AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2021 - 37

REVIEW |

Garmin D2 Air
Smart, elegant, and useful
B Y D AV E H I R S C H M A N

A PILOT WATCH must do a few things well: look good, be
comfortable, tell local and Zulu time, and have a stopwatch.
Garmin's new D2 Air does those essential things, as well as
hundreds of others, some of which are really useful.
Unlike Garmin's previous bulky forays into aviation
watches, the D2 Air is light, comfortable, and visually appealing. Its lithium-ion battery lasts all day (10 hours) in the air
with internal GPS and other power-hungry sensors on, and
a full workweek (5 days) on the ground in normal operation.
The D2 Air's best new features for pilots are builtin oxygen and pulse rate sensors; an altimeter; direct-to
GPS navigation; airport weather reports; sunrise/sunset/
civil twilight times; and flight logging functions tied to the
Garmin Pilot app. Less useful items include the Garmin Pay
app (who knew Garmin even had one?); animated workouts;
a buzzer that lets you know you've taken enough steps; and
distracting alarms whenever you get an email, a text, or talk
on your phone. (Do I really need my watch to tell me I'm
talking on the phone? Perhaps as a way to avoid prolonged
butt-dials.)
The D2 Air pairs to a smartphone via Bluetooth and the
Garmin Connect app, and it can link to Wi-Fi networks, too.
Garmin is a big player in wearable technology ranging
from watches to dog collars, and the D2 Air is specialized
for pilots the way other Garmin watches are made for hikers,
runners, bikers, and fisherman. Personally, I quit wearing watches several years ago when the battery in my last
Timex Ironman died. Since a smartphone is my constant

companion, I saw no point in replacing the dead battery, and
the watch has resided in the bottom of a dusty desk drawer
ever since. But I've enjoyed test-driving the D2 Air and wearing a watch again.
It's unobtrusive, and it's got a clever sensor that somehow knows when you twist your wrist to glance at it. (If
that doesn't work, just double tap the screen to wake it up.)
Then the watch face shows a classic screen containing an
hour, minute, and sweep second hand. It also displays the
temperature, surface wind, and the sky conditions at an airport of your choice; the day and time; and the digital time.
Other, more advanced functions take some time to learn
and the eight-page Quick Start Manual that comes with the
watch doesn't do much to explain them. That requires digging into the Garmin website where the online manual
resides.
Today's gadgets can do so much that one of the biggest
decisions designers must make is what to leave out. Here,
Garmin shows some laudable self-discipline by avoiding
a " kitchen sink " strategy. Previous Garmin pilot watches
included dubious features such as, for example, the ability
to remotely control video cameras-wasted electrons. The
D2 Air avoids such pitfalls. It's a smart, elegant, and helpful addition to any pilot's throttle hand.
PRICE: $499
CONTACT: garmin.com
EMAIL dave.hirschman@aopa.org

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