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The GPSMAP 196 is a versatile navigator for air, land, and sea.

This WAAS-capable unit has detailed moving map graphics, HSI steering guidance, a Jeppesen database, and all the other pilot-friendly features you'd expect from Garmin. You'll be amazed at the exceptional resolution and contrast on this unit's 12-level grayscale display, and its lightning-fast processor makes for extremely fast map redraws and scrolling.

Situational awareness gets a boost from built-in land detail that includes political boundaries, cities, interstates, roads, rivers, and lakes. Steering guidance is clearly presented through a graphic HSI with VNAV, with extended runway centerlines to help orient you to the runway. An automatic logbook also calculates your flight time and automatically records departure and arrival locations. When used with Garmin's free logbook software—FlightBook—this feature makes light work of maintaining your logbook. Your flight information will be stored in the unit and can be downloaded to this exclusive GPSMAP 196 Flightbook software at any time.

The GPSMAP 196 compromises nothing in its versatility, going from cockpit to land to water. In fact, it offers some of the same features found in expensive in-dash car navigation systems, including auto routing. In addition to the built-in Garmin basemap, the GPSMAP 196 accepts most of our MapSource® products.

Features include:

  • Unique panel page graphically displays flight information
  • Logbook feature automatically records departure airports, arrival airports, and flight time, all of which can downloaded to free Flightbook software
  • Extended runway centerlines display on a moving map
  • Split-screen moving map and HSI display
  • Three distinct modes: Aviation, Land, and Water
  • Turn-by-turn automotive routing
  • Advanced scrolling feature reveals detailed information when rolling the cursor over the built-in basemap.
  • Large (3.8-diagonal) 12-level grayscale display in a slim package
  • Fast processor provides map redraws and scrolling at over twice the speed of previous aviation portables

Package includes:

  • GPSMAP® 196 receiver
  • Basemap:
    Americas Autoroute or
    Atlantic Autoroute
  • Free single Jeppesen® update
  • Yoke mount
  • Dash mount
  • PC interface cable
  • Cigarette lighter adapter
  • Remote antenna with suction cup mount
  • Owner’s manual
  • Quick reference guide

Moving Map Features

Basemap: Built-in routable Americas Autoroute or Atlantic Autoroute basemap with oceans, lakes, rivers, airports, cities, interstates or major motorways, principal and major thoroughfares, political boundaries, federal interstate highway exit information for services such as food, lodging and truck, RV and automotive service stations in the US only.

Database: Built-in Jeppesen® includes worldwide airports and VORs, plus Americas, or Atlantic International, or Pacific International NDBs, Intersections, special use and controlled airspace, runway data, plus airport, FSS, and ARTCC frequencies

Approach Waypoints: Jeppesen data also includes final approach sequence waypoints for all published approaches.

Uploadable maps: Accepts optional data cards containing detailed maps for turn-by-turn land routing and marine charting detail.

Data Cartridge: Preprogrammed micro cartridges containing detailed BlueChart® marine cartography.

MapSource®: Compatible with most Garmin® MapSource products including MapSource BlueChart marine cartography, MetroGuide®, and Fishing Hot Spots®. >>>>>>> 1.10 Garmin data card required.

Navigation Features


  • Total: 1000 with 10 characters (name and symbol)
  • Nearest: Continuously updated; Airport, Wx (ASOS/ATIS), VOR, NDB, INT, user, ARTCC, FSS, airspace

Routes: 50 reversible routes with up to 50 points each, plus TracBack® modes and automatic turn-by-turn along-road routes

Tracks: 2500 point automatic track log; 15 saved tracks; 500 points per saved track; lets you retrace your path in both directions

Trip computer: Trip odometer, stopped time, moving average, moving time, total average, total time, maximum speed, odometer

Alarms: Airspace, arrival, off-course, proximity waypoint, clock

Tables: Built-in celestial tables for best times to fish and hunt, sunrise and sunset, sun and moon by date and position

Thursday, April 29, 2004 11:20lass=heading10>Position format: Lat/Lon, UTM/UPS, Maidenhead, MGRS, Loran TDs and other grids, including user grid

GPS Performance

Receiver: WAAS enabled, 12 parallel channel GPS receiver continuously tracks and uses up to 12 satellites to compute and update your position

Acquisition times:

  • Warm: Approximately 15 seconds
  • Cold: Approximately 45 seconds
  • AutoLocate®: Approximately 2 minutes

Update rate: 1/second, continuous

GPS accuracy:

  • Position: < 15 meters, 95% typical*
  • Velocity: 0.05 meter/sec steady state
DGPS (USCG) accuracy:
  • Position: 3-5 meters, 95% typical*
  • Velocity: 0.05 meter/sec steady state
DGPS (WAAS) accuracy:
  • Position: < 3 meters, 95% typical*
  • Velocity: 0.05 meter/sec steady state

Dynamics: 6 g's

Interfaces: RS232 with NMEA 0183, RTCM 104 DGPS data format and proprietary Garmin

Antenna: Removable quad-helix

Differential: WAAS, marine beacon


Source: Four "AA" batteries (not included)

Battery Life:

  • Up to 16 hours with no backlighting
  • Up to 4 hours with full backlighting


Size: 6.18"W x 3.4"H x 2.25"D (15.7x 8.64 x 5.72 cm)

Weight: 1.5 lbs (680 g) with batteries


  • 3.8" diagonal (9.65 cm)
  • 320 x 240 pixels
  • 12-level gray high-contrast FSTN with backlighting

Case: Fully gasketed, high-impact plastic alloy, waterproof to IEC 529 IPX7 standards

Temperature range: 5°F to 158°F (-15°C to 70°C)

User data storage: Indefinite (no memory battery required)

Last Update Thursday, April 29, 2004 11:07
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