October 1999 Issue

Magellan’s GPS 315A

A bargain basement portable with a do-it-yourself database. Nice try but far short of the mark in our view.

Been to a camping store lately? Don’t go. Or if you do, stay away from the gadget case containing the handheld GPS navigators that are even more popular with hikers than they are with pilots. The prices will only depress you.

The so-called sport and terrestrial portables look astonishingly like aviation units but they cost half or even a quarter as much. There’s a reason for that and we’ll get to it later.

Meanwhile, you may think that with Garmin shipping boxcar loads of 195s, every pilot in the known universe already owns a portable GPS. In fact, some buyers are still shopping. A recent survey by our sister publication, IFR, revealed that only 61 percent of readers said they had a...

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