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Model: aera 796

Garmin - aera796 Americas, XM
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aera™ 796
Aviation Portable GPS with XM
  • 7" diagonal, touchscreen aviation portable GPS with XM WX Satellite Weather & Radio (not designed for automotive)
  • Same as the aera 795 with the addition of XM capabilities
  • 3D navigation, advanced electronic flight bag capabilities
  • Virtual 3D behind-the-aircraft perspective of surrounding terrain derived from GPS and the on board terrain database
  • High-definition, sunlight-readable display
  • Works in both portrait and landscape mode
  • Optimized design to fit on the yoke or use as a knee-mounted device
  • 4 touch keys on bezel: back, menu, direct-to and nearest for quick navigation
  • All other functions are accessed through intuitive on screen icons with labels
  • Quickly pan across the map screen & pinch to zoom
  • Fulfills the role of either a Class I or Class II electronic flight bag
  • Initial georeferenced VFR sectional & IRF enroute charts come preloaded
  • IFR mode displays victor airways, jet routes, minimum enroute altitudes and leg distance
  • FliteCharts provide approach charts and airport diagrams for the US, while pilots who prefer Jeppesen can use optional ChartView services
  • Document viewer
  • Scratch Pad feature
  • Checklist Viewer - allows for customized and interactive electronic checklists
  • Enhanced situation awareness with 3D mode, and top-down view of your entire route
  • SafeTaxi provides detailed taxiway diagrams and position information for over 1000 US airports
  • Private airport and heliport database expands emergency "nearest" options
  • FBO, ground transportation, lodging and other facility information for most US airports are available through preloaded AOPA airport directory data
  • International pilots may choose to global AC-U-KWIK airport directory data instead
  • GXM 40 smart antenna is included, giving access to high-resolution weather and audio entertainment (XM subscription required)
  • XM WX 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 US and Canada
  • Can receive PIREPs, turbulence forecasts, icing forecasts and more
  • Weather data can be laid directly over the unit's navigation and topographic map databases
  • Plus 170+ channels of digital music, news & programming through your aircraft headset or cabin audio system
  • 2 serial ports
  • Allows for simultaneous connectivity with other hardware
  • Optional Garmin GTX 330 Mode S Transponder interface to access TIS alerts, where available, on the device
  • Optional Garmin SL30/40 radio is also compatible
  • Includes SD card slot for easy updates and expansions
  • Features include:moving map, panel page, HSI (GPS-based), IFR map mode, TIS alerts compatible, Audible Terrain alerts, standard Terrain resolution, Smart Airspace feature, Automatic logbook, and Separate serial and USB interfaces


  5.1"W x 8.0"H x 1.5"D
Display Size: 3.6"W x 6.0"H, 7.0" Diagonal, 480 x 800 pixel resolution
Display Type: dual-oriented, bright, color WVGA TFT with adjustable backlighting & selectable screen orientation
Weight: 26.4 oz with battery pack
Battery: rechargeable, replaceable Lithium-ion
Battery Life: up to 3 hours with full back light and GXM 40 connected (8 hours with 50% back light)
Waterproof: no
Voltage Range: 11-40
SBAS/WAAS Receiver: high-sensitivity with WAAS position accuracy
Basemap: Yes
Navigation Database (includes Jeppesen data): Yes
Types of Jeppesen data: full & ARTCC, FSS frequencies and final approach waypoints
Navigation Database Coverage Areas: Americas
Preloaded Terrain Database: Yes
Preloaded Obstacle database: Yes (US & Europe only)
Preloaded SafeTaxi airport diagrams: Yes (US only)
Preloaded AOPA Airport Directory: Yes (US only)
Preloaded Garmin FliteCharts: Yes (US only)
Preloaded low & high altitude enroute airways: Yes
Preloaded private airports: Yes (US only)
Preloaded street maps: No
Ability to add maps: Yes
Accepts data cards: Yes (SD Cards)
Built-in memory: Internal Solid State
Waypoints/favorites/locations: 3,000
Routes: 50


Moving Map:  yes
Patented Panel Page: yes
HSI (GPS Based): yes
IFR Map Mode: yes
Traffic Information Systems (TIS) Alerts Compatible: yes
Audible Terrain Alerts: yes
Terrain Resolution: standard
Smart Airspace Feature: yes
Automatic Logbook: yes
Separate serial & USB interfaces: yes
Voice Prompts: no
Speaks street names: no
Lane assist: no
3D map view: no
Bluetooth wireless technology: no
Speed limit indicator: no
Traffic compatible: no
Custom POIs: no
XM WX Weather & Radio: yes
Standard: aera 796 Yoke mount DC cigarette adapter 12/24 volt cradle Home AC cradle dock XM USB extension cable GA 25 remote antenna with suction cup mount USB cable Carrying case Touchscreen cleaning cloth Quick reference guide Complimentary single database update Pilot's Guide e-version (viewable on the document viewer)
Part Number aera™ 796 Aviation Portable GPS Description:
010-00967-11 Americas with XM


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There is some confusion in the avionics industry relating to the various terms used for terrain awareness, terrain advisory, and terrain alerting systems. Not all terrain systems are certified to Class A or B TAWS standards specified in FAA TSO C147b. If a terrain system is certified and approved to FAA TAWS standards, then the manufacturer will specifically use the term "TAWS" and/or "Class A/B TAWS". In most if not all cases, the term "terrain advisory" should not be understood to indicate "TAWS" or imply the product meets TSO C147b.
Newly Overhauled parts obtained from Garmin are designated with an N in their part number. This usually follows the 010- in the part number. As with most Garmin 010 part numbers, the N part numbers are for ordering purposes only and do not actually appear on the dataplate of the unit.