rich, the pilot's bar is what Robinson lists in the brochure as the pilot's avionics console? How do you like that in your aircraft? I am thinking of putting in a pilot's avionics console for a Garmin but I am not sure I want that right in front of me. At six foot in height, I question if it will block some of my sight picture and overall view (particularly on short final to a confined area)?
Not familiar with the gps units you question, can't give any input on that.
It's amazing the evolution in GPS units in aircraft. The earliest models were well suited to helicopters and field work with quick one step waypoint creation and operations. As things have evolved, it seems even when you are good with the GPS unit and it's operation, you need a second pilot or an auto pilot to create waypoints and do field work on the go. Very handy to have the map and situational awareness in challenging airspace though.