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Any recommendations on a portable GPS? I keep hearing about the 396, but am not quite convinced that's the way to go. A friend told me to watch www.garmin.blogs.com so I could learn more about it from those who write to garmin, but I want some real life stories. Any Advice?
My dad and I share a Garmin 496 in our Cherokee Six, and LOVE it. The integration of the AOPA database as well as real-time weather are just perks to the Garmin's ease of use for navigation. The unit has decent operation for automotive use, I've used it on a couple of trips. I haven't researched the differences between the 396 and 496, so I can't speak to the cost difference, but I will say that I highly recommend the 496. Good luck!
What about panel mounts. I am thinking about a reconditioned Garmin GPS 155XL to replace my Apollo Flybuddy 820 that just died a programming death involving it's sensor programming. I doubt that Garmin will support this orphan, even though it's given me 15 years of flawless service. Que sera sera.
The new Garmin GTN 650 or GTN 750 are great. They are new so the reviews are just starting to roll out but they're really nice.
Our flight department has used/owned several different units. To date, the Garmin 696 is the best. The continuous weather updates, via XM, is worth every bit of cost. Quick and easy access to any needed data here. I tried the Garmin 796 for a week and did not like it myself. Only 4 data fields can be placed on the home page, compared to 12 available on the G696. And changes/alterations were more labor intensive on the G796. No thanks Garmin. We have a G696 in both our aircraft and plan to stay with them, until something better happens.
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