Revolutionary new 3D Vision technology shows a virtual 3-D behind-the-aircraft perspective of surrounding terrain derived from GPS and the onboard terrain database — a feature previously only available in our panel-mount avionics. Simply slide your finger across the touchscreen to rotate the view and show land and water features, obstacles, runways and airport signposts in relative proximity to the aircraft.
Using its forward-looking terrain avoidance capability, aera 796 predicts in advance where towers or obstacles may exist and shades the landscape with amber or red overlays to indicate those areas. 3D Vision and other flight data are presented smoothly and continuously thanks to the its internal GPS that provides position updates 5 times per second (5 Hz).
aera 796’s bright 7" diagonal high-definition sunlight-readable display makes this detailed mapping easy to see in any lighting conditions and works in both portrait and landscape mode. The physical design has been optimized to fit on the yoke or for use as a knee-mounted device. There are only 4 touch keys on the bezel for quick navigation to the most frequent used functions. All other functions are quickly accessed through intuitive onscreen icons with labels. This unique touchscreen interface even allows you to quickly pan across the map screen and pinch to zoom.
aera 796 fullfills the role of either a Class I or Class II electronic flight bag, greatly reducing the need to rely on paper charts in the cockpit. Initial georeferenced VFR sectional and IRF enroute charts come preloaded that show your aircraft’s position overlaid directly on the relevant chart. When in IFR map mode, the 795 can display victor airways, jet routes, minimum enroute altitudes and leg distance, much like what’s found on traditional enroute charts. Initial georeferenced Garmin FliteCharts provide approach charts and airport diagrams for the U.S., while pilots who prefer Jeppesen charts and diagrams can use optional Garmin ChartView service, which utilizes Jeppesen’s extensive library to provide global georeferenced charting capabilities.
aera 796 also includes a robust document viewer, so you can easily pull up weights and balances, flight manuals, raster charts or a variety of electronically formatted materials you download to the device. A “scratch pad” feature also allows you to quickly jot down clearances and other pertinent notes while en route, while a checklist viewer allows you to create customized and interactive electronic checklists.
Enhance Situational Awareness
aera 796’s built-in terrain and obstacle database not only shows contours in 3D Vision mode, but also allows for a top-down view of your entire route. To help you navigate around unfamiliar airports, SafeTaxi® provides detailed taxiway diagrams and position information for many U.S., European or Canadian airports, while a private airport and heliport database greatly expands your emergency “nearest” options. FBO, ground transportation, lodging and other facility information for most U.S. airports are also available through preloaded AOPA Airport Directory Data; international pilots may choose to opt for global AC-U-KWIK airport directory data instead.
Access Weather and Radio
A GXM 40 smart antenna is included with aera 796, giving you access to high-resolution weather and audio entertainment right in the cockpit (XM subscription required). XM WX Satellite Weather includes next generation radar (NEXRAD), aviation routine weather reports (METARs), terminal aerodrome forecasts (TAFs), temporary flight restrictions (TFRs), lightning, winds aloft and more for the U.S. and Canada. In addition, the 796 can receive PIREPs, turbulence forecasts, icing forecasts and more. The weather data can be laid directly over the navigation and topographic map databases. Plus, with more than 170 channels of digital music, news and programming through your aircraft headset or cabin audio system, you’ll stay informed and entertained.
Expand Your Portable
With 2 serial ports, aera 796 allows for simultaneous connectivity with other hardware. With an optional GTX 330 Mode S Transponder Interface, you can access Traffic Information Service (TIS) alerts, where available, right on the device while also sending frequencies to a SL30/40 radio or relaying position reports to other devices.
By adding optional City Navigator maps, both helicopter and fixed-wing pilots add street addresses as waypoints or direct-to destinations. The device includes an SD™ card slot for easy updates and expansions; update, manage and purchase the latest aviation data for your aera through flyGarmin.
Physical & Performance
Unit dimensions, WxHxD
5.1"W x 8.0"H x 1.5"D (13.0 x 20.3 x 3.8 cm)
Display size, WxH
3.6"W x 6.0"H (9.1 x 15.2 cm); 7.0" diag (17.78 cm)
Display resolution, WxH
480 x 800 pixels
dual-oriented, bright, color WVGA TFT with adjustable backlighting and selectable screen orientation
26.4 ounces (748 g) with battery pack; 18.3 ounces (519 g) without battery pack; 12.7 ounces (361 g) RAM mount
rechargeable, replaceable Lithium-ion
up to 3 hours with full backlight and GXM 40 connected (8 hours with 50% backlighting and XM connected)
high-sensitivity with WAAS position accuracy
IFR or VFR
Maps, Databases & Memory
Navigation database (includes Jeppesen® data)
Types of Jeppesen data
full and ARTCC, FSS frequencies and final approach waypoints
Navigation database coverage areas
Preloaded Terrain database
Preloaded Obstacle database
Yes (U.S. and Europe only)
Preloaded SafeTaxi™ airport diagrams
Yes (U.S. only)
Preloaded AOPA Airport Directory
Yes (U.S. only)
Preloaded Garmin FliteCharts®
Yes (U.S. only)
Preloaded low & high altitude enroute airways
Preloaded private airports
Yes (U.S. only)
Preloaded street maps
Ability to add maps
Accepts data cards
yes (SD cards)
internal solid state
Features & Benefits
Patented panel page
IFR map mode
Traffic Information Services (TIS) alerts compatible
Audible terrain alerts
Smart Airspace Feature (generates and displays altitude-sensitive alerts)
Separate serial and USB interfaces
Voice prompts (e.g. "Turn right in 500 ft.")
Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.")
Lane assist (guides to proper lane for navigation)
3-D map view
Bluetooth® wireless technology
Speed limit indicator (displays speed limit for most major roads in the U.S. and Europe)
Traffic compatible (routes around traffic with a receiver and subscription)
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest)
XM WX Weather & Radio for U.S. & Canada compatible
In the Box
DC cigarette adapter 12/24 volt cradle
Home A/C cradle dock
GXM™ 40 XM smart antenna
XM USB extension cable
GA 25 remote antenna with suction cup mount
Touchscreen cleaning cloth
Quick reference guide
Complimentary single database update
Pilot's Guide e-version (viewable on the document viewer)
Maps for New Regions
Need maps for other regions? See all maps that are compatible with this device.
Need a map update?
Update the maps that came with your device for the best navigation experience.