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Navdata coverage for GNS 400 / 500 Central Europe

I did email Jeppesen about the weird additional VAT and the shipping charges that should have been waived.

Strange ... When I purchased subscription few days ago web shop was showing VAT until last step in check-out process. After entering billing/delivery address VAT was removed from calculation and I was charged €275. And of course there was no charge for delivery since it was subscription only.

LDZA LDVA, Croatia

So I managed to get this far:

Now, what hardware do I need to get the 28 day cycle Jepp Navdata to my GNS530?
Google suggests some Jepp Hardware (cardreader) is required for Jepp data or a Garmin cardreader is required when buying from Garmim. It is also mentioned (fwiw) that the GNS units do not have a „unit id“ so data can be „shared“ for multiple units.

Airline/Mentor/Safety/Instructor - Pilot
Based Austria | Operating Worldwide

You’ll be looking for a Jepp Skybound G2 card reader. You may also want an extra data card if you plan to update from a desktop. I know some people like a spare one so that they don’t have to make the journey to get the card out of the aircraft, home to update it and then back to the airplane to install it. Depends on whether or not you have a laptop and/or live far away.

Data sharing, it depends what you mean. You can swap card around between compatible units, but you can’t just install the same navdata on multiple cards unless you purchase multiple licences, as you only get one download of the data.

United Kingdom

Snoopy wrote:

Now, what hardware do I need to get the 28 day cycle Jepp Navdata to my GNS530?
Google suggests some Jepp Hardware (cardreader) is required for Jepp data or a Garmin cardreader is required when buying from Garmim. It is also mentioned (fwiw) that the GNS units do not have a „unit id“ so data can be „shared“ for multiple units.

You need the Jeppesen Skybound G2 card reader. And quite conveniently a spare card, so you can do the update in your office and just swap the cards.

As this is a legacy 530, this means the smaller green label card also used for the GNS430 non waas. Quite possibly some people have one of those sitting around doing nothing these days. I had some and sold them on via a post here I believe.

Anyone reading and having some laying around, I think Snoopy here might be a taker :)

Be careful with the coverage as Central Europe does not include some countries in your nearer neighbourhood (Serbia, Bulgaria for instance) which may be places you want to include. I’d go for the International coverage instead.

Last Edited by Mooney_Driver at 25 Mar 18:27
LSZH, Switzerland

There are two basic hardware levels in the non-waas GNS navigators, as explained in this thread

The older one uses 4Mb datacards of which I have unused stock. Drop me a pm and will make one of those available to you if you need it.

The newer one (you can tell because they have a terrain nav page) uses 8Mb datacards.

The database should be tailored to your datacard size and Jeep should offer 4Mb and 8Mb options …was there not such option when you tried to purchase?

PS: no it is not an error, it is not Gb, it is indeed Mb, probably worthy of this thread

Last Edited by Antonio at 25 Mar 20:15
Antonio
LESB, Spain

Pirho wrote:

You’ll be looking for a Jepp Skybound G2 card reader. You may also want an extra data card

Mooney_Driver wrote:

You need the Jeppesen Skybound G2 card reader. And quite conveniently a spare card

Thank you. A very kind pilot (member here as well) is loaning me his G2. I’ll actually get it sent from another pilot (also on here) who had it loaned until now but upgraded his avionics ;). Small world! Another very kind pilot is loaning me his bad elf wombat, apparently I can then update NAV DB via iphone.

Mooney_Driver wrote:

As this is a legacy 530, this means the smaller green label card also used for the GNS430 non waas. Quite possibly some people have one of those sitting around doing nothing these days. I had some and sold them on via a post here I believe.

Yes, anyone have a spare card for sale, please let me know!

Anyone reading and having some laying around, I think Snoopy here might be a taker :)

You bet ;)

Mooney_Driver wrote:

Be careful with the coverage as Central Europe does not include some countries in your nearer neighbourhood (Serbia, Bulgaria for instance) which may be places you want to include. I’d go for the International coverage instead.

Antonio wrote:

The older one uses 4Mb datacards of which I have unused stock. Drop me a pm and will make one of those available to you if you need it.

The newer one (you can tell because they have a terrain nav page) uses 8Mb datacards.

The database should be tailored to your datacard size and Jeep should offer 4Mb and 8Mb options …was there not such option when you tried to purchase?

Thank you @Antonio! I’ll check if there is a terrain database asap. I don’t know if these screenshots can reveal it:


Airline/Mentor/Safety/Instructor - Pilot
Based Austria | Operating Worldwide

Yes you do have the terrain-capable hardware and the 8mb card. You have the later GNS530 hardware version with terrain, holds and procedure turn capability with GPSS roll steering output. You should able to integrate all that capability with your autopilot in the future.

Antonio
LESB, Spain

Thanks Antonio, that’s great to hear!

Last Edited by Snoopy at 26 Mar 20:57
Airline/Mentor/Safety/Instructor - Pilot
Based Austria | Operating Worldwide
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