Garmin Announces Repair Service Limitation on GNS 430

When the company runs out of replacement parts, that’s it.

The GNS 430 was introduced in 1998 and produced until 2011. [Courtesy: Garmin}

One of the downsides of having the latest aviation technology in your aircraft is that eventually something replaces it, and the factory support you have relied on for years will disappear. The owners of Garmin 430/530 nav/coms are now facing this, as Garmin sent out a service advisory noting that, effective immediately, "display repairs for the WAAS and Non-WAAS GPS 400, GNC 420, and GNS 430 are no longer available and have been discontinued.”

In a statement sent to FLYING, Garmin advised that "due to multiple component availability limitations, comprehensive repair service for Garmin’s GNS 430/530 series is estimated to become limited in the years ahead. This includes all GPS/COM and GPS-only variants, as well as all WAAS models. Initially, these limitations are estimated to impact a small percentage of repairs in 2024."

The GNS 430/530 was introduced in 1998 and produced until 2011, which included 25 years of repairs.

"We will continue to do so until serviceable components become unavailable," the company statement said.

Garmin noted that it plans to continue offering repair service when the components required for a specific repair remain available. Database updates and technical support will also remain available.

The company added that products that Garmin must return as unrepairable due to the announced unavailability of repair parts will incur a $500 processing fee per unit.

Garmin is encouraging customers to transition to newer-generation products.

Meg Godlewski has been an aviation journalist for more than 24 years and a CFI for more than 20 years. If she is not flying or teaching aviation, she is writing about it. Meg is a founding member of the Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture and excels at the application of simulation technology to flatten the learning curve. Follow Meg on Twitter @2Lewski.

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