Recommended GPS unit
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    Recommended GPS unit

    by ppl » Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:17 pm

    Hello all,

    My Garmin GPS III Pilot packed in recently. It was a handy little unit and not too expensive at the time.

    Looking on Transair.co.uk entry level GPS units seem to start about £500stg. Certainly the Garmin ones.

    Anyone recommend slightly cheaper devices with Irish maps?

    Anyone any experience in using iPad apps? Are adapters required to make the GPS signal more reliable? E.g. Garmin Glo.

    Any thoughts please let me know!

    Kind regards.
    Ciaran.
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    Re: Recommended GPS unit

    by xpro » Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:48 pm

    Does it need to be a standalone GPS unit?

    I have a Garmin Aera 500 and its a great tool, but expensive, 28day cycles, regular map updates. Not cheap and not easy to use unless you're familiar with Garmin platforms.
    Theres pros and cons. I used mine on a few euro trips and that was it. Its good when its set up before flying and you just follow the magenta line, but if you want to mess with it while in the air, you better have a good autopilot. Its a two hands job!

    Did you look into Skydemon?

    Compatible with all Apple and Android devices, fantastic piece of kit. Live weather, live notams, Worldwide maps.
    I use mine for planning mostly, very easy to use. Would highly recommend. Moving maps, warnings, terrain, etc. I have an Ipad cellular and it works fine, no need for external GPS unit. Plus you can use it on your phone and your PC for planning.

    Cheers
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    Re: Recommended GPS unit

    by ppl » Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:29 pm

    Thanks for the reply.

    Just looking for simple GPS functionality. A back up to confirm I am where I think I am! :-)

    SkyDemon seems interesting. Might take a look.
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    Re: Recommended GPS unit

    by xpro » Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:57 pm

    Also try Air Navigation Standard app for Apple and Android devices if you're looking for a simple and cheap GPS functionality>

    Safe Flying!
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    Re: Recommended GPS unit

    by Pilot » Wed Mar 25, 2015 11:18 pm

    I use EasyVFR by PocketFMS on my iPad.

    http://www.pocketfms.com/easyvfr" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


    Perfect coverage of Ireland, and the Frequent Flyer Membership includes unlimited electronic flight plan filing. Flight plans are instantly transmitted to into the ATC system.

    You can use it on your Apple (iPad & iPhone), Android, Windows 7&8, Windows Phone & Apple Mac system.

    As for needing an external gps, it depends. Wifi Only iPads (ones that do not have a 3G Sim card slot) need an external GPS, as they do not have one built in.

    iPads with a 3G Sim Card slot, have built in GPS. Most people are happy with the built in GPS, but some get occasional drop outs from it, and choose to get an external GPS.

    Most Android systems have GPS's built in already.

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    Re: Recommended GPS unit

    by ppl » Wed May 06, 2015 12:46 pm

    Hi,

    Thanks for the replies.

    I decided to try the Skydemon app/subscription.
    http://www.skydemon.aero

    Also bought an inexpensive mount for my iPhone6 on Amazon.

    Must say so far Skydemon looks very good.

    Just need weather to improve to go play!

    Cheers,
    Ciaran.

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