My Garmin GPS 45 was amazing in 1994, and it still works (mostly)

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

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  1. Fond memories, Ben! I still have our original NAV3000 on board – with optional nylon case! After much frustration with LORAN, radar out of the question on chartered boats and tiring of compass & wristwatch navigation through Maine’s rocky passages in dense fog, it was a real revelation to have a device that knew EXACTLY where it was! Initial difficulties in the Pacific NW were traced to the use of NAD29 (instead of the then-newfangled WGS84) by the Canadian charts.
    Like your Garmin, the NAV3000 works fine (and still eats AA batteries at a prodigious rate) though it’s date is no longer relevant (you can enter the magnetic correction manually). It even went to Hawaii with us in 2000.

  2. DougP says:

    GREAT Memories Ben!!! Thanks!
    We also had an old Magellan 1000 (a very good bud worked for Magellan!) . Used it in my Glasair experimental often, long before it was legal and long before anyone made GPS for aircraft.
    After using my Magellan, my best bud and hanger mate bought a Garmin 45 to use in his Glasair and he loved it. One day, after we got back from one of our typical Saturday $200 hamburger runs, he set it on top of the back of my Suburban as he opened the hanger doors and we put our planes inside..
    I TOLD him not to…. honest…

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