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    Garmin aera 500 Touch Screen GPS (Americas) 7889A Garmin aera 500 Touch Screen GPS (Americas)
    Rated 4.25757575758 /5 based on 66 customer reviews
    599
    Product description: aera 500 Touch-screen convenience for less than $600 This entry-level model is an unbeatable value. Aviation features include: map page, terrain page, panel page, flight plans, VNAV and more. Auto features include: 2D or 3D map, turn-by-turn directions and full database with points of interest. The 500 also includes Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling in your car. Aviation and automotive features Garmin Aera Features Comparison Chart The new aera from Garmin will change the way you look at touch-screen GPSs. This series of compact GPSs is packed with cutting-edge features based on Garmin’s industry-leading expertise in both aviation and automotive GPSs. A completely new interface makes these the easiest-to-use Garmins yet: simply tap the icons to access the desired page, then drag your finger to navigate through each page. It’s also well-suited to the cockpit, with large buttons, minimal button-pushing, and a sunlight-readable 4.3” screen. Includes internal GPS antenna and internal battery. One Year Manufacturer warranty. Aviation Features Detailed moving maps with land data, airports, airspace, navaids and much more. Terrain page warns of nearby terrain or obstacles, including a side profile view. Comprehensive nearest airport screen shows airports, weather, navaids and more. Detailed airport information pages with runways, frequencies and more. Garmin’s famous panel page, with nearly real-time updates, is a great emergency backup. The aera 510 and 560 also feature XM Satellite Datalink Weather. Automotive Features Intuitive turn-by-turn navigation, with spoken street names. Millions of points of interest pre-loaded (hotels, gas stations, ATMs and more). aera 550 and 560 feature Garmin’s Lane Assist feature, so you never miss an exit. Media player and picture viewer keep you entertained on the road. New Accessories Also new with the aera are Garmin’s unique single wire mounts, one for your airplane’s yoke and one for your car’s dash. These organize the maze of wires coming out of your GPS into a single one. There is only one connection to the back of the aera, making it fast and easy to move from plane to car and back again.  Includes: aera 500, yoke mount, automotive friction mount, vehicle power cable, battery, USB cable, pilot's guide, quick start manuals. Garmin Database Area of Coverage Americas - North, South and Central America (includes Hawaii) Atlantic International - Europe, Africa Pacific International - Eastern Europe, Asia, Middle East and the South Pacific (includes Hawaii)

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    Airways/Intersections

    Airways/Intersections

    Displays victor airways and intersections on the GPS's moving map page. Helpful for instrument pilots who may get complicated clearances.

    Yes
    AOPA Directory

    AOPA Directory

    The most comprehensive collection of airport and facility information, AOPA's Airport Directory shows FBO services, ground transportation, hotels, area attractions and much more. This is in addition to a full Jeppesen® database of runway lengths, frequencies and more.

    No
    Approach Charts

    Approach Charts

    This feature allows you to view digital versions of instrument approach charts on your GPS, and zoom in for better detail. For Part 91 operations, these can even replace your paper charts. Some models will overlay your aircraft's position on the chart for unbeatable situational awareness.

    No
    Automotive Navigation

    Automotive Navigation

    Many modern aviation GPSs are also fully-functional navigators in the car. These GPSs offer turn-by-turn directions for hassle-free navigation on the road, and some even provide voice directions. They also come preloaded with detailed automotive databases, including hotels, gas stations and other points of interest.

    Yes
    Bluetooth

    Bluetooth

    This wireless interface is an easy way to connect third-party accessories to your GPS, including XM Weather receivers and portable traffic systems. In automotive mode, it allows you to make cell phone calls through your portable GPS.

    Yes
    Built in Battery Yes
    Display 4.3″ Diagonal
    Enroute Charts

    Enroute Charts

    In addition to approach charts, you can also view en route instrument charts (high/low altitude). Ideal for instrument pilots looking for a backup to paper charts.

    No
    Fuel Prices

    Fuel Prices

    With an update from the Internet before takeoff, some GPSs will display current fuel prices for each airport. This is a handy way to find a fuel stop while en route.

    No
    International Versions

    International Versions

    For use outside of North America, most GPSs are available with international databases. Not all features are available outside of the US, including XM Weather.

    Yes
    Panel Page

    Panel Page

    Pilots have come to love Garmin's simulated instrument panel, which displays GPS-derived instruments for speed, altitude, vertical speed, bank angle and heading. While not suitable for primary navigation, in an emergency it is a valuable backup.

    Yes
    Private Airports

    Private Airports

    In addition to the usual public airports database, some GPSs include expanded private airport databases. While information about these airports may be limited, you can view locations and identifiers for thousands of smaller airports.

    Yes
    Touch Screen

    Touch Screen

    Touch screen interfaces have become more and more popular, allowing the pilot to control everything the GPS does without pushing buttons. While this can make a GPS easier to use, many pilots still prefer the panel-like controls on non-touch screen units.

    Yes
    Brand Garmin
    XM Weather

    XM Weather

    The ability to receive datalink weather in the cockpit is one of the biggest advances in portable avionics history. You can view NEXRAD radar, satellite imagery, METARs, TAFs and more right on your moving map, allowing for strategic weather avoidance and better situational awareness. For active cross-country pilots, this is almost a must-have feature. Monthly subscription required (http://www.xmwxweather.com/aviation/)

    No
    Buyer’s Guide

    Garmin aera 500 Touch Screen GPS (Americas)

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    Accessories

    Quickly add accessories along with your Garmin aera 500 Touch Screen GPS (Americas) purchase by changing the quantity for the accessories you would like to purchase.

    Avionics Screen Cleaners

    Passengers and copilots have a nasty habit of touching the screen of your GPS, multi-function display or radar (you're probably guilty too). These handy Screen Cleaners will remove fingerprints, oil and everyday dust—without damaging your expensive avionics. Enhances visibility and keeps your cockpit looking like new. Each package contains one moist and one dry towelette specially formulated for use on aircraft electronics.

    12V Cabin Power Connector
    Suction Cup Mount (for Garmin aera)
    Garmin Battery Charging Kit (for Garmin Aera 500 Series)

    Kit includes:

    • Lithium Ion Battery

    Garmin GDL 39 ADS-B Receiver for portable GPS (wired connection)

    Garmin was first to introduce datalink weather for portable devices over a decade ago, forever changing the way pilots fly. Now Garmin is bringing the benefits of in-flight weather to your Garmin portable GPS – without a monthly subscription. The new GDL 39 is a compact, portable ADS-B receiver that delivers weather, traffic and GPS information to the cockpit all in one package.

    Requires Garmin Pilot app to work with iPad or Android devices.

    Carrying Case (for Garmin aera)
    Replacement Lithium Ion Battery (for Garmin aera)
    Aviation Bracket with bare wires (for Garmin aera)
    Garmin Aera 500-560 Panel Dock
    12V Power Cable (for Garmin aera)
    Extension Cable for Garmin XM Antenna

    Six foot extension cable for Garmin XM antenna.

    Suction Cup Mount for Garmin aera

    These are simply the finest mounting systems available. Every RAM Mount carries a Lifetime Warranty. The square base has four pre-drilled holes at each corner. Ideal for mounting to the Garmin Aera™ series GPS units. Attaches to the Garmin cradle (not included).

    Standard Double Socket Arm

    Automotive Mount (for Garmin aera)
    Glare Shield Mount for Garmin aera

    These are simply the finest mounting systems available. Every RAM Mount carries a Lifetime Warranty. The square base has four pre-drilled holes at each corner. Ideal for mounting to the Garmin Aera™ series GPS units. Attaches to the Garmin cradle (not included).

    Includes:

    Dash Mount (for Garmin aera)
    GA 27C Antenna (for Garmin aera)
    Garmin AC Adaptor (for Garmin aera)
    Beechcraft Yoke Mount for Garmin aera

    Lifetime Warranty

    Ram Round Base with hardware

    Yoke Mount for Garmin aera

    These are simply the finest mounting systems available. Every RAM Mount carries a Lifetime Warranty. The square base has four pre-drilled holes at each corner. Ideal for mounting to the Garmin Aera™ series GPS units. Attaches to the Garmin cradle (not included).

    Aviation Bracket (for Garmin aera)
    Garmin 396/496 XM Antenna Dock

    This Antenna Dock is designed to mobilize your costly 396/496 XM antenna. It helps to maintain the clean look of a permanent installation by organizing the antenna cable.

    Yoke Mount (for Garmin aera)

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    aera 500

    Touch-screen convenience for less than $600

    This entry-level model is an unbeatable value. Aviation features include: map page, terrain page, panel page, flight plans, VNAV and more. Auto features include: 2D or 3D map, turn-by-turn directions and full database with points of interest. The 500 also includes Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling in your car.

    Aviation and automotive features

    Garmin Aera Features Comparison Chart

    The new aera from Garmin will change the way you look at touch-screen GPSs. This series of compact GPSs is packed with cutting-edge features based on Garmin’s industry-leading expertise in both aviation and automotive GPSs. A completely new interface makes these the easiest-to-use Garmins yet: simply tap the icons to access the desired page, then drag your finger to navigate through each page. It’s also well-suited to the cockpit, with large buttons, minimal button-pushing, and a sunlight-readable 4.3” screen. Includes internal GPS antenna and internal battery. One Year Manufacturer warranty.

    Aviation Features

    • Detailed moving maps with land data, airports, airspace, navaids and much more.
    • Terrain page warns of nearby terrain or obstacles, including a side profile view.
    • Comprehensive nearest airport screen shows airports, weather, navaids and more.
    • Detailed airport information pages with runways, frequencies and more.
    • Garmin’s famous panel page, with nearly real-time updates, is a great emergency backup.
    • The aera 510 and 560 also feature XM Satellite Datalink Weather.

    Automotive Features

    • Intuitive turn-by-turn navigation, with spoken street names.
    • Millions of points of interest pre-loaded (hotels, gas stations, ATMs and more).
    • aera 550 and 560 feature Garmin’s Lane Assist feature, so you never miss an exit.
    • Media player and picture viewer keep you entertained on the road.

    New Accessories

    Also new with the aera are Garmin’s unique single wire mounts, one for your airplane’s yoke and one for your car’s dash. These organize the maze of wires coming out of your GPS into a single one. There is only one connection to the back of the aera, making it fast and easy to move from plane to car and back again. 

    Includes:

    aera 500, yoke mount, automotive friction mount, vehicle power cable, battery, USB cable, pilot's guide, quick start manuals.

    Garmin Database Area of Coverage
    Americas - North, South and Central America (includes Hawaii)
    Atlantic International - Europe, Africa
    Pacific International - Eastern Europe, Asia, Middle East and the South Pacific (includes Hawaii)

    Note: Free shipping discount only applies to orders shipped within the 48 contiguous United States.

    Americas Pacific Atlantic
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    Reviewer - thunderbolt49

    Location - , TN

    Date - 7-22-2014

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    Easy to set up, use, and navigate with.

    Cons

    No mention that I could see that there is a fee for updating maps and info during the year. Cost is approx $100.00 per year and I believe you still must have current paper maps in the plane, not an issue but would have been nice to know when purchasing

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    Location - Luling, TX

    Date - 6-24-2014

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    easy to use, portable

    Cons

    expensive for bottom of line gps. no a/c charger..

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    Reviewer - cconnorrn

    Location - Greenwood, DE

    Date - 5-20-2014

    Pilot Rating - Sport

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    Typical Garmin software, similar to the Garmin Pilot app and my Garmin 496. Nothing new to learn. Larger screen than my 496 and no buttons (nice touch screen) to get stiff in the winter time. Subscription is only $99, much less than my 496.

    Cons

    The Aera 500 does not do Safe Taxi.

    General Comments

    Very happy with this purchase as it is packed with features found on much more expensive units. Great value.

    Location - Aurora, NE

    Date - 1-11-2014

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    the aera 500 is awesome!!
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    Date - 9-10-2013

    Pilot Rating - Commercial

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    Recommended Yes
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    Location - New Orleans, LA

    Date - 7-28-2013

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
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    Date - 3-11-2013

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

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    Cons

    Flight plan waypoints can't be added from the map view. No 'rubber banding'. Operation of unit is not very intuitive and studying the manual is a necessity.

    General Comments

    ( No General Comments Listed From Reviewer )

    Date - 2-8-2013

    Pilot Rating - Commercial

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    Recommended Yes
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    Reviewer - Barry Nicholls

    Location - Barbados,

    Date - 11-30-2012

    Pilot Rating - Student

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    Recommended Yes
    Cool and helpful
    Pros

    Lots of functions , color , relatively easy to use , great beginning GPS

    Cons

    Should be supplied with a wall charger , more sensitive touch screen , it's resists efforts to drag the display

    General Comments

    A sense of security to have ! It's fun , strong and practical

    Location - , UL

    Date - 10-16-2012

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    Very easy to use

    Cons

    Didnt have the car maps for South America, and doesnt have many airports or small strips

    General Comments

    ( No General Comments Listed From Reviewer )

    Reviewer - Paulichi

    Location - São José dos Campos,

    Date - 8-28-2012

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
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    Date - 6-28-2012

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    Small, reasonably priced, intuitive touch screen, automotive data included.

    Cons

    Very short battery life (2-3 hrs), no dedicated buttons so extra presses are needed for common tasks compared to 296.

    General Comments

    Compared to my aging 296 the Aera 500 screen is no brighter, no significant increased aero capability, battery life is about 1/4, common inquiries such as airport freq/runways and elapsed flight time take extra keystrokes because there are no dedicated keys. You'll need a spare battery if like mine your plane has no power outlet. Odd that you can't charge it with the outside mini-usb. It is very compact though and a lot cheaper than my 296 was. Locks onto GPS satellites faster too. If the battery would go 5 hours at full brightness I would have given it 5 stars.

    Reviewer - chrisrupp2002

    Location - clearfield, PA

    Date - 5-27-2012

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    Easy to use. Comes with everything that I needed. Worked well in Robinson R22 Helicopter. Rebate did persuade me in my decision.

    Cons

    Very Expensive.

    General Comments

    Garmin produces great products. I own all Garmin GPS's for work and now aviation.

    Date - 5-27-2012

    Pilot Rating - Commercial

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    Garmin Aera 500
    Pros

    Clear, easy to use format.
    Better than another brand I bought last year, much better.

    Cons

    A bit hard to see with sun glasses on but not a big problem.

    General Comments

    Garmin is the way to go!
    They are pilot friendly.

    Date - 5-11-2012

    Pilot Rating - Commercial

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    Recommended Yes
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    Location - Stillwater, MN

    Date - 4-12-2012

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    Very easy to use. It has good signal reception with its internal antenna. Overall, I have been pleased with its performance.

    Cons

    The screen becomes somewhat

    General Comments

    The Garmin 500 is a BIG improvement over the Garmin Pilot III that I have been using for years. The touch screen is easy to use even in afternoon turbulence. The size of the unit is just right for my Wittman Tailwind insturment panel.

    Date - 4-3-2012

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    no power cord
    Pros

    good display even in sunlight
    lot of features you might not need for basic navigation but are very useful
    once you are familiar with the menu and the touch pad it's easy to use

    Cons

    no power cord for battery charging on 110V
    battery doesn't last as advertised
    to attach to the pc you have to remove the battery cover

    General Comments

    a lot more compact than my previous owned gps 495 yet I miss the hard keys and the battery on the 495 was better.
    yet there are more useful features on the 500.

    Reviewer - hartsuyker

    Date - 3-27-2012

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Great GPS
    Pros

    This is a great GPS for my type of flying.
    Fits perfect into almost any location in my airplane Cessna 172

    Cons

    Garmin gives you one free update with your purchase, I used it and discovered that this update will expire in about 10 days. Total bummer. Garmin could almost give the GPS away for the cost of their chart updates. For what I paid for this GPS I could have got a new Iphone and used Fore Flight on this device. Much cheaper to keep the charts updated.

    General Comments

    ( No General Comments Listed From Reviewer )

    Date - 2-2-2012

    Pilot Rating - Instrument

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    ( No Pros Listed From Reviewer )

    Cons

    This GPS need a better antiglare screen. Very difficult to read if not directly in front of you and out of the sun.

    General Comments

    ( No General Comments Listed From Reviewer )

    Reviewer - doberman06

    Location - , AA

    Date - 1-14-2012

    Pilot Rating - Commercial

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    Recommended Yes
    Excellent
    Pros

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