New (March 1, 2016) Garmin aera 660 Portable GPS
We are pleased to announce Garmin's newest aviation portable GPS, the aera 660. The aera 660 is a cost-effective, feature-rich, purpose-built aviation portable. The compact 5-inch capacitive touchscreen boasts a bright, sunlight readable display complete with rich, interactive maps and a built-in GPS/GLONASS receiver that can be viewed in portrait or landscape modes for optimum customization. The aera 660 is available at a street price of $749.
WiFi Database and Software Downloads
One of the most exciting new features of the aera 660 is the built-in WiFi interface which allows the aera 660 to connect to FlyGarmin and easily keep your databases and software up to date. Just add the aera 660 to your FlyGarmin account, and any purchased databases are immediately available for download. It is not even necessary to enter your FlyGarmin user name and password into the aera 660 because it uses the unit serial number to identify you to FlyGarmin.
New Low Cost Database Options
The new Garmin Navigation Database available for North America offers a cost-effective path to incorporate the latest navigation information into the aera 660. The new Garmin Navigation Database starts at $29.95 for a single update. A variety of cost-effective annual bundles are also available such as the U.S bundle for $149.95, which includes the Garmin Navigation Database (including instrument approaches), FliteCharts, IFR/VFR Charts, Terrain, Obstacles, SafeTaxi and the AOPA Airport Directory with fuel prices. For worldwide coverage, Jeppesen NavData is also available for purchase. A European bundle with basemap enhancements specific to Europe is also available.
The airport directory database which incorporates the latest U.S. fuel price data is updated each day before noon (CST), and can be downloaded over WiFi in less than a minute. Navigation database updates can also be updated in less than a minute over WiFi.
Integrate with your panel
Using the supplied four screws, attach the bare wire powered mount to your instrument panel and use power, audio, and dual RS-232 communication wiring to connect the aera 660 to various systems such as:
1. Aircraft power (14V or 28V aircraft systems) The battery is always fully charged should you have an alternator failure and need to use the aera 660 on battery in flight.
2. Audio – The aera 660 will provide terrain, obstacle, and optionally traffic alerts to your aircraft audio system
3. RS-232 – connect to Garmin SL 30, SL 40, GTR 225, GTR 200, or GNC 255 COM radios to send communication frequencies from the aera 660 navigation database
4. RS-232 – connect to a Garmin GTX 345 ADS-B transponder or GDL 39/39R ADS-B receiver to display free ADS-B traffic and weather
5. RS-232 – connect to a GNS or GTN navigator to receive and synchronize the flight plan in the aera 660 with the GNS/GTN unit.
6. RS-232 – connect to a Mode S transponder with TIS-A traffic to display this type of traffic.
7. RS-232 – connect to an autopilot or other device that requires NMEA data.
The aera 660 quickly snaps in/out of the powered panel mount to allow you to easily take it with you when not flying.
ADS-B Traffic and Weather
When using wires or Bluetooth to connect to the GTX 345, Flight Stream 110/210, or the GDL 39/39R/39 3D, ADS-B traffic and weather is displayed on the aera 660. ADS-B traffic information may be viewed on the moving map, chart and dedicated traffic pages, which also leverages patent-pending features such as TargetTrend™ and TerminalTraffic™. Traffic trajectories and potential conflicts are easier to identify with TargetTrend, which incorporates relative motion technology to help pilots visualize the future position of nearby traffic targets relative to the aircraft.
Using the aera 660 as the ADS-B traffic and weather display for a GTX 345 transponder with built-in ADS-B receiver is particularly effective. Wire up the GTX and optional traffic/terrain/obstacle alert audio, and you can have a great navigator with ADS-B traffic and weather. The GTX 345 has 4 serial ports, so there is plenty of opportunity to implement a high reliability, no-fuss interface. The aera 660 is 5.5" wide x 3.4" tall, so it easily fits in an area on your radio stack above the GTX 345 if you choose.
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New Garmin aera 660 Portable GPS (part 2)
As explained in this posting for the GTR 200, the aera 660 also supports the advanced VHF interface protocol that constantly transfers hundreds of frequencies/IDs to the GTR 200 from the aera 660 navigation database, so even when you manually tune a frequency, the GTR 200 can automatically identify it and display this information below the frequency.
Additionally, the aera 660 transfers airport frequency groups to the GTR 200 for nearby airports and airports in the flight plan. Just push the GTR 200 dual concentric knob, then user the outer knob to select the airport and use the inner knob to select the frequency which is identified by name.
3D Vision with Attitude
When you connect an aera 660 to a GTX 345, GDL 39 3D, or FlightStream 110/210 and provide attitude data to the aera 660, it even uses this information to provide pitch/roll/slip-skid data on the 3D Vision page. Similar to the G3X Touch system, you even have a great HSI including user a defined bearing pointer which may be assigned to always point to and identify the nearest airport. Both lateral and vertical (VNAV) information is shown on this page.
The 800 x 480 high resolution cap touch display makes viewing charts and diagrams a pleasure. Using the super smooth panning and zooming features make the 5" display even more usable.
WireAware for Helicopters
The aera 660 has something for everyone, and we even created some special support for helicopters, or anyone that spends a lot of time down low. An obstacle database with U.S. powerlines is available complete with visual and aural alerting. You can even touch a powerline on the map to quickly see the AGL and MSL altitude before you lift off to further improve powerline avoidance.
New Database Bundles Available for the aera 660
US Database Bundle $149.95/yr ($12.50/mo)
Includes the following 7 databases covering Alaska and the Continental U.S., updated as often as you like:
Includes the following 7 databases covering Canada, Alaska, and the Continental U.S. (see details on FlyGarmin), updated as often as you like:
Includes the following 7 databases covering North and South America (see details on FlyGarmin), updated as often as you like:
Includes the following 7 databases covering Europe (see details on FlyGarmin), updated as often as you like:
Nice piece of kit. The mount and bare wire kit looks strangely similar to the 510 mount. Are they mechanically the same?
On the buy.garmin page, you state comparability with the 430W. Wanted to confirm that you still support the aviation format output by the 430? Also, can you shed any light on the ANT+ logo at the bottom of the page? Thanks.
Thanks for your interest,
Nice looking unit.
I wonder if/when the G3X is going to offer the ability to download updates via wifi...
Any chance that it will still fit in the 5XX AirGizmo mount???
Flygarmin does not appear to reflect the $149 bundle price at this time, for my 796 it still lists the bundle at $299, is this just a timing/website upgrade issue?
Is the display the same as the 500 series, or a new screen? My main concern is readability in the cockpit.
Is there a link to the screen tech specs?
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