An outstanding product designed with a pilot in mind. Garmin did it again!
13 July 2014
Summary: I started with the 196 then to the 496 then to the 696. I always used the Garmin handheld a a backup to either a GNS 430 or 530. The 696 was an easy transition with outstanding capabilities. I have since transitioned to a G-1000 which I feel the 696 made the transition easier. I have always said that Garmin never misses the mark and the transition from one product to the other is seamless.
Summary: I have been a Garmin fan for years and learned to fly IFR in a 430 equipped C 172. I sold my Garmin 396 when I started with the airlines. I thought the technology would go with the tablets so I kept watching all my friends with Fore-flight and it seems anybody that's anybody has that set up. Problem is that when you exit the large aircraft and climb in the smaller ones you have nothing for weather.
Summary: The GPSMAP 696 is a great accessory for the cockpit and I would highly recomend it for any VFR pilot. It has been invaluable in helping to navigate in, under, and around complex airspace topology of class B and C airports. With the terrain database loaded, you'll also know exactly where radio towers and other obstructions are and will receive onscreen warnings as you approach them.
Summary: After researching the various handheld options available for adding weather and current map features I decided on the 696. I am not disappointed with my decision in the least. What a powerful tool for awareness. Flying IFR with this added to the Garmin 430W is a treat. Having all the approach plates and procedures at the push of a button is great. It even shows the airplane position on the approach plate.
Summary: Let me start by saying that I'm prejudiced. I've been flying with a Garmin 296 for about 4 years, and another Garmin before that. And I've flown planes with a Garmin 430 in the panel. So when the 696 came out, I knew it was just a matter of time. A good deal on ebay proved impossible to pass up, and here I am. The 696 is the logical extension of its predecessors.
Summary: I just purchased a plane in November of last year and I needed a GPS for it but was on a tight budget. I already knew about Garmin GPS's and that the portable GPS 696 was the cadillac of GPS's without having to pay for a full install of a glass panel. I really love it and it will help me feel at least safer because it has a lot of features such as airport diagrams and XM weather should I decide to pay a subscription for weather.
Summary: I have a 696 in the cockpit on both our corp aircraft. I like the detailed weather on the 696 and ease of operation and learning to use it. Garmin has all user-friendly products. I did try the G796 for a week and did NOT like it, except for the detailed enroute charts. On the G796, only 4 data fields can be displayed on the home page, one in each corner. The G696, you can have 12 data fields displayed. Much better.