Garmin GLO for Aviation
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Fly with the portable device of your choice and Garmin-caliber GPS data at the same time. GLO for Aviation brings you the best of both worlds by combining GPS/GLONASS receivers with Bluetooth® technol
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I had initial buyer's concerns due to the earlier reports of the unit "turning itself on" in the flight bag; I'm happy to report that the software update by Garmin has solved the issue by building in about a two second "buffer" for the on/off switch. I have had no issues with the Garmin Glow powering on un-commanded in either my flight bag or backpack. The update is done through the internet.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to a friend and actually have demo'd it for a few.
I gave it 4 stars since it is a very good GPS, but not 5 since it comes with no software and maps to use it with. Garmin gives you a card that gives you 6 months of service with the Garmin Pilot app, but don't activate that until you really want to use it; when you download the app, a 30-day trial period begins, so at least wait until the 30 days are up before activating the app with the 6-month code on the card that comes with the unit.
I found that the CoPilot GPS app for Apple iOS (free with basic functionality, but you can pay for additional features) works pretty well, and you can download maps of a region of your choice (i.e. US and Canada, a 1.5GB download), so you need not have an internet connection to use the GPS. It also works fine with Google Maps and Google Earth, but didn't seem to work with the Apple map app that came with my iPod Touch. There are also paid apps that you can use it with from Garmin and Navigon for street navigation.
I have not yet used it in an aircraft, but hope to try that our soon; I'm waiting to download the Garmin pilot app until I'm ready to go flying, since the 30-day free trial starts IMMEDIATELY after your download it.
Others have mentioned that you already have a built-in GPS if your Apple product has 3G or 4G cellular data capability (Apple doesn't put a GPS in WiFi-only models, including ALL iPod Touch units) but this unit is a FAR BETTER GPS that what is built in to any smartphone / tablet, and it can also receive the Russian GLONASS satellites as well, which very few built-in GPS chips in phones / tablets can do.
I wish I had an app that shows what satellites are being received, and the Lat/Lon, altitude and position accuracy data, but I have not found any app that can do that yet.
Overall, this is a good unit; I would have given it 5 stars if it came with included navigation / utility software.
If you are thinking about buying the cheaper non-aviation GLO, remember you only get the lighter plug charger (which works with 12-28V systems, so you can use it on just about all aircraft) and the dash friction mount if you buy the aviation version of the GLO. I think the extra $30-$40 is well worth it for these accessories alone.
I love that it came with a 6 month free trial for Garmin Pilot (don't know how long this will be offered). That alone is worth $32.50 ($75 for a one year subscription to Garmin Pilot - and Garmin Pilot by the way is pretty incredible! You can see some my flights on TomsHeliStuff on youtube)
I've used and still own other Garmin products, and they seem highly reliable. Very good stuff.
One problem I did run into today was I left the GPS turned on and in the helicopter while getting lunch. When I came back out, it was off and would not turn on. However, I noticed it was very hot because it was sitting inside and in the sun. I took the battery out, waited till it cooled off along with the whole device. Put the battery back in and it worked fine on the return flight.
Another cool thing about this is the rubber mat it mounts in that you can put on the console or any flat surface. It sticks almost like a suction cup. I've had no problems with it moving during flight.
I've been very happy with how it's working