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.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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