Enhance your situational awareness and safety with the new XGPS170, which provides ADS-B Traffic and Weather data directly to a compatible EFB app on your iPad or Android tablet – without subscription fees.
FAA’s ADS-B Weather and Traffic Information in the Cockpit
Introduced more than a decade ago by the FAA, ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) provides weather and traffic information to all aircraft equipped with an ADS-B receiver, such as the XGPS170, subscription-free. The portable XGPS170 ADS-B In receiver provides ADS-B weather and traffic broadcasts to a variety of compatible EFB apps (sold separately) for display on an iPad or Android tablet.
The XGPS170 provides the following ADS-B In services:
- Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B). FIS-B provides regional and continental NEXRAD radar imagery from the National Weather Service, as well as NOTAMs, METARs, TAFs, PIREPs, winds aloft and other valuable in-flight weather services. FIS-B also includes information on temporary flight restrictions (TFR) and special use airspaces (SUA).
- Traffic Information Service Broadcast (TIS-B). The TIS-B information is air traffic information obtained from ATC radar and broadcast from ground radio stations. This information greatly enhances pilots’ situational awareness and aids their visual orientation of nearby aircraft traffic.*
- The XGPS170 can also receive position reports directly from a nearby aircraft operating ADS-B Out transponders on 978 MHz.
- The XGPS170 additionally provides traffic information from some aircraft operating ADS-B Out equipment at 1090 MHz through the ADS-R rebroadcast from ground stations.
*ADS-B traffic broadcasts are only transmitted from the ground transmitters in response to an ADS-B Out transponder operating on your aircraft or another aircraft in the area.
The removable ADS-B antenna on the XGPS170 allows pilots to connect to an external antenna on the aircraft. (This should be a dedicated, passive transponder antenna.)
Growing number of compatible EFB Apps
The XGPS170 does not restrict you to just one EFB app. Dual is working with nearly all of the EFB app providers including AOPA FlyQ efb, Avilution, Bendix King myWingMan EFB, eKneeboard, Flight Guide iEFB, Naviator, WSI’s Pilotbrief Optima and WingX Pro7 from Hilton Software. Please see “Apps” for the current list of apps supporting the XGPS170. Check back frequently as we will be continually adding new apps to this list as they are released.
Useful Status Tool App
Similar to the popular XGPS150, the XGPS170 also comes with a useful Status Tool App (available Free on the iTunes store). The app is a simple utility application, which shows detailed device and reception information. (App currently in review by Apple.)
Highly Accurate GPS
The XGPS170 includes a WAAS GPS receiver with fast location acquisition (under 30 seconds), with position updates up to 10 times per second. The GPS location information is wirelessly transmitted via Bluetooth to Apple and Android devices.
Useful In and Out of the Plane
At your destination, the XGPS170 becomes an ideal navigation assistant. Take this small and portable receiver with you to the car, on a boat or hiking. The XGPS170 works with pretty much any app that requires location information, including apps for car and marine navigation, golfing, geocaching, hiking and many others. (Although the GPS receiver works on the ground anywhere in the world, please note that the weather signal typically cannot be received on the ground in most places.)
Wireless Bluetooth Connectivity
The XGPS170 wirelessly sends GPS and ADS-B data to up to two iPad devices simultaneously, leaving each iPad free to connect to other wireless devices via Bluetooth or WiFi.
Bluetooth Advantage over WiFi
Because the XGPS170 uses Bluetooth, the WiFi connection on your iPad is left free for other uses, such as connecting to the Internet (for weather services, flight plan updates, etc.) or to another accessory like an AHRS. There are no hassles with switching between networks and no service interruptions.
Built-In Rechargeable Battery
The XGPS170 has a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 5 hours of continuous use. The included 12-30V cigarette lighter adapter charges the receiver (or the iPad) in a car or in an aircraft. The XGPS170 can also be charged using the wall charger that comes with the iPad.
Useful Non-Slip Pad Included
The included non-slip pad holds the receiver securely in place on an aircraft’s glareshield, car’s dashboard, or boat’s console.
Set Up is a Breeze
It takes less than a minute to pair your iPad with the XGPS170, and the receiver will remember your iPad the next time you want to use it.
Universal Design for Many Apps and Devices
The XGPS170 is compatible with all iPad, iPod touch and iPhone devices, as well as other Bluetooth-enabled (SPP required) smart phones, tablets and laptops (Android, Blackberry, Windows and OS X devices).
In addition to EFB apps, the XGPS170 works with most apps that require GPS, including apps for car navigation, marine chart plotting, golfing range finders, geocaching, hiking and many others.
ADS-B Weather (FIS-B) Reception
ADS-B Traffic (ADS-R/TIS-B) Reception
Bluetooth wireless connectivity:
- Connects to up to two iPad devices simultaneously
- Leaves each iPad free to connect to other devices/service via WiFi or Bluetooth
Apple and Android support
Works with WingX Pro7, AviationMaps and Naviator. Watch for more major app announcements very soon (hint: Sun-n-Fun!)
Use with the included removable antenna or connect to an external antenna
Built-in Rechargeable Battery lasts up to 5 hours of continuous use
WAAS GPS also works with apps for car & boating navigation and many others
12-30V charger included to charge the receiver or the iPad
- The receiver can also be charged using the iPad wall charger
Adjustable brightness LEDs for day and night flying
Includes a non-slip pad to keep the XGPS170 securely in place on the glareshield or window.
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Weight (with the antenna): 5.3oz
Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter Voltage
What You Get
- The XGPS170 GPS + ADS-B Receiver
- Removable ADS-B Antenna
- 12-30V Cigarette Lighter Adapter
- Mini USB to USB charging cable
- Non-slip pad
- Status Tool App (free download from the iTunes App Store)
- Owner’s manual with warranty information
The XGPS170 is the most widely supported ADS-B receiver in the market, and works with these EFB apps:
Currently compatible with:
- I just updated to iOS 8.3 and my XGPS device stopped working. Why?
There is a bug in iOS 8.3 which blocks position information coming from Bluetooth GPS devices. The symptom is that your GPS looks like it is working, but your apps do not show your location. (Not all apps are affected, but most are.) The problem affects the XGPS150, XGPS160 and XGPS170 as well as Bluetooth GPS devices from other manufacturers. We have contacted Apple it, and they are aware of the issue. We do not have an ETA from them for a fix, but they are treating it as a priority. In the meantime, some (but not all) users are getting around the bug by turning off Location Services, rebooting the iOS device, and turning Location Services back on.
Important note about charging your XGPS170:
The XGPS170 includes a smart charging circuit which is designed to safely draw current from the power source without risk of damaging either the XGPS170 or the charging source. For the fastest charge in the least amount of time, Dual strongly recommends using either the included 12VDC charger, or the USB wall charger which came with your iPad or Android tablet.
Other USB chargers, like generic cell phone chargers, will supply power to the XGPS170, but do not provide enough current to charge the XGPS170 in a reasonable time. If you use a cell phone charger, the XGPS170 may not charge completely and charging light on the XGPS170 may not turn green.
Additionally, we have received reports from XGPS170 owners that inexpensive, “no-name” USB wall chargers are not working at all with the XGPS170. If you are experiencing long charging times, short battery life, or the charging light never seems to turn green, please try charging the XGPS170 from the 12V charger which came with the product or the wall charger that came with you iPad (or Android tablet).
Download the Apple iOS 6 bug fix here.