Garmin’s flagship aviation portable GPS is the aera 796 Portable GPS. The aera 796 GPS incorporates the popular features of the Garmin GPSMAP 696, while adding new capabilities such as a touchscreen interface, selectable screen orientation (landscape or portrait), and 3-D Vision.
This GPS no longer comes with an XM Antenna. The aera 796 is also XM-weather ready but to use SiriusXM services you will need to purchase the optional GXM42 SiriusXM Receiver.
Please Note: This unit comes with a 'World' basemap (ground). You can use your Free Update to make your Americas Airspace current or to change your airspace to the Atlantic or Pacific Region!
The aera 796 Portable GPS also takes the pilot one step closer to a paperless cockpit with a digital document viewer, scratch pad and pre-loaded geo-referenced AeroNav IFR and VFR enroute charts.
- High-resolution 7-inch touchscreen
- Viewable in Portrait or Landscape Mode
- Size is optimized to fit on the Yoke or as a knee-mounted GPS
- 4 Touchkeys on the bezel (Back, Menu, Direct To, Nearest) for quick navigation
- User-selected icons to anchor at the bottom of the screen for quick access
- Touchscreen capabilities such as “pan” and “pinch zoom”
- Display has large labeled icons with functions such as:
- 3D Vision
- WPT info
- FPL list
- Active FPL
- Doc viewer
- SiriusXM Weather capable
Enhanced situational awareness with 3D Vision
The aera 796 features 3D Vision, a unique 3D view of database-generated terrain. 3D Vision uses GPS position and the terrain-alerting database to recreate a behind-the-aircraft perspective view of the topographic landscape.
The resulting virtual reality display offers pilots a supplemental 3D depiction of land and water features including terrain, obstacles, runways and airport signposts all shown in relative proximity to the aircraft.
With the flick of a finger, the 3D view can be rotated around the aircraft to easily view the surrounding terrain! Using forward-looking terrain avoidance capability, the aera 796 predicts in advance where potential hazards may exist and colorizes the landscape showing amber or red overlays on those areas. Any towers or obstacles that may encroach upon the flight path are color-highlighted and clearly displayed with height-appropriate symbology.
Attitude Information with GDL 39 3D
Attitude information derived from the Garmin GDL 39 3D will appear on the aera’s 3D vision page. Pilots can choose from a full screen attitude based synthetic vision indication, or split the attitude with a moving map and up to 4 pilot selectable data fields at the bottom half of the display. This information makes Garmin’s unique 3D Vision page even more useful. The GDL 39 3D can share this additional information with the aera 796/795 via either Bluetooth or a standard hardwire connection. The new software allows pilots to utilize this information on their existing aera 796/795 products.
Charts, Charts, and More Charts - The path to a paperless cockpit
Because of the comprehensive offering of electronic charts, the aera 796 may be qualified for use as either a Class I or Class II Electronic Flight Bag (EFB). Geo-referenced IFR Enroute charts and VFR Sectional charts come pre-loaded, and the aera 796 also includes geo-referenced Garmin FliteCharts®, an electronic version of the AeroNav U.S. Terminal Procedures Publication.
With FliteCharts, pilots can quickly find and view all departure procedures (DP), standard terminal arrival routes (STARs), approach charts and airport diagrams. For pilots who prefer Jeppesen charts and diagrams, Garmin also offers a ChartView enablement option. Garmin ChartView utilizes Jeppesen’s extensive library to provide global charting capabilities.
Other new features include a built-in digital document viewer that enables the pilot to load and view PDF documents, JPEG photos, and many other electronically formatted materials including checklists and detailed performance/procedural data from the aircraft flight manual. There is also a convenient scratch pad for writing down clearances or other important notes.
SiriusXM Weather/GXM 42 Weather Receiver
The GXM 42 portable SiriusXM Aviation weather receiver – when paired with an aera 796 allows pilots to access new weather services made available by SiriusXM‘s enhanced satellite network. The updated SiriusXM Aviation service gives pilots access to comprehensive weather products as they become available, allowing operators to make educated decisions in-flight as it relates to weather.
The GXM 42 is the latest addition to Garmin’s weather antenna receivers to offer state-of-the-art SiriusXM Aviation information. SiriusXM is offering a new lineup of packages and products within those packages. As an example, the Pilot Express base package offers lightning, cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground activity, graphical winds aloft, temperatures aloft, AIRMETS, and SIGMETS. Additionally, there are new lower price activation fees as well as discounts for customers that prepay for an entire year or more of service.
Similar to earlier generation antennas, the GXM 42 offers important weather products such as radar, aviation routine weather reports (METARs), terminal aerodrome forecasts (TAFs), temporary flight restrictions (TFRs), lightning, turbulence forecasts, and more. Data subscriptions and coverage area information are available from SiriusXM.
Added support for helicopters
The addition of optional City Navigator data on the aera 796 allows the user to search and locate any desired surface address for use as a flight plan waypoint or for direct-to navigation. This makes it even easier for helicopter and fixed-wing operators to respond to critical missions around streets and highways, survey land or perform search and rescue operations.
Instrument back up, weather, traffic and more
Garmin’s patented Panel Page on the aera 796 GPS offers a backup solution to the instrument panel with its exclusive display of GPS-derived panel information, including track indication, GPS altitude, groundspeed, vertical speed and turn indication. Plus, the internal GPS provides position updates five times per second (5 Hz), allowing it to present flight data more smoothly and accurately.
The Garmin aera 796 has the option to purchase a GXM™ 42 receiver for SiriusXM WX Satellite Weather and SiriusXM Radio. SiriusXM WX Satellite Weather gives next generation radar (NEXRAD), aviation routine weather reports (METARs), terminal aerodrome forecasts (TAFs), temporary flight restrictions (TFRs), lightning, winds aloft, turbulence forecasts, PIREPs, icing forecast and several other important weather products. The weather data may be laid directly over the unit’s navigation and topographic map databases. And because the optional GXM 42 is powered through the aera 796, the set up is simple, and satellite weather and radio can continue to operate for up to four hours without external power. SiriusXM WX subscription data and coverage area information is available from the SiriusXM website.
The aera 796 will also display traffic if coupled to a compatible traffic source like the optional GTX 330, showing TIS (traffic information service) where available. Garmin has increased the interface capability through the addition of a second serial port to allow even more connectivity simultaneously. With two serial ports, the pilot can display traffic information, send frequencies to a Garmin SL30 or SL40 radio, send position information and more to other select aircraft devices.
SafeTaxi and AOPA Airport Directory
Taxiing at unfamiliar airports is made easier thanks to SafeTaxi®, which includes geo-referenced diagrams of over 1,000 U.S. airports that identify runways, taxiways and hangars, as well as the aircraft’s exact location on the field. The aera 796 GPS also has AOPA Airport Directory data, an electronic version of AOPA’s popular U.S. pilot guide, which includes information for over 5,300 public-use airports and nearly 7,000 FBOs. Optionally, pilots can purchase the AC-U-KWIK airport directory database, which features worldwide airport information for more than 7,800 airports globally.
What's in the Box:
- aera 796
- Yoke mount
- DC cigarette adapter 12/24 volt cradle
- Home A/C cradle dock
- GA 25 remote antenna with suction cup mount
- USB cable
- Carrying case
- Touchscreen cleaning cloth
- Quick reference guide
- Complimentary single database update
- Pilot's Guide e-version (viewable on the document viewer)
- Dimensions: 5.1"W x 8.0"H x 1.5"D (13.0 x 20.3 x 3.8 cm)
- Display size: 3.6"W x 6.0"H (9.1 x 15.2 cm); 7.0" diag (17.78 cm)
- Display Resolution: 480 x 800 pixels
- Weight: 26.4 ounces (748 g) with battery pack; 18.3 ounces (519 g) without battery pack; 12.7 ounces (361 g) RAM mount
- Battery: rechargeable, replaceable Lithium-ion
- Battery Life: up to 3 hours with full backlight and GXM 40 connected (8 hours with 50% backlighting and XM connected)