Avionics Report

June 2007 Issue

Portable GPS Shootout: Garmin’s 496 is Top Dog

Like that’s a surprise. Looking downmarket, Lowrance’s AirMap 500 is a bargain contender. The 396 remains the best value for buyers wanting affordable weatherlink.

Although they haven’t descended to the status of Cracker Jack prizes, by now, most owners have been through several generations of portable GPS navigators. What that means is that the bottomless-pit phase of GPS marketing is temporarily over. Manufacturers and buyers dwell in what’s essentially a replacement/upgrade market.

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