Avionics Report

May 2008 Issue

Anywhere Map vs. GPSMAP 496

Garmin offers convenience while Anywhere Map wins on versatility. For most users, Garminís solution makes more sense.

Control Visionís Anywhere Map and the Garmin GPSMAP 496 do pretty much the same things. They both offer GPS-driven moving maps with an extensive aviation database. Both can display datalink aviation weather and traffic. Weíve reviewed both the GPSMAP 496 and the Anywhere Map suite in these pages before, but our objective this time was a head-to-head comparison. To test these devices we went flying, using them side-by-side on one flight and individually on one or more additional flights. In a features and ease-of-use comparison they each win some and lose some. The real differences, in our opinion, come down to the display and convenience. The display on the Pocket-PC-based Anywhere Map system is inadequate in direct sunlight and the plethora of external sensors, receivers, antennas and power cables Anywhere Map requires is difficult to manage. This isnít as important if you can "install" all this in the airplane once, but it was a real factor as we installed and removed the equipment for each flight.

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