Avionics Report

December 1999 Issue

Which Two?

We’ll admit that a pair of Garmin 430s approaches avionics nirvana. But for a lot less than $20K, there are smarter choices.

When Garmin’s colorful GNS 430 hit the streets a year ago, even we couldn’t find any significant warts to complain about. Evidently the market agrees; the 430 has emerged as the hands-down best-selling single piece of avionics in recent history.

So why fight it? Just call your avionics shop and order a pair of the blasted things and wait out the order backlog. It’s the only smart way to go, right?

Hold the phone there, Leroy.

While the GNS 430 is nothing short of a stroke of brilliance, it’s also far from the only game in town. And as for installing two of them in one wallet-busting stroke of the pen—as some owners are doing—we can see some pluses, but some definite minuses, too. <...

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