetooth-enabled audio panels, the GMA 350c, GMA 35c and GMA 350Hc. The GMA 350c series incorporates Bluetooth technology for wireless access to music, phone, Garmin Pilot™ alerts and more. This adds to an impressive list of features, including industry-first Telligence Voice Command technology and 3D Audio processing, as well as enhanced auto-squelch capability and more. These features decrease heads-down time and increase overall situational awareness in the cockpit.
“Garmin continues to focus on simplifying the flying experience with the GMA 350c audio panel, so pilots can focus more readily on the task at hand – flying the aircraft,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “With the GMA 350c, it’s easier to complete important tasks such as opening a flight plan on the ground before departing an uncontrolled field. This, coupled with Telligence Voice Command and 3D audio, combine to make it the most-capable audio panel on the market.”
The GMA 350c incorporates patented features and superior voice control to provide pilots with exclusive features unmatched by any other audio panel on the market. Bluetooth technology provides more functionality, allowing pilots to wirelessly connect a smartphone or tablet to the GMA 350c to make phone calls or stream audio entertainment. Additionally, the GMA 350c series can be paired with the Garmin Pilot app to transmit terrain, obstacle or traffic alerts in-flight. Pilot-controlled audio distribution ensures the appropriate communications are dispersed to passengers and crew accordingly.
Also, Bluetooth Audio connectivity offered by the GMA 350c allows pilots to connect wirelessly to a VIRB XE camera in place of a headset audio cable, to conveniently overlay intercom audio and air traffic control communications while capturing rich, high definition video.
Telligence Voice Command allows pilots to activate selected audio panel functions by spoken commands; with TVC, pilots can switch from approach to tower frequency by simply stating “COMM one.” Using stereo headsets, three-dimensional sound is simulated with 3D Audio, which mimics how pilots hear and process multiple audio sources. This technology differentiates the audio sources and their unique locations or seat position, so they are easier to distinguish. For example, sound from COMM 1 will come from the left, whereas sound from COMM 2 will seem as though it’s coming from the right.
Advanced auto squelch automatically adapts to the volume level within the cockpit; an internal microphone senses ambient noise and adjusts cockpit speaker volume level throughout all phases of flight, and ensures alerts are quieter on the ground and louder in-flight. The GMA 350c series includes pilot, copilot and up to five passenger stereo intercom. It also supports three stereo music inputs, as well as dual COMM, NAV and AUX audio inputs. A built-in digital clearance recorder can record up to 2.5 minutes of selected COMM radio transmissions, so pilots can optionally play back clearances or unclear radio transmissions.
For easy and convenient upgrades, the GMA 350c is pin-compatible with the GMA 340 and GMA 350, designed as a direct replacement for existing GMA audio panel installations and as a slide-in replacement for the GMA 350. In addition to enhanced Bluetooth capabilities, the GTN 750 series has tightly integrated audio compatibility with the GMA 35c remote audio processor. For use in helicopters, the GMA 350Hc has the same core features as the GMA 350c, adding three COMM support, night vision compatibility and more.
The GMA 350c, GMA 35c and GMA 350Hc are expected to be available Q3 2015, starting at $2,295 MSRP. For additional information, visit www.garmin.com/aviation or contact a local Garmin authorized dealer.