May 1999 Issue

In Living Color

The Skyforce Skymap has it, plus streamlined operating logic. But we think itís a tad too pricey for portable use.

Weíre not sure if GPS moving maps in living color top every pilotís wish list. But wanted or not, here they come. In the panel-mount world, color maps are somewhat old hat, with impressive models from ARNAV, Avidyne, Argus and, recently, Garmin.

At $7000 to start, however, none of those products are exactly the sort of must-have or impulse purchases that drove the handheld market into a pitched frenzy four years ago. Inevitably, color displays had to find their way into portable maps and the first serious entry comes from AlliedSignal in the form of the Brit-designed Skyforce Skymap and Tracker.

Skyforce has been around for a while, marketing mono and color moving map GPS units in...

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