Avionics Report

June 2011 Issue

Upgrading to a GTN: What Makes Sense?

Garminís new GPS navigators complicate a shaky retrofit market. The logic for upgrading depends more on where youíre starting than what youíre buying.

As the fanfare fades, we still think Garmin hit a homerun with the GTN 750 and 650 navigators. As we reported in the March issue of Aviation Consumer, these state-of-the-art navigators offer huge amounts of capability, if at a higher cost than their GNS-series predecessors. But as far as we can determine, these units arenít exactly flying off the shelves. A thriving economy or a factory trade-up program would probably change that picture, but neither is true today. Hereís a look at some hurdles and tough economics that tag along with Garminís new star of the avionics world and how you might justify buying in Ö or not.

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