* it has built in solar power cells
* it is a stand alone travel recorder that can log up to 200,0000 records. You can use the provided software to geotag photos using the GPS tracks recorded by the unit
* it uses a new generation GPS chip – MTK GPS
Such is the case with the Personal Navigation Device that is suction-cupped to my windshield at the moment. It’s a smart-looking compact PND simply labelled GPS.
Only the box gives it the honorific: Pocket Chauffeur. This is not to be confused with the Pocket Chauffeur you’ll find on Acer’s N35.
Techrific Australia supplied the unit which is priced at AUD399.
We are quite impressed with this handy all-in-one device and here are the reasons why.
We have reviewed a number of their products of the last few years but the newly released Travel Recorder is the most fully featured receiver we have come across. The Qstarz BT-Q1000 features an outstanding endurance of 32 hours whilst also tracking 32 satellites but it also can log over 100,000 way points and has a POI button for immediately recording a point of interest with a push of a button. With built-in Google Earth integration this makes for a powerful combination.
So we took the Qstarz BT-Q1000 Double 32 Bluetooth GPS Travel Recorder for a long test drive and are bringing you this first review.
The pockmarked minescape around Kalgoorlie slides by some 8000 feet below. I glance at the small screen cradled on my yoke: it’s reassuring for my passengers (as well as the designated driver!) to see the airplane symbol right on the track to Albany. For a change we have a tailwind as indicated by the wind barbs on the moving map and confirmed by a healthy groundspeed. I check the screen for recent rainfall activity up ahead after having updated the program with the latest Metars and TAFs. It’s time for another radio frequency change to keep in touch with Melbourne Centre as indicated by the passage of a thick blue line across my track on the display.
Life is glorious in the fast lane… and has become a lot easier with the latest release of PocketFMS.
Watching Your Six Never Was Easier…We have reviewed a number of Portable Collision Avoidance Systems (PCAS) from Zaon. We had the opportunity to flight test their latest model in traffic detection systems which not only includes information on relative altitude and range but also in which direction to look for traffic, in other words quadrant bearing. The ZaonFlight XRX is a huge improvement over their previous top model and well worth the investment in making your skies safer. Have a look at why we think so.
Our quest for ever smaller GPS receivers has taken us today to the Qstarz BT-Q920 with a really tiny footprint. However, the Qstarz BT-Q920 GPS Receiver also comes with an interesting addition which brings back its proportions to a normal size.
I'm talking about the FM transmitter which allows you to play music through your car stereo system. Is this a case of useful integration or does it fall in the category BWC -- Because We Can?
Let's take the show on the road.
And by the way, the first pictures were shown on our sister site PocketPCReviews.net, where we first announced this little gem to the world.
Greater Safety in the Skies
One of the greatest safety advances of the last few decades in aviation must be the Collision Avoidance Systems installed in commercial airliners. They enable pilots to see who else is flying in their airspace so that they can avoid running into one another. This safety option is now available to all aircraft, including private airplanes, and today we will be reviewing the smallest and most affordable of these portable units, the Zaon MRX Portable Collision Avoidance System. This is the fourth in a series of reviews we have conducted on SureCheck/Zaon products in the last couple of years.