Handheld GPS

Handheld GPS

I am getting ready to buy a Garmin 296 handheld GPS but thought I would run it past my trusty fellow Cessna owners before I do.

I have done my research and the 296 seems like a real nice unit that would suit most of my needs. If any of you have one of these units, or even the 295 for that matter, please let me know how you like the product.

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Rich

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Re: Handheld GPS

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I've had a 172 for about 10 yrs.
I was slow to get a handheld gps because of the wires/mounting etc.
Once I concluded that I was not going to be getting a panel mount color moving map anytime soon, I purchased a 295 (about three yrs ago).
Have it mounted on the yoke, and love it.
The situational awareness issue in both IFR/VFR is non existant.
Plan to spend a lot of time playing/learning with it at home!
Garmin is good about standing behind their products, as long as you bring your checkbook...David Clark is the only mfgr I've come across in my flying that inexpensively supports their customers for ever!
KSGR

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I started off with the 295 and sold it to get the 196 and sold it to get the awsome 296.  All of these are great but obviously the 296 is the biggest bang for the buck.  If your flying VFR, the 296 gives you much more information than a $15,000.00 GNS530 panel mount.  The 296 and 196 are narrow enough to make it into a panel mount as I did, getting it off the yoke.  It is very easy to do so as long as you have the room in your radio stack.  If your interested I could post some pictures on how to do it.

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I put my 295 then the 296 on the front edge of the glareshield - its easy to get to and work and doesn't block anything. I really liked the 295 but recently upgraded to the 296 - It's taking a little time to get used to the colors - lots of them but not as contrasty as the 295.

They're both great and the terrain is added  to the 296.

The software upgrades are free but you pay for the database updates, like buying new sectionals - cost a little more but lots of current info available easily.

I believe The 296 processor is a little faster also - so it updates faster.

Wire it into the ships power (with a fused in line) - see other posts - and it'll warn you if Your Aircraft's power starts to go and you otherwise had not noticed it.

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Would be very interested in seeing pictures/details for mounting the units in the radio stack.
I had thought about doing that, but never followed thru.

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One of the best features of the garmin 196 and 296 is the extended battery life, over the 195 and 295. They run on less batterys and they stay powered longer.

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Before you leap---Lowrance has a new color model slated to ship in late July.  It is rumored to have Satellite Nexrad  Weather overlay capabilities also!  I would kill to have that right now.  Also will have TAWS.   Price is $1299--I am waiting to see this.  You can get a very abbreviated preview at their website.  www.lowrance.com

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I have a 196.  It is mounted on the panel and uses panel power.  I have an external antenna.  I even have it connected to my autopilot.  I keep thinking about purchasing a panel mounted (430 530) anything else would be a step backwards.  I love the 196 and am sure the 296 is just as good.

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For those of you who have panel mounted you 196's, can you send me a picture of what you did?  I would like to see it.

My e-mail is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Curt,

I would really like to see pictures of your GPS mounted on the panel. When I get mine, that is where I would like to mount it.

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Rich

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http://www.curtfargo.com/garmin296/ 

Link to photos of how I mounted my Garmin 196 and 296 into my instrument panel.

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There has been some isues with the power cord for the 296, not the same one as the 196 by the way.

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Yes there is a problem but they are taking care of it with no hassle. Both of my power cord have seperated at the tip as they didn't use the proper glue in assembly.  Garmin was quick to replace both of these for me.  I used super glue on the new ones before I ever used them and I did the same in repairing the original ones.

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If you're still looking I have a 295 for sale. $750
Great shape. June 04 aviation database.

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I am interested in panel mounted 196 or 296. Can you send pictures of yours or give me url to see them.. How do you like it now a year later?  Any sunlight problems?

Tom

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You should know they now sell a mount that fits in the stack and holds the 296 or 196.  I don't remember the manufacturer, but there are some for sale on eBay and other places.  If you email me directly, I'll send you a picture of it.  I'm getting one to put my 296 in the panel...good luck.

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Rich, consider the Lowrence 1000, which comes in at 40% the cost of the G396.  It has a bigger screen, better buttons, and you get more extras with it.  I don't have either, but when my trusty Garmin 195 finally bites the dust, I'll get the 1000.  I was very impressed with it at Sun and Fun.

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I have a lowrance 1000 and its a nice unit I use it both in the Cutlass and the car. Buttons are easy to pick and Lowrance just put out a update for the database that contains full maps of all taxiways on 21 major fields.

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