I have returned the unit and recieved a refund, and have now purchased an Airbox Clarity GPS - so far, so good.
Here is the response to a mail I sent to flightstore, and a response from Mike @ Memory-map
(Response by flightstore)
(My original mail)
Sorry to hear that you are not happy with the Adventurer Pilot 7000.
Here is my response which hopefully clears everything up,
I would describe this item as 'not fit for purpose', especially considering the cost. - We have many satisfied users so I would not consider the product “not fit for purpose”, may not be to everyone’s likely which I can understand.
First off, in-car navigation:
I've used TomTom products for years, and expected similar functionality from this, but it's very limited.
The start-up screen asking if you're in a caravan is really annoying, and you can't set a preference to say you're in a car. The position-fix is sloooooow. Sometimes it finds satellites shortly after start-up, but other times it's taken over 10 minutes. – There is a choice to tell the unit that you are in a car, this is the first complaint I have received regarding the road navigation.
The battery life is appalling - no-where near the 1.5-2 hours specified. It had given up and shut down in less than 1 hour after a full charge today. – Of all the units we tested one and a half hours was the minimum, The battery life is not fantastic but one a and a half hours is the worst we experienced, this is why I always recommend people have a 12 volt supply in their aircraft.
The built-in TV receiver doesn't work - NO TV or radio channels found with the built-in aerial. I've not opened the external aerial. Even my phone sitting next to it can find a decent number of radio stations. – All the units we tested picked up TV, not as good as a TV with an antenna on the top of your house, and you claim this without using the supplied external antenna
Then onto the main functionality.... Aviation GPS.
I've not yet taken this into the cockpit, and have no intention to. There is no yoke or knee mount provided, and the supplied car sucker mount wouldn't stick to the curved window in the Cessna's I fly, besides it would block out too much external view that it would be dangerous on the screen. – We have never claimed there was a yoke or knee mount, we claim there is a sucker mount, the size of the unit is readily available so blocking out too much external view?
In aviation mode it errors on start-up regularly about the GPS, but then starts ok other times. Position-fix is slooow like in car mode. – If the unit had a good view of the sky the GPS fix should have been quickly achieved.
The user interface is very limited. The 'find' function doesn't find anything, and the tiny on-screen keyboard is so small that I can't use it sitting still at home, never mind in the cockpit. – Agreed the keyboard is small but this is on the list for fixing in the next version of the software
The method to add waypoints is clunky, and editing or deleting them is even more so. – I’m not sure if anyone has shown you the simple quick method to do this.
The (x) buttons to close windows are far too small, and difficult to use with finger presses, especially as they are located at the top right of the screen, next to the plastic screen surround. Agreed and this is on the list for fixing in the next version of the software.
There is no ability to divert to another airfield, and besides, you can't search for one. – This has never been a feature we claimed
The supplied PC software refuses to talk to the GPS device, and says 'Failed to connect', so routes planned there aren't transferred to the GPS unit. – Did you talk to our Technical Support department ?
The search in the software doesn't find any results. – Same answer as above.
There are few instructions, and having read through the ones within the software it is very general, and doesn't seem to cover much. – Improved instructions are being put together.
Removing the power cable in any mode causes it to shutdown in 20 seconds if you don't press a button. When it comes on again it then has to start again and re-find the GPS signal. Power cables into cigarette sockets *do* get intermittently moved while driving & flying, this is really annoying. – Understood and will be forwarded to both the hardware and software people
For a unit costing as much as this I expected far more. I get the impression than this product has been rushed to the market, and is really still in the development stage. A product with a 7 inch screen for £600 will not give you everything you want, there are other units available for more than twice this price that may not do all you require.
I wish to return it for a full refund, and will instead purchase a better product at later date. – When we receive your product back in original re-sellable condition no doubt you will receive a full refund from Flightstore, we will then cancel your Memory-Map registration as you will no longer require the charts or software for which you have been refunded.
I will certainly get our technical Support people to have a good look when we receive your unit and test all the features to see if the unit faulty.
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