Avionics Report

April 2000 Issue

Garmin’s 530

A bigger screen and better, crisper color than the 430 series. There’s plenty of room for traffic, weather and datalink displays.

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Fessing up here, we never thought the day would arrive when we would admit that paying $15,000 for a single piece of avionics could actually make sense or might even be a good value under the right circumstances.

The mere thought of actually recommending such a thing causes tearing of the eyes and involuntary facial ticks.

Yet as Garmin tidies up the certification details on its mega color map GNS 530, it may be just the thing, at least for some owners, and a good deal at that. Given the high price of entry, the 530 will likely be most appropriate for high-end singles—read new—and cabin class twins in the $175,000 and above club.

However, depending on how many remote...

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