Avionics Report

September 2008 Issue

Bendix/King AV8OR Big Features, Low Price

This new portable has a nifty touchscreen, lucid operating logic and built-in ground navigation. It even plays music. But oh, the wire hassle.

In the good old days of portable GPS—about 1996—when a half million pilots were still making do with panel-mount loran, every new product introduction ignited a feeding frenzy of buying. Garmin, IIMorrow, Lowrance, Magellan and Trimble (remember them?) had a field day pouring portables into a bottomless pit of demand. But staid Bendix/King, the ruler of all things panel mounted, was never a serious player. So the last thing we expected from the company at this year’s AirVenture was a new portable, never mind an entire line of three, two of which are high-dollar EFB products. (See sidebar on page 11 for a glimpse of those.) The eye-catcher was the bottom of the line, the $749 AV8OR Handheld that sports a GPS moving map with weatherlink, touchscreen control, built-in ground navigation and MP3 and movie players, all in one compact package.

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