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Part #: 010-00836-21

Model: aera 550






Portable GPS, Americas

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æra 550 Aviation Portable GPS


  • Easy-to-use touchscreen interface
  • Bright 4.3" diagonal, color touchscreen display; 480 x 272 px; WQVGA TFT display with white backlight
  • High-sensitivity GPS receiver with WAAS position accuracy for improved performance and reception
  • Sectional chart-style shaded mapping and extensive terrain and aviation databases (including private airports & heliports)
  • Database driven terrain advisory features offers TAWS-like color coding and pop-up alerts for possible obstructions or ground proximity conflicts
  • Patented "Panel Page" provides backup to your panel-mounted instruments with exclusive display of GPS derived HSI, altimeter, groundspeed, vertical speed and turn indication
  • Preloaded w/Garmin SafeTaxi charts and AOPA Airport Directory database (æra 510, 560 only)
  • XM Weather and audio capability (æra 510, 560 only)
  • Lithium-ion battery: lasts up to five hours, depending on usage and settings
  • Flight Plans: 50 with up to 300 points each
  • Flight Log: at least 30 most recent flights
  • Auto Time Zone - æra will automatically adjust your time zone while navigating
  • Simplified PC connectivity, using USB for easy database updates
  • Rugged and waterproof (IPX-7)
  • Interface with SL30 and SL40 for frequency tuning
  • GTX-330 interface capability for TIS traffic
Total Waypoints: 3000 w/name & symbol 
Nearest: Continuously updated; Airport, VOR, NDB, INT, user, ARTCC, FSS, airspace, Wx, city
Tracks: 10,000 point automatic track log; 15 saved tracks; 900 pints per saved track
Map Datums: More than 100 plus user datum
Position Format: Lat/Lon, UTM/UPS, Maidenhead, MGRS
Receiver: High-sensitivity GPS receiver with WAAS position accuracy. Continuously tracks and uses up to 12 satellites to compute and update your position 
Acquisition Times (Average): Warm < 5 secs; Cold < 45 secs; AutoLocate < 60 secs
Update Rate: 5 sec, continuously
Interfaces: RS232 port w/NMEA 0183 format (requires power-data cable, sold separately) and proprietary GARMIN USB interface. Accepts Aviation input format from panel-mount GPS. Also can connect to Garmin SL30 & SL40 for frequency tuning & GTX-330 for TIS traffic alerts
GPS Antenna: Internal. Unit also provides MCX connector for use w/an optional external antenna (sold separately).
Basemap: Built-in basemap shows roads, lakes, rivers, metro areas & surface features 
Database: Built-in navigation database w/terrain & obstacle databases. Includes Americas, Atlantic International, or Pacific International coverage, plus airport, FSS, ARTCC and weather frequencies. Includes location data for private airports & heliports and visual reporting points. Garmin SafeTaxi data (550/560 only) supports detailed airport & taxiway diagrams at over 950 US airports.
Approach Waypoints: Navigation data includes final approach sequence waypoints for all published approaches.
AOPA Airport Guide: Included AOPA directory (550/560 only) contains detailed information on over 7400 US airports, along w/airport entry for Canada, Mexico & Caribbean. Includes names & phone numbers of aircraft services, fuel outlets, transportation & more.
Custom POIs: Supports user-created custom points-of-interest (POI) data, using Garmin's free POI Loader software.
Uploadable Maps:  Supports optional detailed maps
Source: Replaceable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Battery Life:   Up to 5 hours, depending on usage and settings. Battery life will be reduced with XM usage & higher brightness settings.
Street Navigation: North American & European versions come w/City Navigation NT street map coverage pre-installed. Offers voice-guided turn-by-turn directions with text-to-speech technology. Pacific versions will have preloaded street mapping for Australia & New Zealand
Driver Aids: Bluetooth wireless technology enables hands-free mobile calling. Premium features on 550/560 include lane assist w/junction view, speed limit notification & support for Navteq traffic alerts.
Size:  5.3"W x 3.3"H x 0.9"D 
Weight: 9.5 oz
Display: 4.3" diagonal, 480 x 272 pixels, color sunlight readable WQVGA TFT w/adjustable white backlighting
User Data Storage: Indefinite
Waterproof: Units & aviation mounts are waterproof to IPX7 standards

Free single database update on 500/510 models Premium 550/560 models come w/1 year of prepaid database updates (including obstacles, navigation, AOPA airport directory & SafeTaxi) Preloaded City Navigator NT street maps USB interface cable GXM 40 smart antenna (510/560 only) 12V vehicle power cable & auto mount/friction mount Yoke mount & aviation cradle/cable assembly Owner's manual Quick reference guide AC Adapter (510/560 only) Carrying case (550/560 only) 


MapSource microSD cards Replacement lithium-ion battery pack GA 25/27 external GPS antenna Suction cup mount External battery charger Carrying case (optional for 500/510)

Part Number æra Aviation Portable GPS Description:
010-00836-00 æra 500, Americas
010-00836-01 æra 500, Atlantic
010-00836-02 æra 500, Pacific
010-00836-10 æra 510, Americas, XM
010-00836-20 æra 550, Americas (Premium Features)
010-00836-21 æra 550, Atlantic (Premium Features)
010-00836-22 æra 550, Pacific (Premium Features)
010-00836-30 æra 560, Americas, XM (Premium Features)


  500 510 550 560
5Hz GPS update rate for smoother updating of panel page   Yes    Yes    Yes    Yes 
 XM WX capable and GXM 40 antenna included (Requires XM subscription)   No    Yes    No    Yes 
 Standard resolution (30 arc second) terrain with obstacle data   Yes    Yes    No  No
 High resolution (9 arc second) terrain with obstacle data   No    No    Yes    Yes 
 SafeTaxi with over 950 US airports   No    No    Yes    Yes 
 AOPA airport directory   No    No    Yes    Yes 
 One year of free aviation database updates   No    No    Yes    Yes 
 Enhanced auto features (lane assist with junction view, speed limit indicator)   No    No    Yes    Yes 
 NAVTEQ automotive traffic compatible (requires purchase GTM 20 traffic receiver)   No    No    Yes    Yes 


- Portable GPS, Atlantic

NSN: 5825-01-621-0287

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