So You Have Your Avionics, but Now You Have Questions. We Have Answers

Award-winning aviation product support team is here to help answer your questions!

Whether you’re a new pilot preparing to outfit your first single-engine aircraft or managing a fleet of business jets that just received an avionics upgrade, navigating the ins and outs of Garmin aviation products is bound to bring up some questions. The good news is our dedicated and award-winning aviation product support team is here to guide you along the way with answers to your questions and plenty of expertise.

With a relentless focus on customer service, the avionics product support team has earned numerous accolades and has ranked at the top of two industry publication surveys for two decades running. That’s right, the Garmin product support team has been deemed No. 1 for exceptional customer service for 20 consecutive years in Professional Pilot’s Avionics Product Support Survey and Aviation International News’ Avionics Product Support Survey.

From sharing a helpful Garmin welcome kit to cluing you in on the best times to call to providing training tools – and everything in between – we’ve prepared a list of frequently asked questions and answers to help you stay the course.

Q: What should I know about the Garmin Welcome Kit?

A: Designed to streamline your setup process, the Garmin Welcome Kit walks you through everything from creating a flyGarmin account to accessing training resources. Access your hassle-free kit and let’s get you flying faster.


Q: When is the best time to contact Garmin aviation support with questions?

A: To avoid peak call times, reach out to our team earlier or later in the day. We recommend calling before 10 a.m. Central Standard Time (CST) and after 4 p.m. CST for the fastest possible service. If you do call during higher volume periods, which could include Mondays, lunchtime and database weeks, consider opting for an automated return call to save you waiting time.

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Q: What training resources does Garmin have?

A: We have a host of comprehensive training tools, including manuals, self-study options, eLearning and instructor-led courses. From our GFC 500 Autopilot Essentials to in-person GTN/TXi Training Classes, we have something for everyone. Our experienced instructors are here to support pilots of all levels.

To discover all of our training products, click here or explore the tools listed below.


Q: What’s the easiest way to maintain databases?

A: makes it easy to purchase databases for your avionics. With our time-based subscriptions, your aviation database subscription can automatically renew each year, ensuring consistent and reliable support. With select avionics, Garmin Pilot’s Database Concierge or GDL 60 with PlaneSync technology can help automate the downloads.


Q: How do I stay informed on software for my certified avionics?

A: Software for your avionics is updated through an authorized Garmin Dealer or OEM Service Center. You can get software updates and other important information — like service alerts and service bulletins — when you sign up for email notifications on Additionally, be sure that your equipment is registered by using this link.


Q: Where is the Unit ID or System ID on my aviation device and why are they important?

A: Your device’s serial number is crucial for registration and warranty purposes, while the Unit ID (System ID) is essential for database updates. Ensure correct System ID for seamless updates on Use the steps listed in the below resource to identify your Unit ID or System ID.


Q: Where can I find the most recent aviation service alerts, advisories and bulletins?

A: Stay informed about aviation service alerts and advisories on our dedicated support page listed below. We keep you updated to ensure safe and smooth flights for the days, months and years ahead.


For more information and resources, visit our website and unlock the full potential of your Garmin avionics.