The GNS 430, designed as the first in a line of new aviation products, is an equally versatile panel-mounted companion to the GNS 530. It is a WAAS-upgradeable IFR GPS, Com, VOR, LOC, and glide-slope with color moving map in one multipurpose unit. The TSO'd VHF Com offers a choice of 25 kHz or 8.33 kHz spacing for 760- or 3040-channel configuration respectively. A huge Jeppesen database (that can be updated with a front-loading data card) contains all airports, VORs, NDBs, Intersections, FSS, Approach, DPs/STARs, and SUA information. The GNS 430 makes practical use of this information with features like intelligent frequency nomination.
Many boxes offer some of the same features as the GNS 430, but it's the integration of so many functions that sets this aviation product apart. The map features a built-in all-land database that shows cities, highways, railroads, rivers, lakes and coastlines, in addition to a Jeppesen database in bright colors. Thanks to the high-contrast color display, the information can be easily read from wide viewing angles even in direct sunlight.
The GNS 430 has plenty of growth potential, as there are upgrade paths for WAAS compatibility, and Terrain awareness. Pilots will enjoy the GNS 430 as an MFD, especially when it is coupled with traffic, lightning detection, and weather interfaces like Ryan TCAD, TIS from the Garmin GTX 330 Mode S transponder, or Goodrich SKYWATCH™, STORMSCOPE® WX 500. For the latest in graphical and textual weather information, the GNS 530 can connect to XM Satellite Radio's XM WX Weather Service via the GDL 69 datalink receiver. With the FDE prediction program, the GNS 530 may be used for oceanic or remote operations.
This mulitpurpose unit is available with either a 10-watt (GNS 430) or 16-watt (GNS 430A) COM.
The GNS 430 combines all the navigation capabilities necessary today with all known and defined technologies of the future.