4.8 / 5.012 ReviewsDurability4.7 / 5Reliability4.6 / 5Performance4.3 / 5Ease Of Use4.8 / 5Value4.2 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (7)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGood quality productMy flight school has a plane with this hard-mounted, Simple and easy to use. Decided to buy one for myself. Comes with My only disappointment was the first 660 they sent me had an almost dead battery, over 1 year old, and didn't have good battery life after multiple charges. Sportys did the right thing and shipped me a new 660. Works great with a GDL 50 for synthetic vision and ADS-B traffic.May 30, 2018Purchased
1 month agoPerformance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesI was very pleased with the 660. Easy to use, very intuitive, nice size, clear screen. Good value for the price. I have flown with it as of yet since I am just going on to floats.May 28, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?Yesvery nice addition to the cockpit with minimal footprintGreat addition with little footprint . Compact version of the 796.February 12, 2018Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesAn exceptional GA navigatorOverall, I am quite satisfied with the 660, and I highly recommend it.
I feel that a portable navigation option that is independent of a tablet's O/S is essential for operation, because each and every tablet O/S update comes a suspension of utility until the software has been verified as compatible.
As an added benefit and because the 660 is a "purpose-built navigator", users will discover the 660 allows a superior GPS position update frequency of 5Hz, rather than the "assisted" update frequency of 1Hz (which I verified by checking the Connext Situational Data on Garmin's Pilot app.) I don't think a 1Hz update cycle and "assisted GPS" cuts the mustard.
In summary, if Garmin were to lower the price-point of the 660, I think it would corner the portable nav market; or in the least, force others to come out with a competing hardware line.
But who am I to say ....January 7, 2018Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesCool little helper..As a student pilot I do not fly E coast to W coast obviously but especially when I go for cross country flights it really helps to have this on my yoke.
Before this I was using my iPhone7S/Foreflight but during warm days iPhone screen was getting really warm and dimming itself to a degree that you can't see anything. Same with my iPad Pro 9.7... Besides being too bulky in my poor little Tomahawk's panel or on the yoke... Glare issues, heat up and auto dimming or even powering itself of just at awkward moments wasn't comfy...
This little devil is brightest thing in the cockpit from the first minute of the flight to the last...
I like it and I am sure you'll too...November 6, 2017Purchased
7 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesExcellent.Highly recommend the Aera 660. I've owned and used heavily most all of the portable Garmins, 296, 396, 496, 696 and 796. The Aera 660 gives you the outstanding functions and performance of the 796 but it's not so big and cumbersome in the cabin and there is no wires other than a power cord, It exceeded all my expectations. You will not be disappointed. And very user friendly. 5 stars.August 23, 2017Purchased
10 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesMuch 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.Added Jul 18, 2017July 18, 2017Purchased
1 year agoDurability4 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value3 / 5Great product, although short battery and as always support and back up are a downer660 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, 2017Durability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5April 9, 2017Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Love this so farI'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
- Question and Answer
Browse 34 questions Browse 34 questions and 46 answersDoes this gps supply the nmea output data to drive a auto pilot?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the same NMEA 0183 as the older Aeras and GPSMAP units do.Can I use this with an Aera 660 and Foreflight Pro Plus at the same time?Garmin aera 660 GPS (Americas)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.FAA aproved primary source ? Or just for back up ? What is the main difference from stratus . ThanksBEST 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.Waiting and waiting for the Aera 660 to have SXM weather before I buy one. When will this happen?BEST ANSWER: It is now available with the GDL 51 receiver.Can you get Xm weather not ads-b?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the GDL 51 will provide SiriusXM weather.Does the 660 work with Stratus II for ADSB/traffic?Garmin aera 660 GPS (Americas)BEST ANSWER: No, only the GDL 39 works with the 660.I have a gdl88 and flight stream 210 installed already is the 660 compatible if so what features will be active on the 660?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?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.The aera 660 works without any antenna?BEST ANSWER: Yes, It has a built in antenna.Can you charge via USB port with DC battery?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?BEST ANSWER: NoIf hooked up to an aera 660, do I have to have the Garmin Pilot app in order to listen to SiriusXM music and control music channels?Garmin aera 660 GPS (Americas)BEST ANSWER: Yes, Sirius XM music is controlled via the Garmin Pilot app.Can you get weather notifications from remote areas?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.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?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?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?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?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 GarminHow many hours on battery?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?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?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?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?do you have gismo dock mount for the garmin 660?Will the unit show the airplane position on an approach plate without buying any other equipment or any additional subscription?BEST ANSWER: Yes it will on approach plates and enroute charts. All the Garmin FAA charts are Geo referenced. It will also show your position on airport in Safe Taxi.Can this device connect, via Bluetooth, to a Free Flight Systems Ranger X to receive ADS-B traffic and weather? If so, will the Garmin 660 connect was with a BlueTooth headset to announce traffic threat announcements?BEST ANSWER: That is not one of the compatible item listed on Garmin’s website.Will this gps log tracks ?BEST ANSWER: The 660 is capable of a simple track log.Does this unit have XM radio?BEST ANSWER: No, this unit does not have an XM receiver.i want use this GPS specifically in guatemala and all central america this gps have that data base of this countries and if is working the 3d function?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the GPS will work in Guatemala. The Americas database is included. This database covers both north and south America.Is the $50 mail in rebate cash or store credit?BEST ANSWER: This is a mail-in rebate - check, not store credit.Does the SXAR1 work with this unit via Bluetooth?BEST ANSWER: The SXAR1 is not compatible with the Garmin 660, but the GDL 51 is (and it connects via Bluetooth).
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