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Question About Hand Held GPS

Wed Jun 26, 2002 7:42 am

Are there any handheld GPS unit for sale that I could use at my job (bed delivery man) and also throw in my flight bag when I am flying around in 150s that are about twice as old as I am? In short I want a GPS unit that can be used in the car with streets and then in the airplane with airports and what not. I don't know much about GPS except that my dad's BMW has it and I wish my work truck did and it makes flying around dfw class B in a 172 much easier!
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RE: Question About Hand Held GPS

Fri Jun 28, 2002 4:00 am

Hello Bacardi182.

I don't own a portable GPS so I can't help you regarding that, however, if you want to find out about some of their's a well known "avionics" company's website.

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RE: Question About Hand Held GPS

Fri Jun 28, 2002 4:51 am

I think you are going to have to get two different kinds, or at least two diff software pakages. They sometimes come built into cars as your dads is but there is also a sort of aftermarket product called i think streetsmart or something i think its about 250 plus software.
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RE: Question About Hand Held GPS

Fri Jun 28, 2002 6:05 am

get the Magellen GPS 315A its a VFR gps and it also has rode and highway data.. it does not have a moving map for the roads, but u can hook it up ot a laptop for that
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RE: Question About Hand Held GPS

Fri Jun 28, 2002 6:06 am

Get a Handspring PDA ($200 - $300 depending on features and wether or not you want color) and buy the GPS add-on that comes with the street maps ($150). Then go to and get the $80 flight software. Assuming you have a scanner you can get the free cartographer software (also from Then scan whatever maps you want into your new PDA and take it with you. It's a multipurpose GPS and a PDA at a combined total cost of less than $500. If you want to get fancy you can always get a Pocket PC, but they are more complex and cost tons more.
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RE: Question About Hand Held GPS

Sun Jun 30, 2002 4:25 am

Thanks for the help, I was hoping for an all in one unit but that PDA + gps sounds interesting! Streetsmart is a program that came with my computer so that could be some money saved. I just don't want to have to switch a gps unit back and forth from flying to driving applications every week. Oh well, I guess I should buy one of those huge jeppeson electronic sectional or whatever they are called (basically a gps on a 12 inch screen) and a $99 special from wal mart gps for the car. If only I had thousands to spend on gps....
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RE: Question About Hand Held GPS

Sun Jun 30, 2002 4:50 pm

On the other hand...being that you have room on the truck..why not load the B'mer on it..and check the GPS every so often as you drive along..that way you don't have to buy one!...or you could 'jack' it from his car.
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RE: Question About Hand Held GPS

Mon Jul 01, 2002 11:03 pm

I use a cheap Garmin GPS12 in my Kitfox. It has all the roads, cities etc preprogrammed into it and I have programmed in the airports, beacons etc (use programmes available free from to ease you programming into the GPS, otherwise you got to use the very unuser friendly facility built into the unit. You can buy the GPS-computer connector cable seperatly)

Only disadvantage of the GPS12 is that I cannot get it to show airport etc boundaries limits (although if anynbody reading this has figured out how to do this, pls tell me!)

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