Meet our ultimate portable MFD: the GPSMAP 696, an all-in-one navigator designed exclusively for aviation. Featuring a large screen, detailed electronic charts and weather data, the 696 is your own personal avionics system.
See the Big Picture
The GPSMAP 696’s bright 7" diagonal high-definition sunlight-readable display makes detailed mapping easy to see day or night — you can even view an entire approach plate on the large-format display. For easy operation, the bezel around the screen includes soft keys and a joystick control. And the internal GPS provides position updates five times per second (5 Hz), allowing the 696 to present flight data smoothly and continuously.
No Chart? No Problem.
With the addition of IFR map mode, Garmin FliteCharts® and ChartView™, the GPSMAP 696 provides key functions of a Class 1/Class 2 electronic flight bag (EFB), reducing the use of paper charts in the cockpit. When in IFR map mode, the 696 can display victor airways, jet routes, minimum enroute altitudes and leg distance, much like what’s found on traditional enroute charts. With FliteCharts, you can quickly find and view all U.S. AeroNav Services, standard terminal arrival routes (STARs), approach charts and airport diagrams. A geo-referenced version of FliteCharts will be available in late 2010, which will provide you with an on-screen representation of your aircraft’s exact position overlaid directly onto these charts. For pilots who prefer Jeppesen charts and diagrams, Garmin also offers ChartView. The ChartView service utilizes Jeppesen’s extensive library to provide global geo-referenced charting capabilities (Chartview activation instructions).
Add Weather and Radio
The GPSMAP 696 includes a GXM 40 smart antenna, which gives 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 696 can receive PIREPs, turbulence forecast and icing forecast information. The weather data can be laid directly over the unit’s navigation and topographic map databases. With 170+ channels of digital music, news and programming through your aircraft headset or cabin audio system, you’ll stay informed and entertained.
Enhance Situational Awareness
The GPSMAP 696 features a high-resolution terrain page showing hazards relative to your altitude and a vertical profile of terrain along your route of flight. It comes with a built-in Jeppesen database, and an Americas, Atlantic or Pacific terrain database. It also includes an obstacles database for the U.S. or Europe. Using this information, the 696 displays your flight route over contour terrain mapping. With information from the terrain and obstacles databases, the 696 monitors your current position in relation to surrounding terrain to provide alerts. To help keep pilots aware of special airspace activity, over 683 parachute drop zones are detailed in the Americas navigation database. You can even customize your own minimum clearance levels to receive terrain cautions. The 696 also comes with a realistic “view from space” satellite imagery basemap.
Like other portable Garmin devices, the 696 includes the following enhanced aviation databases:
Provides detailed taxiway diagrams and position information for many U.S. or European airports. Preloaded on the unit, this information helps you navigate unfamiliar airports with confidence and shows your aircraft’s exact position on the field.
AOPA Airport Directory
Offers detailed information for more than 5,300 U.S. airports, along with the names and phone numbers of thousands of FBOs. Easily look up taxi services, plan an overnight, and choose fuel stops, plus find ground transportation, lodging, restaurants, local attractions and more.
Private Airports and Heliports
Provides data on private airports and heliports throughout U.S. and Europe, and materially expands your list of navigation and emergency "nearest" options.
Receive Altitude-Sensitive Alerts
When in the air, Garmin’s new Smart Airspace™ feature makes it easier than ever to identify what airspace lies ahead. Smart Airspace automatically highlights airspace close to your current altitude and de-emphasizes airspace away from the current altitude, which gives you increased situational awareness.
Expand Your Portable
The GPSMAP 696 includes an SD™ card slot for extra memory and updates. Keep track of the databases on your GPSMAP 696 through www.fly.garmin.com, our online manager that helps you update, manage and purchase the latest aviation data for your Garmin device, all in one place.
Master the Basics with eLearning
To gain quick familiarity with all the features and operation of your GPSMAP 696, Garmin offers a fully interactive, computer-based training program. It’s called the eLearning Program, and it’s a self-paced, Windows® compatible application developed in conjunction with Pegasus Interactive to help new users take advantage of all the capabilities their GPS unit offers. The software is available in lifetime or lower-cost subscription licenses and is available from authorized Garmin dealers or directly from flyGarmin.com. The eLearning program for your GPSMAP 696 lets you select specific topics of interest, and then learn by doing. A scenario-based guided simulation system helps you practice the selected task or process by following step-by-step, on-screen prompts. You’ll see a simulated multi-media demonstration; then repeat what you’ve learned, hands-on, to reinforce and assess your skills. Getting started with Garmin eLearning is the fast, fun way to master your new portable GPS.
Physical & Performance
Unit dimensions, WxHxD
5.7"W x 7.7"H x 2.0"D (14.5 x 19.5 x 5.1 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
bright, color WVGA TFT with adjustable backlighting
35.7 ounces (1012 g) with battery pack; 22.4 ounces (635 g) without battery pack; 12.7 ounces (361 g) RAM mount
rechargeable, replaceable Nickel-Metal Hydride
up to 2.5 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
Americas or Atlantic or Pacific
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