Cross Country tools: (Equipment)

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Categories: Trike Talk, Tech, Equipment, Safety, Cross Country / XC, Weather

From emails exchanged during my 48 state cross-country trip

A partial list of electronic equipment carried

On this trip [48 continental US states] I'm using the iFly 720 GPS and moving map, Enigma GPS,
iPad with Wing X Pro for the moving map, route planning, sectional
chart display and quite a bit of weather information. Also have Flight
Guide on the iPad I much prefer their airport information pages to the
others.   [as well as the SPOT locator beacon]


  • CraigV

    From emails exchanged during my 48 state cross country trip

    on Navigation & Weather Equipment (It's thunderstorm time):

    On Jun 18th, 2012, at 12:04 PM, David wrote:

    Hey Craig,

    How's the iFly 700 working for you? Does it give you the real-time weather / ADS-B? If not, what are you using for realtime weather?

    I probably need to upgrade soon. Leaning toward an iPad solution with ADS-B, but ....

    How's Kansas?

    Hey David,

    I love my iFly 720. I have the 720 mounted in my lap, off of the keel
    and the iPad is mounted on the panel and both are ADS-B capable.
    Before this trip I definitely would have said get the 720 before the
    iPad in the trike environment. Now I'm not so sure. I would probably
    still take the 720 if I could only have one. The disadvantages of the
    iPad are the size and the sunlight readability...the advantage is the
    tremendous capability. The advantages of the 720 are it's size,
    readability, a great GPS, moving map and airport information.

    I didn't have time to hook up the ABS-B receiver before leaving,
    brought it and I haven't done it yet. It would have been nice a couple
    times but not really necessary. As it is, I have too much crap and
    too many wires on my trike. I admit to loving all of that tech stuff
    and sometimes it gets in the way.

    To which I replied .......

    Holy Crap dude!!! Both!!!! and our Enigmas!!?? and my Garmin 396?

    I'm only getting one [iPad or iFly 7xx] (unless there's a real good reason to have both). Plus my iPhone??!!! What if you need to emergency message someone? Ok, no way, I can't have all three in there, too much, too many wires / connections.

    Besides sun readablity, what's wrong with just an iPad instead of my eReader? [Note I bought the Sony eReader from Craig, it is loaded with a nice A/FD, maps and info, very sunlight readable, you can put in your own notations / drawings and it uses almost no battery. I have an iPad 1, but the sunlight issue has prevented me from deploying it, though the software available is REALLY sweet.]

    After hearing your battles with thunderstorms, it seems the best part of those things is the real-time weather-- and ADS-B is a heck of a lot cheaper (than WX Satellite)

    How am I going wrong here?





    End of old emails