4.8 / 5.018 ReviewsDurability4.8 / 5Reliability4.8 / 5Performance4.5 / 5Ease Of Use4.8 / 5Value4.3 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (13)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?Yeshave used for a couple years now - awesomeI have used this now in my Husky for over 2 years. This is simply the best overall handheld you can get! AND, it keeps getting better and better with updates from Garmin. I liked it so much that I did a review on youtube as i found all the previous reviews lacking tremendously - !July 6, 2019Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesThe Garmin Mini G-1000As a pilot, flight instructor and aviation journalist I find the Garmin Area 660 one of the best aviation products I have seen or owned. I refer to it as A mini Garmin G-100. The product is so user friendly and provides what the pilot is looking for in easy to find menus. When interfaced via hard wire to panel mounted avionics it is even better and mine is also interfaced to a Garmin GDL-52. I have always been a supporter of Sirius XM weather over ADSB and with this combo you can have both. It is a great back up for Foreflight on my I-pad and even has the approach plates with GEO reference. Michael J. “Mick” KaufmanMarch 25, 2019Purchased
4 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesG660Now this GPS product is fantastic. I can use it in any aircraft that I decide to fly that day. It gives you all the functionality that is required for long cross country flights. Very user friendly too. Just protect it from the sun on those long flights without any cloud cover.February 19, 2019Purchased
1 year agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat portable GPS with good display.Fantastic portable GPS with good display. Coupled with a yoke mount this makes a great tool for aircraft not equipped with a panel-mounted GPS.January 9, 2019Purchased
1 year agoWould You Recommend?YesI absolutely love the Garmin 660. I fly a lot of IFR and when I team the Garmin 660 up with my Garmin GDL 52 it works great. Sirius Weather, Traffic and more. Both were excellent purchases and I am extremely satisfied. Plus the Garmin 660 is a nice back up for my GTN 750.August 27, 2018Purchased
11 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?Yesit will replace my iPadextremely bright and readable screen. Solid and reliable GPS. fairly easy to use. the only 2 negatives:
- airplane profile is too simple
- it doesn't have checklists
so much better than an iPadAugust 6, 2018Purchased
11 months agoDurability5 / 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 year 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 year 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, 2018
- Question and Answer
Browse 41 questions Browse 41 questions and 53 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.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.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 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.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.The aera 660 works without any antenna?BEST ANSWER: Yes, It has a built in antenna.Can you get Xm weather not ads-b?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the GDL 51 will provide SiriusXM weather.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.How many hours on battery?BEST ANSWER: Can I use my XM antenna off of my 396?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 GarminWill 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?Can the 660 show runway extension lines in map view? ThxWill 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 GPS be used as a PRIMARY source of navigation for IFR?BEST ANSWER: No, the regulations require that the primary unit must be TSO and Certified for IFR Flight. None of the handhelds are certified.Is there an option to connect an external antenna for best GPS reception?BEST ANSWER: There is not an option to connect a wired external antenna. The Garmin 660 can be connected via Bluetooth to a Garmin GDL 50 which will provide a WAAS GPS source and ADS-B weather.I'm looking at Combining the Area 660 and GDL 50 I already have with the GTX 335 to have a full ADS-B In/Out system. How does the GTX 335 integrate with the Area 660 / GDL 50, or does it?Garmin aera 660 GPS (Americas)BEST ANSWER: The GTX 335 does not integrate with the GDL-50/Area 660. However, if you have the GTX 335, you'll get a complete traffic picture via the GDL 50. So while it's not a fully integrated system, all three parts would work together very well.Is it compatible with Garmin 1:24 map uploads?BEST ANSWER: Updates are performed like all other Garmin aviation devices, through their fly Garmin GA site.free shipping to alaska ?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will ship free to Alaska.
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