Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Garmin D2 Pilot Watch
A watch with a cockpit full of aviation features
Far more than an aviation-quality GPS unit, the D2 redefines what a watch can do. It includes Garmin's signature "direct to" and "nearest" navigation functions, as well as a built-in altimeter with adjustable barometer setting (just like your panel-mounted unit), altitude alerting capabilities, display of both local and Zulu/UTC time, accurate compass, HSI, the ability to seamlessly integrate with the Garmin Pilot app, the new Garmin VIRB POV camera and more. Oh, and it's a watch, too.
Perhaps the D2's greatest strength is the onboard navigation database that's as accurate as those on Garmin's high-end navigator units. Another big plus is the D2's ability to integrate with the Garmin Pilot app. Pilots can create a multi-waypoint flight plan in the app on their tablet or computer, then wirelessly send it to the D2 watch and fly the plan entirely from the watch. Though it's a WAAS GPS unit, the D2 isn't yet certified for IFR. Still, the ability to have a full-featured navigator on your watch is something any pilot would welcome.
"In addition to the ability to provide global navigation solutions right on your wrist, D2's seamless integration with other Garmin products makes it an essential piece of equipment for every cockpit," said Carl Wolf, Garmin's vice president of aviation sales and marketing. "D2 is as rich in style as it is in features, and with the wealth of information it provides, every pilot will want one."
Features include a compass, moving map, and "direct to" and "nearest" buttons.
For pilots, the D2 fits two critical needs: first, as an emergency navigator unit, and second, as a GPS for tight cockpit environments.
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