July 26, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
AvMap has released an aeronautical navigator called the EKP V that offers a GPS-driven moving map with approach plates and airport diagrams.
The unit uses a seven-inch sunlight-readable LCD screen, a horizontal or vertical mode, a slim profile of less than an inch in thickness, and the ability to connect the unit to other devices. The unit weights 14 ounces.
Those devices include the autopilot, XM WX weather, the electronic flight instrument system, and others. The unit comes with a two-year warranty and sells for $1,999.
The unit has a built-in, rechargeable lithium battery and support for WAAS for more accurate GPS signals.
AvMap also offers the GeoPilot II for navigation on land or in the air, and the INCAS ADS-B collision avoidance system, a small unit with a 3.5-inch screen, a built-in altimeter and GPS, and a communication range of 5 to 40 nautical miles.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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