By Glenn Pew, Contributing Editor, Video Editor
Garmin Wednesday announced it has expanded its electronic chart coverage of European VFR terminal charts and SafeTaxi airport diagrams for specific products. EASA is expected "within weeks" to approve European SafeTaxi for Garmin G500, G600, G500H, G1000, G1000H, G900X, G950, and GMX 200 units. The expanded coverage will include diagrams for almost 500 European airports spread through 15 countries. European VFR terminal charts with data for over 2,200 airports in 29 countries will be integrated into aera 795/796 portables. The database includes Visual Approach, Landing and Area Charts, plus aerodrome directory, communications and regulatory information. Pricing depends on how pilots choose or are able to upgrade.
Garmin says that attendees at AERO Friedrichshafen can upgrade their ChartView key at no charge -- provided they purchase an aera 795/796 at the show. Otherwise, the company will offer a "special price" ($199) now through August 31. Garmin partnered with Jeppesen to integrate the charting information and through August 31 Jeppesen is offering an extra three months of service for new subscribers who purchase 12 months. Otherwise, Garmin offers European SafeTaxi at $74.95 for a single update and $299 as an annual subscription.