Avionics Report

June 2000 Issue

Garmin’s Ground Maps

As claimed, MapSource turns a 295 into a street-sniffing ground navigator, but one that’s a tad too cumbersome to be practical for our tastes.

[IMGCAP(1)] We’re not complaining, mind you, but one of the unrealized promises of GPS—at least for pilots—is the lack of an all purpose navigator in a single package. You know the deal; one that will work in the airplane as a portable but can also be pressed into service in a boat or, especially, the car.

It’s not in the interests of the GPS makers to do this because the competition is intense enough without making one navigator that does it all. Better to have the hapless customer buy one each for the airplane, boat and car and maybe another one for hiking and fishing.

Against this tide, Garmin’s new 295 attempts to flow. As we noted in the review in the March 2000 issue of Aviatio...

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