Garmin® unveils the aera® 660 next generation aviation portable navigator

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

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced the aera 660, a new cost-effective, feature-rich,
purpose-built aviation portable. The 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 new Connext™
wireless capabilities, WireAware™ wire-strike avoidance technology and
more. New 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. Availability of the aera 660
is expected later this month at an anticipated street price of $8492.

“Pilots have been asking for a new, purpose-built, easy to use aviation
portable from Garmin and we have answered with the most powerful, robust
and capable handheld device of this size ever designed, the aera 660,”
said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing.
“For 25 years we have been the market leader in bringing innovative
portable navigation devices to the cockpit that improve aviation safety
and we have done that yet again with this terrific aera 660 – a premium
portable product that conveniently fits on the yoke or in the palm of
your hand.”

Dedicated compact portable navigator

The aera 660 features a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display that has
been optimized for cockpits and various types of flying. An elegant, yet
rugged design allows the aera 660 to withstand the harshest
environments, meeting stringent temperature tests and helicopter
vibration standards. Garmin’s 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 and micro SD card slot
accompany a dedicated power button along the bezel of the aera.
Depending on settings and external connections, pilots can receive up to
four hours of battery life on a single charge. An intuitive
user-interface resembles that of the popular GTN™ 650/750 touchscreen
series, G3X™ Touch and aera 795/796 portable series, so pilots can
easily transition between the aera 660 and other Garmin products in the

Synthetic vision with attitude

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 connectivity

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 also supports connectivity with VIRB® XE, Garmin’s
HD action camera so pilots can control video recording and take photos.

When paired with the GTX 345, Flight Stream or the GDL 39/GDL 39 3D,
ADS-B traffic and weather is wirelessly transferred and displayed on the
aera 660. ADS-B traffic information may be viewed on the moving map,
chart 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 enhanced during taxi, takeoff and landing with
TerminalTraffic, which detects and displays other aircraft or ground
vehicles on runways or taxiways who 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)
weather 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 animates NEXRAD radar
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. 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™ accompanies
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.

For pilots in Europe, the Atlantic version of the aera 660 includes the
new 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.

WireAware & VFR helicopter charts

The aera 660 contains built-in features tailored to helicopter
operators, including 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

Pilots can connect an optional bare wire quick-release mount to the
aircraft instrument panel and utilize the aera 660’s 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. When connected to the GTX 345, GDL 39
or GDL 39 3D, ADS-B traffic and weather can be transferred via the wired
connection to the aera 660.

New, low-cost database options

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,
these databases can be conveniently downloaded and updated on the
aera 660 via Wi-Fi.

The aera 660 is expected to be available later this month at an
anticipated street price of $8492. For additional
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Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN).
Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
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2Expected street price



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