August 2010 Issue

iFly 700: A Big, Yet Basic, GPS for a Great Price

The iFly 700 makes basic viewing of sectionals, en route charts or approach plates a snap. It falls short on advanced features and ease of update.

There is no perfect cockpit GPS. Some folks want a big screen; others need portability. Some want all the frills and some just need the essentials. What the iFly does best is what it does right after startup: display scanned charts. The screen is crisp and readable and the charts can be zoomed in and out by on-screen buttons. It renders charts quickly enough to avoid annoyance. The aircraft position is superimposed, as well as any flight plan. As these are scanned charts, they are only presented north-up. Panning the charts is a matter of sliding your finger on the touchscreen in style of an iPhone/iPad. The hardware has a good feel under the fingers and we rarely saw a screen touch misunderstood by the system.

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