New ADS-B with AHRS

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  1. N659HB

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    Seattle Avionics has just released its Merlin ADS-B unit with AHRS and a battery for $249, and it's apparently compatible with ForeFlight. Seems like a good deal.
     
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    aka pre-assembled stratux
    seems like a decent deal
     
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    Guess that explains the FF compatibility! It's a lot less than I paid for my Dual 170. The Dual 190 has AHRS, but it's about the same price as a Stratus 2.
     
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    One article says it's for Android as well. Any truth to that? If so, this is pretty much what I've been waiting for.
    thanks for posting..

    Edit: Nevermind... here's the info.
    really just a stratux I guess, but has everything I want from what I can tell. Sold!

    https://seattleavionics.wordpress.com/2017/09/
     
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    Whats the word on Foreflight retaining compatibility with stratux. Are there enough stratux users that they can't/wont yank compatibility?
     
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    Last I knew the Stratux AHRS was still blocked on ForeFlight. Has that changed?
     
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    Unsure of FF, but I believe that Garmin has blocked using the merlin with any of their products.
     
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    Just got off the phone with them.
    They are offering 50% off of either IFR or VFR yearly prices with purchase of the Merlin unit.
    For students, they are offering $19.99 first year, and 50% off second year with purchase of Merlin unit.
    I believe CFI's qualify as well for $19.99 first year, 50% off second year.
    With VFR only that's $54.98 for two years
    With VFR/IFR that's $89.98 for two years
    or, for non-student, non-CFI that's a savings of $35 VFR and $70 for IFR.
    Helps negate the cost over and above a standard Stratux.

    As a side note, I scored a used iPad 2 for free. It's a 16gb but with FlyQ you can download and delete states that you need/don't need, right in the flight planning with the tap of a button. Pretty intuitive I thought. Other EFB's may have this capability, I just haven't looked closely at them.
    Again, impressed with this company so far.
     
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    50% off of what? I"m confused(now).
     
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    Nevermind, I guess you're talking about FlyQ EFB which they also make/sell. When people speak of android and efb I assume free.
     
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    I guess they can offer the software at a discount because they're charging so much for the Stratux that you can build yourself for much less then the $249.
     
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    For me it makes good sense. I can build about anything but...
    Right now I'm working more than a full time job, have rental properties, flipping a house, (both which me and my son do all of the work, plus includes 2 yards to mow), moving my kids between houses, flying, studying for PPL written, prepping for checkride, live by myself, have an inground pool to take care of, helping my 92 year old father, and helping a friend fix a fence. I don't have any pets right now, Thank the Lord.

    I really don't have time to build a stratux this minute, and don't want to wait till I do have time, it could be months.
    With this offer, I get a dual band Stratux, with AHRS, fan, usb, antennas, charger, battery, built pretty much just the way I'd want to build it, and a 12 month warranty...all for about the same amount of money (after the discounts).
    Plus, I had pretty much decided on FlyQ anyway.

    I was about to pull the trigger on a Dual 170...so i appreciate the OP.

    Just thought I'd share the info for anyone interested.
     
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    I like the Dual 170, but it has no AHRS. I've never been able to get it to connect to Avare, so I don't use it with my 'Droid tablet. It's a shame, 'cause the 'Droid will go five hours on a charge. My iPad lasts about 1.5 hours!
     
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    On the stratux website it says ahrs still in development. Has it been finished?
     
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    I just ordered the Merlin and downloaded the FLYQIFR version and it is pretty nice. They gave it to me for 70.00 for one year and I like it so far. The split screen is nice, I hope the AHRS works good.

    I bought a Bad Elf and used it with Flight Plan Go and it worked okay but the accuracy wasn't great. I'm looking forward to WAAS accuracy.
     
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    I use Xavion, as well as FlyQ, as well as jeppesen VFR applications for the i pad. Does Merlin work with Xavion?