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The Garmin GPSMAP 696 is a clean-sheet device that takes aviation portables to the next level. It has a gigantic, 7-inch portrait screen where you can display information like airways, electronic charts and weather. One of the many new features is an IFR map mode that displays a chart similar to standard enroute charts. The IFR map mode shows all the important features -- such as victor airways, jet routes, MEAs and leg distances -- and Garmin has gone the extra mile by adding major visual reference points like rivers, state boundards, highways and railroad tracks. Another key feature is Garmin FliteCharts that lets you see an entire approach plate on the Garmin 696 display. FliteCharts will tempt you to reduce the amount of paper in the cockpit, which is OK if you use the charts in accordance with AC90-78 since the 696 has Class I/Class II Electronic Flight Bag capability.
Garmin's newest portable GPS is their best yet. Combining advanced glass cockpit features with Garmin's biggest screen ever, the new GPSMAP 696 is truly a portable multi-function display (MFD). In one unit, Garmin has combined moving map, XM weather, terrain alerts, charts, airport information and much more.
The 7" diagonal screen with an 800x480 resolution, is the best screen available for portable GPS units. This enables the Garmin 696 to perfectly display weather, terrain and simulated instruments, and now IFR approach plates. Obviously, Garmin would have it no other way, the screen is very bright and extremely visible even in direct sunlight.
User friendly controls
The Garmin 696 has easy to use controls resembling those of Garmin panel GPS units commonly found in more modern aircraft. These controls are intuitive and enable the user to save time and number of strokes to get to the menu and options they desire.
The real question is will you ever need paper charts again? With the Garmin 696, you can display FAA/NACO IFR charts that are preloaded into the unit. These include approach plates, arrivals, departures, airport diagrams and approaches. With the 7" screen you can view them in full or even zoom in for more detailed reading.
Garmin innovated in a huge way with the 496 and 396 weather capabilities, the Garmin 696 builds on those units adding weather overlay to any of the views displayed. XM weather enables NEXRAD radar, satellite images, METARs, TAFs, TFRs, turbulence forecasts, winds aloft, freezing levels and much more. XM WX subscriptions start at $29.99 and can be activated within 15 mn of receiveing your new Garmin 696.
Simulated instrument panel
Garmin's simulated instrument panel displays GPS-derived instruments for speed, altitude, vertical speed, bank angle and heading. On the Garmin 696 the simulated instrument panel can be viewed on a split screen on the main page for optimal situational awareness.
In addition to having a dedicated terrain page showing nearby terrain and obstacles, the Garmin 696 also includes a view that shows a profile view of upcoming terrain. In any event, you are kept safe by pop up alerts that warn you of impending obstacles and terrain.
AOPA Airport Directory
Easily look up taxi services, plan an overnight, choose fuel stops and more with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Airport Directory included on GPSMAP 696. It offers detailed information for over 5,300 U.S. airports along with the names and phone numbers of thousands of FBOs, plus ground transportation, lodging, restaurants, local attractions and more.
Garmin SafeTaxiŽ data provides detailed taxiway diagrams and position information for over 850 U.S. airports. Preloaded on the unit, this information helps you navigate unfamiliar airports with confidence and shows your aircraft's exact position on the field.
The Garmin 696 includes both internal battery and GPS antenna. Many pilots have complained about competitor products having too many wires, well Garmin has listened. The Garmin 696 can be flown without wires. Dimensions 5 3/4"l x 7 3/4"h x 1 1/2"d; weight 2.3 lbs.
In the box: Garmin 696 with internal battery and GPS antenna, external XM weather antenna, external GPS antenna, carrying case, USB interface cable, yoke mount, wall charger, 10-36V power plug, free JeppesenŽ update, quick reference guide, owner's manual.
What's in the Box:
- GPSMAP 696
- Free single database update
- Yoke mount
- GXM 40 smart antenna
- XM USB extension cable
- GA 25 remote antenna with suction cup mount
- 12/24 volt power cable
- AC power adapter
- USB cable
- Protective cover
- Owner's manual
- Quick reference guide
Expand Your Portable
The GPSMAP 696 includes an SD card slot for extra memory and updates. Keep track of the databases on your GPSMAP 696 through www.fly.garmin.com, Garmin's online manager that helps you update, manage and purchase the latest aviation data for your Garmin device, all in one place.
*A single update of FliteCharts comes preloaded on the unit. FliteCharts will automatically disable when the data is over six (6) months out-of-date (six month period to commence when map is loaded in the factory). Each box will contain a certificate for one free current FliteCharts download. After the six month period, you must purchase a subscription for continuous FliteCharts chart availability.
Warranty: 1 Year
Made in: Taiwan