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Old 04-24-2018, 12:44 PM
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Hello,

We are pleased to announce a significant free software upgrade for the Aera 660. The V3.30 release which is available NOW for download includes free internet weather for parts of the world that provide this data. All you need is an internet connection to enjoy the benefits of internet weather while using the Aera 660 at home and office.

The current software supports NEXRAD and METARS/TAFS over the internet, with more internet weather products coming in the future.

Here is an image taken during Sun N Fun when the weather was making arrivals difficult.



On the weather page, if you look under menu, you will see that it now supports another new weather format "Internet Weather".



Anytime you are away from the plane or are not connected to your GDL or GTX, the unit will default to using internet weather if you just leave this selection on AUTO.

METARS/TAFS page



For our mates in Australia, they get to enjoy these benefits as well!



And here is some weather in Norway to show another part of the worldwide weather support.



And some mixed precipitation types.



Now there even more use for the Aera 660 home dock. When not flying with your unit you can just snap it into the home dock in your house where it charges the battery, connects to WiFi, keeps the databases updated and provides a great “weather station” showing precip and the temperature and winds from the closest reporting station.




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Old 04-24-2018, 02:19 PM
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Fantastic! I usually have 4G connection as long as I stay below 3-4000 feet agl when flying in Sweden so I might even get useful in-flight weather with this!

(BTW, just hours ago, Stein got an order for a GDU470, GTN625 and accessories.... a 660 will look good next to those)
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Will the Area 660 support the new weather products being added by the FAA to ADS-B in June ? I have mine connected to a GTX 345. With that need an update as well ?
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Will the Area 660 support the new weather products being added by the FAA to ADS-B in June ? I have mine connected to a GTX 345. With that need an update as well ?
Hello,

We plan to update the Aera 660 to support many, if not all, of the new FIS-B weather products to be introduced this year.

We expect the GTX 345 to also need new software.

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Thanks Steve. That’s great news.

Hoping Garmin will provide software updates for the GTX 345 at Oshkosh this year.
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Old 04-25-2018, 07:29 AM
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That is indeed pretty darn cool. Looking forward to trying it on my next flight.

I think the only other thing i'd like to see is an upgrade to allow it to connect to a Stratux to receive traffic and weather through ADS-B via that connection as well.
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Old 04-25-2018, 08:11 AM
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Hello,

We plan to update the Aera 660 to support many, if not all, of the new FIS-B weather products to be introduced this year.

We expect the GTX 345 to also need new software.

Thanks,
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Great Stuff!

Will the 45R units be able to get software updates from the G3X?
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Hello Steve

Can we expect something similar with the 796??

It will be nice..

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Old 04-25-2018, 08:23 PM
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This is a really neat addition!

I was looking at the 660 at Sun-n-Fun. Maybe I'll have to get one.
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Old 04-26-2018, 03:55 AM
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Hmm... I was by the Garmin booth several times at SnF, but there was nothing to indicate that the 660 had such a significant new feature. If there had been signage at the booth, I really would have like to have checked out the 660 upgrade.

Garmin isn't the only offender -- BendixKing had a whole new system in their booth with no signage to indicate that it was there. You had to go look for it in a corner of their booth.

Reach out to the customer folks, c'mon, now...
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