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  CSOB Paperless IAPs - (Sony Reader + ReaderPlates) Under $300!


WOW! Finally, a potential solution to give us a low cost EFB plate display device and downloadable monthly plate subscription that does not cost an arm and a leg. Heck, we need all those bucks to buy 100LL!


This set-up looks like a winner folks! Big kudos to the folks at ReaderPlates for providing us with extremely affordable data massaged from the NACO database.


See the amazing way that ReaderPlates organizes the plates on the Sony Reader in their screenshots HERE.




Well here are excerpts from an excellent  write-up/pirep from a Beech Talker on his first experiences with the new Sony Reader ($278 @ + an affordable $10/month subscription to ReaderPlates. Beech Talker Mike Brannigan has posted some great comments and pics.


Here is a 6/12/2009 pricing pirep on the Sony Reader from Bo owner Greg G.:


Sony Reader PR505, $270 at

Includes a bonus AC adapter (for charging in the hangar w/o a computer USB interface)

Current Target price is $300 without AC adapter




Or if you're too big a CSOB to pay the $10/month for the organized ReaderPlates product then take a look at the FREE NACOmatic IAP pdf downloads HERE created by Doug Ranz. Please be kind and drop a little something in his tip cup after your download.


Read the entire BeechTalk thread and see many more of Mike Brannigan's pics HERE


Below are some extracted pics from Mike's BeechTalk posting:





Thank goodness there's an IAP electronic viewer solution available to those of us who can't or won't throw down the mega bucks for those other options (you know what they are, grins).



Here's my Pirep after having used the unit:


Since I had free access to a Sony Reader PRS-505, I decided to give the product a try.


1st: purchase a minimum 2GB SD or Sony pro duo card (I got an 8GB unit off eBay from China for $20 and yes, it works just fine).


The readerplates subscription ($10/month) can be cancelled at any time so I was only putting $10 at risk.


Takes a good while to get the file unless you are on a nice corporate or T1 connection to get the 1.3 GB of download.


All the IAPs, SIDS & STARS are in there and are easily placed on the 2GB card that you have purchased, either with the card in the Sony Reader or in an adapter connected to your computer for transfer.


A little fiddling with the PRS-505 to get the buttonology down but it gets you there to any state, city and airport combination you navigate to. Speed of page turns is decent and the battery life on the thing is quite a few hours (how many I don't know, but I played with the unit for a couple of hours and the battery did not move off full).


The screen technology uses encapsulated ink that is turned on and off (creating a pixel or not) by some sort of electrical pulse, therefore, once you hit the ink capsule with energy you're done using power. So energy use only occurs during page "turns". The encapsulation technology is an area that I am working with my client so we had one of these units on hand.


Readability in office conditions and outside was good for me. In low light conditions you'll need an overhead light or flashlight pretty much as if you were using a paper chart.


Your near vision eyesight will need to be in good shape. I do not think that 20/40 near vision will get you there BWTHDIK......My eye doctor keeps me well tuned and with my glasses (20/20 near vision) the reader plate size was no problem in the full view and in the larger section view. With my contacts and cheater readers I was not too keen on relying on for a critical frequency or DH number. This is about the only caution I would have on this unit is the near vision eyesight for those of us who have passed into that eyesight change, needs to be in very good shape. <vbg>


This unit won't change my SOP of having 8.5 x 11 paper printed charts for my destinations and possible alternates, however, for $10/month I have every US chart at my fingertips in a device that does not cost several AMU (~$250), does not rely on a rotating hard drive, does not use a Bill Gates OS and has a battery life that exceeds the endurance of my 136 gallons useable fuel.


Here are thumbnails of the PRS-505 Reader w/ReaderPlates on my Cygnet Flight Desk. Click any image for the full high resolution image:




                         Reader Screen Off                                        Full Portrait Plate                                


 Landscape Top of Plate                         Landscape Bottom of Plate                          Back to Full Plate View


All in all, I'm inclined to give this EFB system the CSOB thumbs up!



Here's another pirep from Bo owner and Beech Lister Tim R.:


OK, I took the plunge and bought (well, acquired) a Sony PRS-505 reader. I then bought for 10 bucks per month the entire countries' approach plates. As previously mentioned, they show up sorta small on the reader, you can change the orientation to zoom in enough to make them quite readable, but then you have to page up and down - not bad if you know what (and where on the page) you need to be.


It is awesome to have no interfiling, no paper, just this nice 4 oz reader. The organization on the reader is pretty logical - pick the State, then look at the table of contents to find the airport, select the airport, then you see all the different types of plates available - SIDS, STARS, APP, Airport diagram. Requires some button pushing, but not cumbersome at all, and compared to paging back and forth on toilet paper <g>


I like the IFR atlas from Air Chart enough to stop using the gov't charts (although I will miss being able to plaster them across the windshield when flying into the sun). The reader by itself is pretty incredible. In the purchase, you can download 100 classics (out of copyright) books, so I am working my way through some Joseph Conrad books :)




Sony PRS505 Battery Replacement Ideas



When your Sony PRS505 Battery lays down, here's a place to get a replacement for about $34



Sony PRS505 Service Manual HERE


After receiving his replacement battery, Mike M. offers the following thoughts from his experience:


I bought a replacement battery for my Sony Reader PRS505 from The so-called instructions weren't - they were more like - be careful doing this. They did not tell me what to do. The battery is smaller than I thought - it is about 1" by 2 " & very thin. The tools provided by them were exactly the right tools for the job.


I used a clean work table with good lighting and a magnifying glass. You need all that. The top & bottom end plates obviously come off after 4 screws on the back are removed. I got the bottom end plate off but could not get the top end plate off; it was held up by something at the top left. I'm pretty sure the battery is in the bottom center of the unit; that is where the DC plug is. But looking in there, there were a bunch more miniature screws to remove but it looked like the rocker switches would fall out. I could not see the battery.


I put it all back together. At first, the on-off switch would not work. I took it apart again & back together again & got the on-off switch to work. So I'm back to where I started.


Be careful out there folks. Hope you get it sorted out Mike.



See a step-by-step disassembly of the PRS505 at Flickr HERE


Above pic from Igorsk at Flickr. See his disassembly photostream HERE



Another Step-by-Step disassembly procedure HERE in Chinese. Use Google translate tool from the Google Toolbar (you do have the Google toolbar right? If not, get it HERE ) to get English.






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