Scooper wrote:For me, the 660 was the logical choice because the panel space/form factor is the same as the 396; I didn't bother to compare it to the 796 because the 796 was just too big for my available panel space.
The big 660 features for me were the bright sunlight readable display, two finger zoom, ADS-B traffic from the GDL 39R receiver and terrain on the display, choice of sectional or Garmin map display, traffic only display page, and lots of goodies I haven't explored yet. The display is much larger than the 396 display thanks to soft keys.
I agree with Stan. These are many of the great features of the 660. My 396 wasn’t coupled to my old King radio so I didn’t have the frequency transfer. With my new Garmin GTR-200 COM it’s an awesome feature. Quick airport lookup with the touchscreen. Simply touch the airport on the sectional and you have every bit of info at your fingertips. Having a georeferenced sectional chart is awesome, I don’t use the Garmin map. The Smart Airspace feature is awesome. Coupled to my GDL-39 3D gives me inflight weather and true 3D synthetic vision. And now coupled with my GDL-82 I have ALL traffic. Built in WiFi to talk to other devices and updates are a snap. Same panel space as the 396 but yet it has a 1.38” larger display. It’s a big difference. It’s a full EFB in your panel. I’m sure I missed something.
With all these features I don’t use my iPad with Foreflight anymore. It rests in the side pocket or on the passenger seat only as a backup like my iPhone. Having all these features “in your panel” saves on cockpit clutter. And the info is right in front of you, not off on a tablet stuck to the windscreen somewhere.
Sorry Bill, I couldn’t think of 3.
As far as comparing in to the 796, it pretty much does the same thing in a smaller package at half the price.