Magellan 315 & 320 Aviation Database Updates

The Jeppesen aviation database provided by Magellan has not been updated since 2000 and it is no longer being supported by Magellan.

Tony Green has compiled an Australian waypoint database which he has converted to a form useable by the Magellan 315/315A & 320 handheld GPSs. This database includes over 2,000 unlicensed airstrips not found in ERSA or other GPS databases.

He has now also created a New Zealand waypoint database which includes all airports, heliports, VFR waypoints and IFR waypoints found in the NZ AIP, plus some private airstrips and population centres.

He endeavours to check the contents of the databases against various sources, however, you should always check the accuracy of any data yourself before using it. If you find any errors or omissions he would appreciate it if you would let him know.

To load a database, you must have Magellan DataSend installed on your PC and have a Magellan PC Data Cable to connect your GPS receiver to your PC. If you don’t have the DataSend software and the Data Cable, Pilot Communications will load the data for you free of charge and usually while you wait. To contact Pilot Communications about this option phone 07 5485 3016 or email picom@tpg.com.au.

Please note I do not guarantee the accuracy of any of the waypoint data contained in this database and before using any of this waypoint data you should independently check its accuracy and suitability for your intended use.

The Australian database

The Australian database is shipped in a ZIP file called AUS_DATA_315_1411.zip and contains data compiled as at November, 2014 grouped in the following categories:

– ERSA Airports Name – 500+ Airports/Airstrips in ERSA listed by their name
– ERSA Airports Id – 500+ Airports/Airstrips in ERSA listed by their 4 character identification
– Bush Airstrips – 2,000+ Unlicensed Airstrips not found in the ERSA listed by their name.
– VFR Waypoints – VFR waypoints listed by their abbreviation
– IFR waypoints – IFR waypoints listed by their abbreviation
– All Towns – Over 15,000 population centres in Australia listed by name.

The New Zealand database

The New Zealand database is shipped in a ZIP file called NZ_DATA_315_1010.zip and contains data compiled as at October, 2010 grouped in the following categories:

– NZ Airports Name – Airports/Airstrips in NZ AIP listed by their name
– NZ Airports Id – Airports/Airstrips in NZ AIP listed by their 4 character identification
– NZ HLS Name – Helicopter Landing Sites listed by name
– NZ HLS Id – Helicopter Landing Sites listed by their 4 character identification
– NZ Private Strips – some of the Uncertified Airstrips not found in the NZ AIP listed by their name.
– NZ IFR Waypoints – the IFR waypoints listed in the NZ AIP
– NZ VFR Waypoints – the VFR waypoints listed in the NZ AIP
– All Towns – Nearly 3,000 population centres in New Zealand listed by name.

To access the data you will need to do the following. Firstly determine the full pathname of the aviation POIs folder of your DataSend installation. This will probably be C:\ProgramFiles\DataSend\POIs.

UNZIP the file AUS_DATA_315_1411.zip (or NZ_DATA_315_1010.zip)into C:\Program Files\DataSend\POIs (or whatever your pathname is).

When you now run DataSend you should find the following extra POI categories: AUS Airport Name, AUS Airport Id, AUS Bush Strips, AUS VFR Waypoints, AUS IFR Waypoints and AUS All Towns (or NZ Airport Id, NZ Airport Name, NZ Private Strips, NZ IFR Waypoints, NZ VFR Waypoints and NZ All Towns). Contact me if you have any problems getting our database to work and I will try to help you get it loaded.

You can now select which of these categories plus any of the original DataSend categories you want and download then to your GPS. Bear in mind that you are allowed a maximum of 18,220 waypoints over 10 categories. ALSO PLEASE NOTE, THE SporTrak CAN ONLY HANDLE ABOUT 16,500 WAYPOINTS. DataSend will allow you to load more than this but if you do you run the risk of corrupting the internal firmware of your SporTrak.