What GPS to buy

Last updated by RizzyWizzy Comments (7)

Categories: Tech


I am in the market to buy a new GPS for my trike and I would like your input. Currently I have the old Garmin GPS iii. What GPS do you use, why do you use it and how much did it run you?

Thanks for your help.




  • YFT

    Hi Rizzy, Hope you are having a great time flying around. We use the Garmin AERA 550. Works really well and is easy to use and is made for aviation.

  • Karl Evans

    Hi Rizzy. I bought the I fly 720 over a year ago and I really like it. The moving map is a sectional chart and it has airspace warnings etc. The thing is way higher tech than I can begin to handle, but it  was worth it for just what I have been able to use. It seems like it was about $700 give or take. It costs about $60 a year for the updates. I can do them off Wi-Fi, so no need to hook up. You can get info at a Starbucks on a cross country if you want.

  • bee52

    I agree, I have an Aera 500, and after trying some others it's the bees neez - simple to master, excellent supported updates and it does everything that other more expensive units do, and is a brilliant back up to the paper knee board!  

  • Ken

    I had and Aera 500 and it was a great GPS - they also offer versions with weather updates etc. Now I'm running an iPad mini with Xwing Pro and it is also splendid. Same app runs on my iPhone

  • Dan H

    Ifly all the way.    You can share your subscription with your Android and Ipad units as well.

    Much more sunlight readible than an iPad.

    I have mine paired with an iLevil for ADS-B weather and traffic.

    - D


  • Rick D

    Hey Riz, I don't know what kind of money you want to invest, but I have the Garmin 695. It is loaded with features and a nice size screen.

    You can check it out at https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/in-the-air/portable-gps/gpsmap-695/prod14860.html

    I really like the terrain feature where it shows you a horizontal view of terrain ahead and your flight path. Let's me know if my climb rate is sufficient to clear obstacles.

    Love ease of finding airport info.

    Love having user selected telemetry display across the top.

    And one other feature I love is the flight log where you can retrace all your previous flights.

    A real nice piece of technology!

    Hope this helps.

  • Ken

    I had a Garmin Aera 500 series and it was a really good GPS. Lately I use my iPad mini and the WingX Pro navigation app. Way more versatile/ and easier to always have the current, but in the end they both got the job done nicely.