The IFR-certified GTX 345 looks and operates like a standard Mode S transponder. It fits in the same 1.65-inch high slot in your avionics stack. It boasts a bright, sunlight-readable digital display, a pressure altitude readout, handy timers for approaches and other operations, plus dedicated pushbuttons numbered 0-9 for quick and easy squawk code entry. But where other transponders leave off, the GTX 345 is just getting started. The addition of 1090 MHz ADS-B “Out” transmission capability (using precise GPS-referenced positioning information) enables the transponder to automatically output the more accurate, more dynamic traffic surveillance data that the NextGen airspace system requires. For aircraft that may prefer or require a diversity solution, GTX 345 is available in a diversity configuration which utilizes two antennas — mounted on the top and bottom of the aircraft — to provide superior operational coverage. Plus, available ADS-B “In” reception unlocks even more capabilities for pilots, enabling them to display ADS-B traffic, weather and more on a variety of installed or portable displays.
The extra-precise GPS position reference needed to meet the traffic monitoring requirements of ADS-B can be provided either by the WAAS/SBAS-compliant navigation system that you may already have in your panel — or by an optional built-in GPS position source available with your GTX 345 transponder³. However your aircraft is currently equipped, the Garmin GTX 345 series offers a simple, minimally intrusive ADS-B solution to meet your needs. For even more flexibility, optional remote mount GTX versions are available for compatibility with the GTN™ 750/650 series of GPS/Comm/Nav systems, as well as select Garmin G1000® integrated flight deck systems — all of which provide built-in remote transponder code selection and control.
The GTX 345 ADS-B receiver is a dual-link system. So, it can receive on both frequencies (978 MHz and 1090 MHz) authorized for ADS-B operations in the U.S. Not only does this provide the most complete traffic picture from aircraft transmitting on either frequency, but it also enhances your aircraft’s ability to access ADS-B transmissions and services from virtually anywhere. When integrating an active traffic system with the GTX 345, ADS-B traffic and active traffic targets are merged on the display to give pilots a truly comprehensive traffic picture.
For added situational awareness, the GTX 345 incorporates a built-in audio output for audible traffic and altitude alerts¹, which can be integrated into your existing audio panel. You can also pair the GTX series with an optional Garmin altitude encoder to satisfy data transmission requirements for IFR. As opposed to other transponders with altitude encoding built in, the Garmin altitude encoder mounts separately on the install rack. So, should the transponder ever require removal, there’s no need for the static line to be disconnected. Which, in turn, eliminates the need for a follow-on leak check — and thus helps minimize ongoing service costs.
The Garmin GTX 345 series is FAA and EASA approved for installation on hundreds of today’s most popular aircraft makes and models. For decades, Garmin has led in the development and deployment of ADS-B technology. And when you compare all the options available, it’s clear that Garmin is committed to making your transition to ADS-B operations as simple, economical and worry-free as possible.
¹Garmin ADS-B compatibilities cover a wide range of systems and displays; however, not all functions may be available for every configuration. Please check the Compatibility tab for more specifics or limitations that may apply to your system.
²AHRS may be disabled in rotorcraft installations, see your authorized Garmin dealer for more details.
³Integrated WAAS GPS position source is not available with diversity option
Solid state transmitter (more efficient, longer life): Yes
Aural alerts: Yes
Total Air Temperature (TAT): Yes
Pressure altitude readout: Yes
Altitude monitor function: Yes
Density altitude readout: Yes
Built-in timers: Yes
Automatic ALT/GND mode: Yes
Wireless connectivity to portable device using Garmin Pilot, ForeFlight or compatible Garmin portable: Yes
Subscription-free weather and traffic: Yes
Internal AHRS (non-certified): Yes
1090 MHz ADS-B Out: Yes
Dual-link 1090MHz and 978MHz UAT ADS-B In: Yes
Built in GPS/WAAS receiver: Optional
Displays on G500/G600, GTN 650/750, GNS 430W/530W, and others: Yes
Pressure altitude encoder module (mounts to connector backplate): Optional
TAS/TCAS traffic integration with ADS-B In: Yes