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orion

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Personally, I'm quite attracted to the Aspen Avionics suite and if timing and the good old dollar sign work out this year, I'd like to put the first of the units in my Cherokee by the end of the year. One of the principal attractions for me is that it does not require a massive redesign of my panel and my electrical system to put one of these in. Furthermore, the units are upgradeable and work in conjunction with the other display models, which can easily be incorporated at a later date.

But for now, for simple GPS function (which I mainly use for flight following rather than flight planning) I use the EKP-IV. Its large screen size and fine resolution make this a very nice cockpit addition and the latest software has eliminated many of the problems that the original units had.
 

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Hi,
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.

Well there is a little more than that to my navigation, but a hand-held GPS is way more accurate than anythng before. The sectional does provide situational awareness for places Not to be flying and other usefull information. Very handy in its own right.

As a side note, we are installing WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) navs on our planes here at work. I heard they had to add a randomzer in the software because the runway was being damaged by the plane touching down at the exact same spot evey time!

Best wishes,
Wally
 

Captain_John

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I love some pf the replies this far!

Orion, the Aspen looks like a nice unit! Besides, I am looking forward to asking my friends, "How's your Aspen"?

Me? I have selected the Advanced Flight Systems AF 3500 with mapping. It is pretty slick!



See the website at http://www.advanced-flight-systems.com/ for more info.

:ban: CJ
 

orion

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With the Cherokee I need to stick with certified stuff so the Aspen is a nice candidate to modernizing my cockpit environment. True, since I'm a VFR pilot it may be a case of overkill, but my theory is that more, clearly presented information in a cockpit is not necessarily a bad thing.
 

badger

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Hi,
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.

Hey Wally...

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.

Anyway....thanks.

John
 

Rhino

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You can use an automotive GPS, but it won't have any aviation data on it, such as airports. A number of vendors offer packages that can be used with a laptop or a PDA, and several offer GPS packages that don't cost that much more than some automotive GPSs.

http://www.anywheremap.com/detail.aspx?ID=219

https://www.hangarb17.com/index1.html

http://www.aviationreviews.com// (review site)

http://www.flynavgps.com/navgpsbasic.shtml

http://www.pcflightsystems.com/products.html

http://www.pcavionics.com/custserv/index.jsp

By the way, an automotive GPS doesn't give you turn directions unless you enter a destination. Otherwise it just displays your current position.
 
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