Garmin iQue 3600a- GPS for aviators


Garmingique3600aGarmin 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.

(via Geekzone)

  • Operating system: Palm OS Garnet
  • Processor: 200-MHz DragonBall MXL ARM9
  • Internal memory: 96 MB of ROM for pre-installed data and applications; 64 MB of SDRAM for downloading Palm OS-compatible applications and map data from Garmin MapSource CDs
  • GPS receiver/antenna: 12 parallel channel WAAS receiver / Flip-up integrated GPS patch antenna with remote antenna capability
  • Aviation calculator applications: QueE6B and QueWeight&Balance
  • GPS applications: Location awareness, electronic mapping, address lookup, automatic route generation, turn-by-turn directions with voice guidance, trip computer, tracklog, route avoidance, and Contact Locator (geocoding a location within the Address or Date Book applications)
  • Unit size (WxHxD)/Weight: 2.8" x 5.0" x 0.8" / 6.2 oz.
  • Screen dimensions: 3.8" (diagonally)
  • Display information: 320×480-pixel, transflective TFT display with 64K colors
  • Battery/Battery life: Rechargeable lithium ion battery / Up to 9 hours of continuous use (at minimum backlight setting) and four weeks on standby.
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