Advanced Capabilities in a Portable Package
- Rugged, purpose-built portable navigator 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 weather¹ and
advanced traffic from compatible devices
- Cut the cord and database prices with Wi-Fi database downloads and the
affordable Garmin Navigation Database
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, Garmin
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.
Dedicated Compact Portable Navigator
The Garmin aera 660 features a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display that is
optimized for cockpits and various types of flying. An elegant yet rugged design
allows the aera 660 to withstand harsh environments, meeting stringent
temperature tests and helicopter vibration standards. The Garmin 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, microSD
card slot and removable battery accompany a dedicated power button along the
bezel of the aera. Depending on settings and external connections, pilots will
receive up to 4 hours of battery life on a single charge. An intuitive user
interface resembles that of the popular GTN 650/750 touchscreen series, aera
795/796 series and the Garmin Pilot app, so pilots can easily transition between
the aera 660 and other Garmin products in the cockpit.
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 supports connectivity with
the Garmin VIRB XE HD action camera, so pilots can control recording and take
When paired with the GTX 345, Flight Stream or the GDL 39/GDL 39 3D, ADS-B
traffic and weather1 is wirelessly transferred and displayed on the aera 660.
ADS-B traffic information may be viewed on the moving map, IFR/VFR charts 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 further enhanced during
taxi, takeoff and landing with TerminalTraffic, which detects and displays other
aircraft or ground vehicles on runways or taxiways that 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) weather1 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 helps pilots interpret datalink NEXRAD radar more easily by animating this
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. U.S. 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 is included in 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.
Using the optional global navigation database and many regional charting
options, the aera 660 provides worldwide versatility. 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
Garmin 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
Connect with Garmin Avionics
The aera 660 includes a yoke mount and cigarette lighter adapter as a standard
accessory. Pilots can also connect an optional bare wire cable to the aircraft
instrument panel and expand the utility of the aera 660 by utilizing 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. Additionally, ADS-B
traffic and weather1 can be transferred via the wired connection to the aera 660
when linked to the GTX 345, GDL 39 or GDL 39 3D.
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.
What's included with your Garmin aera 660?
- aera 660 GPS
- Yoke mount with power cable
- AC adapter
- USB cable
- Quick start manual and related documentation
Garmin aera 660 Specifications:
- Physical dimensions: 5.5”W x 3.4”H x .8”D (14.1 x 8.7x 2.1 cm)
- Display size, WxH: 4.35"W x 2.61"H (11.1 x 6.6 cm); 5.08" diag (12.9cm)
- Display resolution, WxH: 480 x 800; portrait and landscape orientation
- Display type: touchscreen WVGA color TFT with white backlight
- Weight: 8.64 ounces (245 g) with battery; 7.23 ounces (205 g) without
- Battery: removable, rechargeable lithium-ion
- Battery life: Up to 4 hours during most daytime conditions, (80%
backlight) and wireless connectivity in the cockpit, e.g. GTX 345; up to 6
hours during typical nighttime conditions, (5% backlight) and without
- SBAS/WAAS/GLONASS receiver: high-sensitivity with WAAS position accuracy
- Voltage range: 10-35
- Traffic Information Services (TIS) alerts compatible: yes
- Accepts data cards: yes (microSD cards)
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Monday, February 19, 2018
by Jimmie from Cedar Park TX USA
Pros: The 660 has many nice features.
Cons: Need better and more prompt customer service st Garmin and My Pilot Store
Review: Functions well. Initially, some functions would not work. After many attempts finally got Garmin on the phone. Their techs got my unit functioning.
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
by Mark from Carson City NV USA
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Sunday, February 12, 2017
good but make sure all updates are current
by William from Mount Joy PA USA
Review: Works great now after the up date corrections were made.
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Previous Customer Questions For Garmin aera 660 Portable Aviation GPS (North America):
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On Saturday, October 01, 2016 a customer asked:
Q: I want to buy two pieces with PACIFIC Data base.
You would need to buy the North America version and then use the included free database coupon to change it to the Pacific database after it was delivered to you. Garmin no longer ships with the Pacific database pre-installed.
On Tuesday, April 05, 2016 a customer asked:
Q: whats in the box?
Yoke mount with power cable
Quick start manual and related documentation