Had a spectacular flight to Chilhowee gliderport in my 750 yesterday. However, the "severe clear" conditions gave me fits with my Android tablet! It was very difficult to see the screen despite an anti-glare screen protector: the excellent visibility of the 750 floods the cockpit with sunlight and therein lies the problem! I've been a long-term user of Control Vision's AnyWhereMap moving map and as of late, their AnyWhereMap "Freedom" app. However, CV has temporarily suspended support to their app (sounds like the death-knell is ringing!) which I found very troubling since there was a flood of activity in the app market, especially those that associate with ADS-B, at Sun 'n Fun ... and CV didn't even have a presence there last week! They also don't support ADS-B, so they're waaaay behind the competition!

Returning from the Chilhowee flight, I decided I had "had it" with the tablet and CV!!!! I decided to order Adventure Pilot's  iFly 720 GPS. For those who don't know, it's a 7" dedicated moving-map/GPS. The previous model 700 had a screen brightness of 350 nits (that's pretty bright!), but the 720 has an effective brightness of twice that! So, it is supposedly sunlight-readable even in canopied aircraft. A big plus is that it's compatible with all of the flood of ADS-B receivers (that have wi-fi) hitting the market.

Now to the point ... I ordered the 720 yesterday (they had a Sun 'n Fun special with free shipping and 6 mos. of free VFR/IFR data). Today, I did a little web research and found that I really needed their RAM ball adapter to utilize my existing RAM mount secured to my panel. I ordered the RAM ball adapter today and they charged $3 shipping. Being a Scotch-Irish tightwad, I later emailed support and asked if the adapter could be shipped with the 720 and thus save the shipping charges. Guess what? In about an hour, on a Sunday afternoon, at the conclusion of Sun 'n Fun, I get a personal response from  Patty at Adventure Pilot telling me no problem, they'll combine the shipments and refund my $3 !!!!

I just wanted to give them an "attaboy" for excellent customer service - a PIREP will follow when I get some flight-time on the 720.



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Thanks again for the updates - much appreciated

Another little enhancement ...

As we all know, the 750's tremendous visibility from the cabin also allows plenty of direct sunlight into the cabin and panel! Although the iFly 720 is quite legible in sunlight (especially with a screen glare protector and wearing a dark shirt), I found a cheap way to further enhance the legibility. I discovered on Ebay that the cheapo (<$5 delivered!) generic sun visors intended for 4.3" to 5" wide automotive GPS' fit the 720 perfectly in the vertical orientation! Although it would be even better if the shades on the sides extended further down, it really helps quite a bit - especially with high sun angles. Just clips right on - no tape, velcro, etc:




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