8.33 hand­held with GPS nav func­tion

Icom IC-A25NE £540.00 inc VAT

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Just launched, the com­pact IC-A25NE is the lat­est devel­op­ment in air­band ra­dio tech­nol­ogy, ac­cord­ing to man­u­fac­turer Icom. Fea­tur­ing built-in Blue­tooth, GPS and VOR nav­i­ga­tion func­tions, it cer­tainly is much more than a sim­ple comms de­vice. The ‘stylish mod­ern de­sign’ is rem­i­nis­cent of a mo­bile phone (which of course is all about an easyto-use in­ter­face) and its large 2.3-inch LCD is aimed at pro­vid­ing ‘stress-free’ pro­gram­ming and easy in-flight op­er­a­tion. The LCD can be set to night mode for easy view­ing in dark en­vi­ron­ments. The unit has IP57 dust­pro­tec­tion and water­proof con­struc­tion.

For ex­panded com­mu­ni­ca­tion cov­er­age, out­put power has been in­creased to ap­prox­i­mately 6W typ­i­cal (PEP) 1.8W (car­rier) com­pared to the IC-A24E’S 5/1.5 W (PEP/ car­rier). A ‘Flip-flop’ chan­nel feature al­lows pi­lots to store the last ten chan­nels used, and quickly switch be­tween them. There are 300 me­mory chan­nels (in fif­teen me­mory groups) with twelve-char­ac­ter names. The near sta­tion search func­tion could be use­ful in get­ting one out of trou­ble, search­ing the sta­tion mem­o­ries with the GPS po­si­tion informatio­n.

Icom claims the nav­i­ga­tion fea­tures in the IC-A25NE ‘will change the way pi­lots fly’. Cer­tainly it is capable of be­ing up­loaded with flight plans from an An­droid or IOS de­vice, im­ported via Blue­tooth. While us­ing GPS, the way­point NAV will guide pi­lots to their des­ti­na­tion. Up to ten flight plans and 300 way­points can be stored.

The unit is sup­plied with a large 2,350mah Li-ion ‘in­tel­li­gent bat­tery’ which pro­vides de­tailed sta­tus informatio­n and up to 10.5 hours of oper­at­ing time. A back-up pack, tak­ing six Aa-size al­ka­line bat­ter­ies, is also pro­vided. Other ac­ces­sories sup­plied in­clude a BNC an­tenna, belt clip, hand­strap, head­set adapter, cigar-lighter power adap­tor and mains bat­tery charger.

Icom has got to­gether with the pub­lish­ers of Pi­lot mag­a­zine to of­fer an IC-A25NE as the prize in an easy to en­ter com­pe­ti­tion. To en­ter, see the link on www.pi­lotweb.aero

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