The Garmin GPSMAP 496 allows pilots to fly smarter and safer. Similar to the 396, the Garmin 496 combines XM satellite weather with terrain alerting and a detailed color map, then combines it with high-end software and features. Known as the "know-it-all" mini-MFD because it puts more power and information at your fingertips - more than any other aviation portable handheld ever produced. The Garmin 496 is a "must have" for any pilot.
The Garmin 496 features Garmin's SafeTaxi data and provides positioning and detailed taxiway diagrams for over 650 U.S. airports. Preloaded on the 496, pilots can navigate unfamiliar airports and see their aircrafts exact position on the field.
AOPA Airport Directory
The Garmin 496 has the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Airport Directory included in it. Over 5,300 U.S. airports along with FBO, ground transportation, lodging, restaurants, local attractions and more are loaded in the 496.
Garmin's new Smart Airspace, included in the Garmin 496, makes identifying what airspace that lies ahead while in flight easier than ever. Increased situational awareness is achieved because Smart Airspace automatically highlights airspace close to your current altitude and de-emphasizes airspace away from the current altitude.
Enjoy Faster Update Rate
The Garmin 496 updates map data and panel page instruments at 5 Hz giving pilots a smoother, almost real-time presentation of their aircraft's analog indicators - IE: HSI and Turn Coordinator.
Enhance Situational Awareness
Jeppesen database with U.S. obstacles and terrain are built into the Garmin 496. Using this information, the GPSMAP 496 displays your flight route over contour terrain mapping with even more visual reference and a higher-resolution terrain database that has over ten times as much data than the Garmin 396. To provide alerts, the Garmin 496 monitors your current position in relation to surrounding terrain using information from the terrain and U.S. obstacles database. The 496 even gives pilots the ability to customize their own minimum clearance levels to receive terrain cautions. The addition of private airports and heliports to the database provides even more navigation and emergency "nearest" options.
Add XM Weather, Radio and Traffic
The Garmin 496's optional services and sensors allow pilots to make informed decisions based on weather conditions and traffic. With a subscription to XM WX Satellite Weather and the included GXM 30A smart antenna, you'll have access to constantly-updated, high-resolution weather data for the U.S, right in the cockpit. Weather information includes Next Generation Radar (NEXRAD), Aviation Routine Weather Reports (METARs), Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs), Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs), Lightning and Winds Aloft and can be laid directly over the 496's Jeppesen and topographic map databases. With an additional monthly service fee, Garmin's 496 GXM 30A smart antenna delivers XM Satellite Radio to your aircraft. Add a Garmin Mode S transponder, and the Garmin 496 will also display TIS traffic alerts that identify surrounding air traffic.
Navigate by Air, Land or Sea
Garmin's GPSMAP 496 eliminates the need to ask for directions because it's preloaded with City Navigator NT street maps, including a hefty points of interest (POIs) database with motels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. Simply enter a destination, and voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions will automatically guide you. In addition, Garmin 496 accepts customized points of interest such as school zones and safety cameras and includes proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs. Add optional BlueChart g2 data cards, and turn the 496 into a color chartplotter.
Garmin GPSMAP 496: The world's most highly evolved aviation portable.