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Garmin GPSMAP 296

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The GPSMAP 296 builds on the tradition of Garmin aviation handhelds like the GPSMAP 196 and GPSMAP 295. New features like terrain cautions and alerts, sectional chart-like topographic data, a built-in obstacle database of the U.S., and a transparent navigation arc view for course, speed, and distance information lead the list of advances. The GPSMAP 296 also features USB data transfer, faster processing speed, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. Press a button, and you have your choice of the unit's automotive or marine modes.

Garmin delivers terrain awareness in an intuitive Terrain mode on the GPSMAP 296. The unit combines GPS position, GPS altitude and topographical mapping to give pilots a vivid depiction of potential terrain hazards.   

Pilots gain terrain awareness in a number of ways:
Terrain and obstacle information
By using visual cues and tone alerts, pilots can be aware of potentially dangerous terrain or obstacle conflicts along the current flight path. The unit also offers a configurable look-ahead warning function which gives the pilot additional time to make critical decisions.
Configurable buffer zones
The pilot can set the minimum limits to receive terrain cautions. The unit then presents potential hazards in yellow (to indicate ground proximity of 500-1000 feet) and red (to indicate ground proximity of 100 feet or less).
Obstacles database
Users can view the elevation or relative altitude of any obstacle (towers, buildings, etc.) within the unit's built-in database. (This feature is only available with the Americas version.)
Pop-up alerts
Terrain proximity cautions and alerts pop up as digital thumbnail images in the lower left-hand corner of any page whenever a potential hazard conflict looms ahead.

The GPSMAP 296 is designed to move seamlessly between an aircraft, vehicle, or boat:
Automotive Mode
Provides automatic route generation, turn-by-turn guidance, and voice prompts, plus a built-in worldwide database of borders and major cities. The optional Auto Kit includes two mounts, a cigarette-lighter adapter with speaker output, a 128-MB data card, and a MapSource City Select CD-ROM or MetroGuide Canada for detailed mapping and address lookup capabilities.
Marine Mode
Features a worldwide marine database and U.S. tide data. When used with data from a MapSource BlueChart CD-ROM, the unit displays such information as depth contours, inter-tidal zones, spot soundings, wrecks, navaids, port plans, restricted areas, cable areas, anchorages, and much more.
ADD A DEPTH SOUNDER! The GPSMAP 296C with v3.00 and later software will now support the GSD 20 remote sounder module. Visit for the latest in operating software updates.
Features include:
• WAAS-capable GPS receiver for enhanced lateral/vertical guidance
• Sunlight readable, high-resolution, 256-color TFT display 3.8"-diagonal 480 x 320 pixels
• 5.7" W x 3.2" H x 1.9" D unit dimensions
• 200-MHz processor for fast redraw and routing
• Up to 15 hours battery life (typical use backlight conditions); 8 hours full backlight brightness
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack
GA 26C remote antenna
• Automotive and marine modes for easy navigation in a vehicle or boat
• Detailed basemap includes highways, major roads, borders, rivers, lakes, and tide stations
• Accepts data from Garmin's MapSource products
• Accepts standard Garmin data cards and pre-programmed data cards
• 15/11 (text/voice) languages
• Waterproof to IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (submersible in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes)
• Weighs just 12 ounces
• 50 reversible routes (300 waypoints each), 15 saved tracks (700 trackpoints each), TracBack? technology, 3000 waypoints with graphical icon identification
• Adjustable quad-helix receiving antenna with remote antenna capability
• Voice prompt guidance when the 12-volt / speaker cable is connected
• Separate serial and USB interfaces; 2 RS-232 serial ports
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Package includes:
GPSMAP 296 receiver
Americas Autoroute

OR Atlantic Autoroute
OR Pacific Autoroute
Free single Jeppesen? update
Adjustable yoke mount
Automotive mount
AC power adapter
USB PC interface cable
Cigarette lighter adapter
GA 26C low profile remote GPS antenna
Trip & Waypoint Manager software
Carrying case
Owner's manual
Quick reference guide
GPSMAP 296 Americas
Americas Autoroute basemap
Includes the United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America, and covers an area from W180 to W30 Longitude, S60 to N72 Latitude. Also included is a high-level worldwide map with political boundaries and major cities.
GPSMAP 296 Atlantic
Atlantic Autoroute basemap
Includes Europe, extreme western Russia, Africa, and the Middle East, and covers an area from N75 to S60 Latitude, W30 to E60 Longitude. Also included is a high-level worldwide map with political boundaries and major cities.
GPSMAP 296 Pacific
Pacific Autoroute basemap
Includes Asia, Australia, and Oceania, and covers an area from E60 to E180 Longitude, S60 to N75 Latitude.

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