If you find city driving a directionally challenging experience- try piloting an aircraft. Driving a land based vehicle has the benefits of traffic lanes, traffic lights and traffic signs. Aircrafts only have the pilot’s experience, cockpit instruments, good visibility and hopefully the new Garmin’s Touchscreen aera. Aera is the latest all-in-one GPS that will cover the navigation needs of pilots from their driveway to the runway. This latest series of handheld aviation GPS features a seamless touchscreen functionality and multi-mode option. It can easily toggle between aviation to automotive mode with a simple touch. Pilots will benefit from the company’s 20 years of navigation experience resulting in clean exterior design, ease of use and an affordable price tag. The Aera series uses a 4.3-inch QVGA sunlight readable display with big and finger friendly touch sensitive icons. The series also comprises of four models; the Aera 500, 510, 550 and 560. All share the following features:
• 5HZ GPS update rate for almost time updates of panel page
• Aviation panel page
• Topography and obstacle information
• Private Airport data
• Preloaded auto maps with voiced directions and street names
• Bluetooth capability hands free calls on automotive mode
• Tough and waterproof design
The Aera 550 and 560 offers more conventional features and additional information as compared to the entry level 500 and 510 models. The 510 and 560 offers GXM 40 receiver for XM radio and XM WX Satellite Weather.
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