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Just Discovered GTN 750

Post by gordsh » Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:54 pm

I just discovered the GTN 750....holy crow, what an amazing piece of Garmin hardware/software package. I always considered the G1000 package superior and never even gave other Garmin Nav/Com units a second glance, Seen them in many planes and thought my DA40 G1000 is the best. Little did I know.

Spent some time with a Malibu that had G500 TXI, GTN 750 and GMA 35 combo, lets just say my eyes and brain lit up like a Christmas Tree. The GTN is so much easier and intuitive than the G1000. Its almost like using Garmin Pilot in the Airplane. Did I say intuitive? I have had my DA40 for over 2 years and I am still confused with the turn vs click vs enter. Its almost like DOS vs Windows 10.

Hmmm and the Malibu, I love my DA40 and please don't shoot me in this forum but that Malibu with the Club Seating was very nice...and the big icing was that my wife and kids looooved it...

If I could only afford 2 airplanes :D ..
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Re: Just Discovered GTN 750

Post by Antoine » Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:28 pm

"The big icing?" as in FIKI? Nobody will shoot you here for liking the Malibu! Great aircraft if you're not too tall.

After many hours flying G 1000 followed by 4 years with the avionics combo you describe plus Garmin Pilot, I think the same as you. So much so that I would even advocate taking out a non-WAAS, non GFC700, G1000 from a DA40.

The latest software release on the GTN 750 adds VFR reporting points so you can arrive VFR to any airport and confidently navigate their arrival routes. This was a game changer for me!

Also, I am a strong believer in shifting everything non-primary to a tablet. Much better UI (smoothness, pinch and zoom and... size) and cheaper subscription. (I pay 150€ a year for Nav Data, IFR charts, SafeTaxi and SynVis)
Panel mounted , suitably heat shielded and ventilated (passively) my iPad Pro never overheated and it almost never gave me nuisance alerts except those produced by... Garmin Pilot itself. Just keep it tidy and specialized.

Recently, this same iPad with 4G connectivity picked up enough signal to load weather data in cruise at 10000 ft.
And my plane is all carbon fiber... Go figure
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Re: Just Discovered GTN 750

Post by BRS » Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:07 pm

Just watched the youtube promo video on the 750. Looks great. My 40 goes in this week for the GTX345R install. I'm told it is compatible with many other boxes besides the G1K (ie GTN 750). One day......
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Re: Just Discovered GTN 750

Post by midlifeflyer » Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:20 pm

I've been flying with a 750 in some airplanes for a few years. It is an excellent nav box.
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Re: Just Discovered GTN 750

Post by CFIDave » Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:37 am

I've been flying co-pilot in a King Air that was recently upgraded from steam gauges to an all-new glass panel with 2 GTN 750s, so I now have some familiarity with 750s.

However I still prefer the G1000 NXi in my plane, primarily because I find operating touch screens in turbulence to be challenging even with the "finger rests" on the sides of the 750. Yesterday morning on a flight from Santa Fe to the Grand Canyon we experienced significant turbulence over the mountains and desert (in the DA62 at 12,000 feet), and I was noticing how much easier it was to operate the G1000 knobs and buttons compared to the touch screen on my 10.5" iPad Pro (running Foreflight) despite the iPad being firmly secured to a cockpit A-pillar via a RAM mount.

I do agree that the GTN 750 has an easier learning curve, and it does mimic the operation of Garmin Pilot on the iPad -- an advantage for pilots who use Garmin Pilot instead of Foreflight.
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Re: Just Discovered GTN 750

Post by Boatguy » Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:27 am

Somewhat off topic, but I had the same issue with touch screens when crossing oceans. Whether it's air turbulence or feisty seas, touch screens can make it difficult to hit the right button when things are jumping around. Great at the air show / boat show or on the ground / marina. Very different en route.
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Re: Just Discovered GTN 750

Post by Antoine » Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:43 am

What happened to voice control?
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Re: Just Discovered GTN 750

Post by Rich » Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:43 pm

I, too, am not a fan of touch screens on the panel. It's almost never actually smooth flying around here, and finger-markmanship at the end of an extended hand would be a challenge. With FF/iPad it's not as bad because I have the unit mounted fairly close to me (arm not extended). That said, I recently switched to a large iPad (Pro 11) to get bigger buttons and hot-spots. And it's even closer than my previous mini's were mounted.
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