Airport Diagrams Added For All GPS Units
Honeywell announced Monday that a software upgrade for all AV8OR
products, which allows airport diagrams on any AV8OR GPS and VFR
sectionals on the AV8OR ACE.
"Pilots using the Bendix/King AV8OR are getting a product
designed for future expansion,” said Roger Dykmann, director,
General Aviation, Honeywell Aerospace. “VFR sectionals on the
ACE will make it as invaluable a tool for VFR pilots as it has been
for Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) pilots.”
Both the VFR sectional charts displayed on the AV8OR ACE, and
the airport diagrams displayed on the AV8OR handheld, are
geo-referenced – they feature “own ship”
position, which provides greater situational awareness regarding
position of the aircraft at the airport. On the AV8OR ACE, the VFR
sectional charts display also includes flight plan and user
configured navigation data overlay, similar to charts already
available. Both scanned VFR sectional charts and airport diagrams
are available via subscription and can be downloaded directly from
Honeywell’s vendor. Annual subscriptions are priced at $79
for VFR sectionals and $49 for Airport Diagrams.
In addition to VFR sectional chart capability, the AV8OR ACE has
been expanded to include geo-referenced Eurocontrol charts,
including IFR and VFR approach plates, SIDs/STARs, Airport Diagrams
and HI/LO IFR enroute charts. A first-time complete download is
$99, while annual subscriptions for VFR approach plates and airport
diagrams are $249 and complete VFR and IFR charts are $799.
Honeywell has also released a new IFR chart download
manager for the AV8OR ACE, which allows pilots to download only the
charts that have been changed since the last cycle, greatly
reducing download times. Available now, the new incremental chart
download capability is automatic and seamless to current AV8OR ACE
users. Expanding Capability Following the initial AV8OR 2.0
release, a number of additional feature upgrades are scheduled for
release this fall. These include Honeywell’s new
“Portable Glass Panel” that adds a GPS-based panel
page, comprising a Directional Gyro (DG) representation with
graphical flight plan, rate of turn, altitude and ground speed.
Additionally, split-screen capability for the ACE, XM radio and
graphical weight and balance features are in development, which
will provide more value to owners through quicker flight planning
and more entertainment options.