Avionics Report

June 1999 Issue

RAM’s GPS Mounts

If you buy the right combination of parts, they’re definitely the better mousetrap.

Although we’re quick to credit the GPS manufacturers for their clever work on palm-sized navigators, we’ve also cursed the lousy yoke mounts most of them provide, seemingly as an afterthought.

Garmin and Lowrance make the most popular portables but in our view, the companies have fallen short on thoughtful yoke mount design. We think the Garmin 195’s mount in particular is a heavy, clunky kludge of a thing that hardly equals the navigator’s basic quality.

In general, stock GPS receiver mounts simply don’t put the display where you can see it without blocking the view of critical instruments or controls. A quick canvas of local pilots revealed this short list of variables that have...

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