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Postby speedpants » Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:10 pm

Hope everyone had a good Xmas, I got myself a iPad mini, just the wifi one, been looking at Bluetooth and non Bluetooth GPS antennas for it for flying, what is everyone using? They all seem to be about the same price, so just trying to get the skinny as to which is the best one.
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Postby Thermos » Fri Dec 27, 2013 6:13 am

Mitch,

A plug-in GPS should work fine in a small airplane cockpit with lots of windows around. The downside is that you can't have the iPad plugged into a charger when you're using the GPS. Also, the GPS sticks out of the iPad connector which seems a little fragile to me.

Bluetooth GPSs work fine too, and if you want to spend some more shekels you can get one that has an ADS-B receiver for traffic and weather if you use map/flight planning software on your iPad. If I were buying a GPS receiver today, this is what I'd get.

Check Sporty's, they have a good selection so you can see what's available. But you can probably get a better price somewhere else...

HTH

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Postby JOHN TIPTON » Fri Dec 27, 2013 8:06 am

Take it back now and get the GPS included unit, you will want to pick up your iPad and use it without the hassle of the extra receiver, later by all means get the extra receiver (with GLSNOSS) if you have trouble recieving a signal in the cockpit

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Postby bullojm1 » Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:28 pm

If you plan to go ADS-B with either the Stratus unit (ForeFlight App) or the Garmin GDL-39 (Garmin Pilot App), both of these ADS-B receivers have a GPS built in which communicate back to the iPad. No external GPS required.

I had a wifi-only iPad mini and purchaed a Dual XGPS150A BlueTooth GPS for it. It worked well, but what a PIA it was to have it being charged and turning it on separately.

I sold all of my iPad stuff and am an Android guy now. The new Google Nexus 7 (2013 Edition) has an AMAZING sunlight readable screen. It's perfect in the RV cockpit. Plus it's cheap (about $200) and it has a built in GPS.
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Postby Wicked Stick » Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:37 pm

Mike, I like that the Nexus 7 is a better view-able screen than the iPad's in direct sunlight. What Aviation apps can run on them ?
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Postby bullojm1 » Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:35 pm

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Postby Thermos » Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:38 pm

Mike,

Slightly off-topic, but in the iPad version of Garmin Pilot you can change the weather color coding to suit your preference...maybe the Android version does that too?

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Postby bullojm1 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:49 pm

Dave,

Thanks for the suggestion....I saw the option on the iPad version of Garmin Pilot...unfortunately there is no such option on the Android version. It seems Garmin releases the Pilot features first for the iPad version, and the Android version lags.
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