Summary: I bought one of these when they were brand new, and absolutely loved it. Of course, I bought it in December, and used it for the most part under a cloud cover until Spring, when I found the achilles heel of this GPS... Daylight. If your aircraft has a high wing, and no skylights, it will be an amazing GPS. You will love it.
Summary: Overall great GPS for the flying I do. Gave it 4 stars because battery life is pretty bad and not all airplanes have a power source to plug it into. On top of that, my older garmin 196 took AA batteries so I could change them out anytime. If I fly more than a few hours with this I have no way to charge it. Any ideas? Bring a laptop?
Summary: I have two of these units. They are the best you can get at the 700 usd price range but they are not perfect. I've had one of my units going off during the flight a couple of times so If you can afford, get two as they can become inoperative during flight. I don't like the touchscreen very much. It doesn't have great resolution and it is hard touch exactly where you want and with turbulence you may have a hard time typing a waypoint or airport name.
Summary: Muy buen producto para navegación VFR. Lo he probado en varias rutas en mi país Costa Rica y me siento muy satisfecho con la compra. Lo recomiendo para todos los pilotos VFR, pues a un bajo costo se tiene una muy buena herramienta de navegación y de conciencia situacional horizontal y al terreno. Desvetajas: La batería es menos duradera que sus homólogos anteriores.
Summary: Overall, I'm very impressed with this unit. It is exactly what I expected it to be. The Garmin Aera is great unit. The touch screen works great, just a matter of acostumbrace. Pros Highly interactive, Pretty easy to navigate through screens It's everything I ever wanted in an inexpensive GPS. MP3 player. Cons: The main criticism is the length of the battery Lack of carrying case Lack of external battery charger.
Summary: I've had this for over 6 months and still find it difficult to use. It's not intuitive and seems designed by someone with little aviation background ie, must exit the map screen and press several buttons to make a waypoint and then fly to it. Garmin makes better GPS's that are installed in the helicopters I fly than this one.