May 1999 Issue

Letters 05/99

GPS Costs
I have a question about GPSs that I was hoping the staff at Aviation Consumer could help with. Iíve been looking at handhelds and wondering why the aviation models are so much more expensive than the similar sports models. The Garmin GPS III, for instance, sells at the sporting goods stores for around $300, while the GPS III Pilot is in the $650 to $700 range.

In reading through the documentation, the only difference Iíve seen is that the aviation models accept Jeppesen databases and allow for database updates, while the geographic databases in the sports models are not changeable.

Which brings me to my second question. Do you have any experience with add-on s...

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