Part Number: 010-00301-00

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The GPSMAP 196 is a powerful aviation portable that acts like a panel but goes from cockpit to land to water without missing a beat. With its crisp, grayscale screen, the 196 is an affordable introduction to Garmin's portable aviation products.

Enhance Situational Awareness

The WAAS-capable GPSMAP 196 has detailed map graphics, HSI steering guidance, Jeppesen® database and all the other pilot-friendly features you’ve come to expect from Garmin. Steering guidance is clearly presented through a graphic HSI with VNAV indicator offering a full range of horizontal and vertical awareness. Extended runway centerlines help orient pilots to the runway. The 196 even supports a comprehensive U.S. database of obstacles (upgradeable via the Internet) to help you see and avoid high-rise structural hazards in the vicinity of your flight path.

View Images in Sharp Detail

GPSMAP 196 features a 320 x 240 pixel, 12-level grayscale display with exceptional resolution and contrast. This display with backlighting showcases crisp graphics which redraw with incredible speed thanks to a fast processor.

Automate Your Logbook

A built-in logbook tracks your flying hours and automatically records departure and arrival locations. When used with Garmin's free logbook software FlightBook, this feature simplifies record keeping. Flightbook software allows you to create, manage, analyze, save and print flight data from GPSMAP 196's logbook.

Navigate by Air, Land or Sea

Simply press a button to switch GPSMAP 196 to automotive or marine mode. The 196 comes with a built-in routable basemap. Add optional MapSource® detailed street maps for street navigation. Or, for a great day on the water, customize the waterproof 196 with optional marine cartography. Easily add detailed maps with plug and play Garmin data cards.

GPSMAP 196: Go from plane to boat to automobile without missing a beat.


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Physical & Performance

Unit dimensions, WxHxD 6.18"W x 3.4"H x 2.25"D (15.7 x 8.6 x 5.7 cm)
Display size, WxH 3.02"W x 2.27"H (7.7 x 5.8 cm); 3.8" diagonal
Display resolution, WxH 320 x 240 pixels
Display type 12 gray high-contrast FSTN LCD with backlighting
Weight 24 ounces (680.4 g)
Battery four "AA" batteries
Battery life up to 16 hours (Battery Saver mode, no backlighting)
Waterproof No
Voltage range 10-40
SBAS/WAAS receiver 12 channel

Maps, Databases & Memory

Basemap Yes
Navigation database (includes Jeppesen® data) Yes
Types of Jeppesen data full and ARTCC, FSS frequencies and final approach waypoints
Navigation database coverage areas Americas, Atlantic International or Pacific International
Preloaded Terrain database No
Preloaded Obstacle database Yes
Preloaded SafeTaxi™ airport diagrams No
Preloaded AOPA Airport Directory No
Preloaded Garmin FliteCharts® No
Preloaded low & high altitude enroute airways No
Preloaded private airports No
Preloaded street maps No
Ability to add maps Yes
Accepts data cards yes (Garmin data cards)
Built-in memory internal solid state
Waypoints/favorites/locations 1,000
Routes 50

Features & Benefits

Moving map Yes
Patented panel page Yes
HSI (GPS-based) Yes
IFR map mode No
Traffic Information Services (TIS) alerts compatible No
Audible terrain alerts No
Terrain resolution not available
Smart Airspace Feature (generates and displays altitude-sensitive alerts) No
Automatic logbook Yes
Separate serial and USB interfaces No
Voice prompts (e.g. "Turn right in 500 ft.") No
Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.") No
Lane assist (guides to proper lane for navigation) No
3-D map view No
Bluetooth® wireless technology no
Speed limit indicator (displays speed limit for most major roads in the U.S. and Europe) No
Traffic compatible (routes around traffic with a receiver and subscription) No
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest) No
XM WX Weather & Radio for U.S. & Canada compatible No

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