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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The iFly 740/720/700/520 models support ADS-B Weather and Traffic via a connected ADS-B receiver.  Currently we support the below list of ADS-B Receivers and Tranceivers.  At this time the iFly 520 and 700 do not support ADS-B via Wi-Fi, however it can still connect via a serial wred connection. 

ADS-B Transceivers (Serial 520/700 and Wi-Fi 720) (All on Apple and Android App)

  • SkyGuardTWX Vision Pro & Vision-Pro Plus
  • NavWorx ADS600BG, ADS600B, ADS600-EXP, ADS-PADS
  • FreeFlight 
  • Lynx by L-3 

ADS-B Receivers (Serial 520/700 and Wi-Fi 740/720) (All except Clarity on Android App)

  • SkyGuardTWX Receivers
  • SkyRadar (DX and non-upgraded S,D2 models)
  • iLevil SW, AW and iLevil2 SW, AW
  • Clarity and Clarity SV (iFly 740 and iFly w/ FL11 serials)
  • Dual XGPS 170 and XGPS 190 (Apple or Android App only)
  • Pathfinder and Pathfinder 2
  • Lynx by L-3
  • Stratus (Gen 1 Beta)
  • Stratux DIY ADS-B (excludes 700 and 520 models)
  • FreeFlight

As for XM, we will be developing an XM weather option in the near future.  (ADS-B has significant coverage now, and is approaching full deployment to support of subscription free weather)

 

Technically the FAA has never *required* private pilots to carry sectional charts, this is a myth. The specific FAA regulation, FAR 91.103 "Preflight Actions," states that each pilot in command shall, before beginning a flight, become familiar with all available information concerning that flight.

Here is what the FAA has to say about this question:
FAA FAQ: What is the FAA policy for carrying current charts?.
FAA Safety Briefing: Flying Paperless Airplanes

Yes, the new iFly 740 does have an internal battery for emergency purposes.  It will charge off of 12/24v and then transition to the back-up battery once external power is lost.  The iFly 740 will run on internal power for about 30 minutes at full brightness. 

The iFly 520 has its own internal battery. The iFly 520's internal battery will last approximately 2 hours. 

The iFly 700/720 requires external power.  All models include AC and DC (cig lighter style) adapters, and supports both 12v and 24v systems.  

Yes.  WAAS functionality is enabled on the iFly 520/700/720 and new iFly 740.  (However this GPS is not approved by the FAA for primary IFR navigation, or for use in instrument approaches as it's classified as a portable navigation device). The iFly GPS receiver is WAAS enabled and will use WAAS when it is available. 

Yes, the 700/720/740 includes an MCX connector for an external antenna.   The iFly 520 has a non-MCX connector, therefore it is recommended to only use the External Antenna available on our store.  However the built-in GPS is very sensitive, we've had a strong signal in every plane we've tested without needing an external antenna.  

Note: The use of an external antenna is recommended when panel mounting on the panel or recessing into the panel using a method similar to the AirGizmo Panel Dock.  

Yes. Geo-referenced Approach Plates and Airport Diagrams were released in our Version 6 Software Update.  The iFly GPS ships complete with a full database of Approach Plates and more. (Note: Geo-Referenced Airport Diagrams and RealView Airport Images are included in the VFR Data Subscription.  The Enhanced VFR/IFR Data subscription is needed to maintain and update the Approach Plates and IFR Low and High Enroutes.  Data will never stop showing, nor will it be auto-deleted.)

When you purchase any iFly GPS Package you will receive the following.

  • Fully Loaded iFly GPS (740 / 720 / 520 ).
  • Suction mount.
  • Remote control (740 / 720 only).
  • AC and DC adapters.
  • SD Card Adapter (520 only).
  • Soft case.
  • 2 Months of VFR/IFR Data and Software Updates. 
  • Free Shipping on GPS packages over $500 for a limited time.

No. The unit will continue to function as usual and expired sectionals will remain visible on the unit. You will receive a brief notification that you are viewing an expired chart and then the message will disappear. However a subscription is needed to keep the data current on the device. With such a low annual cost, it just makes sense to practice good safety and fly with current data.

The standard subscription is $69.99 per year (only $5.83 per month). This allows unlimited data and application updates for everything except the IFR Low-Enroute charts and IFR Plates.  The Enhanced VFR/IFR Subscription, which includes the Low-Enroute IFR charts and IFR Approach Plates is only $109.99 per year. For as little as $69.99 per year, always have the latest features.

No, as no portable GPS devices are. This is a portable GPS designed to aid navigation, but it is not intended to be your primary source of navigation, airport information, TFRs, airspaces, or anything else. You should always consult FSS or ATC prior to any flight.

All Charts can be oriented both North-Up and Track-Up (as of latest software update).  Version 9 Software adds Seamless HD charts.  The 740 gets an additional bonus of having our new EasyView HD Seamless Charts.

We've also added the support for Portrait Mode to the iFly 740, 720, and 700.  Now the iFly can be oriented both horizontally and vertically.  The iFly 520 currently supports Landscape view only at this time. 

Yes.  The new iFly 740 offers unprecedented sunlight readability with a 1300 nit touchscreen, that's double the brightness of the iFly 720 and 2-3 times the iPad or average Android tablet.  Below is a picture of a full sun comparison of the iFly 740 on the right and the 720 on the left.  While the 720 is sunslight readable, you can see how impressive the new 740 screen is. 

 

The iFly 520/720 offers Sunlight Readability with more than double the effective "nits" of the iFly 700 and popular tablets like the iPad.  This technology uses the sunlight to brighten the screen.  If you have a brighter interior or bubble canopy, we highly recommend the iFly 520 or 720. 

The iFly 700 offers an industry standard screen (for the technically minded, it is rated at over 350 NITS). However, in extreme conditions direct/unfiltered sunlight can hit the iFly 700 screen at the angle that can degrade visibility. We have thousands of pilots flying a variety of aircraft with the iFly.  We do offer a personalized Sun Visor that fits the iFly 520/700 and 720 for those extreme conditions.  However it is very rare that the 520/720 would need that Sun Visor. Please visit our store to see additional iFly accessories.

No, any active flight plan is automatically retained for when power is restored. The iFly 740 and iFly 520 have an internal battery so a power loss will result in uninterrupted service.

Yes, we currently offer a yoke mount kit for the 740/720/700/520 models. This optional kit is comprised of high-quality RAM components.  In the event you already have a RAM mount, we also offer a RAM mount adapter for each model.  A suction mount is included with GPS purchases, and these yoke mount accessories are great optional items to compliment your iFly GPS.  Check out all the great accessories in our online Shop.

Yes, you can certainly scroll ahead. You can zoom in, pan through your entire plan just by sweeping your finger to drag the map. Or you can zoom way out...when zoomed out, class B, C, and D airspaces are highlighted - as well as all the special use airspaces - so you could at a glance see if you're going anywhere tricky.

Yes.  Each iFly GPS also includes a Vector basemap mode and a graphical weather page.  The Weather page shows either a user downloaded graphical preflight weather page or a live ADS-B WX (700/720) if connected to a third party ADS-B receiver.  The Version 9 updates replaces the Weather Mode and add the ability to layer Nexrad, Metars, Taf, Fuel, etc over any VFR or IFR seamless chart. 

Currently the iFly GPS includes the following Geo-Referenced Chart Data:

  • VFR Sectionals, TACs, WACs (Seamless in V9)
  • Low and High Enroute IFR Charts (Highs and Seamless added in V9)
  • Approach Plates (Geo-Referenced 
  • Airport Diagrams
  • RealView Airports (over 12600 geo-referenced airport images. 

Support for additional charts may be added in future releases.  (Existing iFly owners with a valid subscription will be able to upgrade their software as features are added)

The iFly GPS can be updated via 3 simple methods.  The iFly 740 and 720 can use all three methods while the iFly 700 and 520 can use iFly Connect and USB updating, but not Wi-Fi. 

1. Wi-Fi Updating. 

  • Connect your iFly 740 or 720 to a wireless network and simply touch Update from the Main Boot page. The iFly 740 / 720 will generate a list of updates.
  • Click Install and the iFly will do the rest.

2. iFly Connect is a PC based automated updater that performs updates directly to the SD card.

  • Simply remove your SD card from the iFly and insert into your internet connected Windows XP, Vista or Seven PC. (Note: Do not ever Format an SD card, this will remove critical files.)
  • Install iFly Connect from the Update Tab on this website.  (Note: you only need to install iFly Connect once.)
  • Click iFly Connect, located in the Adventure Pilot folder within Programs.
  • iFly Connect will generate a list of updates, click Install and the iFly will do the rest.

3.  A USB Flash Drive or the SD Card is used to update the GPS. The USB/SD update process is simple:

  • Insert your USB Flash Drive or SD Card into an internet connected computer.
  • Login on the iFly website and select what you wish to update and click Create Update Package. An Update Package File will be created.
  • Save the file to your USB Flash Drive or root of the SD Card.
  • Move the USB Flash Drive or SD card to the iFly GPS, power the unit on.
    • On the iFly 520/720 select the "Update" option on the main menu.
    • On the iFly 700 you should be prompted that an Update was found.
  • Confirm and Install.  Click OK once complete.

Note: Many people have at least one USB Flash Drive, so we do not include this with the iFly.  However we offer them on our online store for those who need one.  Additionally, if your PC does not have a SD Card Slot we offer a SD Card Reader on our online Shop as well. 

The iFly GPS includes a complete set of FAA provided STAR, Approach, and Departure charts.  It also comes pre-loaded with IFR Low-Enroute charts for the lower 48 states.  

The Version 9 Software update adds High-Altitude IFR Enroute Charts and the ability to overlay all Plates and Charts as a partially transparent layer over any VFR or IFR chart.  There is also a new Plate tools feature. 

Currently, U.S. charts and data are available on the iFly GPS.  Plans to develop additional countries are in the works, beginning with Canada, Europe, Australia and South America respectively based on demand.

We are currently working with Nav Canada in an effort to offer a full Canadian data option. Nav Canada is currently developing digitized charts at this time.  We are very hopeful that we will be able to offer a full Canadian Data option in the near future.

Many Canadian pilots living along the US/Canada border in the eastern territories find the iFly GPS offers more than adequate information.  Our US Charts on the iFly cover up to the 48th latitude (Near Thunder Bay and eastward) and our airport database includes most public Canadian airports.

Note:  We recently added WAC Charts so the Western Coast of Canada to Alaska is now covered.  This also added additional coverage for the Caribbean and Mexico.

Yes.  There is a flight plan management system on the iFly GPS models.  You can even import GPX files from other flight planning software or websites like iFlightPlanner, EnFlight, Flightsoft and others using a USB Flash Drive.

For the Android App.  You can place a GPX or KML file in this location on the Tablet.  

{SdCard}/Android/data/iFly.GPS/files/iFly/#FlightPlans

Yes, the iFly GPS (740//720/700/520) is designed to operate between 12 and 28 volts.  The power plugs on the units and the batteries are also the same.  The External Battery can be used on the 520/700/720/740 without modification.  We even have a universal DC Hardwire that fits all 3 models. 

The iFly 740 measures 7.25 x 4.5 x .82 and weighs only 14.4 ounces.  The 720/700 measures 7.25" x 4.5" x 0.8", and weighs 12 ounces.  The iFly 520 offers a smaller 5" screen and measure at 5.25" x 3.3" x 0.75" and weighs only 8 ounces.  

There is a 30 day satisfaction guarantee*. If you decide you don't want the unit, your purchase price and shipping costs will be fully refunded, including return shipping. Read more about our Refund Policy.

Yes.  Providing your Autopilot or EFIS supports the digital NMEA standard*.  You will need a USB to Serial (RS-232) cable offered in our store.  Connection details: Pin 3 is the Data Transmit and Pin 5 is the Ground.

*NMEA output is supported on the iFly 520, 700, 720 and new iFly 740.