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Discussion in 'iPad Accessories for iPAD 1, 2 and 3' started by Schmittster, Jan 26, 2011.

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    Hi everyone,
    first post so don't be to harsh.
    I have done a search on the forums but have turned up nothing about this.
    I'm after an external, wired gps receiver to plug into the ipad.
    I am aware that a bluetooth version is available but this is not really what I am after.
    Does anyone know if such a device exists?
    Thanks
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    Thats certainly a start but I was looking for something that I can put on the roof of the vehicle.
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    Is there a particular reason you need a roof mount antennae?
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    For use in a light aircraft to give uninterrupted reception
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    yes i have the same need. to use the ipad as a gps in a light aircraft. 3g and monthly charges not wanted
    i am sure i saw something in one of the uk flying mags saying a "gps receiver with a USB lead" was available somewhere
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    Just because you get the 3G ipad, you never have to turn it on to use the built-in compass.

    There was a thread, not so long ago, that talked about this very subject.
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    Same here

    Currently there are no external antenna capable GPS units for the iPad. The devices they have only support a dongle type GPS. I too am hoping for something better, but until a higher deemed comes, it most likely won't happen. Once I build my RV-8 however, it won't be an issue. Bubble canopies provide lots of uninterrupted view of the sky.
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    Not true.

    again, a search would have turned up the answer.
    GNS 5870 MFI Bluetooth GPS Receiver for iPad - iPad GPS Receivers - iPad Forums Store
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    Still no external antenna

    Actually, what I said is still partially true. There is no unit that has an external antenna. Even with the device that you show here, flying in a high wing aircraft can present blockage. This unit is definitely better than the dongle, but it still has limitations that I wouldn't feel comfortable with while flying.
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    Being BT, you can throw it in the front of the windshield and go. There were other pilots on this site talking about this unit - I dont have the exact posts, I have searched enough.

    is a false statement.

    Ever think to contact the manu and ask?
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    Just got a GNS 5870 for my WiFi iPad 2. Oh boy the the reviews about the finger glide power switch are spot on. It is a pain in the ass. Turning it off is harder then turning it on. Big mistake on their part. Takes a great deal of getting used to.

    Other then that a handy device so far as it plays nice with my iPod and iPad, plus full computers. I'll have fun taking children geocaching with it, (backed up by a Megellan Expolorist). Nothing like getting some preloaded satellite and topographic maps to show them on the 9.7" screen.
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    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Elf-Receiver-iPhone-66-channel/dp/B0035Y7ZJ2[/ame]
    I read a post, I think on this forum, where the person used it on commercial jets and it kept up with his position. I also read , like dekyon above posted, about the GNS keeping up on fighter jets so I can concur thread they mentioned was on here somewhere.


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    Have you tried gps4ios.com that seems to be exactly what you are looking for. I have been using it for hobby flying and its been working great.
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    This is interesting thread

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