Thursday, October 26, 2006

Garmin GPSMAP 496 Moving Map Features Defined

Basemap: Built-in routable basemap (North America and South America) shows roads, services, metro areas and surface features

Database:Built-in Jeppesen® database with terrain and obstacle data bases. Includes worldwide airports and VOR’s, plus Americas, or Atlantic International, or Pacific International NDB’s, intersections, special use and controlled airspace, runway data, plus airport, FSS, and ARTCC frequencies. GPSMAP 496 adds locations for private airports and heliports (U.S. only). Also, Garmin SafeTaxi™ data supports detailed airport and taxiway diagrams at over 650 U.S. airports. For European users, VFR Reporting Point data is available for reference on the moving map.

Approach waypoints: Jeppesen® data also includes final approach sequence waypoints for all published approaches.

AOPA’s Airport Directory: Included AOPA directory contains detailed information on over 5,300 U.S. airports, along with airports of entry for Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Includes names and telephone numbers of aircraft services, fuel outlets, transportation, and more.

Car navigation: Internal storage comes preloaded with MapSource® City Navigator® NT for North America or Europe. Provides street-level detail and addresses, plus listings of nearby restaurants, hotels, ATMs, etc.

Custom POIs: Supports user-created custom points-of-interest (POI) data, using Garmin’s free POI Loader software.

Uploadable maps: Accepts optional Garmin data cards for detailed maps.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Compare Garmin GPSMAP 496 to 396 to 296 to 196

Garmin has a great tool that allows you to line up their aviation GPS units to compare features.

Click the link above, check the desired units you would like to compare and Garmin's great website does the rest.

As always, feel free to call us at JA AIR CENTER - 800-323-5966 or send us an email at for a translation of features if anything does not make sense.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Garmin GPSMAP 496 v. 2.60 Operating System Available

Garmin has released a new version of the GPSMAP 496 Operating system (thanks to a visitor to our blog advising us!)

Remember, these are free to GPSMAP 496 owners and we encourage you to update your unit for the latest features/fixes.

Click the download link below:

GPSMAP 496 Ver. 2.60 as of Sep 25, 2006 Download