I'd been comparing GPS's and it was down to Anywheremap, Lowrance
1000/2000, or a Garmin 296. Anywheremap went on sale a week ago and
I'm now really glad that I went with them. First, the price for a
short time has been reduced from $280 to only $95! While pretty
basic, my old HP1945 PocketPC (206mhz with 3.5" screen) runs the map
just fine and is quite visible. I did go out and buy a nice WAAS-
capable bluetooth receiver for $127 and a $22 SD memory card, so my
total investment is $244.

For that, I now have color moving map of about the screen size of
the 296, always updated charts (part of the subscription that will
cost $115 to renew next year), terrain & obstructions warnings
(which were the selling feature of the $1495 Garmin 296), better
flight planning software than what I'd previously paid separate for,
the planning software is integrated into the mapping function and
tank-change reminders, VNAV for approaches, and super easy updates
of not only the special use airspace, but also of updates to the
software itself. In the DC area where we live, I synced Friday
night for a Saturday and when we launched I had current TFR's and
special use airspace.

A friend with a Commanche flies at night a lot and likes that his
Anywheremap also has "cones of safety" that show gliding distance to
airports he passes. As he goes higher, green circles grow from each
airport and as long as he is within a green circle, he can (no wind)
glide to those.

I made a small bracket and the PocketPC sits nicely between the
primer and throttle. Based on the one use so far in the plane and
driving with it in the car, I'm really impressed!

A&P, Aero Eng

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