Garmin Discontinues GNS530

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Garmin announced Tuesday it will discontinue production of the popular GNS530W navigator beginning November 30, 2011. While the GNS430W series product is still available, Garmin anticipates this product will be discontinued in the first half of 2012. The news from Garmin comes as no suprise to the avionics world after the company recently introduced the next generation GTN600 and GTN700 series touch screen navigators. Those who are happy with their 530s and 430s can continue to use them for the foreseeable future.

Garmin has pledged continued support of the GNS line with factory repair service and software updates for years to come. The GNS series panel-mounted GPS systems helped usher in the glass cockpit era for general aviation aircraft.