- Feb 26, 2008
What are you guys using as alternatives to the G1000?
Since I am mainly a day, VFR severe clear kind of flyer, I use my (??) 315 hand-held GPS and a sectional. It has a database that I loaded places I fly to frequently and small, medium, and major cities in the database too. I like to select the nav function that puts the bearing to where I am aiming and my present heading as two numbers. I just make the numbers the same with the rudder and I get there just fine.
It's a good time to ask I think: I am totally unfamiliar with any type GPS. Aircraft, vehicle, any kind. I've seen them, and know their purpose, just dont know anything about them. So, with that in mind, if I were to run down to Cabella's and buy one of their hand held GPS units for like back packing, camping, etc., would it be satisfactory for aircraft use? Just for not getting lost, turned around, etc. I know I can get some of the automotive kind for next to nothing (price wise) but I dont want it telling me to "turn left in 2 blocks and go under the over pass", etc., etc.
Just a question I been gonna ask somebody, and now seems a good time. My friend has a Garmin something in his Glastar, and the way it works is pretty neat. Dead reckoning is almost a thing of the past it seems. But he paid big money for it too. I dont plan on doing a lot of cross country stuff.....just go out, put the wings on, fly around the valley a while, land, take the wings off, and go home. I may, now and then, fly out to Wendover, with hopes of hitting the million dollar jack pot, but other than that my flying will be done with in a hundred mile radius of my airport.