product information

  • What is Reality XP GNS 530W XP?

    • Reality XP GNS 530W XP™ software is the industry-leading panel mounted WAAS navigation GPS simulation that enables users to realistically fly with Flight Simulator.
  • What are the key new features and benefits of Reality XP GNS 530W XP?

    • Reality XP GNS 530W XP has a wide range of new features that enable greater realism and integration with Flight Simulator aircraft. Specific new features include WAAS navigation and LPV approaches, TAWS and terrain display, higher screen refresh rate and the ability to install the product in both Flight Simulator 9 and Flight Simulator X.
  • Who should use Reality XP GNS 530W XP?

    • Both casual Flight Simulator gamers and advanced simmers should use GNS 530W XP.
  • How does Reality XP GNS 530W XP integrate with other Reality XP products?

    • GNS 530W XP integrates and runs alongside any other Reality XP product. Some limitations apply when using the GNS 430W XP in FS9 with other FS9 only Reality XP products.
  • How does Reality XP GNS 530W XP integrate with other aircraft?

    • GNS 530W XP integrates with any Flight Simulator aircraft panel. Compliant with the Flight Simulator gauge Software Development Kit (SDK), the gauges easily fit and/or replace existing gauges, in the main panel, a popup window or the virtual cockpit (VC).
  • Does Reality XP GNS 530W XP fully support the new Windows Vista/Win7 operating systems?

    • Yes, the latest edition of Reality XP GNS 530W XP fully support the Windows Vista™ and Win7™ operating systems.
  • Does Reality XP GNS 530W XP run on 64-bit version of Windows?

    • While Reality XP GNS 530W XP software is natively 32 bit, these applications will run on 64-bit versions of Windows.

Garmin Trainer

  • What is the Garmin Trainer?

    • The Garmin Trainer is Garmin's software simulation of the Garmin GNS 430W/530W running on the PC.
  • Why is Reality XP using the Garmin Trainer?

    • Nearly all functions and features of the real GNS 430W/530W are simulated with the Garmin Trainer. It comes as a complete installer including the simulation software, a complete Jeppesen® navigation, terrain and obstacle database, and the complete GNS 430W/530W Pilot's guides and documentation.
  • Where can I find the Garmin Trainer?

    • As a convenience to our customers, the Reality XP product installer includes the Garmin Trainer installer. During product installation, the installer starts the Garmin Trainer installer.
  • Do I have to run the Garmin Trainer when I use the Reality XP GNS 430W/530W?

    • This is not necessary: the Reality XP GNS 430W/530W gauge automatically starts and stops the Garmin Trainer in the background.
  • How does it work?

    • The Garmin GNS 430W/530W XP simulation solution features:
      • The gauge pack including the GNS gauges with the correct look and feel. This constitures the user interface from Flight Simulator.
      • The Garmin Trainer simulation running in the background, wrapped into a unique Reality XP interface: GnsCore XP

      GnsCore XP is our unique technology that integrates with the Garmin GNS WAAS Trainer program. This allows us to offer extended simulation and control capabilities to the GPS within Flight Simulation programs. GnsCore XP unpacks the 32 bits Trainer program from its Windows XP/Vista components while they are running in memory and wraps the GNS Simulation components into a simulation API:


  • What is the key advantage of the GnsCoreXP Technology?

    • GnsCore XP offers key enhancements to the solution:
      • Minimizes overhead by just running what is required.
      • Duo/Quad/Multi core CPU optimizations.
      • Precise and direct control of many GNS simulation core parameters.
      • Several key ARINC/Serial inputs like Shadin Fuel, Arnav Airdata, Ryan TCAD.
      • Several key ARINC/Serial outputs like Aviation Data.
      • Avionics Electric Bus interface.
      • Capability to run more than one Trainer at the same time on the same computer.

Pricing and purchasing information

  • How much does Reality XP GNS 530W XP cost?

    • The estimated street price for Reality XP GNS 530W XP is $ 49.95USD, excluding applicable taxes and shipping. You can purchase GNS 530W XP directly from Reality XP. To order directly from Reality XP, visit the Reality XP Store online.
  • Do I have to pay twice for FS9 and FSX?

    • No. GNS 530W XP price includes both the FS9 and the FSX product. You can install to both Flight Simulator 9 and Flight Simulator X.
  • I'm a customer of the older GNS. What is the cost for the update to GNS WAAS?

    • The GNS WAAS is a new product. Please make sure to review available special offers if applicable.
  • Do you offer volume licensing?

    • At this time, Reality XP does not provides flexible volume software licensing plans for the Flight Simulator products. Volume licensing plans are available for our professional products.
  • Which Reality XP products are available at special prices for education customers?

    • We do not offer prices for education customers at this time. Education customers prices are available for our professional products.

Support information

  • What is product activation?

    • Product activation is an interactive interpretation of the licensing agreement that has always existed between Reality XP and its customers. The activation process authenticates licensed users without hindering their ability to use the software the way they have always done. It requires a series of simple, quick, anonymous steps upon product installation. Just as creative professionals use watermarks to protect their intellectual property, Reality XP is using activation as a way to curtail unlicensed copying of its products.

      Reality XP's activation process is required for all products. Visit the Product Activation Center to learn more about activation.