Garmin GPS Upgrades

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Although Garmin rolled out no new portable GPS this year, it did announce upgrades for its popular panel mount equipment, the GNS 400 and 500 line of navigators. WAAS upgrades for the GNS400/500 series will be available for under $1,500 by the end of 2004, says Garmin. If you'd like to add terrain detail and hazard alerting to the 400/500 series products from Garmin, you can do so for $500, and the upgrade is planned for the end of 2003. For serious terrain avoidance, you may want Class-B TAWS, which will be available as an upgrade to 500 series navigators only, by the end of this year. Price is set at $6,495. Contact Garmin at www.garmin.com.