New Garmin 696 Arrives

I just heard about the new Garmin 696 Portable GPS. The product is available on Sporty’s, where there is a nice demo video.   The unit has all of the expected features of the 496 including XMWX, terrain, AOPA Airport database.  New features include TIS input and NOS Approach Plates (no word on Jepps).

The 696 is scheduled to ship 11/5 and will retail for $3296, according to the Garmin site.

I am super impressed and hopeful, though I have not yet seen one in person (with AOPA next week, we’ll all get our hands on one soon).

Mostly I like the portablility and (finally) the chance for a really well integrated paperless cockpit.

I’ll post more after AOPA. In the meantime, have a look.

More links:

Garmin Blog

Marketwatch Corporate Press Release

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