Tue, Jul 29, 2008
Offers Impressive Capabilities For Less Than $1000
Though Garmin's announcement of
certification for its G600 retrofit glass panel made most of the
headlines Monday, the Olathe, KS-based electronics wizards also had
news to share on a much smaller scale. Garmin announced the new GMA
240 audio panel, a noncertified audio panel designed for
experimental and light sport aircraft.
The GMA 240 includes many popular control and indication
features found on Garmin's certified -- and higher priced -- audio
panels, and has an attractive sub-$1,000 price point.
"This new audio panel is ideal for experimental and LSA pilots
who want to upgrade from an intercom system, without breaking the
bank," said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of
marketing. "It offers reliable and versatile audio switching
functions in a user-friendly design."
The GMA 240 includes a four-place stereo intercom system and
support for two stereo music inputs. It has dual COM, NAV and AUX
audio inputs. In addition, three unswitched audio alert inputs are
provided for connection to external warning tones.
The GMA 240 shines when it comes to music support. Pilots can
connect up to two dedicated music sources to the rear connector
(e.g. XM music and CD player) and over-ride one of those sources at
any time by plugging-in a device (e.g. MP3 player) into the 2.5 mm
front jack. Music volume can then be controlled by pulling out the
intercom volume/squelch knob. If connecting a GPSMAP 396/496 to the
GMA 240, pilots can adjust the XM music volume directly from the
The 2.5 mm front jack also makes it easy for pilots to make and
receive phone calls. It has a fullduplex telephone interface with
intercom isolation and disable capability. This feature allows
private telephone calls by the pilot or multi-party calls with the
crew and passengers.
The GMA 240 is available immediately for an expected retail
price of $895.00.
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