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Old 11-30-2022, 09:58 AM
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Will this be available for the Garmin portables? I have an Aera 796.
Joe Schneider
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Old 11-30-2022, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by lr172 View Post
Just want to be sure that I can do basic stuff with this and also curious what is going to go away once I install the first DB update over what I have now.

Also note that the free VFR navigation database also includes VORs, NDBs, and intersections (like RIPON and FISKE), so if you want to to use those when flight planning, you still can.

When you press the NRST button on your GDU, you will still have the same functionality.


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Old 11-30-2022, 02:00 PM
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Default Europe likes Garmin too

Hi Brad,

I do see that the US is your biggest market but all of us guys in Europe also paid full price for your offerings.

Just saying!
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Old 11-30-2022, 02:29 PM
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I used to work in the mapping software business (not at Garmin), and it's incredible how much GIS and mapping data the US government makes available for free, vs. other countries in the world who charge an arm and a leg. My employer was always able to offer our US stuff either free or at significantly lower prices than we could the non-US stuff because the cartography offices throughout the rest of the world insisted on charging for their data. I do not work for Garmin so don't know if the same is true for this product, but it would not surprise me. I would say if you're in the EU, petition your country government's equivalent of USGS to convince them to offer their cartography data similarly to how the US government does it!
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Old 11-30-2022, 03:18 PM
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Thank you Garmin team! Another reason I NEVER regret the decision to use all Garmin equipment in both planes I built.
David C.
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Old 11-30-2022, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by g3xpert View Post
Garmin is pleased to announce new cost-saving US (United States) VFR database subscriptions for the G3X and G3X Touch flight displays! This includes a new no-cost US VFR Basic Database Bundle for G3X/G3XT users.

Beginning on November 23rd, 2022 users have been able to select the US VFR Basic Database Plan that includes US Airport Navigation Data, Terrain, and Obstacles free of charge. This database package will keep the flight displays updated on industry-standard 28-day release cycles. This is a great choice for the US VFR flyer wanting simple basemap and airport information updates.

Additionally, Garmin is adding extra value to the current US Mini Database Bundle subscription (now called US VFR Plus Database Bundle). For the current cost of $49.99/yr users will retain the US Airport Navigation Data, Obstacles, Terrain, and SafeTaxi diagrams - but will now feature added US VFR Sectionals and US Airport Facilities Directory at no additional cost.

These database plan offerings can be accessed using your current account. You can also access several helpful how-to video guides on updating your flight display databases on the Garmin Aviation Support Center webpage.


Way to go Garmin
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Old 12-02-2022, 08:34 AM
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Looking forward to the announcement of similar offerings for Canada... It's not just Europe.
Rob Prior
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Old 12-02-2022, 03:44 PM
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The legacy (non-touch) G3X systems didn't have the capability to display VFR Sectionals, just the Basemap. Is this still the case?
Mike Hilger
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Old 12-03-2022, 07:31 AM
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Has anyone managed to download these yet? I can't seem to find them at Any ideas?


UPDATE: Found it under 'Show all options' when you go to buy databases.

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Old 12-03-2022, 09:16 AM
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Default It's Christmas!

Thank you Garmin. This free data base offer looks good, I'll be exploring how it fits my data subscription.

That along with the great G3Xpert phone and online technical support, and the Garmin system operations phone support, is Super Duper!
Jeff Warren
Simpsonville, SC (@SC47 > 10nm NW Triple Tree)
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