On the Garmin site, in the download section for the GPSMAP 295, they list the fixes and features associated with each software release. None have been very serious, IMHO. I’ve been using a 295 for about 9 months now and love it.
It has, however, locked up on me three times in that period. This is more of a problem than it may seem, because to unlock it I’ve had to remove it from its mount, disconnect the external power, remove the back cover, take out a battery to completely kill the power, reinstall the battery and cover, remount the GPS, then restart it. Could be a real problem if you were using it as a backup in case of an electrical failure. Fortunately, it doesn’t happen often.
Two other nits.
One is if you turn it off after a night flight with the display dimmed, when you restart it in bright daylight you can’t tell if is actually on or not because you can’t see the dimmed display. So you’ll probably hit the power button a few times to try to turn it on before you realize that it’s just the display. Now you and have to go through the display brightening process by memory, hoping the unit is actually on (after all those power button presses, you can’t be sure) and that you’re doing the steps right.
The other is that, as the unit is currently programmed, when changes are made to the active flight plan, they are also reflected in the stored flight plan.
You have a flight plan stored in the Route List called BTP-FDK, that youÂ’ve programmed with the Â“normalÂ” routing, say BTP-HGR-FDK. When you activate it, and then get different routing from ATC, say BTP-THS-FDK, you make the changes on the Active Route page. The next time you call up the BTP-FDK flight plan from the Route List it shows the changed routing instead of the Â“normalÂ” route you originally programmed.
I’ve suggested to Garmin that they reprogram it so that the active flight plan is a copy of the stored plan, not the stored plan itself, so that en route changes affect only the Active Route page and the Route List flight plan. (BTW, the UPSAT GX series GPSÂ’s use this scheme.)
“Garmin has screwed up on software releases for the GPSMAP 295 and has a serious quality-control problem with the 430’s. No one is perfect and in GA there are not may choices.”
I just got a Garmin 295 and would like to know what problems exist with the software releases. Can you expand on your comment.