|Mobile GPS devices come in all sizes, shapes, and capabilities. Photo courtesy of Bad Elf.
By Jack Hodgson
Although, as the saying goes, even a blind squirrel may find a nut from time to time, modern aviating requires more insight and, most of all, precision.
The devices we profile today provide such precision reference, both to tell us where we are but how to get there from here. Some are stand-alone devices while others serve as data sources for other electronics.
Bendix/King by Honeywell Exhibit Hangar B, Booth 2125-2126
The "Bad Elf GPS Pro" is a next-generation GPS receiver and datalogger for the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad devices.
The GPS Pro design was based on feedback collected since they launched the original Bad Elf GPS in 2010. Its goal is to pack next-generation features into a small, rugged, and affordable package. Among its highlights are:
- Simultaneously connects to as many as five devices via Bluetooth; large, backlit LCD screen
- Long battery life
- 10Hz reporting rate
- Stand-alone GPS datalogger (100-plus hours)
- Rugged and splash-proof to IPX4 standards
- Works with all location-based applications
Rockwell Collins Exhibit Hangar C, Booth 3042
Dual's XGPS150 wirelessly adds highly accurate location data to devices, allowing them to be used with applications that require GPS, and is compatible with Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Apple certified the XGPS150 to work with all models of the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone. It also works with Bluetooth-enabled Android, Blackberry, Windows, and OS X devices (Bluetooth SPP required). Its high-sensitivity GPS receiver works with most applications requiring GPS. Includes a rechargeable battery power that powers for up to 8.5 hours.
Hangar B, Booth 2162, and Main Display Area 313-314
Bendix/King is showing its AV8OR line of mobile GPS devices here at AirVenture 2012.
Not only do the AV8OR ACE, AV8OR Handheld, and AV8OR Horizon 3D provide moving map GPS navigation information, but they also serve as full-function electronic flight bags while offering built-in music-, picture-, and movie-playing capabilities. AV8ORs can also interface with Bluetooth cellphones.
Among the top-of-the-line EFB functions, the AV8OR Horizon 3D delivers integral 3-D synthetic vision and IFR approach plates, with optional satellite weather and 3-D traffic.
And for enhanced situational displays you can connect all the AV8ORs to external devices such as Bendix/King's KDR 610 satellite weather receiver as well as WxWorx's XM satellite receiver and Zaon's portable collision avoidance system.
Garmin Exhibit Hangar D
Garmin offers a wide range of mobile GPS products, culminating with its aera family of handheld GPS/moving map devices, and its GPSMAP line of tablet-style MFD units.
In addition to geo-location services, the various models of these Garmin products offer features such as weather-radar overlay, 3D Vision technology, varying screen sizes and orientations, touch-screen capability, and access to external data sources.
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