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Garmin aera 796 Aviation GPS (Americas)

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NOTE: This does NOT include the SiriusXM Antenna. To get SiriusXM Weather and/or Radio you will also need the GXM 42 Antenna.

Garmin’s new flagship portable aviation product, the Garmin aera 796 GPS incorporates the popular features of the GPSMAP 696, while also adding new capabilities such as a touchscreen user interface, pilot-selectable screen orientation and 3D Vision. The Garmin aera 796 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.

The Garmin 796 has a high-resolution, 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display that can be viewed in portrait or landscape mode. The physical design has been optimized to fit on the yoke and is sized perfectly as a knee-mounted device. There are four touch keys on the bezel of the unit representing “Back”, “Menu”, “Direct-To” and “Nearest” for quick navigation to frequently used functions, and because the Garmin 796 is customizable, the user can also pick favorite features or pages to anchor as icons along the bottom of the screen for even faster access.

The display has large, finger-touchable icons with intuitive pictures and labels to indicate their function such as: map, terrain, 3D Vision, WPT info, FPL list, active FPL, numbers, doc viewer, charts, weather, SiriusXM and tools. Pilots can choose any of these functions by simply touching the appropriate icon. The touchscreen interface also allows the pilot to quickly pan across the map and pinch zoom.

Enhanced situational awareness with 3D Vision
The Garmin 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 Garmin 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.

The path to a paperless cockpit
Because of the comprehensive offering of electronic charts, the Garmin 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 Garmin 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.

Added support for helicopter missions
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 Garmin 796 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.

Like many other Garmin portable devices, the aera 796 also includes a GXM™ 40 receiver for XM WX Satellite Weather and SiriusXM Radio. XM 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 GXM 40 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. XM WX subscription data and coverage area information is available from XM WX Satellite Weather.

The Garmin 796 will also display traffic if coupled to a compatible traffic source like the 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.

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 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, and contains hard-to-find information for pre-flight planning in North America, Europe, Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Africa and Australia.

Size: 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)
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 Life: up to 3 hours with full backlight and GXM 40 connected (8 hours with 50% backlighting and XM connected)

What's Included?

  • Garmin 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)

NOTE: This does NOT include the SiriusXM Antenna. To get SiriusXM Weather and/or Radio you will also need the GXM 42 Antenna.


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Customer Reviews For Garmin aera 796 Aviation GPS (Americas):
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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Going backwards with their technology
by Brian from Gypsum CO USA 

Pros: Large clear display. Easy to move around within the device
Cons: Updating the device is a huge step backward from the 696. Needs ample internal memory so as not to need SD card for addtional storage.
Review: The 796 is a decent portable GPS system all in all. It's easier to move around in than the GPSMAP 696 which I had used for 6 years. The display is brighter and the touch screen is very responsive.
The downside is updating the unit. With the 696, you used an SD card to do your updates. This was a very convenient way to do it. No need to remove the device from the aircraft etc... Now the 796 can only be updated by a direct connection with a laptop or PC. Huge pain in the rear if you dont have access to a laptop. I also have not been able to understand why Garmin can't install enough memory in the device itself without having to install an extra SD card to expand the memory.
With all of the new iPad apps available these days, Garmin needs to step it up with these devices. Understanding the 796 is several years old now, they are still charging way more for it then it should be.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Great Product
by bz from Newnan GA USA 

Pros: Navigation, 3D vision, screen brightness
Review: Use it every time I fly (ATP, MEL, SEL, Helicopter) - currently all my flying is in helicopters. Works well. The only issue is inherent to helicopters in that a touch screen is a bit tricky at times, but functionally, a wonderful device.
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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Amazing device
by Jimmie from Cedar Park TX USA 

Pros: Very intuitive and easy to operate.
Cons: Gets to hot.
Review: I would rate at 5 stars except that I'm a bit concerned about the heat generated by the unit. Most of my flying is in Texas and in the heat of the summer I worry about it overheating. Otherwise I love this GPS.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
by Jimmie from Cedar Park, TX 
Review: Garmin hit a home run with the 796. Due to the intuitive design, a 5 minute review of the operating instructions and I was ready to start using it in the airplane. Brilliant screen display. Even inside my house with just the internal antenna the 796 came up within 30 seconds and ready to navigate. Comes with mounting hardware for most any application.
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Amazing tool for safe flying
by Anthony from Las Cruces NM USA 

Pros: All the information you could ever want at your finger tips to help you stay ahead of the environment.
Cons: There is no downside. Zero.
Review: I have 3 of these antennas on Garmin units. I started with the 496 models and upgraded to the 796. If you're going to fly in any kind of environment you've got to have on board XM weather for situational awareness and to support good decision making.
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Previous Customer Questions For Garmin aera 796 Aviation GPS (Americas):
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On Saturday, July 15, 2017 a customer asked:
Is the Aera 796 downloadable with Pacific Database, because , we're going to use this in the Philippines.
A: Yes, if you want the Pacific database you would buy this version and then use the free database update card that is included to download and install the Pacific database.  Garmin no longer offers it with the Pacific database pre-installed.

On Monday, July 03, 2017 a customer asked:
Is the area 796 certified by FAA to do RNAV approach?
A: No, none of the portable GPS's are certified for IFR flight.

On Wednesday, September 07, 2016 a customer asked:
Does this GPS include maps for both North and South America? I will need it mostly for Central America.

Americas Coverage includes:
1.  US including Alaska and Hawaii
2.  Canada
3.  Caribbean & Central America
4.  Central & South America

A map of the coverage areas is shown here.

On Friday, September 02, 2016 a customer asked:
Will the XM antenna from the 696 work with the 796?
A: Yes, both the Garmin GPSMAP 696 and Garmin aera 796 use the Garmin GXM 42 SiriusXM Satellite Weather Receiver.

On Tuesday, July 12, 2016 a customer asked:
I would like to know if the Garmin area 796 comes with AHRS or it's necessary to buy another product in order to have this characteristic

When paired with the Garmin GDL39 3D ADS-B Receiver, the aera 796 will display AHRS-like pitch and roll information and a slip/skid ball.  Attitude information derived from the GDL 39 3D will appear on the 3D Vision page of the aera. Pilots can choose from full screen attitude-based synthetic vision, or split-screen with a moving map display on the bottom of the page. Even further, up to four pilot-selectable data fields may be shown on the map while in split-screen mode.

On Friday, February 26, 2016 a customer asked:
Will it fit in a 695 panel mount and if not is there a panel mount for it?
A: No, this the 796 is a different size from the 695/696.  Instead you would want the AirGizmos 796 Panel Dock.



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