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The cartography for AvMap aeronautical products includes information from several sources and data providers: NAVTEQ, Jeppesen, AvioPortolano, Seattle Avionics. For more info visit the Aeronautical Maps page

It is possible to update each set of data separately: the Aero Database (including Jeppesen data and the Avioportolano) or the Street Maps can be downloaded directly from the Shop online.

 

 1. First of all, please check if  the terrestrial settings are active. Go to the map and press MENU - SETUP LAND: set all fields in this submenu on YES.
 
2. Starting from the map, press the Cycle and hold it for 1-2 seconds. The  information displayed will change depending on the level of Cycle selected (1-2-3), to change the Cycle level just press the cycle button and check the changes on the map.
 
3. You can customize the cycles and choose the type of info displayed on the map using the  Selective Display: starting from the map, press the MENU button and then select SELECTIVE DISPLAY.
 
4. Here you can customize the map and all the objects. E.g.: terrestrial data display / city '/ countries / routes. Scroll down the cursor to the end of the list. To display these items on the map must check them  (Key or ENTER key) on the first column (CYCLE 1).
 
 

 

The Ram Clear is a memory reset that can be carried out in case of fatal error or to reset the memory in order to restore the default
settings. Attention: this operation will delete your Marks if they have not been saved with the File Manager.
1. Connect the power supply of your AvMap navigator. The unit has to be turned off at that time.
2. Power on the navigator with the PAGE button pressing at the same time the FIND button. Hold both keys until the ‘System Test’ window is displayed.
3. Select Ram Clear with the JOYSTICK, then press the + button to confirm.
4. You will then see a message “Are you sure?” press the + key to confirm. ‘Ram Cleared’ will be displayed.
5. When the Ram is cleared, you can turn off the unit with the PAGE button.

it is a new generation map ( SDHC ) and your device needs an update of an internal file to read the new cards.
This procedure is very simple; insert the new SD card into the device and proceed with the software update procedure: 
Save before all your userdatas into FIle manager toavoid to loose them during the software update.
 
First of all download the Geosat Upload file and the Installation drivers from this section
www.avmap.it ( select your Language ) - Support - Downloads:Free software updates
 
Open the menu and choose the exact model of your Device; you will enter in the page whith the Geosat Upload file.
( If you have a Geopilot 2 or 2 plus you can choose anyway geosat 4 Travel, the drivers and Update files are the same ).
 
Choose before
 
Drivers -> Download -> Save on your PC
 
and then 
 
Software Update - Download - Save on your PC
 
and you will find the .zip files
 
- Install Drivers on your PC; when you will receive the confirm message connect the device ( connect only USB cable, the Geosat must be Turned OFF )
 
- Wait for the automatic hardware recognizing (only for the first connection)
 
- Do a double click on GeosatUpdate(releasedatas).exe file and wait for the window extraction
 
- When you see the opened GSupdate Window you don' t need to click on Update, becuase in this case the procedure is completed.
 
Close all windows, disconnect the device from PC and try again to turn on it.

Register your product  in order to  download for free desktop suite, user manuals, tools, and software updates  and to get Customer Support.

At the end of the power cable, where the 12v adapter is, you will find a small fuse. If it is blown, please replace it with one of the same amperage.

Download the tool and the instructions from this link :

http://download.avmap.it/software/aero/Photo_DB_Creator.zip

NOTE. you need the software version 2.13.156R or newer in order to use this feature. In case your software is older update it downloading from the site. 

In order to update your GP II you need a memory card reader, you cannot update your SD/ CF  without it.

1. First of all download and unzip the update files from our support section.

2. Enable the show of hidden files. Create on your Desktop the folder 'Old SD/ CF'  and copy in it all the files from the SD/ CF (is the backup folder if something goes wrong).  Omit to copy the 'CHARTS' folder. Create on your Desktop the folder 'New SD/ CF' and copy in it the same files you copied in 'Old SD/ CF'.

3. Replace the files format swx in 'New SD/ CF' with the ones you downloaded from internet. Ovewrite the files in the SD/ CF
with the ones in 'New SD/ CFD' (do not touch the CHART folder).

Turn on the Geopilot and check if the procedure was correctly executed. If not, reinstall in the SD the files from 'Old SD/ CFD' and repeat the procedure.


WARNING: this procedure can delete all user marks from the RAM. Save them first in the SD with File Manager.

The Airline Airway, Control Airway and Direct Route Airway are showed from 5 Nm. This is the default setting. It is also possible to select them in scale 50 Nm, 20 Nm, 10 Nm. The Official Designated Airway and RNAV Airway have been set from scale 50 Nm.

You can enrich your maps adding extra POIs such as speed cameras downloaded from the internet in .ov2 format.

How to download the files:

Geosat is compatible with POI in OV2 format. These POi are distributed by several websites such as  WWW.ADIVOR.IT Once you have downloaded the files, please check inside the folder that for each file there is also a corresponding image file  (eg. speedtraps.ov2 and speedtraps.bmp )

Then use the GSUpdate in order to load them on your Geosat:

1. If you have not installed the GSUpdate yet, Read the procedure to download GSUpdate

2. Connect the navigator to the PC and start GSUpdate.

3. Select "Transfer" to load the POI files in the navigator4. Browse the PC to select the downloaded database.5. Associate the database to a safety camera category and icon (fixed speed cameras, mobile, traffic lights, special).The files will be loaded on the navigator and converted into the AvMap format. Once the procedure is completed close the application and disconnect.


Activate the POI on the Geosat:

1. Press the MENU button twice, select System setup and press the + button to confirm.

2. Select the POI tab, and choose which POI categories are displayed on the map.

3. To include or remove a category, select it with the JOYSTICK and press the + button to confirm.

Set an alarm:

1. Press the MENU button twice, select System setup and press the + button to confirm.

2. Select the Alarms tab, then select  Safety Camera alarm  to activate the alarm for the proximity of a safety camera.

3. The Alarm radius determines the distance at which the alarm is activated. To modify the radius, select the field to be

modified and move the JOYSTICK either up or down, then confirm by pressing the + button.

 

The AvMap navigation software only works with AvMap original memory cards. AvMap Memory cards cannot be duplicated or modified, if your memory card is damaged, please contact AvMap technical support.

To check your Jeppesen information is sufficient to turn on your Geopilot/EKP and access to the map view.
Press Menu and Menu again, then select "About" and press ENTER ( or zoom in ) to access. In that page you will find the Jeppesen Cycle Information.
 
Search for the last information "AERONAUTICAL DATA", you will find a code like:
X-YZ-Nxxx.yy ( dd/mm/yy )
 
Note: the two last numbers can be related to the cycle number
 
e.g
..........
.27 = 1108 cycle
.28 = 1109 cycle
.29 = 1110 cycle
.30 = 1111 cycle
.31 = 1112 cycle
To check your loader version is sufficient to turn on your Geopilot/EKP and access to the map view.
 
Press Menu and Menu again, then select "About" and press ENTER ( or zoom in ) to access.
In that page you will find the LOADER information, with a lable like that: 
 
LOADER:  V X.YZ ( dd/mm/yy ) 
To save waypoints and flight plans when upgrading the database, you will need to save the points to the Card: Menu > Menu > Database > Enter> Menu > Initialize > Enter > Zoom-In > Enter > Select Type > Enter (Repeat Zoom-In To Save Additional Information If Needed). This information is stored in the “userimg.bin” file located on the Card. If you are upgrading your database with a new Card, simply copy the “userimg.bin” file from the original card to your computer hard drive. Insert the new Card into the card reader and delete the “userimg.bin” file located on that Card, replace it with the “userimg.bin” file you saved to your computer.

It is possible to convert the data stored in the EKP / Geopilot to a gpx format and vice versa, in order to view them in Google Earth or other mapping software, using the GPX CONVERTER tool, that can be downloaded for free form the AvMap website.

1. Download The GPS Converter here!

2. Unzip the file and extract the exe file together with the instructions.

 

Conversion from USRIMG to GPX
 

1. Extract the memory card form the navigator and read it with a memory card reader

2. Copy from the memory card the USRIMG.BIN file and save it in your PC.

3. Run the Converter.exe then press the "USERIMG to GPX" button on the program console.

4. Select the USRIMG.BIN file to be converted ( previously saved on your PC), then select the destination folder in which the GPX files will be created.
In that folder will be saved GPX format copies of the user data stored in the USERIMG.BIN file.
NOTE : each user data will be stored in a different GPX file. In case an object in the USRIMG.BIN file stores more than one route, several GPX files will be created, each with one route.


Conversion from GPX to USRIMG
 

1. Run the Converter.exe thenPress "GPX to USERIMG" on the program console

2. Select the GPX file to be converted ( previously saved on your PC)

3. Select the empty USRIMG.BIN file present in the GPS Converter folder (the GPX file will be converted and inserted in this file)

4. Extract the memory card form the navigator and read it with a memory card reader and then Copy the newly modified USERIMG.BIN file in the main folder of the memory card.

In order to see the new data on the navigator, load them using File Manager function.
An empty USRIMG file is included, but also not empty files can be used as well. New data will be added to them until the maximum capacity will be reached.
NOTE : due to memory restraints the space available in the USRIMG.BIN file for user data is limited. No more than 1000 Waypoints, 5000 Track points and 100 legs routes can be saved from a single file and no more than 60 files can be stored in an USRIMG.BIN

The cartography for AvMap aeronautical products includes information from several sources and data providers: NAVTEQ, Jeppesen, Seattle Avionics
 
Background and Land elevation
• Background: terrain depiction on the basis of the world altitude
• Land Elevation for TAWS
• Regional NAVTEQ data

Aeronautical Database
Updates every 28  days with Jeppesen Cycles (Subscribe now!)
• Jeppesen Data  Low Airways / Victor Airways included  Download the airspace legend
• Other sources Aeronautical data (Airfields private airports for all Europe and US, Vertical obstructions for USA,  VFR Reporting points)
- Avioportolano (Italy)
- Letist Database (Czech Republic and Slovakia) NEW from Cycle 1208 !

Street Maps
Updates three times a year
• Detailed terrestrial coverage with Street Network and POI NAVTEQ data

Airport Diagrams & Approach Plates
By Seattle Avionics
 

If the flight fields do not have a  ICAO code reported in the database of our data providers (Avioportolano for Italy, Aeroshop for Spain) we automatically create a code formed by the first two letters of the province and a sequence of numbers within the same province.

For different countries, there may be homonyms (eg Turin and Toledo).

Use the scroll symbol to find  the desired one.

 

The card is initialized when you create a file User.img where it is possible to save user data.

Press and hold the Speaker key for three seconds.

When you plan a flight you can set the a VFR reporting point as a mark and save it as user waypoint. More easily you can add a VFR reporting point directly to the map (as for all the others POI). This procedure implies an automatic marking of the VFR reporting point. Example:

  • Press twice the MENU key, select FLIGHT PLAN and press ENTER.
  • Press once the MENU key, select VIEWED FP and press ENTER.
  • From the FLIGHT PLAN MENU select FP EMPTY and press ENTER.
  • Go back to the map and set the cursor on the departure airport icon.
  • Press ENTER, select ADD FP LEG and press ENTER.
  • Move the cursor on any place on the display where you want to fly over (like a VFR reportin point) and press ENTER.
  • Select ADD FP LEG and press ENTER to confirm (please note the automatic marking of the name to the waypoint).

If your AvMap Geosat doesn’t work properly, please contact the AvMap Technical Support team by e-mail on [email protected] .

Firstly you will be helped to solve your problem remotely by following standard technical support procedure. If this attempt is not successful, you will receive a Return Machine Authorization (RMA) in order to send the unit (or its components) to our offices and get your device repaired.

Verify your registration ( your data and the details of your navigator ), if you are not registered yet please insert your datas on www.avmap.it - Support - Registration. This procedure is mandatory to ship the device in assistance if you will need.

 Update the software in the SD downloading one of the files here :

Geopilot 2 :

http://download.avmap.it/software/aero/GP2_Update.zip

Geopilot2 Plus :

http://download.avmap.it/software/aero/GP2P_Update.zip

and unzip it in the main folder of the SD overwriting the existing files. Then download POI.zip from this link :

http://download.avmap.it/maps/POI.zip

and unzip it in the main folder of the SD.

You need to perform a simple software procedure called “RAM Clear.” With the unit OFF, hold down the "+" key and turn the unit on. Keep the key depressed and the SYSTEM MENU will appear. There will be a menu selection titled “RAM Clear.” Highlight this option and press ENTER.

The red cross appears when the navigator can't calculate the fix. Is a caution measure.

You must set it in System Setup, Alarms. The beeper works only when reaching the Marks with the Danger icon (the last one on the right in the Edit Mark page)

In order to avoid your marks and tracks during a software update or a ram clear, you need to save them in FILE MANAGER. Press twice the MENU key, select FILE MANAGER and press the ‘+’ key. Then press the ‘+’ key again. The File Save To Disk window is displayed. Once you have edited the name and the type fields, select OK and press the ‘+’ key to confirm. A Warning message is displayed. Select OK and press the ‘+’ key to save your marks or tracks.
To restore the mark rescued, enter FILE MANAGER press once the MENU key and select LOAD.  A Warning message is displayed. Select OK and press the ‘+’ key to restore your marks on the map.

HDOP means Horizontal Dilution Of Position. It is a measure of the GPS receiver/satellite geometry. The lower the HDOP, the higher the corresponding accuracy.

From the Map mode press twice the MENU key, select CHECKLISTS and press ENTER to confirm. Choose which list you want to edit.

Yes, you can. In order to do this, you need a memory card reader.

In order to save your marks from a Compact Flash or SD to another one  you need to save them in FILE MANAGER.

Press twice the MENU key, select FILE MANAGER and press the ENT key. Then press the ENT key again. The File Save To Disk window is displayed. Once you have edited the name and the type fields select OK and press the ENT key to confirm. A Warning message is displayed. Select OK and press the ENT key to save your marks or tracks.

Put the Compact Flash or SD of your AvMap Geosat in a CF or SD reader, save the file UserImg.bin on your PC and secondly transfer that file in another memory card.


To restore the mark rescued, enter FILE MANAGER press once the MENU key and select LOAD.  A Warning message is displayed. Select OK and press the ‘+’ key to restore your marks on the map.
 

( Verify that the last 2 numbers on the lable of your card are at least .01, if the code finish as .00 this procedure should not work )


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AvMap navigators are guaranteed for 2 years after  the purchase date.

 


How to get Customer Support
for your AvMap device:


1.   Register your Navigator

2.   Read the FAQsection

3.   If you do not find the answer to your problem, then write us filling the online Assistance form or contact the CALL CENTER +39 0585 784044

4.   The Customer Support will reply providing you instructions.

5.   If the problem cannot be solved over the phone or email, you will receive via email a repair code  ‘RMA’ with all the instructions to send us your navigator for repair.