Garmin 430w updates?

Discussion in 'Avionics and Upgrades' started by Archer Jack, May 14, 2019.

  1. Archer Jack

    Archer Jack Pre-Flight

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    I'm just a weekend recreational pilot with vfr only. The Garmin 430w in my plane works just fine but hasn't been updated in years. How often does the database need to be updated if you are not using it for ifr flight?
     
  2. Jesse Saint

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    I don't know that it ever has to be updated if you are not filing IFR /G.
     
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    And if you want to do a one time update from Garmin (since airport ID's can change) it's like 149 or something like that for North America.
     
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    I liked to do an update annually. speak to your avionics person,or get it done at an airshow.
     
  5. Archer Jack

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    Thanks, Jesse. I had a feeling that was the answer. My Garmin just provides an expensive magenta line (along with the one on my Foreflight) so all the ifr updates won't help me much. Stay safe.
     
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    If you are navigating direct or over VORs that haven't been fully decommissioned, you probably don't need anything. There may well be new RNAV waypoints, VFR waypoints or intersections that showed up that you don't have. Also, you might consider updating if you live near Class C or Class B airspace that may have changed (several have been redesigned recently)
     
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    It's a good idea to periodically update the Nav and obstacle data. For example where I fly, the entire SFO Bravo airspace was redesigned last Fall. I was glad to have that updated on my 430W.

    There is no data update requirement for VFR flights, but once in a while it makes sense. Depends on your personal minimum.

    -David
     
  8. chemgeek

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    Single nav updates are available from Garmin and are worthwhile on a periodic basis if VFR. I update the nav database in my portable GPS (Aera 510) about every other year to keep up with airport and navaid changes. I keep up my 430W for IFR by subscription. If you decide to update you will need to buy the Garmin card programmer or borrow one from a pilot friend. About $75 IIRC.
     
  9. Peter Light

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    I would update my 430W every year or so...