Garmin Unveils the aera 660 Next Generation Aviation Portable

Garmin aera 660

Garmin announced the aera 660, a new 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 encompasses many of the features of the renowned aera® and GPSMAP® aviation portable series, adding new Connext™ wireless capabilities, WireAware™ wire-strike avoidance technology and more. New cost-effective database options along with built-in Wi-Fi® database updating capabilities allow customers to more easily access the most up-to-date data, including daily U.S. fuel prices. Bluetooth® supports the display of ADS-B In traffic and weather1 from a variety of sources, including the GDL® 39/GDL 39 3D, Flight Stream and the GTX 345 ADS-B transponder. Availability of the aera 660 is expected later this month at an anticipated street price of $849. Continue reading "Garmin Unveils the aera 660 Next Generation Aviation Portable"

Dual Electronics Presents its XGPS170

The XGPS170 is sized to fit easily and unobtrusively on your cockpit glareshield.

Dual Electronics Corporation joined a host of new portable ADS-B devices debuting at AirVenture with its XGPS170 unit, which provides ADS-B weather data to electronic flight bag (EFB) apps on iPad and Android tablets. The XGPS170 can be seen in Hangar C, Booth #3042, and will be available from Dual Electronics' dealers in late September for $799.

The palm-sized XGPS170 receiver works with several apps, including WingX Pro7 from Hilton Software, EFB from Global NavSource, i1000 from Digital Sectional, Reader Plates and others. Included in the box is a 12-28V charging adapter and a non-skid pad for holding the unit on a cockpit glareshield. The built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 5 hours of continuous use. The receiver also features a detachable ADS-B antenna, allowing pilots to connect the receiver directly to an external antenna, if the aircraft is so equipped. The XGPS170 will receive the ADS-B broadcast in the area covered by the FAA. A current coverage map can be found  here. The GPS feature of the XGPS170 will work anywhere in the world.

The XGPS170 also works with most apps that require GPS, including apps for car and marine navigation, geocaching, golfing and hiking. The receiver is compatible with the iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone and other Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops (Android, Blackberry, Windows and OS X devices).

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Aspen Avionics Introduces Connected Panel

Did you ever wish your iPad could interface with your radio stack, or, better yet, the Primary Flight Display (PFD) in your aircraft instrument panel? The engineers at Aspen Avionics know how you feel. Better yet, they're making it happen. With launch partners ForeFlight, Honeywell, Jeppesen, PS Engineering, Sporty's Pilot Shops, Seattle Avionics and a host of others, Aspen Avionics introduced the Connected Panel concept of connectivity technology at AirVenture 2011.

"It's hardware, yes, but software, too," explained Brad Hayden, vice president of marketing for the company. "You can plan your flight easily on your iPad, and then, when you get to the airplane and fire up, the iPad, through our Connected app system, wirelessly transmits your flight plan to the Aspen PFD/MFD system. During the flight you can use your iPad or iPhone or other portable device to program radio frequencies and see them instantly tune on your panel, or drag and drop your flightpath to avoid an area of weather and the change is noted immediately on the Aspen and your GPS."

The technology can record inflight data for further analysis, help you automatically fill out pilot and aircraft flight logs, and more possibilities, all afforded through the open architecture of the software and the imagination of the app designers. Connected Panel includes hardware, software and application components that provide two-way wireless communications between panel avionics and personal smart devices to streamline flight-related activities. This technology is enabled via Aspen’s Evolution Flight Displays. Initial applications are in development for Apple iOS and Android platforms.The first Connected Panel hardware and software system will list for under $2500. It will be available for installation from Aspen’s authorized dealer network by the end of 2011. Aspen’s Connected Pilot app, designed for the iPad, will be available at the iTunes store.

Portable Stereo Intercom Debuts

DRE Communications announced the release of its DRE-205e portable intercom. The unit is a complete redesign of the popular DRE model 201.

Feedback from ongoing field testing has been exceptional. Data on everything from mechanical issues to installation challenges for the anodized aluminum, Mil-Spec cable intercom has been positive. The standard cell phone interface and music input are especially popular, the company says. Continue reading "Portable Stereo Intercom Debuts"