Best ways to learn the Garmin 430/530 GPS


Here are some resources that will help you become more comfortable with the most common general aviation GPS systems. Use these guides and courses with the RealSimGear and X-Plane for the best possible learning experience outside of the airplane.

AOPA VFR Course
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his interactive course offered by AOPA introduces basic VFR usage of the Garmin 430/530 which is an important foundation for getting comfortable with these systems.

King Schools
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his King Schools course provides in depth coverage of all functions of the Garmin GNS430/530 for both VFR and IFR operations.  The King courses use a combination of video and presentation style modules to teach the material and is available in an online format.  This course costs $179 but keep an eye out for discounts and sales.

Garmin Tutorial Videos
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hese free tutorial videos provided by Garmin offer a great introduction and use the PC simulator software to explain the various functions.

Gleim Aviation Garmin 530 Training Course
This $29 course covers all areas of the Garmin 530 and represents pretty good value. You can take the first unit for free to see what it's like.

Pilotworkshops GPS Manuals
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hese book style manuals provide step by step walk through of common operations for a variety of Garmin GPS products, including the 430/530.