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GARMIN AERA 660 TOUCHSCREEN PORTABLE GPS

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Overview

Affordable feature-rich navigation,
stunning display and streamlined database updating

This compact 5-inch capacitive touchscreen boasts a bright, sunlight readable display complete with rich, interactive maps and a built-in GPS/GLONASS receiver that can be viewed in portrait or landscape modes for optimum customization. The aera 660 encompasses many of the features of the renowned aera® and GPSMAP® aviation portable series, adding Connext® wireless capabilities, Garmin WireAware™ wire-strike avoidance technology and more. Cost-effective database options along with built-in Wi-Fi® database updating capabilities allow customers to more easily access the most up-to-date data, including daily U.S. fuel prices. Bluetooth® supports the display of ADS-B “In” traffic and weather1 from a variety of sources, including the GDL® 39/GDL 39 3D, Flight Stream and the GTX 345 ADS-B transponder.

Dedicated Compact Portable Navigator
The aera 660 features a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display that is optimized for cockpits and various types of flying. An elegant yet rugged design allows the aera 660 to withstand harsh environments, meeting stringent temperature tests and helicopter vibration standards. The Garmin signature direct-to feature is always available so it’s easy to command navigation functions or find nearest airports from any page. A mini-USB connector, microSD™ card slot and removable battery accompany a dedicated power button along the bezel of the aera. Depending on settings and external connections, pilots will receive up to 4 hours of battery life on a single charge. An intuitive user interface resembles that of the popular GTN™ 650/750 touchscreen series, aera 795/796 series and the Garmin Pilot™ app, so pilots can easily transition between the aera 660 and other Garmin products in the cockpit.

3D Vision
The 3D Vision page within the aera 660 leverages a worldwide terrain database to create a rich, 3D representation of rising terrain near the aircraft, while overlaying GPS-derived airspeed, altitude and vertical speed alongside flight plan information. 3D Vision also displays lateral and vertical (VNAV) deviation bars and includes a 360-degree HSI, which displays course deviation, track, bearing and more.

Bearing pointers can be manually configured to identify the nearest airport, complete with distance information. When connected to the GTX 345, GDL 39 3D or Flight Stream, the 3D Vision presentation is further enhanced with the display of pitch, roll and slip-skid information. A pilot-selectable presentation optionally displays flight instruments in round gauges or tapes overlaid on the 3D topographic landscape.

Connext Wireless Connectrivity
Wireless connectivity options set the aera 660 even further apart from other portables on the market. Wireless database updating capabilities add to the unique feature set of the aera 660. When connected to Wi-Fi, pilots can easily download and update aviation databases without the need to physically connect the aera to a computer. Additionally, the aera 660 supports connectivity with the Garmin VIRB® XE HD action camera, so pilots can control recording and take photos.

When paired with the GTX 345, Flight Stream or the GDL 39/GDL 39 3D, ADS-B traffic and weather1 is wirelessly transferred and displayed on the aera 660. ADS-B traffic information may be viewed on the moving map, IFR/VFR charts and dedicated traffic pages, which also leverages patent-pending features such as TargetTrend™ and TerminalTraffic™. Traffic trajectories and potential conflicts are easier to identify with TargetTrend, which incorporates relative motion technology to help pilots visualize the future position of nearby traffic targets relative to the aircraft. The traffic picture is further enhanced during taxi, takeoff and landing with TerminalTraffic, which detects and displays other aircraft or ground vehicles on runways or taxiways that are also broadcasting ADS-B position information. SafeTaxi® geo-referenced airport diagrams also aid in situational awareness by identifying runways, taxiways, FBO’s, hangars and more relative to the aircraft’s position on the airport surface. Subscription-free Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather1 products may simultaneously be overlaid on the map page and dedicated weather pages for easy interpretation. Weather-related decision-making is easier with the aera 660, which helps pilots interpret datalink NEXRAD radar more easily by animating this imagery. Additionally, multiple weather products can be overlaid on a single weather page for better analysis.

Fuel Prices, Global Charting Options and More
Comprehensive chart options provide pilots with an easy path to a paperless cockpit in a compact device, which may be qualified for use as either a Class I or Class II Electronic Flight Bag (EFB). Geo-referenced IFR enroute, VFR sectional charts and Garmin FliteCharts® terminal procedures are available as part of the expansive database offerings associated with the aera 660. Using FliteCharts, pilots can easily view departure procedures (DPs), standard terminal arrival routes (STARs) and geo-referenced approach charts. Additionally, Garmin ChartView™ enables the display of Jeppesen charts with an optional subscription from Jeppesen. U.S. fuel price data is easily accessible on the map or within the airport directory database, so it’s easy to identify the lowest price of 100 LL and Jet A in the area. Similar to features found within other Garmin products, patented Smart Airspace™ is included in the aera 660 feature set. Smart Airspace highlights the airspace nearest the aircraft’s current altitude and de-emphasizes non-pertinent airspace so pilots can quickly identify their location relative to the airspace around them.

Using the optional global navigation database and many regional charting options, the aera 660 provides worldwide versatility. The aera 660 is available in 4 regional versions with select regional data preloaded for North America, South America, Atlantic and Pacific regions. While each version is only available for purchase from Garmin in the corresponding region, regional databases can be purchased for any unit from any region. For pilots in Europe, the Atlantic version of the aera 660 includes the Enhanced Basemap, which provides VFR operators with more visual landmarks and intersections that are often used when contacting air traffic control. Additionally, when selecting a street or intersection on the moving map of the aera, street names populate so it’s easier to identify aircraft location while navigating over an urban or unfamiliar environment.

Helicopter Optimization
The aera 660 contains built-in features tailored to helicopter operators, including Garmin WireAware™ wire-strike avoidance technology. WireAware overlays power line locations and relative altitude information on the moving map and provides both aural and visual alerting when operating near power lines. Altitude display is offered in both mean sea level (MSL) and above ground level (AGL), so they are easier to identify relative to the aircraft flight path. The standard obstacle database contains Hazardous Obstacle Transmission (HOT) lines, which typically include those that span rivers, canyons, valleys or those that are within the vicinity of airports. Obstacle databases with comprehensive power line coverage and HOT lines are also available for the U.S. and portions of Canada and Mexico. Additionally, VFR helicopter chart coverage throughout eight major metropolitan areas within the U.S. depict helicopter airways and routes, heliports with associated frequency and lighting capabilities, NAVAID information and obstructions. Coverage for the Gulf of Mexico is also available, which includes offshore oil drilling platforms and more. Operators may also incorporate City Navigator® NT street maps to enable address look-up functions within the aera to easily navigate to street intersections during off-airport operations.

Connect with Garmin Avionics
The aera 660 includes a yoke mount and cigarette lighter adapter as a standard accessory (pictured). Pilots can also connect an optional bare wire cable to the aircraft instrument panel and expand the utility of the aera 660 by utilizing power, audio and dual RS-232 connections. When paired with a navigator such as the GTN 650/750 touchscreen series or the GNS 430W/530W, the aera can receive flight plan data entered into the navigator over a serial port and remain synchronized throughout the flight. When connected to a NAV/COM such as the GTR 225, GNC 255, GTR 200, SL 30 or SL 40, frequencies and airport identifiers can also be transferred from the aera to the corresponding NAV/COM. Additionally, ADS-B traffic and weather1 can be transferred via the wired connection to the aera 660 when linked to the GTX 345, GDL 39 or GDL 39 3D.

Low-Cost Database Options
The Garmin Navigation Database available for North America offers a cost-effective path to incorporate the latest database information into the aera 660. Navigation data includes the option to load and activate instrument approach procedures, load flight plan data and more. The Garmin Navigation Database has an option for a single update. There are also a variety of cost-effective annual bundles available, such as the U.S bundle, which includes the Garmin Navigation Database, FliteCharts®, IFR/VFR Charts, Terrain, Obstacles, SafeTaxi® and the AOPA Airport Directory with fuel prices. For worldwide coverage, Jeppesen NavData is also available for purchase. Please check flyGarmin.com for current pricing and ordering. Once purchased, these databases can be conveniently downloaded and updated on the aera 660 via Wi-Fi.

With its long list of features, the aera 660 combines many of the capabilities of panel-mounted avionics with a value-packed, purpose-built package. It’s a dedicated aviation portable that’s ready to fly, right out of the box.

Features

  • 3D Vision
  • Wireless Database Updating
  • Garmin WireAware™
  • Connext®
  • TargetTrend™ (When paired with compatible devices)
  • TerminalTraffic™ (When paired with compatible devices)
  • Smart Airspace™
  • Preloaded Garmin FliteCharts®
  • Animated NEXRAD (When paired with compatible devices)
  • SafeTaxi®
  • Fuel Prices
  • VIRB® XE Control

Specifications

  • Physical Dimensions: 5.5”W x 3.4”H x .8”D (14.1 x 8.7x 2.1 cm)
  • Display Size: 4.35”W x 2.61”H (11.1 x 6.6 cm); 5.08” diag (12.9cm)
  • Display Resolution: WxH: 480 x 800
  • Display Orientation: portrait and landscape
  • Display Type: touchscreen WVGA color TFT with backlight
  • Weight: 8.64 ounces (245 g), with battery
  • Battery: removable, rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Battery Life: Up to 4 hours during typical use
  • GPS Receiver: SBAS/WAAS/GLONASS
  • GPS Antenna: Built-in, optional external antenna (not included)
  • Removable Memory Slot: Yes (microSD™ compatible)
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, ANT+®

In The Box

  • aera 660
  • Yoke mount with power cable - 5ft
  • Battery
  • AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Quick start manual and related documentation
  • Accessories
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Reviews

After about a year of use, I am very pleased with my Aera 660. It has exceeded my expectations. I have been a Garmin portable user for many years and this is a nice step forward in evolution. Its solid in performance. Never had any glitches or hangups. The processor is quick and I cannot make it lag or delay. It connects easily by hard wire connection to my GDL 50R. It drives my Dynon autopilot reliably and as expected. It also communicates seamlessly with my Samsung Note 9 running the Pilot app. Wifi connectivity is reliable as well, using my phone as a hot spot to run updates. The only drawback is the glare on the screen. Ill be buying a screen protector to help address this issue next.

Bryan J
August 7, 2019

Installed the 660 in a customers Carbon Cub along with the GDL 50R ADSB in unit..Everything works flawlessly. Good job Garmin!

Aviation M
May 16, 2019

I bought this to use in an antique biplane where an ipad or the like is really hard to handle or mount. Replaced a 496 in the same role and am very happy with it. The internal antenna and mounting are perfect for this application. I did add a ball and link mount that attaches to a tube in the fuselage. Very easy to operate one handed.

Chris
May 16, 2019

Lee J
April 19, 2019

Fit and work oerfecly in my cessna 150

Jean-marc
February 21, 2019

Fit perfec in my cessna 150.

Jean-marc S
February 8, 2019

Easy to use in flight . It is very easy to download updates,has lots of great features that are very useful.

Danny D
October 29, 2018

Love the robust grafics and ease to use , had a 796 prior so smooth transition .

Rohn A
October 5, 2018

Excellent replacement for Garmin 496. Since Garmin no longer supports the 396-496 units, this is the one you want for a replacement.

Frank N
October 4, 2018

Great little GPS unit! Bought this to have a dedicated panel-mount GPS for my 172. Bought the Air Gizmos Panel Mount for about $125. Luckily, the exact place I wanted to mount it had a radio stack in it previously, so it fit the 5.3 opening perfectly and already had anchor nuts installed. GPS unit is running off of aircraft power and I bought the power cord that has the additional cord running to the GDL-39, which will sit up on the dash in the future.

Brett B
September 4, 2018

Q&A

Q: Do you take trade-ins for the Garmin Aera 660 GPS? I have a Garmin Aera 560.

Yes, we do take trade-ins. Please keyword search "Garmin Trade" on our website. The first result will be the page that lists the current trade-in values we offer for the various Garmin GPS.

Q: How much are map updates for the Garmin Aera 660 GPS?

The new Garmin Navigation Database available for North America offers a cost-effective path to incorporate the latest database information into the aera 660. Navigation data includes the option to load and activate instrument approach procedures, load flight plan data and more. The new Garmin Navigation Database starts at $29.95 for a single update. A variety of cost-effective annual bundles are also available, such as the U.S bundle for $149.95, which includes the Garmin Navigation Database, FliteCharts®, IFR/VFR Charts, Terrain, Obstacles, SafeTaxi® and the AOPA Airport Directory with fuel prices. For worldwide coverage, Jeppesen NavData is also available for purchase. Once purchased via flyGarmin.com, these databases can be conveniently downloaded and updated on the aera 660 via Wi-Fi.

Q: Does the Garmin Aera 660 meet the requirements as a GPS source for ADS-B out?

No, this can be used for ADS-B in display only.

Q: Does the Garmin aera 660 have NMEA in/output like the old Garmin 496?

Yes, two RS-232 connections are available for data sharing. The 496 series only had one.

Q: Does the Garmin Aera 660 show lakes and rivers and their names?

Yes, all registered lakes and rivers will display a name. Unregistered lakes may appear with or without a name.

Q: I live in Central America, which database for the Garmin Aera 660 GPS is right for me?

Central America would be covered by part # 10-06025 which is for North and Central America.

Q: I currently have a Garmin 500 that is mounted in dash and wired to a GDL-39. My question is, will the Garmin Aera 660 fit in the same in-dash mount that I currently have or is it quite a bit different?

The dimensional profile's of the Garmin Aera 500 and the Aera 660 are very different. If the mount for the 500 is an AirGizmos panel mount or another mount that takes the exact shape of the 500 it will not work for the 660.

Q: Does the Garmin Aera 660 GPS Have the ability to geo-reference approach charts?

Yes, geo-referenced charts are displayed on the 660.

Q: Regarding the Garmin Aera 660 GPS: The usual question for Canadian pilots, whats in the box in terms of maps, charts and aviation databases?

The North American database includes Flitecharts, IFR/VFR charts, terrain and obstacles. Obstacles and charts for Canadian pilots are included in the North American database. Additional databases are available on the Garmin website.

Q: Which GDL 39 will work with the Garmin Aera 660 GPS, all or only the 3D?

Both the first generation and the 3D models of the Garmin GDL 39 will work with the Aera 660.

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