GPSMAP 696 Garmin Aviation GPS

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					The Garmin GPSMap 696 is the biggest, full-featured, handheld aviation GPS
available. The 696 appears just like another person pulled a glass cockpit MFD out of
a panel and squashed it into a skinny notebook. The same as an MFD, the 696 has
softkeys that switch purpose as you alter settings or pages. Moreover, it has a joystick
control that executes numerous functions depending on the circumstance.
  Terrain is a fundamental and important aspect of the GPSMAP 696. The unit has a
high-resolution terrain page to show dangers relative to your altitude and a vertical
profile of terrain along your path. The terrain repository by Jeppesen is built-in, and it
includes a terrain database of the Americas, Atlantic or Pacific. An obstacles
collection for the U. S. or European union is also integrated. With all this information,
the 696 displays your flight path using contoured terrain maps. The 696 shows and
tracks your present position in relation to bordering terrain to supply warnings.
  While navigating through unfamiliar airspace, the terrain and obstacles database is
essential. Terrain presentations on the 696 are bright and apparent. Yellow means
caution and it a very good idea to get some altitude in advance of nearing a yellow
region. Red is dead - this straightforward rule will keep you from flying into anything
large and solid. If the colorings don't inform you, then the insistent voice in your
headset absolutely will. When your 696 says pull up, do it.
  Oftentimes, the terrain view appears to be a hopeless situation. You've got red in
front of you and on the right with no opening. Should you turn left? First attempt
zooming out your display while using joystick. Oops, more red on the left. Better to
ascend and possibly circle until you can find the easiest way out.
  To keep pilots cognizant of unique airspace activity, around 683 parachute drop
zones are described in the Americas navigation repository. You can even personalize
your own personal minimum clearance levels to receive terrain cautions. The 696 also
has a realistic 'view from space' satellite imagery basemap.
  One truly handy characteristic is the potential to lay out a flight path and look at the
landscape all along the route, before you ever depart the ground. This single
preparation activity could keep you right out the boxed in circumstance above. Insert
two or three legs into the flight path and take a brief detour around any terrain your
plane can't climb over.
  When in the air, Garmin's new Smart Airspace feature makes it simpler than ever
before to spot exactly what airspace lies ahead. Smart Airspace automatically
highlights airspace near to your current altitude and de-emphasizes airspace away
from the present altitude, which gives you greater situational awareness.
  On the ground, the Garmin 696 includes the Safe Taxi database plus detailed taxiway
diagrams and location data for more than 950 U. S. airfields. Installed on the device,
this information helps you get around different airfields with confidence and indicates
your aircraft's precise location on the field. And with the AOPA Airport Directory and
the Private Airports and Heliports database, you'll always understand what to expect
whenever you land at your travel destination.
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