[dropcap]C[/dropcap]oming in a Small, Multifunction Pack, Garmin’s New inReach Mini Has Great In-Flight Potential
It might be small, but it’s mighty, the new inReach Mini from Garmin is a great two-way satellite communicator that has the aviation industry a-buzz after its release earlier this month. Garmin Ltd. introduced the inReach as a device to communicate using two-way messaging with a 24/7 SOS function that could be life-saving to those in the sky.
Basic Features for Any Use
This device only stands 4” tall, is 2” wide, and comes in at on 3.5 ounces in weight — they’re not kidding when they say this thing is mini. It can be thrown in your gear bag, backpack, or even carried around in your pocket for easy access when you need it. There are no more worries about spotty coverage up in the sky, or anywhere else you take it because this device works anywhere when using the https://www.iridium.com — there’s no more need to rely on cell towers to provide coverage.
“We are thrilled to introduce the inReach Mini into our growing line of satellite communicators,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales. “You’ll never have to sacrifice space or weight in your pack; it’s small enough to stow nearly anywhere so it can be out of sight but still give you – and your loved ones at home – peace of mind that it’s there when you need it. The inReach Mini is an invaluable companion no matter where or how far off-the-grid life takes you, from trail running to traveling internationally to search and rescue efforts.”
The inReach Mini by Garmin has a rechargeable internal lithium battery that lasts around two days when using the 10 minutes tracking mode. When set to the extended 30 minutes tracking mode, the inReach Mini can last up to 20 days on one charge. It’s also said to be extremely tough with capabilities of withstanding extreme conditions, impacts, and is resistant to water damage.
This device can be used on its own, or paired with a compatible device; the Earthmate app makes it simple to pair with the inReach Mini using Bluetooth to a compatible cell phone. Doing this will give fliers access to unlimited maps, aerial imagery, and U.S. NOAA charts. Pairing this way also allows users to communicate with anything in their contact list. Allowing users to pull from their contact list is the quickest and easiest way for users to get information with quick access, without having to fool around with manual entry.
Features for Fliers
According to Garmin “Pilots will also have the same ability to send and receive messages conveniently through their Garmin Pilot app right from the cockpit. Garmin Pilot leverages the inReach Mini’s GPS positioning to drive a georeferenced aircraft position symbol on a tablet’s moving map display. The device has the ability to provide tracking for those wanting to follow the flight, using the web-based MapShare™ page created for each inReach account.” proving there was a lot of aviation utility kept in mind when designing this device.
Garmin’s Pilot app has recently been revised to its newest 9.3 version. This update brings in weather enhancements, airspace alerts, traffic displays, and more. In addition to Garmin’s Pilot app, this is also compatible with Garmin smartwatches like the aviation specific D2 Charlie.
Advanced Emergency Support Through SOS
By hitting the SOS button in the event of an emergency, you can prompt a distress signal to GEOS, a 24/7 International Emergency Response Coordination Center. GEOS begins to track the device when the SOS function is triggered and notifies the right contacts and emergency responders to the exact location of the device. Not only will it be gathering information once the SOS mode is engaged, it will also send back information to the user that help is on the way and other important updates on the status of the responding team. The user’s emergency contact is even notified through the GEOS system when SOS is being used.
This device gives the user access to a cloud-based site that allows you to plan trips with specific routes, and you can also make preset messages and quick texts in advance. On the site, the user can sync multiple devices and platforms. Detailed weather forecasts is another optional service provided that will help pilots plan their flight paths.
The new inReach Mini definitely seems like it should be apart of your in-flight equipment. Throw it in with your inspection hand tools, like your borescope, and maintenance items since it doesn’t take up any room. It’s a great communication solution without taking up a took of valuable space, especially in smaller aircraft.