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Garmin has just
introduced the GPSMAP 96 and GPSMAP 96C — two new portable
devices for the aviation market. These products feature detailed
obstruction data and auto-routing capabilities to help pilots
navigate the skies above and the roads and waterways below.
The GPSMAP 96 has a four-level grayscale display and 23
megabytes of internal memory, while the GPSMAP 96C boasts a
256-color transflective TFT display and 119 megabytes of built-in
memory — enabling users to store map data from a variety of
optional MapSource® CD-ROMs. Both units have a mini-USB port,
which allows rapid transfer of map data from a PC.
"These products provide a level of utility, simplicity, safety
and affordability that should appeal to a wide variety of pilots,"
said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. "With the
GPSMAP 96 and GPSMAP 96C, we’ve integrated several key
capabilities, including full-featured GPS navigation and a
comprehensive U.S. database of obstacles, and are offering these
products at attractive prices."
The GPSMAP 96 and GPSMAP 96C depict Jeppesen® airport data
overlaid on an electronic map, localizer-like runway extensions, a
GPS-derived horizontal situation indicator (HSI) and one-touch
access to see information on nearby airports (including identifier,
bearing and distance to each).
Like all of Garmin’s new aviation portables, the GPSMAP 96
and GPSMAP 96C also provide advanced navigation capabilities on the
road or out on the water. Both units have a basemap that depicts
highways, major roads, lakes, rivers, railroads and state and
national borders. They also provide automatic-route generation,
off-route recalculation and turn-by-turn directions with audible
tones to alert the driver of upcoming turns. When coupled with
optional MapSource City Select® software, the GPSMAP 96 and
GPSMAP 96C enable the user to locate and route to more than 5
million points of interest, including hotels, restaurants, service
stations, ATMs and more. For pilots who also like to captain a
boat, these units have a Marine mode. Using optional MapSource
BlueChart® or Recreational Lakes with Fishing Hot Spots®
software, users can navigate the high seas or nearby lakes with
ease. An added bonus: The GPSMAP 96 and GPSMAP 96C are not only
waterproof, but they also float!
GPS mapping is especially helpful when combined with the
detailed database of nearby obstructions like radio towers and
high-rise buildings. Symbology depicting an obstacle along the
flight route provides pilots with a visual cue, alerting them to
potential hazards ahead.
Garmin also built features into the GPSMAP 96 and GPSMAP 96C
that will appeal to the competitive hang-gliding and paragliding
community. The units boast GPS-derived rate-of-ascent/descent
indicators, as well as glide-ratio and glide-ratio-to-target
features, to assist the pilot in goal assessment. In either the
GPSMAP 96 or GPSMAP 96C, users get a full-featured GPS unit for
competition or recreation.
Other specifications of the GPSMAP 96/96C:
- Physical dimensions (WxHxD): 2.7" x 6.2" x 1.4"
- Weight: 7 ounces
- Display Size (96/96C): 3.0" / 2.6" (diagonally)
- Display Resolution (96/96C): 180x240-pixel, four-level gray
FSTN display / 160x240-pixel, 256-color TFT display
- Antenna: Quad-helix
- WAAS capability: WAAS GPS receiver for enhanced
- Usable storage capacity (96/96C): 23 MB / 119 MB
- Battery life: Up to 25 hours (96) or 40 hours (96C), depending
on backlight setting
- Multi-platform navigation: Easy navigation in an aircraft,
vehicle or boat and as a handheld GPS unit; accepts data from
Garmin’s MapSource CD-ROM products
Waterproof to IEC 60529 IPX-7 standards (submersible in 1 meter of
water for up to 30 minutes)
- Routes, Tracks, Waypoints: 50 reversible routes (300 waypoints
each), 20 saved tracks (500 trackpoints each), TracBack®
technology and 1,000 waypoints with graphical icon
The GPSMAP 96 and 96C are expected to be available later this
month for $499 and $699, respectively. The units will first be sold
at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Fly-In
at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisc. Both products will
ship standard with a yoke mount, 12-volt adapter, USB cable, wrist
strap, two AA batteries, an installation CD with USB drivers and
Trip & Waypoint Manager software, an owner’s manual, and
a quick-reference guide.