Avionics Report

October 2008 Issue

GPShootout: ATC, AV 8OR, Garmin

Garmin’s GPSmaps are still the best of the best, but for half the money, Anywhere Map’s ATC does nearly as much, is easier to use and has better ground nav.

What we have is basically a David and Goliath sort of thing. Goliath, in this case, is Garmin International which sells no less than 28 model variants of its Nuvi-series GPS street navigators. The Davids—two of them, actually—are Control Vision and Bendix/King, who have just introduced GPS navigators that combine both aviation and street navigation functions. Are buyers really interested in these two capabilities in the same device? Evidently they are, given the number of requests we’ve received for a hurry-up look at these products. We examined the Bendix/King AV8OR Handheld in the September 2008 issue and for this report, we’ll look at Control Vision’s Anywhere Travel Companion, with a sideways glance at Garmin’s established GPSmap 396/495/496.

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