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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.


The EKP-IV comes with a compartment for 6 AA rechargeable batteries (AA),  located in the rear of the unit.
The unit  charges the batteries when connected to an external power source and it is on.
Fully charged rechargeable AA batteries are required.  With fully charged batteries the autonomy is about 2 hours (this can vary depending on battery condition,contrast and screen settings).
AvMap strongly recommends the use of rechargeable AA NiMH and / or NiCd.
DO NOT USE ALKALINE BATTERIES, it can damage the device and void the warranty.
 As regards the AA LITHIUM-ION, there is no problem in using them, AS LON AS THE DEVICE IS NOT CONNECTED TO ANY POWER SOURCE. You can use the Li-Ion battery as long as they are recharged externally.


 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 color, sunlight-viewable LCD TFT backlight screen is 7 inches diagonal, with an 800 x 480 resolution and a brightness of 400 nits.

The display  is equipped with a sensor for the automatic adjustment of brightness.

We recommend you to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight: if the device is not used, the screen should not be exposed directly to sunlight, exposure to ultraviolet rays of the display can shorten the life of the liquid crystals used in the cartographic plotter.

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

With the unit OFF,  press and hold the NEAR key  and turn the unit on. The SYSTEM MENU will appear. There will be a menu selection titled “RAM Clear.” Highlight this option and press ENTER.

Thanks to the software version 1.10.044R it is now possible to modify the Checklists. From the Map mode press twice the MENU key, select CHECKLISTS and press ENTER to confirm. Choose which list you want to edit.

Download the tool and the instructions from this link :


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 EKP you need a CF reader, you cannot update your CF without it.
First of all download and unzip the update files from our support section.
Enable the show of hidden files. Create on your Desktop the folder 'Old CF'  and copy in it all the files from the CF (is the backup folder if something goes wrong).
Omit to copy the 'CHARTS' folder. Create on your Desktop the folder 'New CF' and copy in it the same files you copied in 'Old CF'. Replace the files format swx in 'New CF' with the ones you downloaded from internet. Ovewrite the files in the cF with the ones in 'New CF' (do not touch the CHART folder).

Turn on the EKP and verify: if the procedure was correctly executed. If not, reinstall in the CF the files from  'Old CF' and repeat the procedure.
NOTE! : this procedure can delete all user marks from the RAM. Save them first in the CF  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.

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.

You need to perform a simple software procedure called “RAM Clear.” 

Please save all your user datas ( waypoints - tracks - FP ) into Database - file Manager to avoid to loose them.

Then, turn off the device and turn on  it holding Power + Menu button and keep pressed until System Test page appears.

Then select - Ram Menu - Ram Clear.

Press enter to confirm and turn off the device.

Turn on it again normally.


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
.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 ) 

The EKP-IV exports NMEA data (NMEA0183) and any autopilot that can receive NMEA data will communicate with the EKP-IV. We recommend consulting with your autopilot manufacturer to verify that the device accepts NMEA0183 data. A serial cable that will connect to the serial port on your EKP-IV (which has a DB9 connector that can be connected to your autopilot) is also available.

Ask your dealer for the PCAS XRX interface cable (code CBDJMG0400).
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.

is available the complete procedure to update the software and the Jeppesen (aeronautical database)

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

1. Compile a flight plan on rocketroute.com, save and Export.

2. Select AvMap format and Save the file to a known location on your PC.

3. Once you have obtained from RocketRoute the file in AvMap format (.GPX) you can import it in your Geopilot or EKP IV using the GPXconverter application. Download for free GPXConverter and extract the content of the .rar folder.

4. Extract from the navigator the memory card (SD or CF) and insert it into a memory card reader. If the Card does not contain any USERIMG.bin, then copy here the .bin file found in the folder you have just downloaded.

5. Execute the .exe file Click on the “GPX to USERIMG” button (This allows inserting the GPX file in the navigators’ personal data folder).

6. Select the flight plans from the list on your right and Click Import to EKP. The imported flight plans will be listed in the left column.

7. Select as destination the USERIMG.BIN file found in the memory card. The GPX file will be added to this USERIMG.BIN.

ATTENTION: the space available in the USERIMG.BIN file is limited. You can save in one file (route, track or flight plan) a maximum of 1000 Waypoints, 5000 track points and 100 flight plan legs, and you can save a maximum of 60 files in the USERIMG.BIN.

8. Close the GPXconverter, click on safe removal and extract the memory card from the reader.

9. Insert the memory card back in the navigator, and select Menu, Menu, Database, and then File Management to load the Flight Plans you have just imported.

> For more info http://www.rocketroute.com/support

> Download the Procedure

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 display of EKP IV is ultra-bright and visible in the sunlight. The color screen (64K) with a resolution of 800x480 pixels, is equipped with a sensor for the automatic adjustment of brightness.
We recommend you to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight: when  the device is not used, the screen should not be exposed  directly to sunlight, exposure to ultraviolet rays of the display can shorten the life of the liquid crystals used in the cartographic plotter.

1.    Enter in the COMMUNICATIONS menu by pressing the MENU key twice from Map mode,
2.     select SELECT NMEA MESSAGES function
3.     Enable the NMEA output. The default output phrases are RMB and GGA.


In order to update software or maps you do not need any dedicated cable to connect your EKP to the PC: it is enough to extract the memory card from the navigator and to read its content with any memory card reader. 


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).

To display the TAWS you need to set your unit. In Map mode, press once the MENU key, select once the MENU key, select TERRAINS and press ENTER to confirm. A menu is displayed: select TAWS and confirm pressing ENTER. After this operation the TAWS is not visible yet on the map. It is necessary to activate your own position (fix): this is possible connecting the GPS antenna to the AvMap EKP IV. Otherwise you can set the unit in Simulation mode: press twice the MENU key and select Simulator from the Main Menu. Press ENTER to enter the menu and set ON in Simulation. Once you set it, the TAWS are displayed at any scale.
Important Note, suitable as well for the users who carry on the Low Airways update: we want to underline that even if the TAW squares might appear anaesthetically, AvMap prefers to conform to what the TAWS proposes: to represent a set of rules for the security. Following this aim, thats why the Low Airways are reported on the map of your AvMap EKP IV in cyan and purple colour: we firmly believe they are the only two colours that can be perfectly displayed on the red, green or yellow squares of the TAWS.

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.

The flight plan leg is coloured in black and appears on the map with a little arrow. The Low Airways is coloured in black leg and appears a little bit thicker.

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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.