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For Sale: 430/530/W obstacle card programmer

Orest @ CYFD

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This is the programmer itself, NOT the card. It connects by a standard mini-USB cord to a computer, you get the data from fly.garmin.com. The obstacle database card is the inner one.


Programmer is in perfect working order. I updated the obstacle database only periodically in the 430W, I won't be needing it any more as I trade up to the Avidyne IFD540.





From Garmin it is $195. I'm thinking $125 + shipping. Suggest offers & enquiries by email. ( oskrypuch at gmail com )

I hate to see it sitting idle on the shelf. Thanks.

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Well, it is still available. Within Canada I can throw in the shipping. ;)

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How often do you update the terrain/obstacle databases?

Can you do one without the other? I wouldn't imagine terrain would change much.
 

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The terrain you get "free" when you get a WAAS unit, there is really no need to ever change that. I never have.

The obstacles I had bundled in with my other 28/56 day cycles from Garmin, but did not renew it when I got the 796 I have now, it of course has an obstacle database and alerts as well.

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Given that it contains all sorts of nasty California carcinogens, I think you should just get rid of it, Orest. You really don't want that stuff hangin' around, slowly filling the air with harmful cadmium dust. In fact, send it to me and I'll make sure it gets properly disposed of at our hazardous waste depot. My gift to you - no charge! :p
 

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The obstacles I had bundled in with my other 28/56 day cycles from Garmin
So I presume the programmer is a little more sophistacted than the simple nav database dongle, given there are two separate databases on the card, and either one needs to be update-able in isolation.

I've never updated the terrain or obstacle DBs on my 430W. Perhaps it's time... thinking...
 

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FWIW, I think most of the smarts are in the Garmin browser add-in, the programmer is probably a passive card reader, although Garmin may have put some copy protection support in it.

I have only used it to update the obstacle database.

That same controller can be used to copy flight plans onto a special data card. However, that is totally impractical, first of all they charge a ridiculous amount for that data card (the terrain/obs card won't work), and then you have to pull the other card to program the 430 etc. I was also hoping to utilize that ability but abandoned it due to the above considerations.

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