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Garmin aera 560 Portable Aviation GPS (Americas)
- 17 customer reviews.

Garmin aera 560 Portable Aviation GPS (Americas)

Say hello to the Garmin aera series: Easy-to-use pilot/motorist GPS solutions from the leader in both Aviation and Automotive portable navigation. Featuring crisp 4.3-inch QVGA wide-format displays with touchscreen interface, all four aera models come with preloaded automotive maps, a built-in terrain/obstacles aviation database, patented Panel Page instrument display, and more. So, you can go from runways to roadways with the best in moving-map guidance to match your needs and budget.

Go Top-of-the-Line with aera 560
The most feature-rich navigator in Garmin's aera lineup, the 560 model combines a more advanced list of automotive and piloting capabilities with higher-resolution 9 arc-second terrain/obstacle graphics that yield over 11 times more onscreen resolution than the standard 30 arc-second versions. As in all the aera models, GPS updating is provided at a super- fast 5 Hz rate. And you also get full support for the latest in SiriusXM WX satellite weather capabilities. With coverage for the U.S. and Canada, theSiriusXM service lets you reference detailed NEXRAD imaging and METARs data, as well as current reports on precipitation, lightning, winds aloft, airport terminal forecasts, and more. Weather graphics can be overlaid on your aera's moving-map display. And for added entertainment value, yourSiriusXM receiver can also be used to access over 170 channels of digital audio entertainment (XM subscription required). The GXM 42 smart antenna is not included with your aera 560. And a single integrated cabling solution for power, music and datalink weather options makes for easy, clutter-free aera connectivity in your cockpit.

Think "mini-MFD" with Preloaded Mapping
In addition to theSiriusXM satellite access, your aera 560 comes fully preloaded with detailed flight mapping, terrain/obstacles alerting, U.S. SafeTaxi(R) charts, and AOPA Airport Directory data. So, you'll have a wealth of information resources at your fingertips to help you make better flying decisions. A full year of prepaid aviation database updates is included with your aera 560 purchase. And to further enhance situational awareness, the aera 560's graphical Terrain page offers both overhead and vertical profile views of the topography under your flight path. There's also an IFR map mode that 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. Plus, to help with traffic surveillance, 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. As an added convenience, you can also use the aera to load communication frequencies into your Garmin SL 40 Comm or SL 30 Nav/Comm transceiver.

Garmin aera 560 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

It's Loaded for the Road as Well
The segue from pilot to motorist is seamless when you go with the aera 560: Its "dual boot" design, supported by preloaded City Navigator(R) NT street mapping, converts to "road mode" in a virtual heartbeat. Operating much like Garmin's popular nuvi(R) line of touchscreen auto navigators, the aera 560 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. Other premium features available on the aera 560 include lane assist with junction view, speed limit notification, Navteq traffic alerts, and more². Plus, you can still enjoySiriusXM Radio and monitorSiriusXM WX satellite weather while operating in auto mode. And to speed your transition from aircraft to automotive mode, there's also a unique "smart mount" for the aera that helps get you on your way with instant clip-and-go navigation.

Garmin aera 560 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
  • Lane Assist - provides information regarding the lane that you need to be in while navigating
  • Junction View - a realistic image of some major junctions
  • 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
  • Popular optional accessories include: NAVTEQ traffic updates via GTM 20 and motorcycle mounting options

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

What's in the Box:

  • aera 560
  • One Year of prepaid database updates
  • Yoke mount with power cable
  • Battery pack
  • Portable Friction Mount
  • USB cable
  • Vehicle power cable
  • Carry case
  • Dashboard disk
  • Pilots guide

SiriusXM Weather Ready but requires the Garmin GXM 42 Weather Receiver.

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 510 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 (GXM 42 antenna NOT included and SiriusXM 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 560 Portable Aviation GPS (Americas):
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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Close to great but....some disapointments.
by Robert from Houston TX USA 

Pros: Touch Screen, Reception
Cons: Yoke mount pivot adjustment
Review: Great situational awareness with excellent reception. Extension antena isn't needed for yoke mount.
Disapointments:
The provided yoke mount lacks adjustment capability.
Runway extensions are thin dashed lines instead of the broad easy to see ones on my 96C & 396.
XM Radio volume not user friendly.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Would buy again
by Robert D. from Greeneville TN USA 

Pros: the best
Cons: noy any
Review: Short and to the point. I would buy again.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Not what I expected, wanted much more
by George from BURLINGTON WA USA 

Pros: great for auto GPS
Cons: The aviation function needs a lot of improvement
Review: [NOTE: This review was originally written for the aera 550. The 550 was identical but without SiriusXM support.]  Does not includ all the waypoints on a approach such as a FAF. The Glide slope does not go all the way to the ground. Such as a precision approach.

Like the terrain display. It's fine with limitations, not worth the money, could be improved alot in aviation area.

The auto portion is great and have no problem with this function.
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Tuesday, July 05, 2011
I like it
by Charlie from Rome NY USA 

Pros: It's is a great size and easy to use
Review: It more than met my expectations
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Aera Series Lacks Marine Data
by Jim, DHC-2 Beaver owner from Alaska 

Pros: small with reasonable price
Cons: missing important functions
Review: I don't and won't own an Aera until Garmin includes certain data available in previous GPS units (296/496/596) that is vital for marine aviation such as tides.

If you are an amphib owner or on floats and operate anywhere except the equator, you need to know your tides.

Celestial data is also non-existent for those of you that would like to know when the moon will be bright for that VFR night flight.

This data is available elsewhere but so are charts and maps. It was in the earlier Garmin products, what marketing genius decided it wasn't important enough to keep on there.
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Greatest Portable GPSI Have Encountered
by Kevin from Lake Geneva, WI USA 

Pros: Size & Touchscreen
Cons: Hard to adjust XM radio volume
Review: Have flown with other Garmin portables (396, 495, 496), but the Aera 560 is by far my favorite. Last weekend I brought it along for a flight with my instructor during a checkout in a new plane, he swore by his 496 but might be looking for a Aera in the future. It met all of my expectations! The XM radio and weather is awesome! Very easy to update with new maps and software. Just wish the software was free for life. In my opinion the only shortcoming of the Aera 560 is when listening to XM radio it is not easy to adjust the volume. It requires going through a few touches to get to. All in all great GPS!
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Great Product
by Don from Glen Carbon IL USA 

Pros: For it's size and weight it's a dynamo
Review: The 560 has a lot to offer at a very reasonable price. It is very intuitive and easy to operate. Just about any piece of information is available at a touch of a button. Screen was bright and easy to read.
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Wednesday, June 02, 2010
by Mylan from Scottsbluff NE USA 
Review: Great product. Used on a trip from WY to SC to WV and to NE with only problem that a new airport at Daniel Island, SC, KLRO was not in data base although after landing the LRO diagram appeared.
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Monday, April 12, 2010
Great Technological Advancement
by Joseph from Hamilton MT USA 

Pros: Small, light weight, fast very portable
Cons: Cables can be cumbersome
Review: Terrific, easy to use without even reading the manual! Very fast start up, easy to navigate all the features. A terrific way to make XM weather portable and to avoid multiple subscriptions.
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Monday, April 05, 2010
Great Flexibility
by Greg from Phoenix AZ USA 

Pros: Features
Cons: Battery, USB connection, MAC compatibility
Review: Works great as spec'ed. Love it. Gets a little warm and wish the battery was longer. Seems odd you have to pull the back cover to plug into system for updates. Wish all the updates could be done native on a MAC, but the web updater still needs Windows. Don't like switching modes for updates.
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Monday, March 29, 2010
I know Where I'm at, Do you?
by Dawn from Elmore OH USA 

Pros: Great service.
Review: [NOTE: This review was originally written for the aera 550. The 550 was identical but without SiriusXM support.]  It was exactly what we're looking for. The manuals were a little daunting, but the unit does a lot for you. The company was great with the defective piece by responding to our problem immediately. YES, we would recommend the product to someone else and order a second one if our budget would allow it. AWESOME!!!
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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Touch and Go with aera 550!
by John from Salinas, CA USA 

Pros: Fabulous graphic detail, terrain/object alerts, decent menu system, customizable
Cons: Anti-glare screen is sensitive to angle and reflections light colored clothing
Review: [NOTE: This review was originally written for the aera 550. The 550 was identical but without SiriusXM support.]  Garmin has introduced their new line of portable aviation GPS units for 2010. The aera 500 series are all touch screen, save the on/off power button. Having developed a dependency for GPS in 53W with my old second-hand Garmin 195, I was was in deep pixel envy all through the flight to OSH and back with Prez Jeff and his Garmin 495. It had a lot of "wow" factor. The 495 was just stunning when compared to the old 195 monochrome display and the features were beyond compare. I resisted the temptation to pull out the old Mastercard at Airventure but could not get the utility of that 495 out of my thoughts for the next few months.

When prices started to drop on the 495 and 496 series I suspect that something was looming. To get to the point, I bought an aera 550. It is comparable in features to the 49x's but has quite a different form factor, as there are no mechanical buttons on the face. It looks very much like a big brother to their nuvi automotive GPS line.

My very very first impression was "Dang, I can't get the battery door to open!" It did take a little prompting with a small screwdriver to coax it loose. Once booted I was presented with a warning that there was no aviation database installed. Did I buy the wrong unit? No, as a call to Garmin tech support confirmed that some number of units were shipped without the essential data. After installing a couple of applications on an XP workstation we were able to download the database and upgrade all the others like terrain, AOPA, and safe taxi. Finally I had a functioning unit.

I should note that while driving around town in the aviation mode with the terrain map enabled, the screen is entirely RED. Makes sense as it was only a few feet off of the ground. One feature that seemed to be missing was the nifty compass arc and heading bug on the map page. After another query to tech support I found that one of the many many settings suppressed displaying the arc until some elevation above ground. I had spent a few hours going over the 202 page manual so was somewhat at home with the menu system. The touch screen requires an actual "push" on the buttons as opposed to the "tap" you might be used to on your smart phone.

There is customization galore and your preferences will probably evolve as you get some hours with it. For instance, the NUMBERS page has numerous choices from MEA, to Sunset/Sunrise, ETA, ETE, External Volts, Fuel Timer and on and on. Alerts include parachute jumping areas, adding another level of safety. Building a flight plan route or direct to is very simple, as a QWERTY keyboard is displayed and anticipates your entry by comparing it to the database. That means there is no more pushing arrow keys to spell out the identifier, city, or airport name. Once a destination or waypoint is selected, the AOPA facility information is just another button touch away. Another outstanding feature that came over from the 490 series is the aural alert feed. A standard audio jack allows you to plug into your intercom for warnings about terrain, sink rate, SUA, MOA, restricted areas and such. There is even a "Five Hundred" alert when approaching the airport for landing.

Finally I was able to get a free weekend to install it in 53W and make a flight. The product comes with just about every cable you need plus a nice, but somewhat bulky, yoke mount. The screen contrast is very good with decent brightness in sun. Eventually the unit will be located more centrally on the panel, as the co-pilot cannot see the screen at all when mounted on the pilot yoke. The touch screen works very well and the menu system is pretty easy to navigate. There is no external antenna included but so far satellite coverage is excellent. I still have a little issue with low volume on the aural alerts but that may be as simple as wiring of the "music in" jack of the intercom. Internal battery life is pretty short, so plan on using ship power. The aera series also has a complete automotive mode much like the nuvi models. It even includes lane assist, which can be very helpful on complex highway systems.


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Monday, February 15, 2010
by Kayak Jack from MI USA 
Pros: Many, many features.
Cons: Yoke mount adapter is clumsy. May need several to cover all types of aircraft.
Review: I've had opportunity to use it in my plane only once so far, and liked it. It operates much like other Garmin GPS units. I have not subscribed to the weather service yet, so cannot comment on that. In the car, it works even nicer than my Garmin Street Pilot, which I like a lot.
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Monday, January 25, 2010
Love the touch interface but a little new (rough around the edges)
by Frank from Walled Lake MI USA 

Pros: Smaller, lighter, touch screen
Cons: Touch screen sometimes takes 2 presses
Review: The touch screen makes programming and using the unit a lot easier than the 496. However, there's a learning curve... in flight is not the best time to be looking for something you can't find. There are also some bugs that hopefully new software downloads will fix, but overall it's a major re-write and a welcome step into the touch screen world. Touch screen sometimes requires 2 taps to register your finger.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
The Best Portable Ever
by A Customer from Bellevue WA USA 

Pros: very user friendly
Cons: none so far
Review: [NOTE: This review was originally written for the aera 550. The 550 was identical but without SiriusXM support.]  This is the absolute best portable GPS that Garmin has ever made. If you fly and drive this is all that you will ever need. The touchscreen is much better for entering information. It is faster and easier to use.
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Sunday, January 17, 2010
Battery does not last more than 15 minutes
by Suzanne from Snowmass CO USA 

Pros: Potential of the unit is great
Cons: Nexrad weather seems to be intermittant
Review: Great unit, but my battery charge only lasts 15 minutes!!
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Sunday, November 29, 2009
Some missing utility when compared to the 396/496
by Rick from FL 

Pros: Touch Screen is great interface!
Cons: Screen not as clear, and missing critical function from 396/496
Review:

Here are a few things I've found missing from the previous generation units. The new touch screen is GREAT.. BUT...

1. CRITICAL SERIOUS OMISSION: You cant see if an Airport has approaches available and which ones, like the 396/496 by reviewing the waypoint/airport info. This is a real loss of function for the traveling pilot who is facing unexpected weather and is looking for options to land.
2. HIGH PRIORITY: Missing runway numbers on the runway extension lines. The 496 had this.
3. MED PRIORITY: On the Flight Plan List page. Why are the tabs not customizable and or scrollable? If they are fixed, it seems that Enroute Safe Altitude is not the best choice. Don't most pilots want to know Dist, Time (for currently selected Aircraft) and Est Fuel as the main items about a flightplan without having to review or activate the Flight Plan? These are the first critical items I always want to review.
4. MED PRIORITY: On the Flight Plan List Page, or even the Flight Plan Review Page. What happened to the 396/496 ability to view map? Getting a sense visually of the route is quite helpful.
5. MED PRIORITY: On the Fuel Timer I fly Cessna. And on the 396/496 I could set a timer for 3 hours 30 minutes to remind me to recheck my fuel burn and ETE etc. I used this as a fuel level needs escalated attention now. Why does the aera limit me to 60 minutes? This is good for a low wing switch, but not useful for aircraft with cross-fed tanks.

All this should be fixable with a Software Upgrade, but I wonder why it's missing in the first place.


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Previous Customer Questions For Garmin aera 560 Portable Aviation GPS (Americas):
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On Friday, May 14, 2010 a customer asked:
Q:
How often and how much are the aviation updates?
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.

On Sunday, November 08, 2009 a customer asked:
Q:
what do the XM (wx and radio)and aviation data base subscriptions cost/renew?
A: XM has three weather packages to choose from.  The Aviator LT is $29.99, the Aviator is $49.99, and the Aviator Pro is $99.99/month (prices subject to change - check with XM for current prices).  There is also a one-time $75.00 activation fee.  You can view all three packages at http://www.xmwxweather.com/aviation/data-service-pricing.html


 

 

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