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Old 06-20-2011, 01:03 PM
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Default GPS Sun / Reflection Issues

I just bought a new Garmin Aera 550 for my RV-8 Panel. I have it on the panel with a temporary mount for now. It looked fine in the shop but when I rolled it out into the sunlight the screen all but disappeared. The sun thru the canopy really washed out the picture. I was very disapointed to say the least. I have a Gizmo mount and plan to install it this winter when I redo my panel. My question is....Is there a spot on the panel which is better suited for this type of set up? Is there a better GPS for this application? I have used Garmin products for years but I still have time to get a refund if needed. I did buy one of the GPS sheilds to help with the glare but it still is tough to see the screen.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Ralph
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:24 PM
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I feel your pain, none of the 430's we have in out helicopters can be viewed in the sunlight........
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:49 PM
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I feel your pain, none of the 430's we have in out helicopters can be viewed in the sunlight........
But, my 696 can! At the same time, my Lowrance 600c washes out.

Note:I do have the 696 angled directly at my eyes......and it's never a problem.

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Old 06-21-2011, 05:23 AM
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never had a problem with my 496. it is also on a swivel like my head!!!!!!
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:59 AM
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This is why I just pruchased I think the last new 496. My 296 was acting up after 6 years. I am very happy with the 496 in my 8A.
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:19 AM
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Turbo,
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Ralph
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Old 06-21-2011, 02:05 PM
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I added an Airgizmo angle mount for my center stack mounted 496 so that I could look at it straight on. Viewing at an angle in sunlight was bad. The LCD on my Dynon D100 is much better.

Jim Sharkey
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Old 06-21-2011, 02:19 PM
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Default Get yourself a used 396 or 496

Ralph,

I would take it back and go with a 396 or 496, older technology but it sure works fine in my RV-4.

Also Ralph, Jim Shelton sold his Bonanza A36 and was happy he kept the RV-4.

Jake Thiessen
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Old 06-21-2011, 03:26 PM
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I have my 560 mounted on a adjustable mount. Being able to tilt it up or
down makes all the difference.
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But, my 696 can! At the same time, my Lowrance 600c washes out.

Note:I do have the 696 angled directly at my eyes......and it's never a problem.

L.Adamson --- RV6A
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I added an Airgizmo angle mount for my center stack mounted 496 so that I could look at it straight on. Viewing at an angle in sunlight was bad. The LCD on my Dynon D100 is much better.

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I have my 560 mounted on a adjustable mount. Being able to tilt it up or
down makes all the difference
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Big Mal,
I think I'm seeing some consistency w/in the previous posts. Make sure it is facing directly at you, regardless of the make/model of GPS.

Yours truly,
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