In an effort to streamline its GPS/navcom product line, Garmin will rename the CNX80 navigator the GNS 480, according to a spokesman. The new designation positions the panel-mount unit between Garmin’s GNS 430 and GNS 530 products, more than 41,000 of which are flying in various GA aircraft around the world.
The GNS 480’s major advantage over the 430 and 530 is its IFR WAAS-certified receiver, developed by UPSAT before Garmin bought the company last year. Garmin is said to be developing a strategy to offer WAAS upgrades to current owners of GNS 530s. The modifications would require owners to send the units back to Garmin for a new GPS card and processor. Target price for the upgrade is said to be in the range of $1,500 to $3,000.