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Old 12-02-2020, 07:22 PM
Chowbird Chowbird is offline
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Default AV-30;to which GPS

Hello all. Iím thinking of connecting a AV-30 acting as DG to a portable GPS navigator. I see the choice of the Aera 660 quite a bit. I like that option. But has anyone connected to a different non-garmin portable gps. The 660 is nice but itís a tad spendy after purchasing two AV-30s. Thx in advance. Tim
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Old 12-03-2020, 07:37 AM
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Snowflake Snowflake is offline
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Tim, Welcome to VAF!

After buying two AV-30's, the Aera 660 is pocket change. Buy one, you won't be disappointed. It has no competitor.
Rob Prior
1996 RV-6 "Tweety" C-FRBP (formerly N196RV)
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Old 12-03-2020, 09:15 AM
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I have an iFly 740b that I use in the Cub. I really like it and is easy to mount and use. Their yearly subscription is less than Garmin. With all the upgrades happening in the -4, I haven't used it there yet but expect no issues. I'll post more later after it flies.
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Old 12-03-2020, 02:49 PM
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Default Garmin

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Tim, Welcome to VAF!

After buying two AV-30's, the Aera 660 is pocket change. Buy one, you won't be disappointed. It has no competitor.
Tim, if you can't do this then the next best thing may be a used older model Garmin, e.g. Gpsmap 296. I have one of these and it works well with a Dynon efis. I have not tried it with an AV-30, however it outputs a standard data stream so shouldn't be a problem.
Paul vS (yes I'm also a Van)
Building RV-6A #22320 O-320 FP. Wings and tail complete, working on fuselage
Flying my Aeroprakt A-22 STOL and the aero club's RV-9A while I build
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Old 12-04-2020, 12:57 AM
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The AV-30 will talk to practically all GPS's out there. It does not have to be a Garmin unit. After all, it is only Garmin who pushes "all Garmin".

For panel mount GPS units the AV-30 can take input in "Moving Map" format.
For portable GPS units the AV-30 can take input in "NMEA" format. The AV-30 is more for VFR operations than IFR operations in that it doesn't provide precision approach capabilities.

I have interfaced the AV-30 to Gamin 660 and 760. I know it works with the GPS 496. I see where the iFly can provide NMEA via a USB cable. I think Steve Melton here on the forum has one set up this way.

So the AV-30 seems play well with everyone's GPS.

(a few more airplanes too)
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