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Garmin aera 510 Portable Aviation GPS (Americas)
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Garmin aera 510 Portable Aviation GPS (Americas)

Featuring crisp 4.3-inch QVGA wide-format displays with touchscreen interface, Garmin's aera series of GPS portables are the perfect fly/drive navigation solution. All four aera models come with preloaded automotive maps, a built-in terrain/obstacles aviation database, Garmin's patented Panel Page, and more. So, you can transition smoothly from runways to roadways with the aera model that best matches your needs and budget.

Consider the aera 510
Stepping up from Garmin's base model aera 500, the 510 version adds support for NEXRAD imaging and all the other great XM WX(TM) satellite weather capabilities. Plus, you can use the XM Radio capability to enjoy 170+ channels of digital music, news and other programming through your headset or cabin audio system. (The GXM 40 smart antenna is included with your aera.) In addition to the XM satellite access, the aera 510 comes fully preloaded with detailed aerial mapping of terrain contours and structural features. So, you'll have a wealth of information resources at your fingertips, to help you make better flying decisions. What's more, the simplicity of a single integrated cabling solution for power, music and datalink weather antenna options makes for easy, clutter-free aera connectivity in the cockpit.

In the Air, It's a "Mini-MFD"
Your aera 510 comes ready to fly, right out of the box. Its detailed chart-style shaded mapping and extensive terrain and aviation databases (including private airports and heliports) help you visualize your flight path in relation to nearby navaids, terrain, SUAs, obstruc¬tions, and so on. Terrain/obstacle detail is shown in standard 30 arc-second resolution on the aera 510 display. And, as in all the aera models, GPS updating is provided at a super-fast 5 Hz rate. For added safety, a database-driven terrain advisory feature offers TAWS-like color coding and pop-up alerts when possible obstructions or ground proximity conflicts loom ahead.

Reach New Levels of Awareness
The aera 510's graphical Terrain page offers both overhead and vertical profile views of the landscape beneath your wings. And an IFR map mode lets you display and navigate on high or low enroute airways - while using your touchscreen map cursor to reference MEAs (Minimum Enroute Altitudes) and distances between intersections. For traffic awareness, an optional power/data cable (sold separately) makes it easy to interface your aera with the Garmin GTX 330 Mode S transponder in your aircraft, thus enabling you to access and display TIS traffic alerts in busy terminal airspace. What's more, you can also use the aera to load communications frequencies into your Garmin SL 40 Comm or SL 30 Nav/Comm transceiver.

Garmin aera 510 Aviation Features:

  • Easy-to-use touchscreen interface
  • Bright 4.3" diagonal, color touchscreen display; 480 x 272 pixels; WQVGA TFT display with white backlight
  • Lithium-ion battery: lasts up to five hours, depending on usage and settings
  • XM weather and audio capability
  • Flight Plans: 50 with up to 300 points each
  • Flight log: At least 30 most recent flights
  • Auto time zone - aera will automatically adjust your time zone while navigating
  • High-sensitivity GPS receiver with WAAS position accuracy for improved performance and reception
  • Simplified PC connectivity, using USB for easy data base updates

Garmin aera 510 on the road
When you arrive at your destination runway, aera lets you hit the ground running - with full automotive GPS capability and preloaded City Navigator(R) NT street mapping. Operating much like Garmin's popular nuvi(R) line of touchscreen auto navigators, your aera 510 offers voice-guided turn-by-turn directions with text-to-speech audio technology that calls out streets by name. In addition, there's built-in Bluetooth(R) support for wireless hands-free calling with your compatible mobile phone. And the aera's built-in "points of interest" database offers helpful guidance to millions of motels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs, and other local attractions. You can use the aera's XM satellite capability to watch the weather or listen to XM Radio entertainment while driving. And to speed your transition from aircraft to automotive mode, a unique "smart mount" for the aera offers instant clip-and-go car navigation.

Garmin aera 510 Automotive Features:

  • Preloaded street maps of North America
  • Turn-by-turn directions with voice guidance - "Turn right on Main Street"
  • Bluetooth wireless technology - enabling hands-free calling
  • Micro-SD(TM) card slot for optional mapping and data storage
  • Trip computer records mileage, max speed, total time and more
  • Built-in travel kit includes features such as picture viewer, world clock, currency and measurement converters and calculator
  • Garmin Connect(TM) Photos - associate your favorite images with saved locations and visit Garmin Connect

Garmin aera series: It's the ultimate fly/drive option.

What's in the Box:

  • aera 510
  • Free single database update
  • GXM 40 smart antenna
  • Yoke mount with power cable
  • Battery pack
  • Portable Friction Mount
  • USB cable
  • Vehicle power cable
  • Dashboard disk
  • Pilots guide

Unit dimensions - 5.3"W x 3.3"H x 0.9"D
Weight - 9.5 oz (270g)
Rugged and waterproof (IPX-7)
Interface with SL30 and SL40 for frequency tuning
GTX 330 interface capability for TIS traffic


Garmin aera Comparison

  aera 500 aera 510 aera 550 aera 560
5 HZ GPS update rate for near-real-time updates of panel page
Patented aviation panel page
Terrain and obstacle data
Private Airport data
XM WX capable and GXM(TM) 40 antenna included (XM WX subscription required)    
Standard 30 arc second terrain/obstacle data    
High resolution 9 arc second terrain/obstacle data for a more vivid depiction of proximity hazards (over 11 times more onscreen resolution than the standard 30 arc-second)    
SafeTaxi(R) with over 950 US airports    
AOPA Airport Directory    
One year complimentary aviation database updates (obstacles, terrain, SafeTaxi, NavData and AOPA Airport Directory)    
Preloaded auto maps with voice prompted directions that speak street names, "turn right on main street"
Bluetooth capability in automotive mode
Ruggedized and waterproof (IEC 529 IPX-7 standards)
Enhanced auto features (lane assist, junction view, and speed limit notification)    
NAVTEQ automotive traffic compatible (requires purchase of accessory cigarette lighter adapter with integrated FM traffic receiver)    



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Customer Reviews For Garmin aera 510 Portable Aviation GPS (Americas):
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Monday, May 07, 2012
Working very well
by Graham from Indian Land SC USA 

Pros: Many useful features
Cons: Have to return to home page to change functions
Review: Aera 510 is very useful. Reception without external antennae very good. Took some time to study the book and experiment to learn how to use it. A little inconvient to have to go back to home page to change functions.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I would buy this again
by Bruce from Kingsford MI USA 

Pros: like the touch screen...wx availability..great back up
Cons: smaller screen
Review: Still learning with it and working with it so far so good.
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Needs remote GPS antenna for mountain flying
by RedCreekDude from Chandler, AZ 

Pros: touch is faster, good price
Cons: poor battery life and signal in the sticks, software bugs
Review: C-182 (yoke mount); I bought one of the very first 396 units and recently "upgraded" to the 510. The 510 needs an external antenna for serious mountain/canyon flying as it drops out frequently due to weak signals. I never had this problem with my 396 on the yoke. You also need to carry the car mount bracket to connect the XM antenna when looking at weather outside the plane. The battery life is poor and I found a number of software bugs. The useable display screen is no bigger that my old 396 because of the touch menu area. The touch is nice, but if I could go back at no cost to my 396, I would.
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Monday, March 22, 2010
Great product except for the battery!
by Jesse Diaz from Albany, GA 

Pros: Great feature functionality, touch screen, very intuitive.
Cons: The battery, the battery and the battery...
Review: I love everything about this product. Its loaded with features and it is very intuitive. The touch screen makes all the difference in the world. If you have a weather subscription for about 49.00 dollars a month ( that's about the best all around one from XM radio) you can see all the weather and get all the weather information you need while flying. Garmin has really out done themselves!! There is one problem, however, that makes all that wonderful stuff I mentioned just completely worthless though And that is the battery life on this thing. There is no way that it's a five hour battery!! Why they say it is should be considered false advertising This is barely a two hour battery. If you're flying and superimposing weather and have all types of movement on the screen and you're jumping back and forth between menus, then forget it because its barely an hour and a half battery. If you dont have a cigarette lighter in your plane or some way to get power to it, you better carry more than one battery and be prepared to switch while you're flying. If you have the power socket, you'll love the device.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Great GPS
by Paull from Marietta GA USA 

Pros: Screen size is very good and Satellite acquisition is very fast.
Cons: Lack of training material from Garmin. Would help to have more than just a manual.
Review: This unit is a backup for our 430 but was also purchased for the XM Weather. The unit acquires satellites very quickly and the XM Weather is a must for IFR trips. It takes a little time to learn to navigate through the various screens. I think Garmin would do well to have an online tutorial to get someone familiar with the various navigation techniques. One would do well to experiment with it on the ground before trying it in the air. All in all it is a great unit!
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Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Excellent Product, definitely would buy again
by Bobby L. from harrison AR USA 

Pros: Touch screen makes it simple to use.
Review: This is an amazing GPS. Very easy to use. The weather is a must have for any pilot. Easy transition from the Garmin 196, 296 GPS's. Touch screen works grate. Met and exceeded all expectations.
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Sunday, February 07, 2010
Great Situational Awareness
by William from New Hartford CT USA 

Pros: Ease of use
Cons: Documentation lacks examples- How To
Review: Interface very easy to use. All of the VFR features a pilot would be interested in are there. Very manageable during slight turbulence. Screen resolution good, documentation could be better by perhaps using different scenarios, i.e. direct to, nearest, flight planning. I would recommend this to the pilot who is looking for a good,m easy to use backup for navigation in the event of an electrical failure.
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Previous Customer Questions For Garmin aera 510 Portable Aviation GPS (Americas):
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On Monday, June 27, 2011 a customer asked:
Will charger work on 28volt cigarette lighter in airplane?
A: Yes, according to page 3 of the Garmin aera user guide, the unit can be charged using either a 12-Volt or 24-Volt connector.  It can be used while it is being charged.

On Friday, May 13, 2011 a customer asked:
Is there a panel mounting bracket available as an alternative to the yoke mount?

Yes.  You can mount it in the panel with the AirGizmos Garmin GPS Panel Dock - Garmin aera 500 Series.

On Monday, April 25, 2011 a customer asked:
Can it be used to feed a Trutrak autopilot?
A: Yes!  You just need to connect the RS-232 OUT wire on the TruTrak to the Data In wire on the Garmin aera.  The TruTrak requires GPRMC and GPRMB sentence in the data string and the Garmin aera supports both GPRMC and GPRMB in either normal mode or fast mode.

On Sunday, February 27, 2011 a customer asked:
Are you able to add the safe taxi to the 510 and it looks like if you purchase the 550 you have to also purchase the gxm 40 antenna to recieve xm nexrad weather?

It is not possible to add the SafeTaxi database to either the aera 500 or the aera 510.  To enable SafeTaxi, you must have either the aera 550 or aera 560.   

The  GXM 40 antenna for XM Radio and Weather is included with both the aera 510 and the aera 560.  However, you will need to activate a subscription with XM in order to use that included antenna.

On Saturday, February 19, 2011 a customer asked:
does the 510 show runway centerlines extending out from the runway as you near the runway
A: Yes.  When Vectors-to-Final are activated, the aera creates an extension of the final course, beyond the final approach waypoint in the database.  The map shows an extension of the final approach course using a bold magenta line.  See page 78 of the Garmin aera Pilots Guide for more information.

On Monday, March 22, 2010 a customer asked:
How do you delete waypoints in WPT INFO ?
A: This is described on page 59 of the aera 510 User's Guide.

On Monday, January 18, 2010 a customer asked:
How much does it cost to update the AERA database?
A: AOPA Database $49.95
NavData $49.95 (Annual $295)
Obstacle Database $49.95 (Annual $195)
SafeTaxi $49.95 (Annual $195)
Terrain Database $150.00.  Since Terrain data does not include man-made objects (towers, airports, VORs etc.), updates to Terrain data do not occur on a regular basis.



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