Garmin have been producing PDAs with integrated GPS systems for a while and they have just announced the iQue 3600a. Based on the Palm OS, the 3600a is obviously aimed at aviators who want to have a small GPS system available during flights. In addition to the integrated GPS antenna the new Garmin has preinstalled applications for GPS use:
- QueMap: Displays a comprehensive set of mapping data, such as a basemap of North/South America; aviation navaids, airports and airspace; navigation arc overlay with configurable data fields; Sectional chart-like topographic data; and U.S. obstacles like towers and obstructions
- QueTerrain: Takes advantage of the topographic/obstacles database to alert the pilot of potential terrain conflicts within the proximity of the flight path using pop-up windows
- QueNav: Displays GPS-derived speed, altitude and guidance features in an aircraft panel format
- QueFlights: Keeps a record of flight time, mileage and start/end point as a digital logbook (also interfaces with Garmin’s PC-based FlightBook software, which is included in the Setup CD)
The Garmin has a unique cradle that mounts to the yoke of an airplane. The 3600a will retail for $1,099 and should be available this month. Full specs after the jump.