June 2012 Issue
AvMap EKP-V: Strong Display, But No Touch
This rugged electronic kneepad GPS offers an impressive display, good terrain warnings and full approach integration, but no touchscreen or wireless.
We dont envy Italian GPS veteran AvMap in their attempt to compete in todays world of cockpit iPad and with Garmins well-rounded line of portable navigators. Garmin and Apple all but own the aviation GPS and mapping market. Still, weve been impressed with nearly every model of AvMap navigator weve tested over the years. The company has a knack for offering high-end mapping displays packaged in a case thats convenient and rugged enough to throw around the most hostile cockpit. And so it goes with the new flagship EKP-V. We were surprised that the latest-generation EKP doesnt have a touchscreen. But the units utilitarian capability and brilliant screen take the bite out of this shortcoming. Some might even prefer it.
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