Garmin recently announced its new VHF navcomm radios that nicely complement its line of compact touchscreen GPS navigators. Sporting a crisp, high-resolution display, they are nicely equipped with a variety of handy features and a smart feature set. It was showing the radio off at Sun ‘n Fun 2024 in Florida and Aviation Consumer Editor-in-Chief Larry Anglisano got a product tour from Garmin’s Jim Alpiser.

Larry Anglisano
Larry Anglisano is a regular AVweb contributor and the Editor in Chief of sister publication Aviation Consumer magazine. He's an active land, sea and glider pilot, and has over 30 years experience as an avionics tech.


  1. He was neither able to pull up the CDI nor look up a frequency while moderating his demonstration. I guess they think we don’t actually watch what they’re doing when they talk. That said I would buy the product.

  2. The SL30 also has the “monitor” functionality on both the Nav and Com, and its interface may be somewhat more intuitive. The SL30 does not have a database of frequencies built in: I think that was the only new functionality I saw.