There aren’t too many companies dealing with aviation GPS units out there. One of them is Garmin of course. The other one we see every now and then is the AV8OR. They recently had one of their units make it through FCC regulations though it doesn’t look much different than the Bendix/King AV8OR from Honeywell we talked about two years ago. Maybe they updated the hardware or just changed the software to make it suitable for helicopters…

Either way the AV8OR seems like a very capable unit. It can provide real time satellite weather data from NEXRAD and others , gives you airport information with a single tap, lets you plan flights, gives you a traffic avoidance option, and a lot more.

If all of that is not enough it will even work in your vehicle as a regular GPS navigation system. It costs around $600 on various online retailers. Here are some of the specs:

  • 4.3″ Touch Screen LCD, 480 x 272 Pixels

  • 800 mAh battery (1600 mAh optional)

  • On-screen keyboard

  • quick database updates or flight updates can be transferred from a PC

  • Upload logged flights to your home PC for display on programs such as Google Earth

  • 4 GB SD card comes with aviation and automotive databases for either North America/Canada or Europe

  • Automotive database includes more than 10 million Points of Interest (POI) in the U.S. and 2 million POIs in Canada

  • dual Bluetooth interfaces for alternate devices such as a cell phone, XM weather receiver, or alternate GPS Receiver

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