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GPS Systems

Postby Steve Chenoweth » Sat Aug 16, 2003 2:34 pm

What types of GPS systems are being used by our Brantly pilots? Any favorites or ones that people have had problems with?

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Postby Ron Spiker » Sun Aug 17, 2003 6:04 am

Hi Steve, I'm using the Lowrance Airmap 100 and am very happy with it. I mounted the external antenna just in front of the instrument pod, right above the band on the bubble. I can't recall loosing the signal at all with that antenna, but did without it (just using the built-in antenna). Real nice unit, but I haven't used any other recent ones to compare it with.
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Postby n2141u » Sun Aug 17, 2003 6:37 am

I used the Garmin GPS Pilot III mounted on top of the instrument panel. I had previously mounted a 12 volt power receptacle in front of the panel. It looked good and worked very well.
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Garmin 196...

Postby RDRickster » Sun Aug 17, 2003 7:32 pm

I use the Garmin 196. I like the gray scale and large screen, because it seems easier to get the information I need than the older and smaller color models. Also, night flying is a bit easier because some of the color GPS units are too bright with certain colors (especially yellow).
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Garmin 196

Postby Steve Chenoweth » Sun Aug 17, 2003 8:50 pm

The 196 looks like a great device. Have you used it for auto or marine navigation as well?
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Postby RDRickster » Mon Aug 18, 2003 8:28 am

I haven't used it for the marine stuff, but I have used it in the car. It was accurate to with one (1) MPH during speed tests. Plus, you can add a data card to put more detailed information in for a specific area. On the aviation side, you can download chunks of chart data for your route. I never had to use the external antennae while flying or driving. The VSI and other features are pretty good, but with a slight delay to instrument panel instruments. I normally use it in map mode because it will give me alerts when coming close to controlled airspace or TFR's. It will even pull up the frequencies for you; kinda cool.
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GPS

Postby G-ATLO » Mon Aug 18, 2003 10:06 am

I use a Skyforce Skymap 111C,and it is hard wired in on top of the instrument pedestal.It is colour and also has terrain mapping useful in the welsh mountains.I get a satellite fix in about 45 secs and have yet to lose aquistion.I cannot recommend this unit enough.
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