Avionics News March 2018 - 57

Garmin
Garmin launched the approved
IFR GPS navigation era with its
GPS 155, but the company started
a revolution in avionics with the
launch of the GNS 530 and 430 -
more than 20 years ago now.
Today's Garmin lineup
includes the GTN 750 and GTN
650 - both touch-display all-inone follow-ons to the GNS series
- as well as other models lacking
either the navigation receiver or
both the comm and nav units.
The 750 boasts a 6.9-inch touchsensitive TFT display, while
the 650 sports the same type of
display at a size of 4.9 inches.
Garmin's other models provide
more options for pilots. The GTN
725, for example, is a WAAS GPS
navigator and MFD, with no VHF
functions. Similarly, the GTN 625
is the smaller model, with only a
WAAS GPS and the MFD.
Garmin's GTN 735 and GTN
635 both combine a 760-channel
VHF comm transceiver with the
WAAS GPS and MFD.
Furthermore, Garmin's GNS
series of all-in-one navigators and
communicators can be upgraded to
WAAS GPS receivers and gain all
the advantages of that technology.
More to come?
We can hope
Not every pilot covets an
all-in-one WAAS GPS navigator
and communicator piece of
equipment; many would be happy
with a WAAS box the size of
the old KLN 90 GPS navigator.
A WAAS GPS measuring 6.25
inches wide by 2 inches tall
would fit in the same slot as a
KLN 90 - or 89B, for that matter.
For now, however, the
6.25-inch-wide by 2.65-inchhigh size of the GTN 650 and
IFD440 are the smallest approved
navigators available - some
all-in-one units, others with both
WAAS GPS and the MFD, with

or without any VHF functions.
The issue, avionics makers say, is
providing the display space needed
to make the smaller space useful
to pilots. For the time being, that
appears to remain the realm of the
smaller sizes of the all-in-one WAAS
GPS/MFD units available today.

This means a ripe niche is open to
the company that opts to take a plunge
into a vacant slot in the market.
Stay tuned; that could change
with this month's AEA International
Convention & Trade Show, or at
next month's Sun 'n Fun Fly-in in
Lakeland, Florida. q

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