Sunday, March 18, 2012

Garmin Pilot Expands Canada Chart Coverage


Garmin seems to be focusing on its aviation sector as of late, and released yet more news this week that should make Canadian pilots quite happy. Now, NAV CANADA aeronautical charts will cover most of Canada, providing valuable information like radio frequencies, airspace boundaries and landmark information to helicopter and private pilots navigating through Canada.

Additionally, Garmin now will be offering helicopter route charts for Canada as well as several major metropolitan areas in the United States and the Gulf of Mexico. These charts will show information tailored specifically to helicopter pilots and will show airways and routes, heliports with associated frequency and lighting capabilities, NAVAID information and obstructions as well as pictorial symbols, roads and geographical features.

These charts are all available immediately. Customers who have access to the IFR/VFR charts database or who have subscribed to Garmin Pilot Canada will be able to see these charts simply by updating your device. The charts are available for G3X Touch and the aera 796/796. These charts can be purchased for $39.99. Alternatively, pilots can purchase an annual subscriotion of Garmin Pilot Canada Premium to access these charts. The iOS app subscription is around $130 per year.

As I have said before, I am not a pilot so I am not going to go into the specifics about these programs, but they certainly look like they’d be incredibly useful for anyone looking to fly in or between Canada and the U.S. For more information on these charts, check out this press release or visit the aviation section of Garmin’s website.

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