June 2000 Issue

Navigation by PDA

Control Visionís Anywhere map program turns a palm top into a navigator but as yet, it lacks the featureset of GPS portables.

[IMGCAP(1)] Pilots may be pre-disposed towards gadgets but we have to believe that when the cabin door is secured, many of us wish to shut out at least some of lifeís annoyances, a crabby boss, perhaps or those pesky swings in the NASDAQ. Or maybe the fact that three hours on the phone with technical support didnít fix the ^%$#@#!* bug that keeps locking up that great software from Redmond. (Yeah, we know, the best is yet to come.)

Against that backdrop, do we really want to let Windowís-based navigators into the cockpit or stick with the tried-and-true (and expensive) genuine airplane-approved hardware from Olathe and other avionics garden spots? A small company called Control Vision is...

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