At 24 ounces, the Garmin GPSMAP 196 isn't the lightest GPS receiver, but it's
one of the most versatile. Although it's designed with the pilot in mind, it's portability
and overall navigation power makes it suitable for land or water use too.
The Garmin 196 GPS receiver has specific features for flyers, such as
a detailed Jeppesen database with air route traffic control centers (ARTCC),
flight service station (FSS) frequencies, and final approach waypoints. The
display has split-screen capability, so the horizontal situation indicator (HSI)
and the moving navigation map can be shown simultaneously. And for the best position
accuracy, the unit is both WAAS and DGPS enabled. The 2.27" x 3.02"
(3.8" diagonal) LCD screen has a 12-level grayscale for high resolution
and contrast. The basemap has basic orientation landmarks from cities and
roads to rivers and lakes. And its powerful processor makes for fast scrolling and
The graphic HSI and vertical navigation (VNAV) of the Garmin 196 provides
continual flight guidance and when you're ready to land, there are extended runway
centerlines. Even paperwork chores are reduced as this device has an automatic
logbook. It records departure and arrival airports as well as your flight
time. The information is stored and available for downloading at your
convenience with the included PC interface cable.
Because the Garmin GPSMAP 196 is portable, you can also use it when
traveling by car or boat. Finding a new restaurant or returning to your
favorite fishing spot is easy since this unit can store a variety of land
and water maps along with the built-in basemap. The device is switchable
between air, land, and water modes so the display shows the appropriate
information. And with its autorouting capability, it's easy to calculate the path
to any destination when you're in a city.
Mounts for the receiver are provided for both the yoke and the glareshield.
And for getting the best reception, an external antenna with a suction cup mount is
supplied. To save on battery (4 AA) use, the Garmin 196 GPS receiver has an
cigarette lighter power adapter included.