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Aero-TV Profiles the Garmin GPSMAP 495

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Most Of What We Loved In The 496, But At A Lower Price When it comes to offering big things in small packages, little else compares to Garmin's know-it-all, do-it-all GPSMAP 496... designed to offer (well, almost) everything a pilot could possibly want and need in a portable GPS. For some pilots, however, the 496 is TOO much of a good thing... and has a pricetag to match. Recognizing a segment of the pilot community who wants the functionality and reliability of the GPS 496 -- but not necessarily ALL the bells and whistles -- Garmin unveiled its GPSMAP 495 portable aviation device this past spring. Garmin says the new GPS 495 is designed for pilots who want many of the same features as the popular 496, at a fraction of the cost. The GPSMAP 495 includes Garmin's SafeTaxi airport diagrams, Garmin's Smart Airspace, AOPA's Airport Directory data, enhanced high-resolution terrain database, aviation database with private airports and heliports, accelerated GPS update rate, and European VFR reporting waypoints. The GPSMAP 495 incorporates the same, higher resolution terrain database found on the GPSMAP 496. The land graphics have over 10 times as much data as other Garmin handhelds and vividly display proximity hazards. In aviation mode, pilots have the benefit of terrain and obstacle alerting, pop-up alerts, and customizable minimum clearance limits that give audible terrain alerts at specified altitudes. Pilots will also appreciate Garmin's Smart Airspace feature that automatically highlights airspace close to the pilot's current altitude and de-emphasizes airspace away from the current altitude. Like the GPSMAP 496, the GPSMAP 495 has an increased GPS update rate that is five times faster than other handheld GPS devices. This impressive speed gives fluid updates of GPS derived data including the aircraft's flight indicators, such as the HSI and turn rate indicator. The GPSMAP 495's SafeTaxi diagrams and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Airport Directory data help reduce the ...

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