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Garmin Aera 796
6.5 out of 10

Garmin Aera 796

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Reviews and Problems with Garmin Aera 796

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Overall 2
2.0

Downloading data is terrible and NEVER occurs without an error

scott slagis, Amazon
13 July 2014
  • Summary: Absolutely awful device. Downloading data is terrible and NEVER occurs without an error. The difficulty in downloading data base updates makes the unit particularly useless. I would never recommend this unit to anyone.
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Overall 2
2.0

Useless for jet aircraft

M. Jensen "MJ", Amazon
15 February 2014
  • Summary: Our aviation department was in the market for a backup/companion to our onboard weather radar. We contemplated an ADS-B system that would work with our iPads and looked at the Dual X-GPS170.
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Overall 4
4.0

Not for everybody

Donnie D. Todd, Jr, Amazon
5 February 2014
  • Summary: I switched from a 696 to the 796. This was definitely not an upgrade. While the unit works well, the logistics are not good. 1: the unit will not update via an SD card. It has to be removed from the aircraft and tethered to a computer for updates. 2: and updates are another issue.
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Overall 10
10

Wow could not ask for more

tim parsons, Amazon
29 October 2013
  • Summary: More then I expected, great garmin Comes with multiple options for mounting battery life is great. Love the 3d viewing blue tooth great for connecting optional weather antenna
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Overall 10
10

Software issues mostly resolved.

Tom in Montana, Amazon
26 June 2013
  • Summary: I was an early user of the product and had several software issues. I am happy to report that for the most part they are now resolved. My old unit was a 396 and this is much bigger and better in most ways.
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Overall 4
4.0

Oregon flight

Justine M. Fowler "sunbird", Amazon
2 June 2013
  • Summary: Flying through Oregon in April and deverting around snow storms and using the 796 it suddenly without warning quit on its battery. It was connected to the aircraft plug in but still refused to work. Another brand of GPS (a back up) worked fine in the plug in and saved the day.
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Overall 10
10

Great gps

Issac Aimaq, Amazon
12 May 2013
  • Summary: Very happy with it. I've been using it for more than a year. I also have ipad 3 with foreflight but mostly the aera is mounted to my yoke. I wish the subscription was cheaper.
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Overall 10
10

I pinch myself every time I use this to make sure I'm not dreaming

DHS, Amazon
8 May 2013
  • Summary: The synthetic vision with terrain is a safety feature unparalleled in GA cockpits. Add full featured weather and XM music through the headsets and it is the cheapest and most valuable docking station avionic in the stack. I have bought two and may buy a third.
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Overall 4
4.0

Crashes

Robert Arnot "Dr Bob", Amazon
22 April 2013
  • Summary: The 796 is much faster than my 496. I love many of the added features like synthetic vision. It has several fatal flaws however. First it crashes either by going black or freezes. If you're following fir charts this is inexcusable Second, when you take off below protected airspace, you can't see it...
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Overall 10
10

Garmin Aera 796

Capn Jim, Amazon
17 March 2013
  • Summary: This is one awesome GPS. So bright and clear. Very easy and intuitive to operate. Touch screen much preferable to buttons. In Tidewater Virginia the terrain feature not very useful but would be in mountains. 3-D view also not very exciting.
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