The GPSMAP 196 offers unprecendented features and utility in an aviation portable. In addition to the built-in Garmin basemap, the GPSMAP 196 accepts all of our MapSource products, and provides turn-by-turn route guidance for street navigation. The unit can operate in three different modes; Aviation, Land, and Water, with user preferences stored independently.
Other exciting features include a unique "panel page", which offers a graphical depiction of GPS-derived flight information, and an automatic logbook function that records departure airports, arrival airports, and flight time (automatically recording night flight based on sunrise/sunset information). This flight information is stored in the unit, and can be downloaded to Garmin logbook software. The GPSMAP 196's processor provides map redraws and scrolling at over twice the speed of previous aviation portables.