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The Garmin aera 500 is a GPS device that designed in a 5.3"W x 3.3"H x .9"D (13.5 x 8.4 x 2.3 cm) form factor that that weighs 9.5 ounces (270g). It sports a 3.81"W x 2.25"H (9.7 x 5.7 cm); 4.3" diag (10.9 cm) WQVGA color TFT touch screen with white backlight that supports 480 x 272 pixels resolution. The unit is powered by a removable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provieds up to 5 hours (less with full backlight and options) of usage time. It is waterproof (IPX7), has a vol…See more
The Garmin aera 500 is a GPS device that designed in a 5.3"W x 3.3"H x .9"D (13.5 x 8.4 x 2.3 cm) form factor that that weighs 9.5 ounces (270g). It sports a 3.81"W x 2.25"H (9.7 x 5.7 cm); 4.3" diag (10.9 cm) WQVGA color TFT touch screen with white backlight that supports 480 x 272 pixels resolution. The unit is powered by a removable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provieds up to 5 hours (less with full backlight and options) of usage time. It is waterproof (IPX7), has a voltage range of 11-35, a high-sensitivity receiver with WAAS position accuracy, VFR, basemap, navigation database (includes Jeppesen®), full and ARTCC, FSS frequencies and final approach waypoints; Americas or Atlantic or Pacific navigation database, preloaded terrain database; preloaded Obstacles database (U.S. and Europe only); preloaded low and high altitude enroute airways; preloaded private airports (U.S. only); preloaded street maps; ability to add maps; accepts data cards (microSD™ cards); built-in internal solid state memory; supports 3000 aviation and 1000 automotive waypoints/favorites/locations; and 50 routes. It also features moving map,patented panel page; HSI (GPS-based); IFR map mode; is Traffic Information Services (TIS) alerts compatible; audible terrain alerts; comes with standard terrain resolution, Smart Airspace Feature (generates and displays altitude-sensitive alerts)l automatic logbook; separate serial and USB interfaces; voice prompts; speaks street names; 3-D map view; Bluetooth® wireless technology; and custom POIs.
The dual-duty Garmin aera 500 GPS provides users with transition from flying to motoring – by combining moving-map display features with intuitive, menu-driven touchscreen control. The unit features a 4.3-inch QVGA wide-format touchscreen and pre-loaded graphical mapping. In aviation mode, the aera 500’s chart-style shaded mapping and extensive terrain and aviation databases helps users visualize their flight path to nearby navaids, terrain, SUAs, obstructions, and so on. It also includes private airports and heliports that provides more navigation and emergency “nearest” options. There’s the database-driven terrain advisory feature that offers TAWS-like color coding and pop-up alerts when possible obstructions or ground proximity conflicts loom ahead. The unit’s graphical Terrain page offers both overhead and vertical profile views of the topography flown over, and an IFR map mode that lets users display and navigate on high or low enroute airways. It also features MEAs (Minimum Enroute Altitudes) and distances between intersections which can be accessed by touching the airway on the map. GPS updating is provided at a 5 Hz rate, and the unit comes with an an optional power/data cable that allows users to connect the aera 500 to a Garmin GTX 330 Mode S transponder in an aircraft, and lets them access and display TIS traffic alerts in busy terminal airspace. The aera can also be used to load communications frequencies into a Garmin SL 40 Comm or SL 30 Nav/Comm transceiver. The device also supports full automotive GPS capability and comes preloaded with City Navigator® NT street mapping. It features voice-guided turn-by-turn directions with text-to-speech audio technology that calls out streets by name, has a built-in Bluetooth® support for wireless hands-free calling with compatible mobile phone. built-in “points of interest” database guidance to millions of motels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs, and other local attractions and a ”smart mount” clip-and-go car navigation that lets users transition the unit from the air to automotive.See less
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