Garmin Announces the D2 Pilot Watch
Garmin has announced the D2 Pilot Watch, a premium GPS equipped watch that was designed specifically to meet the needs of aviators. The all new Garmin D2 Pilot Watch looks a bit like the Garmin Fenix, but is loaded with useful features for pilots instead of outdoorsmen.
The Garmin D2 Pilot Watch allows pilots to navigate precisely around the globe thanks to a built-in WASS GPS receiver, a on-screen map, a compass with an HSI and a highly accurate altimeter with adjustable barometric settings. Pilots wearing a D2 will have the ability to mark flyover waypoints of their current location with the press of a single button and monitor GPS ground speed, distance, bearing, estimated time in route, glide ratio and many other things all from their wrist.
Like the Garmin Fenix, each of the pages on the D2 Pilot Watch are highly customizable. Users will have the option to pick and choose which data fields to use and where to place them. These data fields display all of the different types of information the D2 has collected in real-time and their customibality helps users set up the watch to meet their individual needs. Pilots will also have the option to setup important notifications, such as when to switch fuel tanks and altitude alerts, which will help pilots maintain proper altitude by notifying them whenever they have reached or left a predetermined altitude.
The Garmin D2 Pilot Watch also plays nicely with other Garmin products. The D2 can remotely control Garmin’s VIRB HD action cameras and will work with the Garmin Pilot application, which allows pilots to plan out their flights and create waypoints then sync the information to their compatible Garmin devices over Bluetooth 4.0.
We don’t have a specific Garmin D2 Pilot Watch release date just yet, but Garmin expects the watch to become available sometime in November, at a retail price of $449. You can learn more about the Garmin D2 Pilot Watch on Garmin’s Website and from their full press release, which follows below.
Garmin® Announces D2™ Pilot Watch, First GPS Watch Designed for Aviators
OLATHE, Kan. /October 8, 2013/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced another aviation first, a premium GPS watch designed specifically for aviators. D2’s features include Garmin’s signature direct-to and nearest navigation functions, as well as a built-in altimeter with adjustable baro setting, altitude alerting capabilities, display of both local and Zulu/UTC time, and the ability to seamlessly integrate with the Garmin Pilot™ app, VIRB™ action camera, and more.
“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.”
D2 meets the needs of global aviators by offering a worldwide aviation database. Pilots can easily press and hold dedicated buttons for quick access to perform direct-to, nearest functions, as well as create fly-over waypoints of their current locations. Additionally, pilots can load flight plans and create waypoints, similar to the capability found in our popular portable GPS products. Other features include the option to assign customized data fields to display GPS ground speed, GPS track, distance, estimated time enroute, bearing, glide ratio and much more. D2 features altitude alerting which notifies pilots when they reach or leave a preselected altitude, helping to ensure the desired altitude is maintained in-flight.
Pilots can navigate precisely and accurately with D2, which offers a built-in WAAS GPS, highly accurate altimeter with an adjustable barometric setting, compass with an HSI, and moving map page. With the option to set up vibrating alerts within D2, pilots are easily reminded of critical operations such as when to switch fuel tanks in-flight or any other time sensitive operation.
D2 enriches every flying experience when integrated with select Garmin products. Pilots may conveniently build flight plans and create waypoints within the Garmin Pilot app on compatible Bluetooth® (BLE) devices and easily upload them to D2. Additionally, D2 will remotely control Garmin’s HD action camera, VIRB. When connected to VIRB, D2 has the ability to remotely start and stop video, view elapsed time for active video recording, as well as capture high quality still photos – even when video recording is active.
Availability for D2 is anticipated in November at a price of $449.00*.
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