Garmin aera 660 GPS (Americas)

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Next generation portable GPS

With charts and 3D vision

Garmin

The all-new aera 660 is the ultimate all-in-one aviation device - like a glass cockpit in the palm of your hand. It combines complete navigation features, digital charts, hazard alerts and optional in-flight weather with a beautiful 5” touchscreen. It’s perfect for preflight planning, yoke mounting in the cockpi...

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Next generation portable GPS

With charts and 3D vision

Garmin

The all-new aera 660 is the ultimate all-in-one aviation device - like a glass cockpit in the palm of your hand. It combines complete navigation features, digital charts, hazard alerts and optional in-flight weather with a beautiful 5” touchscreen. It’s perfect for preflight planning, yoke mounting in the cockpit or for backup.

Made for aviationVFR Sectional

Unlike most tablets, the aera 660 is ideally suited to the cockpit. Its rugged case and built-in GPS/GLONASS receiver means you can just grab it and go flying. Once in the air, you’ll appreciate the bright, sunlight-readable screen – even if you’re flying in a low wing airplane on a summer day. The responsive touchscreen and fast map redraws make it easy to use right out of the box, with familiar Garmin features like nearest airport, VNAV, and direct-to navigation.

Powerful hazard alertsHazards

The aera 660 does a lot more than just moving maps and flight plans, with automatic alerts for nearby terrain, obstacles and traffic – even audio callouts. Smart Airspace highlights airspace close to your current altitude, while WireAware wire-strike avoidance technology warns of potentially dangerous obstacles for helicopters and low altitude airplanes.

Synthetic visionsynthetic vision

Bring the outside world to life with Garmin’s incredible 3D Vision display. You’ll see terrain, obstacles, traffic, and airport runways, which creates a complete picture of the outside environment. Add a Garmin GDL 39 3D ADS-B Receiver with AHRS and you can even have a backup attitude indicator.

Full Electronic Flight BagEFB

While Garmin’s data-driven basemaps are perfect for everyday flying, sometimes you need to consult the actual chart. The aera 660 includes full IFR/VFR charts (United States), fuel prices (United States), SafeTaxi diagrams and much more – it’s a complete Class I/II EFB solution. See your airplane’s position overlaid on a sectional chart, or brief the approach with actual FAA approach plates. European charts and basemaps are also available for an additional charge, making the aera 660 a truly worldwide navigator.

Connect to Garmin avionicsGTX

Besides its powerful built-in features, the aera 660 can also connect to a variety of Garmin avionics: receive subscription-free weather and traffic from a portable GDL 39 or from a panel-mount GTX 345 ADS-B Receiver; control your VIRB video camera; or send flight plans from GTN and GNS series navigators to the 660. 

Built-in WiFiWifi

Database updates are easier than ever – simply connect to a WiFi network and start downloading. Plus, more affordable database options for the US, Mexico and Canada make those cross-border trips a button push away. You can even navigate direct-to street intersections with the optional City Navigator database.

Internal battery lasts 4-6 hours; can be charged in flight with the included USB charging cable. Includes: snap-in mount, charging cable.

In the Box:

  • aera 660
  • Yoke mount with power cable
  • Battery
  • AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Quick start manual and related documentation

Tech Specs:

  • Physical dimensions: 5.5”W x 3.4”H x .8”D (14.1 x 8.7x 2.1 cm)
  • Display size, WxH: 4.35"W x 2.61"H (11.1 x 6.6 cm); 5.08" diag (12.9cm)
  • Display resolution, WxH: 480 x 800; portrait and landscape orientation
  • Display type: touchscreen WVGA color TFT with white backlight
  • Weight: 8.64 ounces (245 g) with battery; 7.23 ounces (205 g) without battery
  • Battery: removable, rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Battery life: Up to 4 hours during most daytime conditions, (80% backlight) and wireless connectivity in the cockpit, e.g. GTX 345; up to 6 hours during typical nighttime conditions, (5% backlight) and without wireless connectivity.
  • SBAS/WAAS/GLONASS receiver: high-sensitivity with WAAS position accuracy
  • Voltage range: 10-35
  • IFR or VFR: VFR
  • Traffic Information Services (TIS) alerts compatible: yes
  • Accepts data cards: yes (microSD™ cards)

Database Updates

Mirroring the iPad world, Garmin has made it easier and cheaper than ever to keep your databases up to date. Downloads start at just $29.95, but the real value is the bundle pricing. Garmin offers a complete United States database subscription for just $149.95/year. This price includes airspace, frequencies, airport information, complete IFR/VFR charts, taxi diagrams, AOPA Airport Directory, obstacles and terrain. It's almost $1000 less expensive than previous database purchases, and the 660's built-in WiFi means you don't have to connect to a computer to download files. 

Garmin aera 660 database update prices



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Garmin Database Area of Coverage

Americas - North, South and Central America (includes Hawaii)

Atlantic International - Europe, Africa

Pacific International - Eastern Europe, Asia, Middle East and the South Pacific (includes Hawaii)

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4.5 / 5
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4.3 / 5
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Ease Of Use
4.7 / 5
Value
4.2 / 5
Would You Recommend?
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5 / 5
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3 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Much brighter and better than the 500 series.
I swapped my 550 for the 660 using a new AirGizmo mount and the new bare wire cable (required as it is different). It is MUCH brighter and easy to see. As with my 550, I hardwired it to a GDL39 and use it to drive my Dynon Autopilot. Works perfectly.

One note: in the gizmo panel the 660 gets HOT if you leave the screen fully bright, which I do so I can see it in an RV-6. I installed a small 12v brushless-fan into the back of the AirGizmo to cool it down.
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July 18, 2017
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8 months ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Great product, although short battery and as always support and back up are a downer
660 GPS; As with all Garmin products this one also shines in the cockpit, were it doesn't fair very well is in back ups and support. and it's almost non existent if you use a mac. Although I continue to champion Garmin and use them religiously the task of updating is nothing but trouble. Then I look at Foreflight on the IPAD and wait it's done.
April 26, 2017
Durability
4 / 5
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4 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
660
Good value
April 9, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Love this so far
I've only had this Garmin for a week but it's a huge improvement over my old 396. The touch screen and information available is world apart from the old Garmin portable. I could never get theirs portable to upgrade since I use a Mac computer. This new one uses wifi to downloads updates. It now links to my ADSB in & out from my transponder so I get all the traffic onscreen etc. Looking forward to using it more.
February 7, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Nice upgrade from the Aera 500
Just had this installed in my plane along with a Garmin GDL39 3D. It's much easier to use than the 500. The touch screen is more responsive and brighter as well. I also like being able to zoom in and out the same way as I do on my ipad.
September 9, 2016
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
XM Weather
I love the screen and the size. Garmin launched this device to early. it will not accept xm weather. If connected to the new 345 adsb transponder the map page and the compass arc are not the same as the 796 or arer 560 there is no hdg bug visible on the screen . also the nearest button takes you to the last use not the nearest menu I have called garmin about these issues and when they get them addressed I will give a 5 star rating for the 660.
July 11, 2016
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Does this gps supply the nmea output data to drive a auto pilot?
Tom H on Aug 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the same NMEA 0183 as the older Aeras and GPSMAP units do.
FAA aproved primary source ? Or just for back up ? What is the main difference from stratus . Thanks
A shopper on Aug 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, it is not an approved primary source of navigation for IFR.

The Aera 660 is quite different from the Stratus devices. The Stratus is a GPS and ADS-B receiver that works with the ForeFlight appon an iPad or iPhone (and nothing else!). Stratus has no display of its own. This Aera 660, on the other hand, is a GPS receiver with its own display. You can enter flight plans, and see you position and planned route on various types of maps and charts. However, to display weather and traffic you need one of Garmin's ADS-B receivers, such as the GDL 39 series or you can subscribe to XM weather, which requires a different receiver and a paid subscription.
Can you get Xm weather not ads-b?
A shopper on Nov 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not at this time.
Can I use this with an Aera 660 and Foreflight Pro Plus at the same time?
iiAtlas on Aug 16, 2016
Garmin aera 660 GPS (Americas)
Garmin aera 660 GPS (Americas)
Garmin GDL 39 3D with Battery (Bluetooth)
Garmin GDL 39 3D with Battery (Bluetooth)
BEST ANSWER: Yes. The GDL 39 can connect to 2 devices with Bluetooth plus one by wire. I typically connect it to an Android tablet and and iPad wirelessly and wire it to my Aera, all at the same time.
I have a gdl88 and flight stream 210 installed already is the 660 compatible if so what features will be active on the 660?
Hhkingpin on Jul 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You would be able to display ADS-B weather and traffic (from the GDL 88) on your Aera 660.
Why use a garmin portable GPS (like the AERA 660) instead of an ipad with foreflight? Is there an advantage of the garmin GPS over ipad with foreflight?
A shopper on Feb 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have both a Garmin Aera 660 and an Ipad Mini with Foreflight. I fly a Vans RV-8 and while flying mostly rely the 660 for several reasons. It has a much brighter higher resolution display that can be easily read in full sunlight. It never overheats. I actually have the 660's brightness turned down to 75% and its far easier to see and read then the Ipad using Foreflight. The touch screen on the 660 is way more responsive then the Ipad. Especially in turbulence or under high work loads. The menu on the Garmin is really easy to move through. The Ipad with Foreflight is a better flight planning tool prior to flight because you can easily connect to the internet via wifi or data. The 660 is connected to a Garmin GTX 345 All-In-One Transponder with ADSB In and Out via the Garmin Bare Wire Cable. I get weather and traffic with audio alerts. The Ipad/Foreflight is connected to the GTX 345 via Bluetooth and also provides traffic and WX. Both are great but if I could only have one in the cockpit while flying it would be the Garmin Area 660.
Can you charge via USB port with DC battery?
A shopper on Jan 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can charge the Garmin 660 with a 12 or 24 volt battery. I typically plug the charger in the plane's cigarette lighter to charge. while in use.
Can I use my xm weather ant from my 496 with the 660?
Barney R on Nov 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have the Garmin Area 660 and use it in my RV-8 along with a Garmin GTX 345 All-In-One transponder. Works great. As far as I'm aware, XM WX is not yet available on the 660. From what I understand they are working on adding it as a software update.
Can you get weather notifications from remote areas?
A shopper on Jul 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: To receive weather information you will need to the GDL-39 with the Area 660. The weather would be available when you are airborne and receiving ADS-B information.
Waiting and waiting for the Aera 660 to have SXM weather before I buy one. When will this happen?
A shopper on May 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We expect this to happen in the near future but we do not have a date yet. Please watch our web site.
Can the Aera 660 display, upload and download flight plans to and from a GTN 650 via FligthStream over the WiFi or will it only display ADS-B Weather and Traffic?
Sean G on May 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Aera 660 can connect to the GTN 650 via a cable connection. The 660 is supplied with ADS-B data via a bluetooth connection to the GDL-39 ADS-B in receiver.
What is the cost of updates? and how frequent to keep current?
ThePackardMan on Apr 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The pricing for the updates are listed at https://fly.garmin.com/fly-garmin/support/pricing. Just enter the 660 and site will give you the price information. Charts would be updated on the same schedule as the paper charts.
Does the GPS give wind direction?
A shopper on Mar 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: When attached to and ADS-B receiver (GDL-39) you will receive wind direction.
Does the 660 fit into the Aera 500 Panel Dock?
I currently have the 500 in the Panel, and does the 660 come with an optional Pacific Database?
A shopper on Mar 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The 660 will not fit into the 500 panel dock. The 660 ships with the Americans database. The Pacific Database can be purchased from Garmin
The aera 660 works without any antenna?
Eduardo M on Mar 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, It has a built in antenna.
How many hours on battery?
A shopper on Feb 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The battery will last 4-6 hours.
Will the flight plan function allow me to input Victor airways like GP on the iPad - and automatically backfill all the interim waypoints from entry to exit from the airway?
A shopper on Jan 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don't recall being able to plug in an airway and have it produce a plot to fly. I think airways will only show up on the graphic map as a "here it is." I only use mine for VFR so I did not really seek to use airway data.
Will this unit stay charged using 12 v ship's power unlike an iPad using Garmin Pilot which still slowly discharges?
A shopper on Jan 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it will.
Does flight planning allow for the use of victor airways - put in a victor airway entrance and exit and it will populate all the interim waypoints?
A shopper on Jan 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No. It requires you enter each waypoint where there is a change of direction.
I fly a G100 equipped aircraft. Will one subscription for updates cover both or is another required for this unit?
A shopper on Sep 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are some bundle pricing packages, but mostly for panel avionics. Complete pricing is here: https://fly.garmin.com/fly-garmin/support/pricing
Does the 660 work with Stratus II for ADSB/traffic?
A shopper on Aug 23, 2016
Garmin aera 660 GPS (Americas)
Garmin aera 660 GPS (Americas)
Stratus™ 2S ADS-B Receiver for iPad & ForeFlight Pro Plus
Stratus™ 2S ADS-B Receiver for iPad & ForeFlight Pro Plus
BEST ANSWER: No, only the GDL 39 works with the 660.
do you have gismo dock mount for the garmin 660?
A shopper on Aug 5, 2016
Can I buy and upload Atlantic database (europe)?
A shopper on May 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is purchased from fly.garmin.com
May I use this unit in Europe?
David M on May 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you would need to purchase the europe database from fly.garmin.com.
I pretend to use this GPS in Chile. How do I know what airports are included in the South America bundle? Is the weather also available for that zone?
Fabian M on Jan 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can check with Garmin concerning which airports are available in Chile. The weather is only available within the USA.
Will the Dual XGPS190 connect and give ADS-B and live weather?
A shopper on Nov 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, only the GDL 39.
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