New Garmin inReach Units

Flying can take you to some remote places, but with Garmin’s new inReach Explorer+ or inReach SE+ you won’t be out of touch. These rugged, compact devices offer two-way text messaging, location sharing, and emergency SOS features – anywhere in the world. InReach is essential equipment for your next wilderness adventure or a flying trip to the islands and offers friends and family invaluable peace of mind.

Garmin inReach Explorer+ 

Features:

  • Send and receive text messages beyond normal cell phone coverage
  • Trigger an interactive SOS to GEOS, the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center
  • Truly global coverage – even in flight – using Iridium satellites
  • Built-in GPS provides position information, tracking and location sharing
  • Color screen with preloaded DeLorme TOPO maps (Explorer+ only)
  • Built-in compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer (Explorer+ only)
  • Track and share your location online with family and friends
  • Pair with mobile devices using the free Earthmate app
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium battery gives up to 100 hours of battery life in tracking mode; up to 30 days in power-save mode
  • Rugged, impact resistant and water-rated to IPX7
  • Flexible subscriptions (annual or monthly), starting under $15/month
 

Garmin inReach SE+ 

Features:
  • Send and receive text messages beyond normal cell phone coverage
  • Trigger an interactive SOS to GEOS, the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center
  • Truly global coverage – even in flight – using Iridium satellites
  • Built-in GPS provides position information, tracking and location sharing
  • Track and share your location online with family and friends
  • Pair with mobile devices using the free Earthmate app
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium battery gives up to 100 hours of battery life in tracking mode; up to 30 days in power-save mode
  • Rugged, impact resistant and water-rated to IPX7
  • Flexible subscriptions (annual or monthly), starting under $15/month
 
Which inReach Is Right for You?
As satellite communicators, both the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ offer identical messaging capabilities. However, it’s on the GPS navigation side that their differences become apparent. While inReach SE+ uses GPS to provide basic grid navigation and allow you to drop waypoints, mark key locations, track your progress, and follow a breadcrumb trail back to base – the inReach Explorer+ goes a step beyond, providing full-fledged GPS on-map guidance with preloaded TOPO mapping and waypoint routings viewable directly on the unit. Plus, a built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer are included with Explorer+ to help you get and maintain accurate bearings anywhere on or off the beaten path.

Stratus Power  

This is a simple but useful product, providing two permanently-installed USB charging ports for the panel. Both output 2.5 amps, so Stratus Power is perfect for charging phones, tablets, ADS-B receivers, action cameras, and any other electronic devices that charge off USB. It’s a more reliable option (and probably safer) than plugging multiple devices into a 40-year old cigarette lighter plug. It can also be located in a more convenient location than the cigarette lighter – some airplane owners have even installed USB ports at each passenger seat. iPad Pilot News covered Stratus Power in a recent article. You can read about it here.
 
 
 

Yaesu FTA-450L Com Only Airband Radio

The FTA-450L Transceiver is a great option for those looking for a com only radio. With an oversized full dot matrix LCD display and large Li-Ion battery, this radio has become a favorite for drone pilots. The FTA-450L provides full communications on the Aircraft communications band and receives NOAA weather channels. 

 

Features:
• 5 Watts TX Output Power (Airband: AM 5W P.E.P. type, 1.5W carrier)
• Huge 1.7" x 1.7" Full Dot Matrix display (160 x 160 Dots)
• NOAA Weather Channel receive
• NOAA Weather Alert
• 200 Memory Channels with 15 alphanumeric characters
• Back-lit Keypad and display with dimmer
• Water Protection -IPX5 Rating

 

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