NOTE: This is for the ATLANTIC VERSION of the Garmin Aera 500 covering Europe and Africa.
If you are looking for the Americas version (North, Central, and South America),
you should purchase the Garmin Aera
500 Americas. If you are not sure what version you need, please visit our
Garmin GPS Coverage Area page for more information and maps.
Garmin's aera series of dual-duty GPS portables offer easy transition from
flying to motoring - by combining the best in moving-map display features with
intuitive, menu-driven touchscreen control. With aera, fingertip navigation has
entered a whole new era: One that streamlines operation. Eliminates knobs and
buttons. Simplifies the pilot/motorist interface. And lets you think in terms of
door-to-door guidance, not just runway-to-runway.
Garmin aera 500
There are four aera models in the Garmin lineup, offering a full range of
cost/capability choices. The first and most affordable unit in the series is the
aera 500. Featuring a crisp 4.3-inch QVGA wide-format touchscreen and pre-loaded
graphical mapping, this versatile, feature-rich unit comes ready for takeoff,
right out of the box.
In aviation mode, the aera 500's detailed chart-style shaded mapping and
extensive terrain and aviation databases help you visualize your flight path in
relation to nearby navaids, terrain, SUAs, obstructions, and so on. Plus, the
addition of private airports and heliports to the database affords even more
navigation and emergency "nearest" options. A database-driven terrain advisory
feature offers TAWS-like color coding and pop-up alerts when possible
obstructions or ground proximity conflicts loom ahead. And with terrain/obstacle
data shown at standard 30 arc-second resolution, you'll enjoy a surprising level
of detail on the display. The unit's graphical Terrain page offers both overhead
and vertical profile views of the topography you're flying over. What's more,
there's an IFR map mode that lets you display and navigate on high or low
enroute airways. You can also pull up MEAs (Minimum Enroute Altitudes) and
distances between intersections by touching the airway on the map. As in all the
aera models, GPS updating is provided at a super-fast 5 Hz rate. And for added
safety, an optional power/data cable (sold separately) makes it easy to
interface your aera 500 with the Garmin GTX 330 Mode S transponder in your
aircraft, so you can 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 500 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
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
High-sensitivity GPS receiver with WAAS position accuracy for improved
performance and reception
Simplified PC connectivity, using USB for easy data base updates
Drive aera. Once your aircraft returns to terra firma, the fun of aera navigation
continues 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 500 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. To further speed your transition from aircraft to
automotive mode, a unique "smart mount" for the aera offers instant clip-and-go
Preloaded street maps of North America
Turn-by-turn directions with voice guidance - "Turn right on Main
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:
Free single database update
Yoke mount with power cable
Portable Friction Mount
Vehicle power cable
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
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Customer Reviews For Garmin aera 500 Portable Aviation GPS (Atlantic):
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Monday, July 09, 2012
Solid GPS for the bucks by Dylan from Pretoria Gauteng South Africa Pros: Big screen, easy to use interface Cons: Proprietry plug Review: The Aera 500 works nicely for general aviation. It's a tough call to dethrone the 296 as the standard, and the 500 will probably get there. For now, most pilots will still be used to the old interface setup, but the touch-screen grows on you, and since most pilots are keen on gadgets, the Aera will become the new benchmark. Definitely my choice as a back-up GPS for commercial work, and for private flying its ideal.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Jury is still out! by Anthony from East London South Africa Pros: Portable. Cons: Not enough technical information on it . Review: To be honest I have not used it much. However, I have found that it has been fairly intuitive to use. I cannot comment on the functionality as this is my 1st aviation GPS. Display is quite clear but does not perform well when there is a bit natural light on it.
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On Saturday, November 26, 2011 a customer asked:
Q: Hi, can I use Garmin area 500 portable Aviation GPS in South Africa and Europe? Thanks Natasha A:
Yes, this aera 500 Atlantic covers both Europe and South Africa.
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