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Flightsimming Comes To Real Aviation

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What goes around comes around...

We all know the cliche about flightsimming being "as real as can be". And surely this has become more and more true with each advance in flight simulator versions. But now it's turned around as flightsimming is coming to real aviation.

This week Garmin announced the new Aera 796 GPS unit. It's "hand held" in that it does not mount in a plane's panel though it's kind of big. But what struck me on seeing this is its latest feature, what Garmin calls "3D vision navigation technology". We flightsimmers just call it the external view.

Flightsimmers are used to being able to see their plane in flight from inside, outside and all around. Now real pilots can do this too. Imagine flying your real plane while viewing it from behind...the Garmin 796 makes this possible. Check out this picture:

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So now instead of sitting at your computer pretending you are flying you can site in your airplane flying and pretend that you are flightsimming :-)

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