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Old 12-10-2016, 09:27 PM
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Question Tablets(IPAD) with Foreflight or Garmin 660

Hello Gents

I have a friend who owns a C-150 who wants to replace his old G296 GPS and he's not sure yet which way he should go...he's leaning toward an IPAD Mini with Foreflight (or any other tablet with Android if able to use Foreflight) or a G660 Gps ..

Not having much experience with an IPAD in my RV-4 I suggested to him that he buys the G660...

A tablet with Foreflight will be cheaper but the G660 is a nice GPS

What do you guys think...any suggestions or experiences you'll like to share??


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Old 12-10-2016, 09:40 PM
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Default Neither

iPad mini with WingX. Uses a lot less memory than Foreflight so you can buy a mini with less memory, e.g., cheaper. Also happens to be better in flight.
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Old 12-11-2016, 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by BobTurner View Post
iPad mini with WingX. Uses a lot less memory than Foreflight so you can buy a mini with less memory, e.g., cheaper. Also happens to be better in flight.
But how is the visibility in the cockpit?

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Old 12-11-2016, 03:21 AM
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Default iPad Mini

I can't comment on the Foreflight or other EFB's used in the US as we basically have two options here in Australia, OzRunways or AvPlan; I use the later (also available in the US).

We flew from Brisbane to Charleville the to Birdsville, about 6hrs flight all up and on both occasions AvPlan put us bang on the runway centreline. The GNS430 was out by 10m.
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Old 12-11-2016, 04:20 AM
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Default 660

I do not own a or otherwise.
I did upgrade my 496 to a 660.
Very happy...
brighter easier to read screen in my RV-6 cockpit.
User friendly to. Love the touchscreen and it works well.
bigger screen but smaller / thinner unit than the 496.
plus it is on sale now for 100 off the 849 retail.
another thing I like is that Garmin is still updating the software to add features not just repair bugs!
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Old 12-11-2016, 04:38 AM
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Default Ipad vs Aera 660


I have an Aera 660 in my RV-4 which can drive an autopilot and have an IPAD Mini 3 with Garmin Pilot. The 660 is BY FAR the better device. I only use the IPAD Mini when I fly cross country and usually it sits in the flight kit inflight. Normally just take it to have a computer on a trip.

The IPAD is not bright enough in sunlight but in a C-150 it probably would be OK and cheaper to find a used IPAD. Really can't beat the 660 though. The screen is really crisp and bright.
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Old 12-11-2016, 04:48 AM
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Default Bad experience with iPad - went with iFly 740

My ipad mini would shutdown with overheating, almost impossible to read in bright cockpit. I went with the iFly 740 (actually have two)-- sunlight readable, great software, and super customer support.

The iFly supports most ADS-B products --- traffic and weather very useful. It will also drive many autopilots.

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Old 12-11-2016, 04:58 AM
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Thumbs up IFLY 740

I would second a vote for the IFLY 740. About as economical as you can get, sun light readable, great prices on chart updates, traffic/weather, drives the autopilot, customer support, etc.
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Old 12-11-2016, 05:07 AM
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Default My IPad is Used Primarily to Display Approach Plates

Works fine for this purpose - if I'm really on instruments, the lack of sunlight glare doesn't effect readability. In a bright cockpit it's a different story. You'll find yourself needing to mount or hold the iPad down low, out of direct sunlight. If it's mounted or held where sunlight can reach it, you'll need to use your hand or a chart to act as a shield. It's a great tool where it can be used effectively. As a primary resource inn the cockpit, not so much.
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Question Area 660 question

Will the Area 660 provide a GPS signal to an ELT?
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