Garmin Portable Question: When does the current database expire?

Discussion in 'Avionics and Upgrades' started by MarkH, May 23, 2020 at 8:55 PM.

  1. MarkH

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    I am looking to update the database on my Garmin Portable, and I don't want to but it just to have a new one released in 3 days.

    Can anyone with a current database tell me when it expires? (My estimate is that the new one is effective June 4th, so I should wait until May 28 to redeem the bundle, but I want to check to be safe)
     
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    They don't "expire," per se. There just becomes a newer version. Different data gets updated on different schedules, either 28 days, 56 days, or "as needed"

    See here: https://fly.garmin.com/fly-garmin/devices/update-schedule
     
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    I understand that, but they do have an expiration date (even if it is not legally applicable because it is a portable) and based on that page, a new database is published 7 days before the expiration date.

    I don't want to buy now, if waiting 5 days gets me something later, but if the one they are selling was published yesterday, then I don't have any reason to wait. But I have heard too many stories of pilots buying one time upgrades only to have it expire the next week to be willing to buy it blind.

    Edit: I commented before reading the link, that is exactly what I am looking for, thanks!