Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The portable iFly 700 FAA sectional display GPS was way cool; now check out the new model!
Adventure Pilot's portable moving-map GPS features vertical flight planning and a terrain warning system with audible alerts.
Two years ago, I came across a new avionics company: Adventure Pilot. Headed up by two superbright, hard-working guys—Walter Boyd and Shane Woodson—their first effort was a feature-rich Everyman's "supplemental" (not FAA-certified) navigational GPS, the iFly 700. It was a runaway success at $500 (comprehensive software/data subscription package/year: $69, or full IFR: $109).
Two striking features of the 700 (which remains in production at $549, or $599 with iFly Streets, the automobile GPS program) were the touch-screen and FAA sectional moving-map display. Pilots could literally touch airport symbols on the Sectional to set waypoints and create an instant magenta course line. They could also "rubber-band" that course line by dragging it to any additional waypoints desired along the route, or tap any airport, restricted area, obstruction etc. for instant, on-map detailed information.
The seven-inch unit was simple to use, yet beneath its user-friendly interface, layers of dialogs waited to satisfy even the most fanatical detail-crazed pilot. Now comes the iFly GPS 720 and powerhouse Version 7 software update (also for iFly 700). The new unit is faster, more powerful, with enough new navigation features to make your head spin:
• Terrain/Obstructions Display. Color highlighting of terrain and obstructions for all displays (ADS-B collision avoidance, too!) User-configurable alert system.
• Active Alert System. Advanced collision-avoidance capability constantly monitors current and projected AGL with adjustable tolerance levels. Says Walter Boyd, "We even use FAA-defined audible call outs." Trust me: The loud "TERRAIN! TERRAIN!" callouts get your attention pronto.
• Vertical Flight Planning. The new Version 7 update comes with a terrific display feature: a profile graphic of your flight path, the terrain en route, airspaces, obstacles, aircraft performance and winds aloft. It's visually intuitive, easy to manage, and customizable.
• iFly Connect. The most hassle-free software updater I've ever used for any computer program, period. Details below.
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