Avionics Report

April 2011 Issue

Garmin’s New GTNs: Bigger, Faster, Better

The long-awaited replacements for the GNS series arenít revolutionary, but easy logic, larger and sharper screens and remote integration make them a hit.

We knew it had to be coming, we just didnít know when. The "it," of course, is the long-awaited follow-on product to Garminís hugely successful GNS430/530 series navigators, of which there are some 120,000-plus in the field. The new boxes are called the GTN650 and 750 and Garmin took the wraps off these at the Aircraft Electronics Show in Reno in late March. It gave us an advance view and flight trial ahead of the show. First impression? These products will evolutionize the market with a short list of advanced features, they will likely ignite an intense secondary market in used GNS430/530 products and as the world moves smartly toward self-contained EFIS, these may very well be the last products of their kind.

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