Big-Screen IFR: Garmin's GNS 530

Garmin touts its top-of-the-line GNS 530 as "the world's finest panel-mounted IFR navigation/communications system," and at $15,000 plus installation, it darned well better be! One glance at the 214-page owners manual makes it clear that this isn't your father's GPS. After flying behind one of these puppies for four months, AVweb's Mike Busch reports that the learning curve is steep but the juice is definitely worth the squeeze. If you fly serious IFR, he says, this box is truly the ultimate driving machine. Interface it to a Sandel SN3308 EHSI and an autopilot, and IFR flight becomes so automated that you may be tempted to curl up in back and take a nap! In this in-depth review of the GNS 530, Mike puts the big Garmin through its paces on a flight into and out of LAX, and invites you to ride along. NOTE: This article has a lot of large graphics -- be forwarned if you're on a dial-up Internet connection!

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