June 1998 Issue

AirMap vs. GPS 92

In a glutted market, the AirMap 100 offers good performance and mapping at a bargain price, edging out the Garmin 92.

Although glutted and confusing, one thing is certain about the portable GPS market: If you don’t like the current models, wait around a couple of weeks, something else will come along shortly. With any luck, it might even better or at least cheaper than the current crop.

And so it was this spring, as Garmin and Lowrance rolled out yet two more portable GPS navigators into a market that hardly lacks choices. Garmin has gussied up the venerable GPS 90—one of the first mega-seller handhelds—with its 12-channel GPS chip and christened it the GPS 92 ($549 list, $499 on the street.) Lowrance, obviously intent on making its own mark in aviation GPS, introduced a new model, the AirMap 100, wh...

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