If one-stop shopping for your database updates sounds too good to be true, well, you’re still mostly right.
But for some owners, the time has arrived, thanks to a program from Jeppesen and Garmin called Pilot Pak that lets select owners pay for one database subscription and install it on all of their panel-mount units.
The idea is not new — owners of Cirrus airplanes, among others, with dual Garmin GNS430s have gotten discounted pricing for several years, but a broader program has been remarkably difficult to implement.
Jeppesen’s Tim Howard, senior manager of OEM business, told that the project took months of behind the scenes work to accomplish, in part because of the sheer numbers of combinations of avionics and databases involved, and that was with one company and a limited number of its products at that.
Pilot Pak still has a limited customer set; for now it applies solely to owners of airplanes with late-model Garmin avionics to get single-database pricing for their multiple Garmin products.
An airplane owner who has a GTN 750 and 650 along with a G500 PFD/MFD would pay for one database instead of three. With the three-database configuration described above, the annual cost of database subscriptions would drop by as much as 70 percent.
I have the skybound adapter, but the garmin site only has Terrain and Obstacle updates to buy, Nav Data is not available. You purchase the aviation database from Jeppesen and you use your Jeppesen Skybound adapter to program the datacard.
Both the G600 and the GNS430W have their own databases and if you want to keep them current, you have to purchase subscriptions for both, but I think Jeppesen offers discounts for multiple subscriptions.
Jeppsen can be reached at tell them what you have installed and ask for bundled priceing: North & South America: 866-498-0213, 1 303-328-4030M-F: 6 a.m.- p.m. MSTSun: Closed Jay Adam, You can tie up a lot of money in subscriptions.
I suggest you carefully look at your flying and decide what you really need before you call Jepp.
I do not know about V 5.2, i got 5.0 Main improvement besides some other are LPV and LNAV/VNAV approaches, very important IMHO. This is helpful when you are entering long routes on airways.
LP approaches also have advisory vertical guidance added.