Garmin International Inc. unveiled enhanced chart capabilities for the GPSMAP 695/696 on opening day of AirVenture in Oshkosh. The portable will soon include georeferenced Garmin FliteCharts. Customers also have the opportunity to immediately subscribe to and receive Garmin’s georeferenced ChartView powered by Jeppesen.
“These enhancements are a direct result of customers’ requests for georeferenced charts,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “Now, pilots will be able to see their aircraft’s exact position while monitoring other important information on the approach charts.”
Garmin FliteCharts is an electronic version of the National Aeronautical Navigation Services Charts (AeroNav Services), which was formerly NACO. FliteCharts lets pilots find and view all AeroNav Services Departure Procedures (DP), Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs), approach charts, and airport diagrams. If the current approach is known, the GPSMAP 695/696 automatically selects the correct chart based on the flight plan, according to Garmin officials. Pilots will have access to all approach plates currently published by AeroNav, which encompasses more than 15,000 charts and more than 2,900 airports in the U.S. FliteCharts updates are available from Garmin every 28 days, and the new georeferenced capability will be included with the regular updates.
ChartView brings an electronic version of Jeppesen’s worldwide library of JeppView charts and airport diagrams directly to the GPSMAP 695/696. ChartView displays approach charts, arrival and departure procedures, and airport diagrams. Updates are available from Jeppesen every 14 days.
The new georeferenced version of Garmin FliteCharts will be available in the fourth quarter 2010. FliteChart’s georeferenced support is included in the standard FliteChart update. ChartView is available immediately and will require a one-time additional $499 enabling key, as well as the latest free device software. For more information: Fly.Garmin.com.