Jepp and Garmin Chop Data Prices
June 21, 2011 — Price cuts in aviation are rare, but Jeppesen and Garmin have teamed up to substantially reduce the costs of navigation and chart data update subscriptions. The cost of data updates has been a growing irritant for many pilots because each new piece of equipment usually demands another subscription to keep its functions up to date.
There are so many possible combinations of Garmin equipment that require nav and chart updates that it is impossible to list the actual new prices for each package here, but the savings range from 30 to 70 percent compared to the previous pricing for individual data subscriptions. Garmin and Jepp call the new service PilotPak because it bundles the data subscriptions for Garmin’s new GTN 750/650 panel-mounted touch-screen navigation systems and the G600/500 flat glass primary flight display (PFD) and multi-function (MFD) systems. The G3X flat glass system designed for amateur-built airplanes is also included in the PilotPak options.
The four PilotPaks all include Garmin obstacle, SafeTaxi, terrain, and airport directory information. Other PilotPaks include Garmin FliteCharts that are derived from government approach charts, while other options include JeppView approach charts.