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Rebate: Garmin will send you a rebate of $100 when you buy this Garmin product! Good through December 22, 2016. Valid U.S. and Canada only. Rebate Form will be included with your purchase.

The NEW Garmin aera 660 Next-Gen Aviation Portable GPS has arrived!

Advanced Avionics in a Portable Package:

  • Rugged, purpose-built portable avionics with built-in GPS/GLONASS receiver and 5-inch sunlight-readable screen
  • Intuitive, simple touchscreen operation and single power button make getting around the display a cinch
  • 3D Vision perspective view shows terrain, obstacles, airport environment, optional traffic, nearest airport and more
  • Wireless cockpit connectivity via Connext streams ADS-B weather (in US) and advanced traffic from compatible devices
  • Cut the cord and database prices with Wi-Fi database downloads and the affordable Garmin Navigation Database

Key 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 

Awareness in Your Hand
The GARMIN aera 660 Portable Aviation GPS puts the latest Garmin technology in the palm of your hand, and it carries on Garmin’s tradition of creating innovative navigators that go way back to the beginning of handheld aviation GPS. While the aera 660 is light, compact and fits in any flight bag, it is also packed with capabilities. As a dedicated navigator, it quickly and reliably acquires GPS and GLONASS satellite constellations and combines advanced navigation tools with rich, interactive, dynamically drawn aviation maps. And it displays it all on a bright, sunlight-readable 5-inch diagonal capacitive touchscreen display.

The icons on the aera 660 are instantly familiar to anyone who’s used a Garmin GTN™ touchscreen GPS/NAV/COMM, G5000® integrated flight deck or even the Garmin Pilot™ app, and the intuitive interface allows you to quickly pan across the map screen, pinch to zoom and more. Meanwhile, the power button on the top accesses quick settings, including portrait or landscape orientation, volume and brightness. And the aera 660 comes with a snap-in style powered mount for easy transportation between your aircraft and home.

Complete Flight Mapping
The aera 660 aviation portable comes preloaded with detailed flight mapping, terrain and obstacles alerting, U.S., European and Canadian SafeTaxi® charts and AOPA Airport Directory or optional AC-U-KWIK global airport directory to put a wealth of resources right at your fingertips — including local fuel prices (U.S. only). The graphical Terrain page offers both overhead and vertical profile views of the topography beneath you. Switch to IFR map mode to display and navigate on high or low enroute airways, and use your touchscreen map cursor to reference MEAs (Minimum Enroute Altitudes) and distances between intersections.

The aera 660 even provides vertical navigation (VNAV) guidance to simplify en-route transitions. You’ll stay aware of special airspace activity with more than 650 parachute drop zone details (U.S. only) and get 1-touch airspace information. Garmin Smart Airspace™ guidance conveniently highlights the airspace nearest your current altitude and de-emphasizes non-pertinent airspace so you can quickly identify your location relative to the airspace around you. And, of course, the aera 660 includes our signature direct-to and nearest-airport navigation.

ADS-B Without Wires 
Using Bluetooth® connectivity via Garmin Connext technology, the aera 660 easily interfaces with compatible devices to cut the clutter in your cockpit and improve your flying experience. With a Garmin GDL® 39 portable ADS-B receiver or GTX 345 all-in-one ADS-B transponder, you can access and display ADS-B subscription-free weather¹ and advanced traffic alerts, including TargetTrendTM relative motion tracking and TerminalTrafficTM, so you’re aware of potential conflicts in busy terminal airspace. It even allows wireless control of Garmin VIRB® action cameras to start and stop recording and capture photos.

Stay Up to Date With Garmin
With the aera 660, you can cut the cord — and your database prices. You can update databases via Wi-Fi instead of connecting to a computer, and stay current throughout the year with a single, affordable annual subscription that includes all the databases you need, including the Garmin Navigation Database (U.S., Canada, Mexico-version only).

All-in-one Functionality
The aera 660 fulfills the role of either a Class I or Class II electronic flight bag, greatly reducing the need to rely on paper charts in the cockpit. U.S. geo-referenced VFR sectional and IFR enroute charts come preloaded to show your aircraft’s position overlaid directly on the relevant chart, and optional European and Canadian VFR and IFR charts and airport diagrams are also available. When in IFR map mode, the aera 660 can display victor airways, jet routes, leg distance and more, similar to traditional enroute charts. Plus, pilots who prefer Jeppesen charts and diagrams can use built-in ChartView capability, which uses Jeppesen’s extensive library to provide global geo-referenced charting capabilities. European users receive an enhanced basemap to see even more visual reference points, including borders, lakes, roads, grasslands, parks and more.

Get 3D Perspective
Revolutionary 3D Vision technology gives you a virtual 3-D behind-the-aircraft perspective view of surrounding terrain derived from GPS/GLONASS and the onboard terrain database. Slide your finger across the touchscreen to rotate the view and show land and water features, obstacles, runways and airport signposts in relative proximity to the aircraft. And when you connect the aera 660 to an attitude source through a Flight Stream 210, a GDL 39 series portable ADS-B data link or a GTX 345 ADS-B transponder, Garmin SVX synthetic vision and attitude command bars are automatically added to your display. Plus, with its forward-looking terrain avoidance capability, the aera 660 predicts in advance where towers or obstacles may exist and shades the landscape with amber or red overlays to indicate those areas. Also, get help flying clear of conflicts with Garmin WireAware™ wire-strike avoidance technology, which graphically overlays Hazardous Obstacle Transmission (HOT) lines that span rivers and canyons right on the moving map page, for the U.S. as well as in some locations in both Canada and Mexico. Touch the wire to display both MSL and AGL heights, and see color-coded obstacle alerting depending on your distance to the hazard. An optional full database that includes all powerlines is also available.

Regions 
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 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 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.

In a Class By Itself
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.

What’s In the box:

  • aera 660
  • Yoke mount with power cable
  • Battery
  • AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Quick start manual and related documentation

Specs

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)
  • Traffic Information Services (TIS) alerts compatible: yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wifi, Bluetooth, ANT+

Other Information

SKU GAR1118
Part # 010-01518-00
Manufacturer GARMIN
GPS Features Taxi Diagrams, Terrain Awareness, Touch Screen
Warranty 1 Year

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  • I'm a helicopter pilot who has been using the Aera 500 for several years. I really like the 500, except for one thing: sunlight makes seeing the screen very difficult. So I was happy to see that the new Garmin 660 was supposed to have a screen you could see in bright sunlight. And, much to my delight, it delivers. Although the 660 has a lot of other nifty features, too, like Bluetooth and WiFi and overlaid instrument charts, the only reason I wanted or needed it was for the bright screen, which, by the way, is slightly larger than the 550. It also shows your location on the relevant VFR chart, which is sort of nifty. And it comes with better mounting hardware (at least for my purposes) than the 500. I fly a Robinson R44 and the unit attaches to the center cyclic tube, extending the unit to the edge of my lap where it does not block my view of the instruments. On the negative side, you can't use the GPS in your car (unless you want to drive along the airways). But I can use my now-extraneous Aera 500 for that, I suppose. Bottom line - $850 is a lot to pay just for a bright screen, but, to me, it's worth it.
  • Pros: Bright screen, easier scrolling, VFR chart overlay, airports are highlighted in white
  • Cons: Price, can't be used as a portable GPS for your car

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