Avionics Report

October 1998 Issue

Garmin’s GNS 430

GPS, VOR and ILS in one box with a stunning color moving map. (And a price to match.)

We never thought they’d do it. At least not this soon.

It’s not that we’re cynical or anything but all the talk about color moving map panel mounts for the price of a mid-market navcom struck as just that, talk. (We were sure it would never happen once we caught wind of the fact that the FAA was regulating what colors the display could actually use.)

Yet with the impending introduction of the GNS 430, Garmin has pulled the proverbial rabbit out of the hat. From our vantage point, the 430 appears to be the leading edge of a new generation of superboxes that will combine traditional navcom functions—including ILS—with GPS area navigation and approaches, all depicted on a vibrant color d...

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