D2 Bravo Titanium Pilot Watch from Garmin

D2 Bravo Titanium Pilot - CopyWe loved the style and functionality of the D2 Bravo and are excited to introduce Garmin’s Titanium version.  Offering another level of sophistication to their already fabulous watch collection, this  is a sophisticated smartwatch with a premium titanium band, wrist heart rate and more.

D2 Bravo Titanium is a premium aviation GPS smartwatch that combines contemporary design with sophisticated connectivity to bring pilots and aviation enthusiasts an elite aviator watch.

With uncompromising details such as a hybrid titanium band and gunmetal bezel, sapphire  lens  and  high-resolution  color  display, D2 Bravo Titanium combines the GPS wearable technology Garmin is known for with a sleek form factor suitable for activities both inside and outside of the cockpit. It also boasts new multisport activity profiles like golf and advanced fitness training, as well as the addition of Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate technology, allowing customers to measure heart rate 24/7. Additional features on D2 Bravo Titanium are also available to existing D2 Bravo customers via a free software upgrade, including the display of Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs), integration of an automatic logbook and a customizable aviation watch face that allows customers to input the tail number of their aircraft.

Stylish, Rugged, Uncompromising DesignD2 Bravo Titanium Pilot side pic

  • Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) hybrid titanium band and scratch- resistant sapphire lens for enhanced durability
  • sunlight-readable color display with an LED backlight
  • elevate wrist heart rate technology
  • water-rated to 100 meters
  • up to 16 hours of battery life in GPS mode, and up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode

Designed for Pilots, by Pilots

  • D2 Bravo Titanium Pilot frontincorporates a worldwide airport database and support for up to 18 languages to meet the needs of pilots around the globe
  • pilots can view aviation routine weather reports (METARs) and Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs) in plain language
  • create flight plans, and includes both an altimeter with an adjustable barometric setting and a compass with an HSI and moving map
  • Direct-to and Nearest buttons along the side of the bezel allow for immediate navigation commands
  • customizable data fields include Estimated Time Enroute (ETE), Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) and more

Suitable for the Cockpit, Golf Course and Evening Outd2 bravo

  • suitable back-up navigator in the cockpit
  • multisport functions for golfing, rowing, swimming, hiking, skiing, running and more
  • activity tracking functions1, which count steps and provide a customized step goal each morning, while also counting calories and distance throughout the day
  • vibration move alert after 1 hour of inactivity along with sleep mode to monitor quality of rest at night
  • black silicone band included
  • download more than 40,000 golf courses worldwide for precise course data and use their watch as a digital scorecard

Automated Logbook Sync

  • Automated flight logging offers  pilots  a  convenient  way  to  maintain  a  consistent  log  of  their  flights  with D2 Bravo Titanium, which also automatically syncs and stores logbook data within flyGarmin.com® as well as the Garmin Pilot™ application on a mobile device

Enhancements and Updated Price for the Original D2 Bravo

  • All new and current D2 Bravo owners have access to a free software upgrade that enables the display of TAFs and automated flight logging and includes the addition of new activities such as golf. A customizable watch face and option to display an aircraft tail number is also available with this new software update. The D2 Bravo software update is available now via Garmin.com

 

Come and visit our staff, or visit us on line here to order your new watch!

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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2016 Aircraft Electronics Association Convention and Tradeshow

The 59th Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show happened in Orlando, Florida this past week.

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Last week Steve and Michael returned from the Aircraft Electronics association Convention and Tradeshow in Orlando Florida. This four day event is the largest wholesale avionics show in general aviation, with over 2,000 avionics manufacturers, repairs stations, installers and aviation professionals in attendance.

This is the biggest week in the avionics industry with more than 75 hours of training and regulatory sessions with accreditation towards TC’s and  FAA’s IA renewal s. Presentations by civil aviation authorities, including the FAA, TCCA, EASA and others, share vital regulatory information with all attendees.

Equally important, AEA showcases cutting-edge new avionics products, often for the first time.

Highlights of this year’s new product introductions included….

1. GoGo Aviation announced:

  • A doubling of their Canadian coverage for their Air-To-Ground inflight broadband connection
  • New lower bundled data plans
    • Starting at $39/hr for text, voice, and data (no minimums or overages)
    • Vision entertainment plans from $525 to maximum $895/mth

2. Mid-Continent’s True Blue Power showed off their new TA202 Series High Power USB Charging Port

3. The TA202 Series simultaneously provides 3 amps of power per charging port. Available in single and dual USB Type-A and Type-C configurations.New antennas from Cobham for next gen transponders

4. L3 enhancements to their already successful NGT-9000 transponder

  • A Class B embedded terrain awareness warning system (eTaws)
  • ADS-B traffic advisory system (ATAS) aural alerting option

5. Avidyne continues to add features to their IFD series of GPS Flight Management Systems

  • Synthetic Vision (SVS) displays are available on every version of their growing line of IFD-Series GPS FMS systems.
  • IFD410, a GPS-only version of the IFD440
  • The new IFD550 FMS/GPS/NAV COM with the addition of an integrated Attitude Reference System (ARS).
  • The new IFD100, an iPad-based application that mimics all the functionality of their IFD-Series GPS Flight Management Systems, and giving pilots a powerful new tool for managing their flight.

6. Our friends at Jupiter Avionics continue expand their product line:

  • JA71 Dzus blanking plate series
  • JA71/77 Dzus Rail switch plates with removable legends
  • JA72 Dsus Glove box and USB charger series
  • JA37 Aural message generators
  • JA35 remote summing amp

7. Rockwell Collins

  • CASP expansion with new 100 hour minimums

7. Astronautics announced a new primary Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) for helicopters called the RoadRunner:

  • The RoadRunner is a form-fit-function upgrade for helicopters that increases reliability and offers operators the choice of moving from electromechanical instruments and legacy EFIs to modern digital displays. The new EFI provides operators enhanced safety, decreased operating costs, weight reduction, and minimal downtime for installation

These are just a few highlights of the many new products introduced at AEA. Please contact us at Maxcraft and we would be happy to discuss all the new technology!

 Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Fort McMurray Wildfires

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Photo courtesy of J.Franson, Canadian Press

Today our thoughts are with our friends in Northern Alberta.   We send our deepest sympathies to those affected by the wildfires that have devastated Fort McMurray.  We also send our thanks, respect and kudos to those who are fighting this. We salute those who go in when so many have to get out.

Stay safe.

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Garmin Team X Introduces GMA 245/245R Audio Panels

Combines Bluetooth® Wireless Music, Phone, 3D Audio and MoreGMA 245

Maxcraft is delighted to see that the Garmin Team X took features from their certified panel and now incorporated into a low cost audio panel for the homebuilt / experimental aircraft.

“Garmin is pleased to announce GMA 245 and GMA 245R, all-digital, Bluetooth audio panels designed for experimental amateur-built (EAB) and light sport aircraft (LSA). The GMA 245 is a panel-mount audio panel with a rich set of convenient and simple-to-use controls, while the GMA 245R is a remote-mount audio panel, both designed to interface with the G3X Touch™ flight display. These Bluetooth-enabled audio panels boast superior sound quality and an impressive list of additional features such as industry-leading auto squelch, music bass boost, advanced equalizer settings, 3D Audio processing, wireless integration with the VIRB® XE action camera and more. When interfaced to the G3X Touch flight display, both audio panels introduce more capabilities that allow for convenient wireless communication and offer advanced integration potential that provides pilots with an exclusive in-flight experience.

  •  GMA245G3X Touch Meets Bluetooth Wireless Audio
  • Innovative Audio Feature Set
  • VIRB® XE Integration

 

Contributing to an easy and convenient upgrade path, the GMA 245/245R is rack and pin-compatible* with the GMA 240, GMA 340 and third-party audio panels for experimental aircraft. For pilots seeking a standalone or remote-mount solution, the GMA 245/245R offers seamless integration with G3X Touch™.”

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Update on the Solar Impluse

solorimpulseIn honor of Earth Day/Week, bringing solar power to life.

How to reduce the impact on Planet Earth?  Use the sun.  Follow the Solar Impulse, the First Round-The-World Solar Flight, powered only by the sun, with no fuel or polluting emissions.

They left Hawaii on the second half of their journey around the planet and they are breaking records but their real goal is to promote innovation to make a contribution to the cause of renewable energies.

Follow them around:http://www.solarimpulse.com

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Lightspeed Spring Sale

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Only until May 8th, 2016!

Lightspeed is having two amazing Spring Promotions!!

1. Gift with purchase – buy any new Lightspeed headset at full price and get a free 16,800 mAh multi- function, portable power bank and jump-starter.  This is a powerful, compact, and convenient travel companion that can charge all of your portable electronic devices, including smart phones, tablets, and GPS units. It will also jump-start your vehicle, has a built-in multifunction flashlight, and comes with a universal power adapter, allowing it to be used in any country. It has a retail value of $100 USD.

Portable power bank

To receive the gift with purchase, customers must complete and submit a redemption form, along with proof of purchase to Lightspeed Aviation. The downloadable form is available here: Spring sale redemption form 

2.  Instant savings of 10% on multiple headset orders – buy any Lightspeed headset at full retail price and save 10% on additional Lightspeed headsets of equal or lesser value purchased at the same time. The instant savings discount is an authorization for you to go below MRP on the sale of multiple headsets to the same customer. There is no reimbursement from Lightspeed for this part of the promotion.

This promotion starts April 1st, 2016 until  May 8th, 2016

Call us or visit our hangar for more details!

604-465-3080 or visit our webstore!

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

 

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New G5 Electronic Flight Instrument for experimental aircraft

G5 EFIMaxcraft is proud to introduce the new product by Garmin Team X. The new G5 electronic flight instrument for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft.

This compact and cost-effective product delivers exceptional performance and reliability serving as either a back-up instrument to G3X or other EFIS systems, or as a standalone primary flight instrument with optional autopilot mode annunciation. It boasts a bright, 3.5-inch sunlight readable liquid crystal display with built-in GPS and displays attitude, ground track, altitude, airspeed, groundspeed, vertical speed, slip/skid, lateral course deviation, vertical deviation as well as incorporating a dedicated HSI page.

The easy to install G5 is suitable for installation in place of a standard 3-1/8-inch (79.4 mm.) flight instrument, and an optional four-hour back-up batter can be included with an installation to provide pilots with added assurance in the event of an aircraft electrical failure. The flight instrument measures 3-inches in depth when paired with the back-up battery and 2.1-inches without the battery; it also incorporates pitot and static inputs that easily integrate with the aircraft’s existing pitot/static system.

G5 Cockpit integration

The fully integrated G5 serves as a dissimilar flight instrument when paired with G3X and G3X Touch glass flight displays. In the unlikely event of a G3X ADAHRS failure, the G5 doubles as a redundant ADAHRS source, which can supply the appropriate air data, attitude and heading information to G3X displays. Further expanding its redundant capabilities, autopilot mode annunciation can also display on the G5 flight instrument in the event of a G3X display failure. G3X customers can also leverage the existing G3X magnetometer for heading information, alleviating the need to calibrate and install a separate magnetometer. Pilots who have configured airspeed bugs within their G3X system will notice the same airspeed configurations are displayed on the G5. Depending on ambient cockpit lighting, the G5 display automatically dims and brightens independently from G3X to ensure the display can be easily viewed in all lighting environments. A dedicated rotary knob allows for easy adjustments to altitude and heading bugs, as well as barometric altitude settings, which automatically syncs with the G3X or G3X Touch flight displays.

Further expanding the utility of a standard back-up display, the G5 can be paired with theGMC 307 or GMC 305 autopilot mode controllers and GSA 28 autopilot servos to serve as a standalone autopilot solution, delivering a simple and cost-effective avionics suite.

When paired with these systems, G5 displays autopilot mode annunciation alongside primary flight instrumentation. If paired with a Garmin portable such as the aera 660 or aera 796/795, the portable can easily be connected via the serial port on the G5 to allow the autopilot to couple laterally to a flight plan and vertically to a VNAV descent profile. With or without a G3X display, the G5 retains the capability to provide back-up or standalone autopilot functionality, including the ability to fly coupled GPS approaches when paired with a compatible IFR navigator. Additional autopilot modes are selectable from the GMC 307 and GMC 305 including heading, pitch, roll, altitude hold, vertical speed hold and airspeed hold. While the autopilot is engaged, airspeed protection is also provided. Additionally, Level Mode is supported, which engages the autopilot to bring the aircraft to level flight.

Come in and talk to us about this new product!

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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The Think Lynx Promo

The  Award-winning L-3 Lynx line of ADS-B solutions promotional pricing program on now until May 31!

Maxcraft is a big fan of the Lynx NGT-9000 and had the privilege of installing the first one in Canada. L-3 is celebrating the beginning of flying season with a 3-month pricing promotion on the Lynx line.  Come in or call us for more details.

What is Lynx?

Imagine purchasing a Mode S trlynxansponder, traffic system, MFD, GPS/WAAS and datalink weather system for your cockpit. The cost might exceed the value of your aircraft. Enter the Lynx® MultiLink Surveillance Systems (MSS). It’s a simple replacement for your old transponder that’s packed full of ADS-B benefits. Using an intuitive layout and touchscreen interface, the Lynx NGT-9000 is a single box solution that balances today’s needs with tomorrow’s flight environment. You get ADS-B traffic, a Mode S Extended Squitter transponder with a compliant GPS/WAAS position source, NEXRAD graphical and textual weather as well as moving maps.

Up to the minute NOTAMs, TFRs and Winds and Temps Aloft data are also included. The Lynx NGT-9000 is a Dual Mode 1090ES ADS-B Out plus 1090 and 978 ADS-B In device that is designed for 14 V or 28 V installations. L-3 NextGen Active Traffic® is an available option that is integrated directly in the Lynx NGT-9000, eliminating the need for a remote box. Several models are available, providing a Lynx solution to fit almost any cockpit and budget.

Read about our first Lynx installation here.  Watch our demo flight of the L3 Lynx here.

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Phoenix Heli Flight, Inc. to Equip Entire Helicopter Fleet with Jupiter Avionics JA94-001 Dual Audio Controller


Vancouver, BC, March 2016 –
(via jupiterLouisville, Kentucky, March 2, 2016) Dallas Avionics, Jupiter Avionics and Maxcraft Avionics, Ltd., announced today from the Helicopter Association International (HAI) annual HELI EXPO convention that Phoenix Heli-Flight, Inc., (Phoenix) has chosen to equip their entire fleet of Airbus helicopters with the JA94-001 Dual Audio Controller. Phoenix’s recently acquired H130 with the JA94 installed is showcased at Airbus booth 9651.

Phoenix Heli-Flight is a charter helicopter company operating from its main base and headquarters located at the Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada airport and is a regional leader concentrating on providing the most modern types and models of aircraft PHOENIX_HELI FLIGHT H130possible.

“Phoenix is a leader in the oil and gas industry up north, and Phoenix Owner and CEO, Paul Spring is well known in the industry for his strong stance on safety,” said Dallas Avionics Vice President of Sales Scott Davis. “We are proud to partner with Maxcraft Avionics and Jupiter Avionics on this extensive fleet roll out.”

The installation work will be carried out by Maxcraft Avionics of Vancouver, BC, Canada, with hardware being supplied by Dallas Avionics, the North American stocking distributor of Jupiter Avionics’ products. Maxcraft Avionics 18,000 square foot facility is the largest, state-of-the art avionics facility in Canada.

“We have been in regular communication with Jupiter as they went through the design process of this audio panel and we always knew that Phoenix would benefit from the advanced features of the JA94” said Steve Nunn Director of Business Development for Maxcraft Avionics.

JA94-001_H130 InteriorThe JA94-001 Audio Controller is a compact dual audio control solution for up to 8 users, and includes innovative features that put this design at the head of its field.

“We believe the JA94-001 Audio Controller is a versatile product that offers customers the flexibility and functionality that no other products can deliver,” said Jupiter Avionics Sales and Marketing Director Bryan Hart.

“Jupiter Avionics took the time to speak to the end user of the products,” added Spring. “They talked with pilots, got their feedback and created a product with the end-user in mind.  The product is easy to program and adjust levels with a laptop interface without taking it apart like other products on the market.  It isolates sound when a person is speaking and it reduces background noise. That translates into less strain on pilots and reduces pilot fatigue.  It is a great product and we are excited to get it in our aircraft.”

Dallas Avionics will be at Booth 6637, and Jupiter Avionics Booth 9237.  For additional information about Phoenix Heli-Flight visit www.phoenixheliflight.com or call 1-780-799-0141. For information about Maxcraft Avionics visit www.maxcraft.ca or call 1-604-465-3080.

See the full press release here.

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Garmin announces new Aera 660!

With feature-rich navigation, stunning display and streamlined database updating

Aera660.We’re very excited to announce the coming availability of Garmin’s new Aera 660 handheld GPS.  In comparison to Garmin’s previous Aera 796, the Aera 660 will be   more affordable, feature current-generation technology, and include options for low-cost database subscriptions. While Maxcraft will be bringing in several units as soon as they are available (around the end of the month) these ones are going to go fast, so give us a call to reserve yours now.

Garmin has provided a summary of the new features and specs on the Aera 660, read below for further details.

The compact 5-inchcapacitive 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, Garmin 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.

Dedicaaera 660bted Compact Portable Navigator

The aera 660 features a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display that is optimized for cockpits and various types of flying. An elegant yet rugged design allows the aera 660 to withstand harsh environments, meeting stringent temperature tests and helicopter vibration standards. The Garmin signature direct-to feature is always available so it’s easy to command navigation functions or find nearest airports from any page. A mini-USB connector, microSD™ card slot and removable battery accompany a dedicated power button along the bezel of the aera. Depending on settings and external connections, pilots will receive up to 4 hours of battery life on a single charge. An intuitive user interface resembles that of the popular GTN™ 650/750 touchscreen series, aera 795/796 series and the Garmin Pilot™ app, so pilots can easily transition between the aera 660 and other Garmin products in the cockpit.

3D Vision

The 3D Vision page within the aera 660 leverages a worldwide terrain database to create a rich, 3D representation of rising terrain near the aircraft, while overlaying GPS-derived airspeed, altitude and vertical speed alongside flight plan information. 3D Vision also displays lateral and vertical (VNAV) deviation bars and includes a 360-degree HSI, which displays course deviation, track, bearing and more.
Bearing pointers can be manually configured to identify the nearest airport, complete with distance information. When connected to the GTX 345, GDL 39 3D or Flight Stream, the 3D Vision presentation is further enhanced with the display of pitch, roll and slip-skid information. A pilot-selectable presentation optionally displays flight instruments in round gauges or tapes overlaid on the 3D topographic landscape.

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Wireless connectivity options set the aera 660 even further apart from other portables on the market. Wireless database updating capabilities add to the unique feature set of the aera 660. When connected to Wi-Fi, pilots can easily download and update aviation databases withoutthe need to physically connect the aera to a computer. Additionally, the aera 660 supports connectivity with the Garmin VIRB® XE HD action camera, so pilots can control recording and take photos.

When paired with the GTX 345, Flight Stream or the GDL 39/GDL 39 3D, ADS-B traffic and weather1 is wirelesslytransferred and displayed on the aera 660. ADS-B traffic information may be viewed on the moving map, IFR/VFR charts 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. The traffic picture is further enhanced during taxi, takeoff and landing with TerminalTraffic, which detects and displays other aircraft or ground vehicles on runways or taxiways that are also broadcasting ADS-B position information. SafeTaxi® geo-referenced airport diagrams also aid in situational awareness by identifying runways, taxiways, FBO’s, hangars and more relative to the aircraft’s position on the airport surface. Subscription-free Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather1 products may simultaneously be overlaid on the map page and dedicated weather pages for easy interpretation. Weather-related decision-making is easier with the aera 660, which helps pilots interpret datalink NEXRAD radar more easily by animating this imagery. Additionally, multiple weather products can be overlaid on a single weather page for better analysis.

Fuel Prices, Global Charting Options and More

Comprehensive chart options provide pilots with an easy path to apaperless cockpit in a compact device, which may be qualified for use as either a Class I or Class II Electronic Flight Bag (EFB). Geo-referenced IFR enroute, VFR sectional charts and Garmin FliteCharts® terminal procedures are available as part of the expansive database offerings associated with the aera 660. Using FliteCharts, pilots can easily view departure procedures (DPs), standard terminal arrival routes (STARs) and geo-referenced approach charts. Additionally, Garmin ChartView™ enables the display of Jeppesen charts with an optional subscription from Jeppesen. U.S. fuel price data is easily accessible on the map or within the airport directory database, so it’s easy to identify the lowest price of 100 LL and Jet A in the area. Similar to features found within other Garmin products, patented Smart Airspace™ is included in the aera 660 feature set. Smart Airspace highlights the airspace nearest the aircraft’s current altitude and de-emphasizes non-pertinent airspace so pilots can quickly identify their location relative to the airspace around them.
Using the optional global navigation database and many regional charting options, the aera 660 provides worldwide versatility. The aera 660 is available in 4 regional versions with select regional data preloaded for North America, South America, Atlantic and Pacific regions. While each version is only available for purchase from Garmin in the corresponding region, regional databases can be purchased for any unit from any region. For pilots in Europe, the Atlantic version of the aera 660 includes the new Enhanced Basemap, which provides VFR operators with more visual landmarks and intersections that are often used when contacting air traffic control. Additionally, when selecting a street or intersection on the moving map of the aera, street names populate so it’s easier to identify aircraft location while navigating over an urban or unfamiliar environment.

aera 660dHelicopter Optimization

The aera 660 contains built-in features tailored to helicopter operators, including Garmin WireAware™ wire-strike avoidance technology. WireAware overlays power line locations and relative altitude information on the moving map and provides both aural and visual alerting when operating near power lines. Altitude display is offered in both mean sea level (MSL) and above ground level (AGL), so they are easier to identify relative to the aircraft flight path. The standard obstacle database contains Hazardous Obstacle Transmission (HOT) lines, which typically include those that span rivers, canyons, valleys or those that are within the vicinity of airports. Obstacle databases with comprehensive power line coverage and HOT lines are also available for the U.S. and portions of Canada and Mexico. Additionally, VFR helicopter chart coverage throughout eight major metropolitan areas within the U.S. depict helicopter airways and routes, heliports with associated frequency and lighting capabilities, NAVAID information and obstructions. Coverage for the Gulf of Mexico is also available, which includes offshore oil drilling platforms and more. Operators may also incorporate City Navigator® NT street maps to enable address look-up functions within the aera to easily navigate to street intersections during off-airport operations.

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The aera 660 includes a yoke mount and cigarette lighter adapter as a standard accessory (pictured). Pilots can also connect an optional bare wire cable to the aircraft instrument panel and expand the utility of the aera 660 by utilizing power, audio and dual RS-232 connections. When paired with a navigator such as the GTN 650/750 touchscreen series or the GNS 430W/530W, the aera can receive flight plan data entered into the navigator over a serial port and remain synchronized throughout the flight. When connected to a NAV/COM such as the GTR 225, GNC 255, GTR 200, SL 30 or SL 40, frequencies and airport identifiers can also be transferred from the aera to the corresponding NAV/COM. Additionally, ADS-B traffic and weather1 can be transferred via the wired connection to the aera 660 when linked to the GTX 345, GDL 39 or GDL 39 3D.

New, Low-Cost Database Options

The new Garmin Navigation Database available for North America offers a cost-effective path to incorporate the latest database information into the aera 660. Navigation data includes the option to load and activate instrument approach procedures, load flight plan data and more. 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, 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. Once purchased via flyGarmin.com, these databases can be conveniently downloaded and updated on the aera 660 via Wi-Fi.

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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