If you want to see where you're going in color detail, the Garmin GPSMAP 295
may be exactly what you're looking for. And like other portable Garmin
GPS devices designed for aviation use, it works just was well for cruising
around town or on a lake.
To reach your destination requires accurate information, which the Garmin
295 delivers in several ways. It starts with a basemap to navigate your way
within a state or cross country. And with the built-in Jeppesen database, you get
the details you need, like ARTCC, FSS frequencies, and final approach waypoints.
For steering guidance, the GPSMAP 295 comes equipped with graphical
horizontal situation indicator (HSI). And since the unit is configurable, you have
several options for different situations. In flight, you might choose a
split screen for HSI and a moving map or speed and distance readings. Then when
nearing your destination, you can turn on the vertical navigation indicator with
a preselected profile to give you the proper descent path. The receiver has
storage for 500 waypoints, plus 30 locations in a personal favorites list,
making frequent trips to popular locations simple. With its WAAS capability,
you are assured of position accuracy of within 3 meters.
If you need more details than the basemap offers, you can get map CDs
and download the map of your choice using the computer interface cable
provided. And since this is a portable unit, you can take the Garmin 295
GPS receiver on the road or water with a location specific map.
No matter how good the navigation information is, you still have to
be able to see it. The 295's display does this in 16 colors with a screen
size of 1.8" H x 3.3" W and 4" diagonal. The color makes it easier to identify
and navigate around such areas as Special-Use Airspace. And by moving the
display cursor over the area, the name, controlling agency, and vertical
boundaries are shown on the map.
You can install the Garmin 295 GPS receiver on the glareshield or yoke
with the mounts provided. And to get optimum reception, there's an external antenna
for remote mounting. Also included is a cigarette lighter adapter to supply
power for long trips and reduce the frequency of changing its 6 AA batteries.