I bought my A36 Bonanza in July 1998 in South Africa when the currency was having one of its periodic falls. I wrote up the story of the ferry flight for Aero Africa magazine (RIP), and have just found it again. For the full story, see my A36 Blog.
This is a rock-solid GPS which has lived in my panel for the last two years. It has a 7″ screen which is very easy to see in a bright cockpit, hard buttons (no touchscreen) and it won’t overheat. With the “bare wires” cable connected to your panel, the 695 receives the current flight plan from your GTN/GNS and a charge so if you were to lose electrical power you’d have a fully charged GPS to work with.
I bought this GPS second-hand in 2013 and replaced the battery at that time. All the databases are up-to-date. ChartView is unlocked and Central European Jeppesen charts are installed. They will expire soon but remain visible until 70 days after expiration.
I’m including a soft case, the protective cover, cigarette light power adapter, AC adapter, USB cable, Quick Reference Guide, Owner’s Manual and the “bare wires” data & power cable. The original yoke mount got taken to pieces so I could install the GPS in my panel so I might not be able to put it back together, but there are loads of cockpit mounts available.
From Richard : Say hello to Henry Parker! Born this morning at 03:12, weighing in at 8lb 8oz. Both he and T are doing brilliantly well, and we’re hoping to head home after his checks are complete around lunchtime. x
Karen had a nasty accident this week and broke both bones in her lower right leg. She was helicoptered down the mountain to the Morzine Medical Centre and, after and x-ray, moved to the Georges Pianta Hospital in Thonon-les-Bains for an operation to set her leg. She’s had a plate and screws attached to hold everything together and is now on the mend.
We’re expecting her to be discharged on Sunday, but she’ll be on crutches for six weeks or so and it will take three to four months for a complete recovery.
Update: Monday 22 Feb. Karen saw the doctor this morning and he said the new cast will be fitted today but she needs to stay in hospital for another night before being released.
Update: Tuesday 23 Feb. Escape Committee success! Karen was discharged this morning and is now on the sofa at home! Her new cast is split on both sides so we can clean the skin every two days. Now, how to get to Geneva on Sunday?
Update: Friday 26 Feb. Back to Thonon Hospital this morning for a final check-up with the surgeon. He’s very happy with the way the wound is healing so it’s London on Sunday and a London hospital next week for the permanent cast to be fitted.
Update: Tuesday 15 March. The cast is off but still no weight on leg for at least another two weeks.
With one free app and another free account, you can.
It works by combining your AutoRouter account with the new Telegram Messenger app. Here’s how to get it set up:
Go to http://router.euroga.org/ and open a free account
Download Telegram Messenger for all the devices you want to use
Associate Telegram with your mobile telephone number
In Telegram, search for “autorouter” (it’s a bot) and send it a message
It will reply that it doesn’t know who you are because you need to link the Autorouter account with the Autorouter bot
Tap on the safety pin, find yourself in the contacts list, and send it your mobile number
It should all be configured now, so try sending “radar” to the autorouter bot and get back something like the first image in this post. If that works, try “sferics” to get lightning strikes or “EGLL” to get the Heathrow weather.
There are tons of commands available. If you enter one that the bot doesn’t understand, it replies with the list of supported commands. Since it doesn’t understand “help”, that’s what I use to remind me what’s available.
Supported commands:EOBT – delay or bring forward next flight plan to hour and minute UTC.CANCEL – cancel the next flight plan.ARRIVAL – send arrival message at hour and minute UTC.WX – METAR/TAF for airport with given ICAO ID.NEAR – get METAR/TAF near ICAO airportNOTAM – NOTAMs for airport/FIR (add ordinal for details)PLATES – AIP platesSUBSCRIBE – subscription managementGRAMET – vertical route profileSIGMET – European SIGMETSFERICS – lightning strikesRADAR – rain radarSATIR – infrared satelliteTOPS – infrared with cloud tops estimationMSLP – mean sea level pressure analysisSIGWX – significant weatherTEMSI – European TEMSI forecastTEMSIFRANCE – French TEMSIAIRSPACES – Active airspace informationGAFORSLOVENIA – Slovenian GAFORRADARSLOVENIA – Slovenian rain radarNORDICSWC – Scandinavian Significant Weather ChartDWD – German Met Office products (subscription required)Send your location for METAR/TAF in the vicinity
For a complete explanation of how to set it up and the commands available, go to the Autorouter site.
One more thing – if you have an account with the German Weather Service (DWD), perhaps because you have an ADL120 installed in your aircraft, you can get images like this: