This looks like an absolutely terrific GPS
, it receives GLONASS and Galileo, and on top of that, it's even cheap
(less than $200).
It also has a built-in heading sensor. Now this is interesting to me, because I only have one heading sensor in my network, the extremely precise Airmar H2183, and I have had some trouble with it. I might send it back for service
, and it would be good to have some kind of backup.
My only question is this: the maker specifically says:
"Please note this product is not suitable for use with MARPA or autopilot
systems, this requires a rate compass
such as the Gimballed Rate Compass
OK, so we know that autopilots work
much better with gyro-stabilized heading sensors, but I lived for years with a plain old fluxgate
compass and know it at least works. Are they saying it won't work
at all, or merely that you would really prefer a gyro-stabilized job? I presume that it outputs the correct N2K sentences, which the autopilot
will read? So that for backup use, it would be ok?
Anyone have any ideas about this?