Garmin 880 GPS Receiver User Manual

GPSMAP 96/96C
®
portable aviation receiver
pilot’s guide
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March 2007
Part Number 190-00420-00 Rev. C
Printed in Taiwan
Introduction > Introduction
Thank you for choosing the Garmin GPSMAP 96/96C,
an unsurpassed portable aviation receiver that utilizes
the proven performance of Garmin GPS, full-featured
mapping and navigation for aviation, marine, and
automotive applications.
Take a moment now to compare the contents of this
package with the packing list on the outside of the
box. If any pieces are missing, contact your Garmin
dealer immediately.
About This Manual
To get the most out of your new navigation system,
take time to read this manual and learn the operating
procedures for your unit in detail. This manual is
organized into the following chapters.
The Introduction contains the Table of Contents. The
Getting Started section provides information such as
an overview of the unit features and how to turn on
and adjust the backlight.
96/96C Owner’s Manual
The Basic Operation section provides you with
information about navigation. The Main Pages
section reviews in detail, the main pages and features.
The Appendix contains information such as
specifications, optional accessories, and maintenance
information. You can also find warranty and FCC
information in the Appendix. Read the Safety
Information to learn how to install and use your
Garmin GPSMAP 96/96C safely and responsibly.
An Index is provided at the end of the manual for
reference.
Manual Conventions
This manual uses the term Warning to indicate a
potentially hazardous situation, which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injury.
This manual uses the term Caution to indicate a
potentially hazardous situation, which, if not avoided,
may result in minor injury or property damage. It may
also be used without the symbol to alert you to avoid
unsafe practices.
Introduction > Table of Contents
Introduction...................................................... i
About This Manual.............................................i
Manual Conventions..........................................i
Warning.............................................................iv
Caution...............................................................v
Caring for the GPSMAP 96/96C.......................vi
Getting Started................................................ 1
Unit Overview....................................................1
Installing the Batteries......................................3
Adjusting the Backlight and Contrast.............4
Basic Operation.............................................. 5
Turning On the GPSMAP 96/96C......................5
Initializing the GPSMAP 96/96C.......................6
Status Bar..........................................................7
Changing Usage Modes....................................8
On-Screen Messages........................................8
How to Operate Unit Features..........................8
Selecting Options and Entering Data............10
Using Additional Map Data.............................12
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Simulator Mode...............................................12
Using DIRECT TO Key....................................14
Go To User and Recent...................................20
Understanding Vectors...................................21
Go To Page Options Menu..............................22
Nearest Pages Overview.................................23
Navigating in Automotive Mode.....................28
Man OverBoard (MOB)....................................30
Creating and Using Waypoints......................31
Reviewing and Editing Waypoints.................38
Searching for a Waypoint...............................40
Creating and Using a Route...........................49
Navigating a Route..........................................51
Main Pages.................................................... 58
The Map Page..................................................59
The HSI Page...................................................67
The Pointer Page.............................................68
Active Route Page...........................................70
Position Data Page..........................................73
The Map Setup Page.......................................74
Obstacle Data..................................................79
The Highway Page...........................................82
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Introduction > Main Menu..................................................... 83
Find...................................................................84
Tracks...............................................................90
E6B Flight Computer.......................................94
Flight Log.........................................................97
Timers...............................................................98
Aircraft Profile.................................................99
Weight & Balance..........................................100
Setup..............................................................102
Proximity Waypoints..................................... 113
Flight Planner................................................ 114
Alarm Clock................................................... 115
Nav/Sonar Alarms Page................................ 116
Calculator....................................................... 118
Stopwatch...................................................... 118
Sun and Moon................................................120
Hunt and Fish................................................121
Messages.......................................................122
Appendix..................................................... 123
Specifications................................................123
Accessories ..................................................124
What are Map Datums?.................................125
What is Position Format?.............................125
What is WAAS?..............................................126
What is Differential GPS (DGPS)?...............126
Interfacing the GPSMAP 96/96C..................129
Messages.......................................................130
Data Field Options.........................................132
License Agreement and Warranty...............134
Declaration of Conformity (DoC).................137
Index............................................................ 138
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Introduction > Warning
Failure to avoid the following potentially hazardous
situations could result in an accident or collision
resulting in death or serious injury.
When installing the GPSMAP 96/96C in a vehicle, place
the unit securely so that it does not interfere with vehicle
operating controls or obstruct the driver’s view of the road
(see diagram).
Do not mount
where driver’s
field of vision is
blocked.
Minimize the amount of time spent viewing the screen of
the GPSMAP 96/96C while driving and use voice prompts
when possible. Do not enter destinations, change settings,
or access any functions requiring prolonged use of the unit’s
controls while driving. Pull over in a safe and legal manner
before attempting such operations.
When navigating, carefully compare information displayed
on the GPSMAP 96/96C to all available navigation sources,
Do not place including information from street signs, visual sightings,
unsecured on
and maps. For safety, always resolve any discrepancies or
the vehicle
questions before continuing navigation.
dash.
Do not mount in front of an airbag
field of deployment.
Always operate the vehicle in a safe manner. Do not
become distracted by the GPSMAP 96/96C while driving,
and always be fully aware of all driving conditions.
Use the electronic chart in the GPSMAP 96/96C only to
facilitate, not to replace, the use of authorized government
charts. Official government charts and notices to mariners
contain all information needed to navigate safely.
When navigating in an aircraft, use the GPSMAP 96/96C
only as an aid for VFR navigation. Use terrain and obstacle
data only as an aid to situational awareness.
WARNING: This product, its packaging, and its components contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer,
birth defects, or reproductive harm. This Notice is being provided in accordance with California’s Proposition 65. If you have any
questions or would like additional information, please refer to our Web site at http://www.garmin.com/prop65.
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Introduction > Caution
Failure to avoid the following potentially hazardous
situations may result in injury or property damage.
The GPSMAP 96/96C is designed to provide you with
route suggestions. It does not reflect road closures or road
conditions, traffic congestion, weather conditions, or other
factors that may affect safety or timing while driving.
Use the GPSMAP 96/96C only as a navigational aid. Do
not attempt to use the GPSMAP 96/96C for any purpose
requiring precise measurement of direction, distance,
location, or topography. This product should not be used to
determine ground proximity for aircraft navigation.
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is operated by the
United States government, which is solely responsible for
its accuracy and maintenance. The government’s system
is subject to changes which could affect the accuracy and
performance of all GPS equipment, including the GPSMAP
96/96C. Although the GPSMAP 96/96C is a precision
navigation device, any navigation device can be misused or
misinterpreted and, therefore, become unsafe.
Map Data Information: One of the goals of Garmin is to provide customers with the most complete and accurate cartography
that is available to us at a reasonable cost. We use a combination of governmental and private data sources, which we identify in
product literature and copyright messages displayed to the consumer. Virtually all data sources contain inaccurate or incomplete
data to some extent. In some countries, complete and accurate map information is either not available or is prohibitively
expensive.
NOTICE TO DRIVERS IN CALIFORNIA AND MINNESOTA: State law prohibits drivers in California and Minnesota from
using suction mounts on their windshields while operating motor vehicles. Other Garmin dashboard or friction mounting options
should be used. Garmin does not take any responsibility for any fines, penalties, or damages that may be incurred as a result of
disregarding this notice. (See California Vehicle Code Section 26708(a); Minnesota Statutes 2005, Section 169.71.)
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Introduction > Caring for the GPSMAP 96/96C
The GPSMAP 96/96C case is constructed of
high quality materials and does not require user
maintenance except cleaning.
Cleaning the Case
Clean the unit’s outer casing (except for the screen)
using a cloth dampened with a mild detergent solution
and then wipe dry. Avoid chemical cleaners and
solvents that can damage plastic components.
Cleaning the Screen
The GPSMAP 96/96C screen should be cleaned using
a soft, clean, lint-free cloth. Water, isopropyl alcohol,
or eyeglass cleaner can be used if needed. If these
are used, apply the liquid to the cloth and then gently
wipe the screen with the moistened cloth.
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Storage
Do not store the GPSMAP 96/96C where prolonged
exposure to temperature extremes can occur (such as
in the trunk of a car) as permanent damage can result.
User information, such as waypoints and routes are
retained in the unit’s memory without the need for
external power. It is always a good practice to back
up important user data by manually recording it or
downloading it to a PC (transferring it to MapSource).
Water Immersion
The GPSMAP 96/96C is waterproof to IEC Standard
60529 IPX7. It can withstand immersion in 1 meter
of water for 30 minutes. Prolonged submersion can
cause damage to the unit. After submersion, be certain
to wipe and air dry the unit before reuse or charging.
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Getting Started > Getting Started
Unit Overview
The GPSMAP 96/96C is an all-in-one, versatile
aviation, automotive, and marine navigator- perfect
for air, land, or water. This portable GPS navigator
features a 256-color TFT screen, a built-in basemap,
Jeppesen aviation database, and auto routing to
provide you with automatically generated turn-by-turn
directions.
Internal
antenna
Keypad
256-Color TFT
backlit screen
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Getting Started > IN/OUT Zoom Keys
ROCKER Key
• From the Map Page, press to zoom in or
out.
• Move Up/Down or Right/Left to move
through lists, highlight fields, on-screen
buttons, icons, enter data or move the
map panning arrow.
• From any other page, press to scroll up or
down a list.
DIRECT TO D /NRST Key
• Press and release at any time to view the
Go To Pages for a destination when in
Aviation Mode or the Find Menu when in
Automotive and Marine Modes.
• Press and hold for Nearest Airports
(Aviation) Recent Finds (Automotive) or
MOB (Marine) Mode.
POWER/BACKLIGHT Key
• Press and Hold to turn unit On/Off
• Press and Release to adjust backlighting
(Contrast - GPSMAP 96).
QUIT Key
PAGE Key
• Press to cycle through the main pages.
• Press and hold to change the usage mode.
MENU Key
• Press and release to view options for a
page.
• Press twice to view the Main Menu.
ENTER/MARK Key
• Press and release to enter highlighted
options, data or confirm on-screen
messages.
• Press and hold at any time to mark your
current location as a waypoint.
• Press and release to cancel data entry or
exit a page.
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Getting Started > Installing the Batteries
The GPSMAP 96/96C operates on two AA batteries
(not included), which are located in the back of the
unit. Alkaline or NiMH batteries (see page 103 for
setting the battery type) can be used. Stored data is
not be lost when batteries are removed.
To install batteries:
1. Remove the battery cover from the back of
the unit. Turn the D-Ring 1/4 turn counterclockwise and then pull.
2. Insert the batteries, observing the proper
polarity. A polarity diagram can be found
molded into the battery compartment.
3. Reinstall the battery cover by reinserting the
locking pin in the back of the unit. Turn the
D-Ring 1/4 turn clockwise to lock in place.
External Antenna
Connector
(under weather cover)
Battery Compartment
Locking D-Ring
Battery
Compartment
Cover
Power/Data Cable
Connector
(Serial Port)
(under weather cover)
USB Connector
(under weather cover)
Carry Lanyard
connection
Locking
Pin Slot
Battery Compartment
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Getting Started > Adjusting the Backlight and
Contrast
You may want to adjust the backlight to see the screen
better. You can also adjust the contrast if using the
GPSMAP 96.
To adjust the backlight level:
To adjust the contrast level: (GPSMAP 96
only):
1. Press and quickly release the POWER key.
2. Press the ROCKER to the right to increase the
contrast or to the left to decrease the contrast.
3. Press ENTER or QUIT to close the Backlight/
Contrast adjustment window.
1. Press and quickly release the POWER key.
2. Press the ROCKER up to increase the
brightness or down to decrease the brightness.
3. Press ENTER or QUIT to close.
GPSMAP
96C Backlight
Adjustment
GPSMAP 96
Backlight and
Contrast Adjustment
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Basic Operation > Basic Operation
Turning On the GPSMAP 96/96C
The first time you power up your new GPSMAP
96/96C, the receiver must collect satellite data and
establish its present position. To ensure proper
initialization, the GPSMAP 96/96C is shipped from
the factory in AutoLocate mode, which allows the
receiver to “find itself” anywhere in the world. Before
you turn on the unit to start initialization, be sure
that it has a clear and unobstructed view of the sky to
receive satellite signals.
Press ENTER
to acknowledge
and show the
Satellite Page.
To turn On and Off the GPSMAP 96/96C:
1. Press and hold the Power key. When the unit
powers on, a tone sounds, and the first page
appears.
2 After a few seconds, a Warning/Information
Page appears. To acknowledge that you
have read and understand the warning, press
ENTER to continue.
3. To turn off the GPSMAP 96/96C, press and
hold the POWER key again.
WARNING: When you agree with the
statements on the Warning Page it is assumed
that you understand that the GPSMAP 96 and
GPSMAP 96C are intended as aids to navigation
only. That the navigation information and
obstacle data provided by the GPSMAP 96 and
GPSMAP 96C is intended as an aid to situational
awareness only. That it does not take precedence
over accepted practices for safe navigation using
Visual Flight Rules and that you have accepted
the responsibilities and risks associated with
using these devices.
Warning and Information Page
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Basic Operation > Initializing the GPSMAP 96/96C
As soon as you turn the GPSMAP 96/96C on, it
begins searching for satellites in your area and should
acquire a fix within a few minutes. When you have
cycled through the Start Up and Warning Pages, the
Satellite Page appears. At the top of the screen, the
unit shows the status as “Acquiring Satellites.” A
sky view array depicting the approximate location of
overhead satellites is shown in the center of the page.
When a signal of sufficient strength is received the
satellite is identified by its assigned number. The sky
view represents a theoretical dome directly over your
current location with a pointer to indicate orientation.
While viewing the Satellite Page, a signal strength bar
for each satellite the unit is trying to acquire appears
at the bottom of the screen with the satellite numbers
shown below each bar.
Status Field
Options
Menu
Satellite Page
The progress of satellite acquisition is shown in three
stages:
• No signal strength bars—the receiver is
looking for the satellites.
• Hollow signal strength bars—the receiver
has found the indicated satellites and is
collecting data.
• Solid signal strength bars—the receiver has
collected the necessary data and the satellites
are ready for use.
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Basic Operation > Status Bar
GPS Accuracy
Current
Location
Satellite Array
“Sky View”
At the top of each page, a Status Bar provides the
current status for several unit features that are not
otherwise noticeable when operational.
Signal Strength
Bars
System Symbols
Satellite Page
Press MENU to view options for Simulator, WAAS,
Track Up/North Up, Multicolor screen, and New
Location to use the Map Page to establish your
approximate location. Once the receiver has collected
information from and is fixed on at least three
satellites, the unit is “Ready to Navigate” and you can
advance to the Map Page.
Battery
Power
Alarm Set
Backlight
On
USB
Connected
Satellite Status Symbols
Acquiring
Satellites
3-D
Simulating
2-D
Navigation Navigation Navigation
Navigation Mode Symbols
Aviation
Mode
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Auxiliary
Power
Automotive
Mode
Marine
Mode
Basic Operation > Changing Usage Modes
To switch usage modes:
1. Press and hold PAGE.
2. Use the ROCKER to select either Aviation,
Automotive, or Marine, and press ENTER.
On-Screen Messages
Whenever a significant event in unit operation occurs,
an on-screen message appears to advise you. In many
instances a remedy is also provided. Pressing ENTER
acknowledges and closes the message window.
You can use the Message Log feature to record those
messages for later review. You can also select only
certain types of messages for storage on the Message
Log. A message filter allows you to identify the types
of messages for review.
For more detailed information about using the
Message Log feature, refer to page 122.
How to Operate Unit Features
The GPSMAP 96/96C unit’s advanced keypad system
is designed to allow quick, convenient selection of
navigation options and data entry. Many keys on
the keypad have dual functions, when pressed and
released they perform a primary function and when
pressed and held they perform a secondary function.
Many keys change functions when a particular
feature page is shown. When a field is selected on the
screen, it is highlighted. Selection is controlled by the
ROCKER.
Cursor Position
(Highlight is Yellow)
GPSMAP 96C
Data Fields
On-Screen Buttons
(Buttons are
grayed-out when
inactive)
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Basic Operation > The following features are referred to throughout this
manual.
Cursor—the highlighted area on the screen that can
be moved up/down/left/right with the ROCKER to
select individual fields. Moving the cursor makes a
selection, begins data entry, or scrolls through a list.
Field—the location on a page where data or an option
can be entered and shown. The cursor is placed on
a field using the ROCKER to begin data entry or
selection of options.
On-Screen Button—use the ROCKER to highlight a
button and press Enter to select the action.
Scroll Bar—when viewing a list of items too long to
shown on the screen, a scroll bar appears along the
right side of the list. The position of the scroll bar
indicates which portion of the list is currently shown.
The height of the scroll bar indicates the number of
items in the list. To scroll through a list, press up or
down on the ROCKER.
Default—a factory set system format is followed
unless you change a setting. For example, the
default setting for speed readings in Marine Mode is
nautical miles per hour (knots), but may be changed
to kilometers or miles per hour. Once a setting is
changed, the new setting is retained until another
change is made or a Restore Default option is
selected.
Options Menu
with Scroll Bar
Default Settings
Option
On-Screen Operating Features
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Basic Operation > Selecting Options and Entering
Data
You can select and start options and enter data to
customize your GPSMAP 96/96C to fit your personal
needs. This requires movement of the cursor, which is
identified in this manual as highlighting, selecting, or
choosing an item in a list or a field on the screen. Use
ENTER and ROCKER to select options, enter names
and numbers in data fields, and start your selections.
To select an
option: use the
ROCKER to
highlight it and
press ENTER
to start.
Options that
are grayedout are not
available.
Options Menu
To select and start an option:
1. With any page shown, press MENU. An
Options Menu appears with a list of optional
features for that page.
2. Use the ROCKER to move the cursor up or
down the menu to highlight your selection.
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3. Press ENTER to start the feature. If another
window appears with more options, select the
an option, and press ENTER again.
4. To exit a menu or return to the previous
setting, press QUIT.
The QUIT moves backwards through your steps.
When pressed repeatedly, the QUIT returns to the
main page you started from.
Use the
ROCKER to
highlight an
on-screen
button, and
then press
ENTER.
On-Screen Buttons
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Basic Operation > To select and start an on-screen button:
Use the ROCKER to highlight the on-screen
button, and press ENTER.
To enter data in a data field:
1. Use the ROCKER highlight the data field, and
press ENTER to start the field.
2. Press up or down on the ROCKER to select
characters. Press right to move to the next
character field or press left to move back to the
previous character field. If there are two lines
of data, keep pressing right to drop down to
the next line.
To clear the entire data field, move the cursor
to the left-most character field and press left
once more on the ROCKER.
3. After entering the data, press ENTER to
confirm the change.
4. To save the waypoint and exit the New
Waypoint Page, highlight OK, and press
ENTER.
Or
To cancel the waypoint and exit the New
Waypoint Page, highlight DELETE, and press
ENTER.
Not all fields are programmable, such as the date and
time. When you are on a page with fields that are not
selectable, the cursor skips over them.
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Basic Operation > Using Additional Map Data
Optional MapSource CD-ROMs enhance the
versatility of your GPSMAP 96/96C. With optional
MapSource City Select data, you can view listings
of nearby restaurants, lodging, shopping centers,
attractions and entertainment, and even retrieve
addresses and phone numbers for any listed location.
With optional BlueChart data, you can access
marine navaids, wrecks, obstructions, and anchorage
locations.
The included USB Interface Cable or an optional PC
Interface Cable (with a serial connector) is used to
transfer MapSource CD-ROM data to the unit.
To aid in learning to use the GPSMAP 96/96C, please
use the Simulator Mode. Simulator Mode is also
helpful for practicing with the unit indoors or when
no satellite signals are available. All waypoints and
routes created in Simulator Mode are retained in
memory for future use.
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Simulator Mode
The main purpose of using a GPS receiver is for
navigating to a known position. To get a feel for
navigating with the GPSMAP 96/96C, it is a good
idea to practice navigation in Simulator Mode.
Start Simulator Option
Warning: Do not attempt to navigate using
Simulator Mode, the GPS receiver is turned off.
Any Satellite Signal Strength Bars or navigation
shown are only simulations and do not represent
the strength of actual satellite signals or route
navigation.
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Basic Operation > To put the unit into Simulator Mode using
the Main Menu:
1. Press MENU twice to show the Main Menu.
2. Highlight the Setup icon, and press ENTER to
show the Setup Menu.
3. Highlight the System icon, and press ENTER
to show the System Setup Page.
4. On the System Setup Page, highlight the
“GPS” field, and press ENTER.
5. Select Simulator, and press ENTER. Press
QUIT to return to your previous page.
To put the unit into Simulator Mode using
the Satellite Page:
1. Press the PAGE repeatedly until the Satellite
Page is shown.
2. Press MENU to open the Options Menu.
3. Highlight Start Simulator, and press ENTER.
To enter a New Location:
1. From the GPS Options Menu, select New
Location.
2. Select Use Map or Identifier, and press
ENTER.
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Basic Operation > To find an aviation destination and
simulate navigation in Aviation Mode:
1. Press up on the ROCKER to increase the
simulated speed. The aircraft symbol now
begins moving on the magenta route line.
2. Press QUIT or PAGE to return to the Map
Page. Press in or out to adjust the zoom
level. Observe the movement of the aircraft
symbol
as the unit simulates navigation.
Press PAGE or QUIT to view the simulated
navigation on the other main pages.
Using DIRECT TO Key
The GPSMAP 96/96C includes an internal Jeppesen®
database, and memory for up to 1,000 user-created
waypoints. The GPSMAP 96 accepts 22MB, while
the GPSMAP 96C accepts 118MB of MapSource
data. The Jeppesen database provides position and
facility information for airports, VORs, NDBs, and
more. Updates to the Jeppesen database are available
every 28 days online (www.garmin.com). The update
program is designed to operate on
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Windows®-compatible PCs and requires the USB
Cable to connect to a PC. The following information
is provided from the Jeppesen database:
Airport—* identifier, facility name, city/state/
country, position (latitude/longitude), field elevation,
available fuel types, runway designations/layout,
runway surface(s), runway length(s), runway width(s),
runway lighting, runway traffic pattern direction
data, communication frequencies, and published
approaches.
Weather—associated with an airport (ASOS, ATIS,
and AWOS).
VORs—* identifier, facility name, city/state/country,
position (latitude/longitude), frequency, service
volume (high, low, terminal), and type (such as VORDME, TACAN, and VORTAC).
NDBs—* identifier, facility name, city/state/country,
position (latitude/longitude), and frequency.
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Basic Operation > Intersections—identifier, nearest VOR, radial
and distance from nearest VOR, position (latitude/
longitude), and region/country.
Also, in Marine Mode, pressing and holding
DIRECT TO D creates a Man OverBoard waypoint
and starts navigating to that point.
ARTCC—Air Route Traffic Control Centers.
* Symbology used for NDBs, VORs, and airports are
consistent with those used on a sectional chart.
Airspace—boundaries (Class B, Class C, Class
D, Control Zones, SUAs, and MOAs), controlling
agency, and vertical boundaries.
FSS—Flight Service Stations.
User Waypoints—name, symbol, position (lat/lon),
elevation, and comment.
In Aviation Mode, press DIRECT TO D to show
the Go To Page, which allows you to select an airport
or navaid, a recently (previously) used waypoint, or a
user-created waypoint as your destination.
Go To Aviation
The Go To Aviation Page shows the (Airport)
identifier, CTAF or tower frequency, facility name,
city/state/country, available fuels, field elevation,
distance and bearing from your current location, and
airport position (latitude/longitude).
When a Go To or route is currently in use, pressing
DIRECT TO D key shows a detailed information
page for the active waypoint.
In Marine or Automotive Mode, press DIRECT TO D
to show the Find menu, which allows you to select a
destination waypoint.
Aviation Mode Go To Page
Options
List
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Basic Operation > To Go To an airport or navaid:
1. Press DIRECT TO D to show the Go To
Page. If Aviation is not highlighted, press the
ROCKER until the top field is highlighted.
Press the ROCKER right or left until Aviation is
selected.
2. Use the ROCKER to enter the airport, facility
name, intersection, VOR or NDB. Press up
and down to change the highlighted character
and to move to the next character field. As you
scroll through the characters the GPSMAP
96/96C shows any database entries with the
same characters you have entered to that
point. If more than one entry exists in the
database for the characters you have entered,
a window appears listing the entries. Use
the ENTER and ROCKER keys to select a
waypoint from the duplicate list.
3. Press ENTER when the waypoint is shown.
4. With the on-screen Go To button highlighted,
press ENTER. A course is plotted from your
present position to the selected destination
waypoint.
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Go To Comm
The Go To Comm Page contains identifier, frequency,
and frequency type. Available frequency types are:
ATIS, Pre-taxi, Clearance, Ground, Tower, Unicom,
Multicom, AWOS, ASOS, Departure, Approach,
Arrival, Class B, Class C, Class D, TMA, CTA, and
TRSA.
As you view frequencies for various airports, some
appear with an asterisk (*). This denotes a frequency
with usage restrictions.
Comm Identifier
Runway Identifier
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Basic Operation > To view usage restrictions for a
communication frequency:
1. Select Comm with the ROCKER in the top
field. Use the ROCKER to highlight any
frequency with usage restrictions (as denoted
by an asterisk), and press ENTER. A Usage
Restrictions Page appears describing the
restrictions for the selected frequency.
2. To return to the Comm information page, press
ENTER.
Go To Runway
The Go To Runway Page shows identifier, runway
designations, runway layout (map), traffic pattern
direction, surface type, lighting frequency, length,
width, distance and bearing from your current
location, and airport position (latitude/longitude). Use
the third field to change between multiple runway
information.
Go To Approach
The Go To Approach Page shows identifier, approach
name, final approach fix (FAF), and missed approach
point (MAP), distance and bearing from your current
location, and airport position (latitude/longitude).
Available approach types include ILS, localizer,
RNAV, GPS, VOR, VOR/DME, and NDB. Approach
name, final approach fix (FAF), and missed approach
point (MAP) appear ONLY if the airport has a
published approach.
When viewing information for Runway or Approach,
use the ROCKER to highlight the runway
designation or approach name, and press ENTER.
Then press up or down on the ROCKER to scroll
through available runways/approaches. Press Enter to
view additional information for a runway/approach.
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Basic Operation > Select Approach
The Select Approach option replaces a destination
airport with the sequence of waypoints for the
selected approach. Keep in mind that the airport must
have a published approach (GPS, RNAV, VOR, NDB,
localizer, or ILS) and only the final course segment
(from final approach fix to missed approach point) of
the published approach is available in the
GPSMAP 96/96C.
Note: When using a route, and on the final leg
of the route to the destination airport, the Select
Approach option allows you to quickly retrieve
and select available approaches. This option
overrides your current route. The original route
is still available for later use. The approaches
provided in the Jeppesen database are for
monitoring purposes only. The GPSMAP 96/96C
is not an IFR-approved instrument and should
not be used as a primary source of navigation
guidance in instrument conditions.
To select an approach using the Go To
page:
Approach
Identifier
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1. Press DIRECT TO D to show the Go To
Page.
2. Use the ROCKER to highlight Approach.
3. Use the ROCKER to select the approach from
the third field, and press ENTER.
4. Use the ROCKER to select Vectors or FAF,
and press ENTER. The GPSMAP 96/96C
removes the destination airport from the Go To
and replaces it with the approach waypoints.
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Basic Operation > To select an approach using the Active
Route Page:
1. Access the Active Route Page, and press
MENU.
2. Use the ROCKER to choose Select
Approach.
3. Select an Approach from the window.
4. Indicate Yes or No in the “Vectors?” window.
To cancel vectors and/or an approach from
the Go To Approach Page:
To cancel vectors and/or an approach from
the Active Route Page:
1. Access the Active Go To Page, and press
MENU to open the Options Menu.
2. Highlight Cancel Vectors, and press ENTER
to navigate directly to the FAF.
Or
Highlight Cancel Approach or Select
Approach, and press ENTER to change.
1. Access the Go To Approach Page.
2. Press MENU. Highlight Cancel Approach or
Cancel Vectors, and press ENTER.
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Basic Operation > Go To User and Recent
To Go To a recently used waypoint or usercreated waypoint:
1. Press DIRECT TO D to show the Go To
Page. Use the ROCKER to highlight the first
field. Press the ROCKER to the right or left
until Recent or User is selected.
2. Use the ROCKER to highlight a waypoint
from the list. From User, you can also select
the top waypoint name line and then spell
out the waypoint name using ENTER and the
ROCKER.
3. Press ENTER when a waypoint is highlighted.
With the on-screen Go To button highlighted,
press ENTER. A course is plotted from your
present position to the selected destination
waypoint.
User List for
Waypoints
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Basic Operation > Understanding Vectors
The Vectors option that appears at the last step of
selecting an approach determines how you navigate to
the final approach waypoint in the approach.
Active Approach Page
If you select Vectors, the GPSMAP 96/96C creates
an extension of the final course, beyond the final
approach waypoint in the database (final approach fix
[FAF]). The GPSMAP 96/96C provides no guidance
to the inbound course. The course deviation needle
on the graphic HSI remains off-center until you are
established on this final approach course. The Map
Page shows an extension of the final approach course
using a bold magenta line. The HSI automatically
slews (rotate to show the direction) to the inbound
course. On the Active Route (or Active Approach)
Page, a Vector to Final symbol appears adjacent to the
first approach waypoint.
If No is selected for the Vectors? or the Go to FAF
option is selected from the Approach Go To Page,
the GPSMAP 96/96C creates a straight-line course
directly to the first waypoint in the approach (from
wherever you are when you initiate the approach).
This works much like any other route with course
guidance from point-to-point and a turn usually
required as you cross each waypoint.
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Basic Operation > Go To Page Options Menu
The available options are described below. In the
sections following, some options, such as Show
Details, also have instructions detailing how to use the
option.
To access the Go To Page Options Menu:
1. Press DIRECT TO D . The Go To Page
opens
2. Press MENU.
Find More—directs you to the Find Menu.
Find Near Here—allows you to find other places
near the waypoint or point of interest specified.
Declutter On/Off—activates three layers of map
detail. Select this option multiple times to increase or
decrease mapping detail. This option is only available
on the Runway and Approach Go To Pages.
Show On Map—takes you to the map page and
zooms onto the location.
Project Waypoint—allows you to create a waypoint
at a specific distance and bearing from the location
selected.
Set Proximity—allows you to establish an alarm
circle in a user defined distance around a waypoint.
Go To Options Menu
Add To Route—places the location in an existing
route or creates a new route with the location as the
destination.
Select Approach—shows a window with the available
approaches for that specific airport. This option is only
available if the airport has published approaches.
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Basic Operation > Nearest Pages Overview
In Aviation Mode, the Nearest function is accessed
by pressing and holding DIRECT TO D , providing
detailed information on the nearest airports, airport
weather sources, VORs, NDBs, intersections, and
user waypoints within 200 miles of your present
position. You can also access information regarding
the five nearest FSS (flight service station) and center
(ARTCC) points of communication, along with their
associated frequency(s).
Aviation, and Recent Find. Loading MapSouce data
provides additional search options.
Airport—nine nearest with identifier, bearing to
and distance, length of longest runway, and common
traffic advisory (CTAF) or tower frequency.
Wx (Airport Weather Sources)—nine nearest
airport weather information sources, including
AWOS, ASOS, and ATIS.
VOR (VHF Omnidirectional Radio Beacons)—nine
nearest with identifier, facility type (symbol), bearing
to and distance, and frequency.
NDB (Non Directional Beacons)—nine nearest
with identifier, facility type (symbol), bearing to and
distance, and frequency.
INT (Intersection)—nine nearest with identifier,
bearing to and distance.
In Marine and Automotive Modes, DIRECT TO D
operates as a Find key, opening the Find Menu so you
can easily search the stored Waypoints, Cities,
User (Waypoints)—nine nearest with name, bearing
to and distance.
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Basic Operation > ARTCC (Air Route Traffic Control Center)—five
nearest with bearing to and distance and frequency(s)
FSS (Flight Service Station)—five nearest with
bearing to and distance, frequency(s) and VOR (for
duplex operations)
To view additional information for a nearby
airport, navaid, or user waypoint:
1. Show the nearest pages, and select a category
as described above.
Airspace—up to nine (depending on number of alerts
provided) with name, time to entry (when applicable),
and status.
To view the Nearest Pages in Aviation
Mode:
1. Press and hold DIRECT TO D .
2. Use the ROCKER to select the category in the
top field.
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Note: When an airspace alert is shown, press
and hold DIRECT TO D to automatically
show nearest airspace information. Press
and hold DIRECT TO D a second time
to quickly show the nearest airports list.
Additional information for airports, navaids,
and user-created waypoints is available from the
information pages.
Nearest Airport
List
2. Use the ROCKER to highlight a waypoint on
the list, and press Enter. The corresponding
waypoint information page appears.
On airport information pages, use the
ROCKER to select a category from the top
field to show the airport data.
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Basic Operation > 4. Press QUIT to return to the Nearest Pages.
You can also highlight any one of the onscreen buttons to perform that action, such as
Delete, Map, or Go To.
To select a nearby waypoint as your
destination:
1. Show the nearest pages and select a category.
2. Use the ROCKER to highlight a waypoint,
press DIRECT TO D , highlight Go To, and
press ENTER.
Setting Airport Criteria
From the Nearest Airport selection, an options
window allows you to filter out airports that do not
meet a defined criteria. This allows you to only show
airports with a surface type and sufficient runway
length.
To enter airport criteria:
1. Press and hold DIRECT TO D , and select
the Airport category.
2. Press MENU to show the Options Menu. Set
Airport Criteria appears, then press ENTER.
The current settings for runway surface and
minimum runway length appears.
Go To page for selected
Airport
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Basic Operation > 3. With the runway surface field highlighted,
press ENTER. Use the ROCKER to select the
surface type, and press ENTER.
4. Highlight the minimum runway length field,
and press ENTER. Use the ROCKER to enter
the minimum acceptable runway length. Press
ENTER.
Note: Use caution when changing the nearest
airport criteria. In an emergency, a short runway
is still typically preferable to an off-field landing.
If you set the runway length too high or exclude
many runway surfaces, you may not be alerted to
a nearby airport that otherwise would be listed.
Viewing Communication Frequencies
The Nearest Pages list up to five nearest flight service
station (FSS) and air route traffic control center
(ARTCC) points of communication. The closest
communication point—along with frequency(s),
bearing to and distance—is shown first, with
additional points available when selected. For duplex
operation, the corresponding VOR is listed (by
identifier) and the transmit and receive frequencies are
denoted by a TX and RX respectively.
Any—shows any runway, regardless of surface type.
Hard Only—shows only runways with a concrete,
asphalt or similar surface.
Hard or Soft—shows all runways except water
landing facilities.
Water Only—shows only water landing facilities.
Minimum Runway Length—allows you to enter a
specific length for the shortest runway allowed.
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Basic Operation > To view additional communication
frequencies:
1. Press and hold DIRECT TO D to open the
Nearest Page.
2. Use the ROCKER to select the ARTCC or FSS
category.
3. Press the ROCKER down to highlight the
Center or Station field (depending which
category you are on), and press ENTER.
4. Select the numbered item from the list and
press ENTER to show the communication
information. The lowest numbers on the list are
the closest comm points.
Viewing Airspace Information
When an airspace alert is provided, press DIRECT
TO D to automatically show nearby airspace
information. This information includes name, time to
entry (if applicable), and status. Normally, only one or
two airspace alerts occur at a time, but with sectorized
controlled airspace (such as many Class B areas)
you can have more. Status information can appear as
follows:
Ahead—your projected course takes you inside an
airspace within the next ten minutes or less.
Near—you are within two nautical miles of an
airspace, but not projected to enter it.
Near & Ahead—you are within two nautical miles of
an airspace and your current course takes you inside
the airspace.
Inside Airspace—you are within the boundaries of
the airspace.
Airspace Information Page
From the Nearest Pages you can show additional
airspace information as well, such as floor and ceiling
limits or communication frequency(s).
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Basic Operation > To view additional airspace information:
1. When an airspace alert had been provided,
press and hold DIRECT TO D to show the
Nearest Pages and the airspace information.
If you are already viewing the Nearest Pages,
use the ROCKER to select the Airspace
category.
2. Use the ROCKER to select the airspace
alert entry on the page, then press ENTER.
An information page opens showing the
controlling agency, status, and floor/ceiling
limits.
3. To show a communication frequency for the
airspace, select the on-screen Frequencies
button, and press ENTER.
4. To return to the Nearest Pages, select the onscreen OK button, and press ENTER.
Navigating in Automotive Mode
Auto-Routing is a feature that makes it simple to
navigate to a destination when in Automotive Mode.
You can select a destination point from the Find Menu
and, press ENTER to show the Information Page for
that item. Highlight the on-screen Go To button at the
bottom of the page, and press ENTER to begin the
Auto-Routing process from your current location to
the destination.
You can select Faster Time, Shorter Distance, or
Off Road option windows show on the Map Page.
Select and option and the unit calculates the route.
When complete, the Map Page shows a bold magenta
(gray for the GPSMAP 96) line overlaying the roads
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Basic Operation > on your route. A guidance message shows at the top of
the page with directions to the first turn on the route.
As you approach each turn, a tone sounds and a Turn
Preview Page appears with a detailed graphic of the
turn.
Two other Main Pages, the Position Page and Pointer
Page provide travel information and directional
guidance. Selecting the Highway Page from the Main
Menu provides a graphic highway depicting your
route.
Going to a Destination in Marine Mode
Navigating to a destination in Marine Mode uses
the same features as the Automotive Mode with the
exception of the Auto-Routing feature.
Route Turn List Page
To view all turns on the route, press PAGE repeatedly
until the Active Route Page appears with a graphic
list of the turns. Highlight any turn field and press
ENTER to view the Preview Page for that turn.
Marine Mode Route
on Map
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Basic Operation > When you select a Find Menu item (typically from
the Marine Points list), select the Go To button. The
GPSMAP 96/96C creates a direct-line navigation
route to the destination. If you want to create a route
with turns at specific points, refer to the section on
Creating Routes. Once a route is started, the point to
point path is shown on the Map Page and supported
by the Main Page, Navigation Pages and the Highway
Page. The Active Route Page shows a list of the
waypoints on the route and indicates the next point on
the route.
To start the MOB function:
1. Press and hold DIRECT TO D .
2. Select Yes, and press ENTER to confirm and
begin navigating to the MOB.
Once a MOB has been started, an MOB waypoint
with an international MOB symbol is created and
the unit begins actively navigating to that point. Use
any of the Navigation Pages to guide you back to
the MOB point. The MOB waypoint is stored in the
waypoint list.
Man OverBoard (MOB)
The Man OverBoard (MOB) feature (functional only
in the Marine Mode) lets you simultaneously mark
and set a course to a position for quick response to
emergency situations.
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MOB on Waypoints
list
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Basic Operation > Creating and Using Waypoints
The Garmin GPSMAP 96/96C stores up to 1,000
alphanumeric waypoints with a user-defined icon,
comment, altitude, and depth available for each
waypoint. Waypoints can be created using three basic
methods:
• Enter/Mark key—allows you to mark your
present position.
• Graphically—allows you to define a new
waypoint position from the Map Page using
the ROCKER to position the Arrow.
• Text Entry—allows you to enter a new
waypoint’s position coordinates manually.
To mark your present position:
Mark Waypoint Page
1. Press and hold ENTER/MARK until the Mark
Waypoint Page appears, then release it. You
see a default three-digit name and symbol for
the new waypoint.
2. To accept the waypoint with the default name
and symbol, use the ROCKER to highlight OK,
and press ENTER.
To change the any information on the Mark
Waypoint Page, highlight the appropriate
field, and press ENTER. After entering and
confirming your changes, highlight OK, and
press ENTER.
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Basic Operation > Creating Waypoints Graphically
Waypoints can also be quickly created with the Map
Page Arrow. When you move the cursor over a map
item, you see a highlighted description of that item.
The GPSMAP 96/96C uses the map item text shown
on the cartography as the default name and symbol for
the new waypoint.
3. Press and quickly release ENTER to capture
the map point. Pressing and holding ENTER
marks your present position, not the map
Panning Arrow’s location.
If you have highlighted a map feature, an
information page is shown after you press
ENTER. Use the ROCKER to highlight Save
and press ENTER to save the item as a
waypoint.
4. The Waypoint Page appears. To accept the
waypoint with the default name and symbol,
highlight OK, and press ENTER.
To change the any information on the Waypoint
Page, highlight the appropriate field, and press
ENTER. After entering and confirming your
changes, highlight OK, and press ENTER.
To create a new waypoint using the Map
Page:
1. Press PAGE until the Map Page appears.
2. Use the ROCKER to move the Arrow to a map
point or map feature.
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Basic Operation > Additional Options for Creating
Waypoints
Waypoints can also be created by manually entering
position coordinates through the Find feature of the
Main Menu. This method can be useful for creating a
waypoint at a specific latitude/longitude position from
a chart. You can also manually change the location
coordinates in the New Waypoint Page to create a new
waypoint.
To create a waypoint through the Main
Menu:
1. Press MENU twice to show the Main Menu.
2. Use the ROCKER to highlight the Find icon on
the page, and press ENTER to show the Find
Menu.
3. Open a Find category and select an item
from the list, then press ENTER to show the
information page and then select SAVE.
To change any information on the New
Waypoint Page, highlight the appropriate
field, and press ENTER. After entering and
confirming your changes, press QUIT.
To create a new waypoint by entering
location coordinates:
1. Create a waypoint using your favorite method
(discussed in previous sections). The new
waypoint is created with the next available
waypoint number and the receiver’s last known
position as the default name and position.
2. Use the ROCKER to highlight the Location
field, and press ENTER. Use the ROCKER to
enter the position coordinates, and press QUIT
when finished.
To change any of the other information on the
New Waypoint Page, highlight the appropriate
field, and press ENTER. After entering and
confirming your changes, press QUIT.
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Basic Operation > A waypoint can also be created by projecting the
distance and bearing from a specific location to a new
location.
To create a new waypoint by projecting its
location:
1. Create a waypoint using your favorite method
(discussed in previous sections) or select a
waypoint from the Find Waypoints List.
2. Press MENU to open the New Waypoint Page
Options Menu.
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Option
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3. Use the ROCKER to highlight Project
Waypoint, and press ENTER to show the
Project Waypoint Page.
4. To set the distance that the new waypoint is
be projected beyond the original waypoint,
highlight the Distance portion of the From field,
and press ENTER. Use the ROCKER to adjust
the distance, and press ENTER.
To adjust the bearing that the new waypoint is
projected from the original waypoint, highlight
the Bearing portion of the From field and
press ENTER. Use the ROCKER to adjust the
bearing, and press ENTER.
When you have adjusted all elements of the
projected location, highlight Map or GoTo,
and press ENTER. To save the new waypoint,
press QUIT.
5. Make any other changes to the new waypoint
data (such as the name or symbol), then
highlight OK, and press ENTER.
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Basic Operation > Waypoint Menu Options
As well as Project Location, additional options are
available by pressing MENU on the New Waypoint
and Waypoint Information Pages: Average Location,
Find Near Here, Change Reference, Set Proximity,
Add To Route, View Sun and Moon, View Hunt
and Fish, and Reposition Here. Select Average
Location to have the unit take several sample location
measurements for the waypoint and recalculate for a
more accurate position reading. You can only average
the location for a waypoint you are currently marking
where you have a fix on satellites from that location.
To calculate the average location:
1. Select “Average Location” from the Options
Menu.
2. The “Average Location” screen appears.
Watch as the fields change as the unit
calculates the average position of the
waypoint. When you are satisfied with the
average location, press ENTER.
Estimated
Accuracy Field
Average Location
Page
Waypoint Options
Menu
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Basic Operation > To find an item (waypoint, etc) near a
selected waypoint :
Select Find Near Here to show the Find Menu,
and select a category to show a list of map
items near that waypoint.
To change the reference point for a
waypoint:
To set a proximity alarm for a waypoint
location:
1. Select Set Proximity from the Options Menu.
2. Press ENTER to show the Proximity
Waypoints Page. Then follow setup
instructions on page 113.
Select Change Reference to show a map
page with instructions at the bottom for placing
the Panning Arrow at a new reference point.
Press ENTER to change the reference and
return to the waypoint page.
Use Panning
Arrow to
define a new
reference.
Set Proximity
Waypoint
To add a new waypoint to a route:
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1. Select Add To Route from the Options Menu.
2. The Routes screen appears. Highlight the
show route or select New Route, and press
ENTER.
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Basic Operation > 3. A “Successfully Added Waypoint” message
appears. Press ENTER to acknowledge and
exit.
To view Hunt and Fish predictions for a
waypoint location:
To view Sun and Moon positions at a
waypoint location:
Select View Sun and Moon, and press
ENTER to show Sun and Moon positions for
that location. See the section on Sun and
Moon tables for detailed information.
Select View Hunt and Fish, and press
ENTER to show Hunt and Fish predictions for
that location. See the section on Hunt and Fish
tables for detailed information.
View Hunt and Fish
View Sun and Moon
To reposition a waypoint to your current
location:
Select Reposition Here, and press ENTER to
position the waypoint at your current location.
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Basic Operation > Reviewing and Editing Waypoints
Once you have created and stored a waypoint, it can
be modified, reviewed, renamed, moved, or deleted at
any time through the Waypoint Review and Waypoint
Edit Pages.
Configurable
Data Fields
2. Press ENTER to show the Waypoint
Information Page. If the waypoint is located
on a map database feature, or MapSource
or BlueChart feature, the Information Page
includes additional information about that
location.
From the Waypoint Information Page, you can change
the name, symbol, comment, position coordinates, or
depth for the selected waypoint.
To change the waypoint name:
Waypoint Information Page
To access the Information Page:
1. Use the ROCKER to highlight a waypoint on
the Map Page.
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1. Highlight the waypoint name field, and press
ENTER.
2. Use the ROCKER to enter a new name, and
press ENTER.
To change the waypoint symbol:
1. Highlight the symbol field nest to the name,
and press ENTER.
2. Highlight the Symbol Group field at the top of
the page, and press ENTER to show the list of
groups. Use the ROCKER to select a symbol
group, and press ENTER.
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Basic Operation > 3. Use the ROCKER to select the symbol
from the group list, and press ENTER when
finished.
To delete a waypoint:
Highlight the Delete button on the page, and
press ENTER.
Select Symbol—shows only waypoints with the same
symbol from the list.
Change Reference—changes the location for which
nearest waypoints appear.
Delete—deletes by symbol or all waypoints from the
unit.
Waypoints List Options Menu
To view the waypoint on the map:
Highlight the Map button on the page, and
press ENTER.
The following options are available by pressing
MENU with the Waypoints list shown:
Find Nearest/Find By Name—shows nearest
waypoints or all waypoints.
Note: Once a waypoint is deleted from the
list, it cannot be recovered from the unit. It is
advisable to backup important waypoints to a
computer using the USB cable and interface
software or write them down by hand.
To delete a waypoint from the Waypoints
List:
1. Use the ROCKER to highlight the waypoint to
be deleted.
2. Press ENTER to show the Information Page
for that waypoint.
3. Highlight Delete button on the page, and
press ENTER. Confirm the deletion warning by
selecting Yes, and pressing ENTER.
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Basic Operation > To delete waypoints by symbol:
1. Highlight the waypoint to be deleted, and press
MENU.
2. Highlight the symbol from the Used Symbols
list, and press ENTER.
3. Use the ROCKER to highlight the symbol
of the waypoint(s) to be deleted, and press
ENTER.
4. Highlight Yes, and press ENTER to confirm.
Choose No or press QUIT to stop the deletion.
Searching for a Waypoint
The Waypoints List is your storage location for all
created and saved waypoints. Waypoints can be
created from marking your location, pointing to
a place on the map or saving any other Find item
(i.e. city, restaurant) as a waypoint. Waypoints are
stored in alphanumerical order and are also identified
by a symbol assigned from a list of symbol types.
Waypoints can be selected as destinations and added
as points on a route.
Delete Waypoint Options
Find Waypoints List
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Basic Operation > To find a Waypoint:
1. Press DIRECT TO D to show the Find Menu.
2. Highlight the Waypoint icon, and press ENTER
to show the Waypoints List.
3. Use the ROCKER to scroll up and down the
list to find a waypoint. If the list is large, you
can press MENU to show a list of search
options.
Find By Name: allows you to enter the name of
the waypoint in a search field.
Find Nearest: allows you to list only those
waypoints near your current location.
Select Symbol: allows you to search for only
those waypoints of a specific type.
Change Reference: allows you to use the
Panning Arrow to select a point on the map
other than your current location.
4. A waypoint information page can be viewed by
pressing ENTER. The data can be edited or
select Go To to navigate to a waypoint.
Waypoint Information Page
Waypoint
Name and
Symbol
Enter a
notation
using the
ROCKER key
Waypoint
Location
Coordinates,
Elevation
and Depth (if
applicable)
Remove
Waypoint
from List
Distance and
Direction from
Current Location
View Waypoint on
Map Page
Navigate to
a Waypoint
Location
Searching for a City
The Find Cities feature allows you to search for any
city listed in the mapping database (either in the
basemap or from downloaded detailed mapping data).
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Basic Operation > To find a city:
1. Use the ROCKER to select the Cities option,
and press ENTER to show the find by Nearest
list of cities.
2. Use the Options Menu to find a city By
Name, by entering a key word for Nearest
Containing, use Select Map to select a
different map to search from or to Chance
Reference from your current location using
the Map Pointer to find cities nearest a new
location on the map.
3. If using find By Name, begin spelling the name
of the city by using the ROCKER. When you
have entered enough characters to define the
name, a match list appears. If you are using
find By Nearest scroll through the list to find
the city you want. If using Nearest Containing
use the ROCKER to enter the key word to
show a list of cities using that word.
4. Use the ROCKER to select the city from
the list, and then press ENTER to show the
Information Page for that city.
5. With the Information Page showed, you can
select Go To, Map, or Save options.
Find Cities List
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Basic Operation > Searching for an Airport
The Find Aviation feature allows you to search for
airports provided in the Jeppesen database in your
GPSMAP 96/96C.
2. The Aviation Go To Page shows the first airport
on the database list of airports, its location,
communication frequencies, elevation, type of
fuel available, and the direction and distance
from your current location.
To find an airport: (Aviation mode)
1. Press DIRECT TO D when in Aviation Mode
to show the Find Menu, select the Aviation
icon, then press ENTER or press DIRECT TO
when in Aviation Mode to show the Aviation Go
To Page.
Find More...
takes you to the
Find Menu with
references near
your
current location.
Find Near Here
- takes you to
lists of map items
near the airport
identified by the
Options Menu Aviation Go To
Page.
Add To Route - list of current saved routes.
Select one or create a new route.
Aviation Go To Page
3. To search for a specific airport, highlight the
airport field, and use the ROCKER to enter the
identification letters of the airport. Then press
ENTER to highlight the Go To button.
4. Press ENTER to create a direct route to the
airport from your current location or QUIT to
exit the page.
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Basic Operation > To use the Aviation Go To Page Options:
1. With the airport shown on the page, press
MENU to show the Options Menu.
2. Find More and Find Near Here take you to
the Find Menu. Show on Map shows the
airport on the map, Project Waypoint allows
you to project a new waypoint from that
location (see page 34), Set Proximity allows
you to set a proximity alarm for this location
(see page 36), and Add To Route allows to
place the airport in a route you are creating
(see page 22).
To find a Tide Prediction Station
1. Press DIRECT TO D when in Automotive or
Marine mode to show the Find Menu.
2. Select the Marine Points icon, then press
ENTER to show the sub-icon(s) for marine
items supported by the basemap and
downloaded detailed marine charts.
3. Use the ROCKER to highlight and select the
Tide Station icon, then press ENTER.
Searching for a Marine Point
The Find Marine Point feature allows you to search
for the marine items, such as marinas, navaids,
services, wrecks and obstructions. If using BlueChart®
detailed marine chart data, the Tide Station feature
allows you to view tide predictions for locations
contained in the mapping data.
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Basic Operation > 4. A list of tide stations nearest to you appears. If
a “None Found” message appears, then you
are not currently located near a coast line.
Press MENU to show the Tide Station Options
Menu. Select from Nearest Containing or
Change Reference. You can enter a key word
for a known tide station or can use the map
pointer to move to the nearest coast line, and
then press ENTER to establish a location near
marine items.
5. Select a tide station from the list, and press
ENTER to show the information page for that
tide station.
At the bottom of the Information Page are on-screen
buttons for Go To, Map, and Save.
To find a Wreck or Obstruction:
1. Select the Marine Points icon, and then
press ENTER to show the sub-icon(s) for
marine items supported by the basemap, and
downloaded detailed marine charts.
Wrecks/Obstructions
2. Use the ROCKER to highlight and select the
Wrecks/Obstructions icon, then press ENTER.
3. If you get a “None Found” message, you are
too far from the coastline or out of the area of
map data coverage. Press MENU and use the
Change Reference option as explained on the
previous page.
4. Select an item from the list, and press ENTER
to show the information page for that item.
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Basic Operation > At the bottom of the Information Page are on-screen
buttons for Go To, Map, and Save.
3. When the information page for a selected
service appears, you can highlight each
information category, and press ENTER to
show additional information.
Searching for an Address
The Find Addresses feature allows you to search
for an address within the coverage of downloaded
detailed mapping data. Enter the street number, and
street name and the Find Feature matches that data
with addresses in the map database.
Marine Services List
To find Marine Services
1. Follow the same procedure as above to
access the Marine Points Menu, and then
select the Marine Services icon.
2. If the “None Found” message appears, follow
the same steps explained previously to show
a list of marine services near the location you
have selected.
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To find an Address: (Automotive or Marine
Modes)
1. Press DIRECT TO D to show the Find Menu.
2. Highlight the Addresses icon, and press
ENTER to show the Addresses page.
3. If your unit has a GPS fix, the Region field at
the top of the page shows your current region,
and the <Enter City> field disappears. The city
shows with the list of address matches when
finished.
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Basic Operation > 4. Press MENU to show the options list. You can
choose a new region, clear all, or show a list
of regional cities if you want to search for a
city yourself. If you select Enable City Filter an
enter city field shows on the Address Page.
Highlight the field and press ENTER to show
the city list. Select a city from the list, and
press ENTER to insert the city
5. Next enter the Street Number <Enter
Number> using the ROCKER.
6. Finally press ENTER to show the street list.
Use the ROCKER to enter enough of the
street name to show a match on the list below.
When finished, a list of matches appears
below. Select one, and press ENTER to show
the Information Page. Highlight the Go To
button to navigate to the address.
Searching for a Crossroad
The Find Crossroads feature allows you to search
for an street intersection within the coverage of
downloaded detailed mapping data. Enter the two
street names and the Find Feature matches that data
with intersections in the map database.
Find Address
Matches
Crossroads Search Page
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Basic Operation > To find a Crossroad: (Automotive or
Marine Modes)
1. Press FIND to show the Find Menu.
2. Highlight the Crossroads icon, and press
ENTER to show the Find Crossroads search
page.
3. If your unit has acquired satellite signals, the
Region field at the top of the page shows
your current region, and the <Enter City> field
disappears. The city appears list of crossroad
matches when finished.
4. Press MENU to show the options list. You can
choose a new region, clear all, or show a list
of regional cities if you want to search for a
city yourself. If you select Enable City Filter
an enter city field appears on the Crossroads
Page. Highlight the field and press ENTER to
show the city list. Select a city from the list,
and press ENTER to insert the city
5. Highlight <Enter Street 1> and follow
instructions in step 6 on the previous page.
Repeat for <Enter Street 2>.
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6. When done, a list of matches appears below.
Select one, and press ENTER to show the
Information Page. Highlight the Go To button
to navigate to the crossroad.
Searching for a Point of Interest
You can use the Find Point of Interest feature to locate
points of interest such as nearby restaurant, lodging,
landmark, public building, and parks. However, you
must have downloaded MapSource detailed mapping
that supports this feature otherwise these options, plus
Address and Crossroad options, are not available.
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Basic Operation > To find a point of interest:
1. Press DIRECT TO D in Automotive or Marine
Modes to show the Find Menu or the Show
More option from the Aviation Go To Page.
Or
Select the Find icon from the Main Menu.
2. Highlight a Points of Interest icon, and press
ENTER to show the list of nearest points.
3. Press MENU to choose from search options
or choose Select Category to narrow your
search.
4. Highlight am item from the list, and then press
ENTER to show the Information Page for that
item.
If you are searching for a restaurant that is part of
a national chain, only the nearest restaurant to your
location is shown when you search using the “Find
Nearest” method. If you search using the “By Name”
method, then all of the locations for that chain in the
mapping database is shown with the closest to your
current location listed first.
Creating and Using a Route
Route navigation allows you to create a sequence of
intermediate waypoints which lead you to your final
destination. The GPSMAP 96/96C stores 50 routes,
each with up to 250 waypoints each. A route can
be created and modified from the Routes Page, and
waypoints can be added to a route from the Aviation
Go To Page or Find Menu. More complex routes can
be created using a PC and MapSource programs and
then transferred to the unit memory.
Indicates
Active
Route
Saved Routes List
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Basic Operation > To create a route:
1. Access the Routes Page from the Main Menu.
2. Use the ROCKER to highlight the New button,
and press ENTER to show the route Setup
Page.
3. With an empty row (dashed) in the route list
highlighted, press ENTER to show the Aviation
Go To Page.
4. Use the Find Menu to select a route waypoint
from one of the Find Menu groups and shows
the Information Page for the selected point of
interest. Highlight the on-screen Use button,
and press ENTER to place it on the Route
Waypoint List.
5. To add more points to the route, repeat the
process.
6. Press QUIT to save it to the Saved Routes list.
Or
Press MENU, highlight Activate, and press
ENTER to navigate.
Methods of navigating to a destination:
4. Press MENU, select Find More..., and press
ENTER to show the Find Menu.
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• When you start the “Go To” button on the
Information Page for a User Waypoint or other Find
Menu item, the GPSMAP 96/96C creates a straight
path (point to point) from your current location to that
location.
• When you select Activate from a Route Page
options menu the GPSMAP 96/96C creates a
route composed of several User Waypoints or Find
Menu items, with the last being your destination.
It navigates directly from point to point. Before
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Basic Operation > each turn in the route a turn page shows a guidance
message and graphic of the turn. You can view the
turns at any time by pressing the ROCKER up or
down while the route is active.
Navigating a Route
• In Automotive Mode these two navigation methods
change when you select the “Follow Roads” option
from the Routing Setup Page. Both Go To navigation
and point to point routing become routes that allow
you to navigate using roads.
When you are navigating a route, a guidance message
and graphic view of turns in the route shows as you
approach each one. Using the “Follow Roads” option
from the Routing Setup Page increases the number of
turns and shows an Active Route Page with a list of
turns. If you selected the “Off Road” option you can
view only the list of points for a route from the Active
Route Page. (See Routing Setup on page 107)
The routes use existing roadways (either those in
the basemap or from downloaded detail mapping) to
automatically calculate a route to your destination.
Turns on roadways are added to the active route page
and is preceded by a guidance message with a graphic
screen of the turn.
After you have created a route, you can begin
navigation immediately or save it to the Saved Routes
list as explained on page 72.
If there are not enough roads at your location to
calculate a route, a message appears.
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Basic Operation > To Preview the Turns for an Active Route:
1. From the Routes Page, highlight the route from
the Routes list.
2. Press ENTER to show the Route Page for the
route.
3. Highlight a route and from the Saved Routes
list, and press MENU to show the options
menu. Select Activate, and press ENTER to
begin navigation and to show the route on the
Map Page.
Active Route Page
4. To view the list of turns on the route, press
PAGE to show the Active Route Page. The
view any individual turn on the list, use the
ROCKER to highlight it, and press ENTER.
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List of Turns for an Active Route
using the Follow Roads option
5. The Preview Page show the turn and guidance
text and a small field at the bottom showing
the turn number in sequence and total turns in
the route. To scroll through all turn previews,
move the ROCKER up or down. To exit, press
QUIT.
6. To stop navigating, select Stop Navigation
from the Map or Pointer Page, and press
ENTER.
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Basic Operation > Route Options (for all operating modes)
To start a route:
From the Saved Routes Page, press MENU to
show the Options Menu. Highlight the Active
Route option, and press ENTER.
To create a new route:
From the Saved Routes Page, press MENU
to show the Options Menu. Highlight the New
Route option, and press ENTER to show the
New Route Page
To copy a route:
Highlight the Copy Route option, and press
ENTER. The copied route show, and is named
the same but followed by a numeral 1.
To delete a route or all routes:
1. From the Saved Routes Page, press MENU.
2. To clear a highlighted route or the saved routes
list, select Delete Route or Delete All Routes,
and press ENTER. A prompt shows, asking
“Do you really want to delete...?” Select Yes,
and press ENTER.
To set up the route leg transition for
routes:
1. From the Saved Routes Page, press MENU to
show the Options Menu.
2. Highlight the Set Up Routes option, and press
ENTER to show the Route Leg Transition Set
Up Page.
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Basic Operation > 3. Highlight the Route Leg Transition field, and
press ENTER to show the list of options.
Select Auto, Manual, or Distance. These
settings control manner in which the route
advances to the next leg.
2. Press ENTER to show the options for editing
that waypoint. You can Review, Remove, or
move to the Next waypoint, and Add Turns by
creating new waypoints on the map.
Using the Route Detail Page Options:
To start the route:
With the Options Menu shown, highlight
Activate, and press ENTER.
Using the Route Detail Page Options:
To start the route:
With the Options Menu shown, highlight
Activate, and press ENTER.
To edit the route on the map:
1. With the Options Menu shown, highlight the
Edit on Map option, and press ENTER to
show the route on the map. Use the ROCKER
to move the panning arrow to select a route
waypoint on the map.
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Route Detail Page
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Basic Operation > To edit the route on the map:
1. With the Options Menu shown, highlight the
Edit on Map option, and press ENTER to
show the route on the map. Use the ROCKER
to move the panning arrow to select a route
waypoint on the map.
2. Press ENTER to show the options for editing
that waypoint. You can Review, Remove,
move to the Next waypoint, and Add Turns by
creating new waypoints on the map.
To reverse the route:
With the Options Menu shown, highlight the
Reverse Route option, and press ENTER.
To set speed and fuel flow:
With the Options Menu shown, select the Set
Speed and Fuel option, and press ENTER to
show the Set Fuel Flow option.
To modify a waypoint on a Route Detail
Page:
Select the waypoint from the list of waypoints,
and press ENTER to access the Route
Waypoint Options Menu. You can Review the
information page for the waypoint, Insert a
new waypoint ahead of the selected waypoint,
Remove the selected waypoint, Change it to
another waypoint, and Move it in the list order.
To select an approach: (Aviation Mode
only)
With the Options Menu shown, highlight Select
Approach to show options for the destination
airport.
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Basic Operation > VNAV (Vertical Navigation) Setup Page
The VNAV Page provides settings for the vertical
navigation feature. These settings create a threedimensional profile that guides you from your present
position and altitude to a final (target) altitude at a
specified location. When defined, message alerts and
data track your progress on the HSI Page.
A VNAV indicator
appears as
a moving bar
depicting the
Vertical Deviation
from the VNAV
Profile.
As you approach the initial descent point, the time
to vertical navigation field (ETV) indicates the time
to reach the initial descent point. The “Approaching
VNAV Profile” message appears one minute prior to
the initial descent point. The descent angle locks to
prevent changes in speed from altering the profile.
The VNAV feature does not take into account
any changes in groundspeed that occur during the
transition from level flight to descent or climb. The
“Approaching Target Altitude” message appears at
500 ft above the target altitude, the time to vertical
navigation goes blank, and the VNAV indicator
disappears from the HSI Page.
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Note: The GPSMAP 96/96C is a VFR
navigation tool and should not be used to
perform instrument approaches. VNAV is only a
VFR navigation instrument and is not intended
for instrument approaches.
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TARGET ALTITUDE
DISTANCE TO TARGET
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Basic Operation > Settings
Target Altitude—the altitude you want to be at
when you reach your target location. Select Above
Waypoint to use field elevation for airports in the
Jeppesen database or “Above MSL” to specify an
exact MSL altitude target.
By—defines the target location with settings of
distance Before or After a reference waypoint
(normally the final destination airport). To set a target
location AT a reference waypoint, enter a distance of
zero.
VNAV Waypoint—allows you to select any waypoint
along the currently active route (or Go To) as your
reference waypoint. The reference waypoint defines
the target location.
VNAV Profile—allows you to select the descent rate.
VNAV Messages—enables and disables the VNAV
alert messages.
VNAV Setup Page
To define the VNAV profile settings:
1. Press MENU twice to show the Main Menu.
Use the ROCKER to select Setup, and then
VNAV.
2. Use the ROCKER and ENTER keys to
highlight and select options.
To Restore Defaults:
While on the VNAV Page, press MENU. A
message “Restore Defaults” appears. Press
ENTER.
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Main Pages > Main Pages
The GPSMAP 96/96C offers three usage modes,
Aviation Mode (default), Marine Mode, and
Automotive Mode, allowing you to customize settings
to use the unit for each application. The modes can
be changed in the System Setup option or by pressing
and holding PAGE. The main pages are linked
together in a series that you can cycle through by
pressing PAGE to go forward and QUIT to reverse.
Each page also has an Options Menu that allows
you to customize each (in all three modes) to your
preferences and select features that relate to that page.
To view the Options Menu for a page, press MENU.
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Position Page
Map Page
Aviation Mode features five main pages: Satellite
Page, Position Page, Map Page, HSI Page and Active
Route/Go To Page. An example of each page in
Aviation Mode appears below. Each of these pages
has a specific use and each page is discussed later in
this manual. The Aviation Mode is the default mode
for the GPSMAP 96/96C. This guide first addresses
each page, such as the Map Page, as shown in the
Aviation Mode. The guide then describes the page
shown in Marine and Automotive Mode, if major
differences exist.Marine Mode features five main
pages: the Satellite, Position, Map, Pointer, and
Active Route Pages. The Active Route Page appears
with a list of route waypoints if you are navigating.
HSI Page
Active Route/
Go To Page
Highway Page
(Automotive Mode)
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Main Pages > See the Navigation section for more information on
navigation options. Automotive Mode features the
same five pages as Marine Mode with the exception
that the Active Route Page provides instructions when
auto-routing is being used. When you are following
roads to your destination, the Active Route Page
changes from a list of waypoints to a graphic of each
turn on your route with a turn detail page to support
each turn on the active route. An optional Highway
Page can be enabled in all modes.
The Map Page
The GPSMAP 96/96C features a real-time moving
map that can do much more than just plot your
course. The Map Page shows digital cartography
(map information) that includes airspace boundaries,
airports, navaids, lakes, rivers, coastlines, cities and
highways. An on-screen pointer (Panning) arrow lets
you pan ahead to other map areas, determine distance
and bearing to any map position, and retrieve database
information directly from the map. Dedicated zoom
keys (In and Out) are provided for instant scale
adjustments.
Two basic map operating modes, position mode and
cursor mode, determine what cartography is shown on
the Map Page. Position mode pans the cartography.
The position marker (position icon) that shows your
travel on the Map Page is an aircraft symbol
in
Aviation Mode or a position symbol in Marine or
Automotive modes. The GPSMAP 96/96C always
powers up in the position mode, with the last known
location centered on the map screen.
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Main Pages > select Map Only without data fields, using the Map
Page Options Menu.
Panning the Map with the Pointer Arrow
Marine Mode
Options
Map Page
When you press the ROCKER, the GPSMAP 96/96C
enters cursor mode that pans the cartography to keep
the cursor, the white pointer (panning) arrow icon
, within the screen. When the cursor is active, an
additional data window appears at the top of the
screen to indicate the position, range, and bearing to
the cursor or a selected waypoint or map item.
Up to four user-selectable data fields can be selected
to appear on the screen. From the Map Page Options,
each data field can be configured to show any one of
the possible data options. You can also add an HSI
field which replaces two data fields on the page or
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The Pointer Arrow allows you to pan away from
your present position and scroll to other map areas
around the world (even outside of your current detail
coverage). As you pan past the edge of the current
map screen, the screen actively scrolls to provide
continuous map coverage (keep in mind that the
position icon stays in your present location and can
not be visible on the screen when you pan the map).
Position Data
Window
GPS Status
Description
of map point
from the map
database
Pointer (Panning)
Arrow
Map Page in
Panning Mode
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Main Pages > To move the arrow:
Press up, down, right or left on the ROCKER.
As you move the Arrow, the distance and bearing
from your present position to the cursor shown in the
data window. When you zoom in panning mode, the
arrow stays centered on the screen. When the arrow is
stationary, a fixed coordinate position appears in the
position field, and the distance and bearing from your
present position changes as your vehicle moves.
To re-center your position on screen:
To select an on-screen waypoint or map
item with the arrow:
1. Use the ROCKER to move the arrow to a
waypoint or map item. If there are several
items grouped closely together, zoom in closer.
2. When a waypoint or map item is selected,
it is highlighted on screen with the name
and position shown at the top of the screen,
along with the distance and bearing from your
current location.
1. When you are finished panning the Map, press
QUIT.
2. The unit automatically returns to position
mode.
The arrow can also be used to snap to on-screen
waypoints and map items, allowing you to review
a selected position or feature directly from the map
screen.
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Map Page in Panning
Mode with a map item
highlighted.
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Main Pages > To view additional details about an onscreen waypoint or map item:
1. With the waypoint or map item highlighted,
press ENTER.
2. If the item is a waypoint, a Waypoint
Information Page appears, showing details
such as name, symbol, coordinates, elevation,
and depth. The on-screen buttons Delete,
Map, or Go To appear. Select an on-screen
button and press ENTER, or press QUIT to
exit the Waypoint Information Page.
If the item is a map feature, an Information
Page appears, showing details about the
feature. The on-screen buttons Delete, Map,
or Go To appear. Select an on-screen button
and press ENTER, or press QUIT to exit the
Waypoint Information Page.
Airspace Information
The Panning mode can also be used to retrieve
information on airspaces depicted on the map. Once
the Pointer Arrow is placed on an open area within
an airspace, the entire airspace (or airspace sector) is
highlighted. A text box adjacent to the arrow indicates
the airspace type and floor/ceiling limits. Additional
information, including communication frequencies, is
available from an information page.
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Main Pages > To retrieve airspace information from the
Map Page:
1. Use the ROCKER to select an open area
within the airspace’s boundary. The boundary
line is highlighted and a window appears
showing airspace type and floor/ceiling limits.
2. To show additional information, press ENTER.
Communication frequencies can be shown by
highlighting the on-screen Frequencies button
and pressing ENTER.
3. To return the to Map Page, highlight OK, and
press ENTER.
Selecting Map Scales and Additional
Maps
The map screen has 28 available range scales from
20 ft. to 800 nm. (20 ft. to 800 mi or 5 m to 1200
km). The map zoom range is controlled by the IN and
OUT keys. The current scale is shown at the bottom
left of the map screen.
To select a map scale (zoom in and out):
Press the OUT key to zoom out and the IN key
to zoom in.
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Using the built-in Using MapSource
Overzoom
basemaps
downloaded detailed No additional
mapping data
data available
The system has a built-in worldwide database to 20
mi, with more detailed coverage available through the
use of the optional MapSource data. The GPSMAP
96/96C shows cartography as long as there is mapping
information available for the range you have selected.
Map coverage conforms to the following conditions:
• Cartography is shown when the selected zoom
range is covered by either the internal basemap
or other MapSource data downloaded to the
unit.
• When the selected zoom range is covered
by both the internal bundled database and
downloaded MapSource detailed mapping
information, the cartography with the best
resolution is shown.
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Main Pages > • When the selected zoom range exceeds the
resolution of the data in use, an “overzoom”
warning appears below the map scale.
• When mapping data, downloaded from
MapSource, is used, a MapSource indentifier
appears below the zoom scale indicator.
Map Page Options Menu
The Options Menu on the Map Page provides access
to functions and features of the Map Page, as well
as layout options for the page. Each data field can be
configured to show any one of several data options.
To show the Map Page Options Menu:
From the Map Page press MENU to show the
options menu.
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In the sections following, options have instructions
on how to use the option. The Options Menu varies
slightly between the Usage Modes.
• Stop Navigation—turns off active route
navigation.
• Recalculate—recalculates any active route.
• Declutter On/Off—toggles between showing
map detail or simply map outlines for easier
viewing.
• Set Up Page Layout—allows you to customize
the layout of the page, such as the size of text
and number of data fields.
• Show/Hide Guidance Text—(Automotive
Mode only) toggles between showing or hiding
the directions field at the top of the Map Page.
Hiding the directions enables more of the map
to be visible.
• Set Up Map—jumps to the Map Setup Menu,
allowing you to configure the Map Page to
your preferences, including map detail, map
orientation, automatic zoom, and various map
items and points. See page 74.
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Main Pages > • Set Up Obstacles—jumps to Obstacle Setup
Page allowing you to configure obstacle alert
settings.
• Change Data Fields—allows you to specify
the type of data shown in each data field on
the page. Refer to the Appendix for a complete
descriptions of all data fields used in the
GPSMAP 96/96C.
• Measure Distance—allows you to measure
the bearing/distance between two points on the
map.
To declutter the Map Page:
1. Press Page repeatedly until the Map Page is
shown.
2. Press MENU.
3. Use the ROCKER to highlight Declutter, and
press ENTER.
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You can adjust the level of declutter by pressing
ENTER repeatedly.
To declutter the Map Page in Aviation
Mode:
1. Press PAGE repeatedly until the Map Page is
shown.
2. Press MENU.
3. Use the ROCKER to highlight Declutter, and
press ENTER.
The first level shown after you press ENTER
is identified by Clear -1 under the map zoom
range. The background map detail—including
highways, cities, rivers & smaller lakes—is
removed from the map screen.
4. Press ENTER again. Airspace boundary detail
is removed from the map screen. CLEAR-2
appears below the map zoom range.
5. Press ENTER again. Only the waypoints and
navaids that are part of the current Go To or
route appear on the map screen. CLEAR-3
appears below the map zoom range.
6. Press ENTER again to return ALL detail to the
map zoom range.
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Main Pages > To measure the Bearing/Distance between
two points:
1. Highlight the Measure Distance, and press
ENTER. An on-screen pointer appears on the
map screen at your present position with ENT
REF below it.
3. Move the cursor to the point to which you want
to measure. The bearing and distance from
the reference point and cursor coordinates
are shown in the data window at the top of the
screen.
4. Press QUIT to finish.
To set up the page layout:
1. Highlight Set Up Page Layout from the
Options Menu, and press ENTER.
2. Select an option, and press ENTER. The
options vary between the three usage modes.
To change a data fields:
Measure Distance
2. Move the cursor to a reference point (the
starting point that you want to measure from),
and press ENTER. A push-pin icon marks the
starting point on the map screen.
1. From the Options Menu, highlight Change
Data Fields, and press ENTER.
2. Move the field highlight to the data field you
want to change, and press ENTER.
3. Press up or down on the ROCKER to highlight
the data you want to show, and press ENTER.
4. Press QUIT to exit.
Refer to the Appendix for a detailed description of
each data option.
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Main Pages > The HSI Page
The HSI (Horizontal Situation Indicator) Page
replaces the Pointer Page when the unit is in Aviation
Mode. During active navigation, the HSI Page guides
you to your destination with digital data field readouts
and a graphic pointer with a bearing pointer.
Data Fields
To/From Indicator
Compass Ring
Bug Indicator
Course
Pointer
HSI Page
CDI Scale
To show the HSI Page in Aviation Mode:
While in Aviation Mode, use PAGE to show the
HSI Page.
The graphic on the HSI Page depicts the course to
your destination (or to the next waypoint in a route),
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current ground track, off course error and a To/From
indicator. The rotating compass ring indicates your
current ground track (read at the top of the ring). The
course pointer or course deviation pointer indicate the
your course and the distance you are off-course. A bug
indicator provides course to steer information, guiding
you to the destination if you are off-course.
The course deviation scale appears behind the course
deviation pointer. If you stray off-course, the pointer
indicates how far off-course you are. To get back oncourse, steer toward the pointer. The course deviation
scale is adjustable for .25, 1.25, or 5.0 (nautical
mile/statute mile/kilometer) full scale deflection. The
default setting is 1.25. This is adjusted using the IN
and OUT keys.
As you reach your destination, the To/From Indicator
at the center of the HSI indicates waypoint passage.
The four data fields at the top of the page are user
configurable by accessing the Change Data Fields
option from the HSI Page Options Menu. For
definitions of available data field options refer to the
Appendix.
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Main Pages > The Pointer Page
The Pointer Page replaces the HSI Page when the
unit is in Marine or Automotive Mode. During active
navigation, the Pointer Page guides you to your
destination with digital data field readouts and a
graphic Pointer appears with a bearing pointer.
To show the Pointer Page in Marine and
Automotive Modes:
While in Automotive or Marine Mode, use
PAGE to show the Pointer Page.
The direction of your destination (bearing) relative
to the course is indicated by a bearing pointer in
the middle of the Pointer ring. A bearing “bug”
on the outside of the Pointer ring in Marine mode
only. The Pointer ring and bearing indicators work
independently to show, at a glance, the direction of
your movement and the direction to your destination.
If the arrow points up, you are going directly to the
waypoint. If the arrow points any other direction turn
toward the arrow until it points up. The Marine Mode
is a Course Pointer similar to the HSI, that can be
selected from the Marine Mode Options Menu.
Note: You must be moving for the Pointer to
accurately update and show your heading.
Configurable data fields at the top of the page show
helpful information during active navigation. For
definitions of data field settings, refer to the Appendix.
Pointer Page (Automotive Mode)
The bottom of the page features a rotating Pointer ring
that shows your course over ground (track) while you
are moving. The course is indicated at the top of the
Pointer ring.
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The Automotive Mode features data fields with
default settings that are more desirable for land
navigation.
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Main Pages > HSI/Pointer Page Options Menus
The Options Menu on the Pointer Page allows you to
customize the HSI/Pointer Page to your preferences
in all unit operating modes. Like the Map Page, the
HSI/Pointer Page features user-selectable data fields.
Each data field can be configured to show any one of
several data options, and the data window layout can
be customized to change the actual size of the data
shown.
To show the HSI/Pointer Page Options
Menus:
1. Press MENU to show the Options Menu.
2. Use the ROCKER to select an option.
The options available on the HSI/Pointer Page
Options Menus are:
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HSI Page Options
(Aviation Mode)
Stop Navigation/Resume Navigation—(Automotive
and Marine modes)
Recalculate—(Automotive and Marine Modes) Use
for an active route.
Set OBS and Hold—(Aviation Mode) Allows you to
alter your course.
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Main Pages > Set CDI Scale—(Aviation and Marine Modes)
Adjusts the CDI scale.
Set Bug Indicator—(Aviation and Marine Modes)
Sets the Bug Indicator mode.
Enable/Disable VNAV Indicator—(Aviation Mode)
Bearing Pointer/Course Pointer—(Marine Mode)
Toggles between the Bearing Pointer and the Course
Pointer. The Course Pointer, which shows how far off
you are from your course and how to get on course.
Also referred to as a CDI, Course Deviation Indicator.
Set Up VNAV—(Aviation Mode) takes you to the
VNAV setup page.
Set Up Page Layout—allows you to choose text size
and number of data fields.
Change Data Fields—allows you to specify the type
of data shown in each data field on the page. Refer to
the Appendix for data descriptions.
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Active Route Page
Whenever you have started a route while in Aviation
or Marine Mode, the Active Route Page shows each
point (waypoint or map item) of the active route, with
the point name, Course, Distance, and several other
fields of information. The current destination point,
the “active” point, is marked with an arrow icon. As
you navigate a route, the list automatically updates to
indicate the next “active” point first. The Active Route
and Route Review Pages share many of the same
features and options.
Whenever you have started a route in the GPSMAP
96/96C set in Automotive Mode, the Active Route
Page shows each turn of the active route, with the
distance to the turn, the street name, and estimated
time to arrival and time of arrival. As you navigate a
route, the turn list automatically updates to indicate
the next turn at the top of the list.
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Main Pages > The Active Route Page becomes an Active Go
To Page when navigating to a destination with no
waypoints in between you and the destination.
Active Route Page
You can scroll through the entire list by moving the
scroll bar up or down. Highlight any of the turns on
the list, and press ENTER to view the Next Turn page
for that turn. The Current Route and Next Turn page
show similar information, just in a different layout.
The Next Turn page shows your next turn on a map.
Active GoTo
(Aviation Mode)
For additional details on the Active Route Page, see
the “Creating and Using a Route” page 49 section of
the “Basic Operation” chapter.
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Main Pages > Active Route Page Options Menu
The following route options are available by pressing
Menu.
Active Route
Options Menu
Deactivate—stops route navigation.
Edit on Map—allows you to edit the route on the
map.
Reverse Route—reverses the order of the route.
Select Approach—(Aviation Only) allows you
to select the final course segment of a published
approach, replacing the final destination airport (in a
Go To or route) with the sequence of waypoints for
the selected approach. The approaches provide only
the final course segment, usually from final approach
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fix (FAF) to missed approach point (MAP), and are
based on existing GPS, RNAV, VOR, NDB, localizer,
or ILS approach procedures. All approach procedures
are flown as a sequence of waypoints in the route. In
order to select an approach and add the waypoints
to the route, the final destination in the “Go To” or
“Route” must be an airport with a published approach.
Set Fuel Flow—allows you to enter fuel consumption
rate and distance. Intended for use in the Aviation
Mode, but can be applied to other modes.
Change Data Fields—allows you to customize the
data fields shown on the Active Route Page.
Saving the Active Route
You can save the current route from the Current
Route Page. Press Menu to save the route. Press
ENTER when Save Route is highlighted. Your route
is automatically saved, using the starting point and
destination as the route name. Press ENTER when
OK is highlighted to complete saving the route.
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Main Pages > Position Data Page
The Position Data Page provides a quick reference for
the important data you want to show while navigating
a route in Aviation Mode and Marine Mode. The
default page shown six user-selectable data fields.
The two fields at the bottom of the page shown
location position coordinates and the nearest airport,
city, or other map features depending on the mode of
operation.
Position Data Page Options Menu
The following options are available from the Position
Data Page:
Position Page Options Menu
Reset—allows you to see the “Reset” page. See the
following page for reset options.
Big Numbers—allows you to change the data fields
to show fewer data fields with larger numbers for
easier viewing.
Change Data Fields—allows you to specify the type
of data shown in each data field. See the Appendix for
a listing of the data fields.
Change Nearest Type—allows you to specify the
type of item to be used as the nearest item. The
choices differ based upon the Usage Mode you are
currently using.
Position Page Reset Menu
The following options are available from the Position
Page Reset Menu. Some options are only available if
you have changed the Page Layout from the default
(shown to the right).
Reset Trip Data—clears trip information, except the
maximum speed and the odometer.
Reset Odometer—clears the running total of the
distance traveled since the odometer was last reset
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Main Pages > Reset Max Speed—clears the maximum speed.
Clear Track Log—clears the track log.
Delete Saved Tracks—deletes all saved tracks.
Delete All Waypoints—deletes all waypoints.
Delete All Routes—deletes all routes.
The Map Setup Page
The Map Page for your GPSMAP 96/96C can be
customized. A factory set of default settings currently
controls the Map Page screen. The Map Setup Pages
allow you to determine how map features appear on
the page by controlling map orientation, text size,
track, map item, detailed map data, and more. It is
suggested that you wait until you are more familiar
with the operation of your unit before deciding what
features you want to customize.
Position Page
Reset Page
Map Setup Page
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Main Pages > To customize the Map Page:
1. To access the Map Setup Pages, press MENU
with the Map Page on the screen.
2. Scroll down the Menu to the Setup Map
option, and press ENTER to show the Map
Setup Page. At the top of the page are icons
for each setup page.
3. Use the ROCKER to move from icon to icon
when selecting a map setup page and to move
up and down to the feature fields on each
page.
4. With a Map Setup feature highlighted, press
ENTER to show the list of options for that
feature. Each Map Setup Page has a menu of
general options. This menu can be accessed
by pressing MENU with the page shown.
General Setup
The first page of the Map Setup feature is the
General Settings Page. Use this page: to select the
map orientation, North Up (with north at the top of
the map) or Track Up (with the map oriented in the
direction of travel). Below sets the map zoom range
at which the Track Up feature shows, all scales above
that revert to the North Up map orientation. Auto
Zoom, zooms in on the map to include the beginning
and ending points of a route. Detail selects the degree
of map detail shown. You can lock the Position
Arrow to show on the nearest road, compensating for
variances in map position accuracy.
The General Settings Map Setup Page
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Main Pages > Aviation Setup
The Aviation Settings Page allows you to turn On or
Off the Aviation, Land and Obstacle data and set the
radius of proximity circles.
The Tracks Settings Map Setup Page
The Aviation Settings Map Setup Page
Tracks Setup
The Tracks Settings Page has settings for maximum
zoom for viewing saved tracks and active track logs.
You can set the number of track points for recording
a track, select either a bearing or course line for
navigating a track and set the heading line to off and
to show in distance or time.
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Map Information Setup
The Map Information Page show a list of downloaded
detailed MapSource® maps such as topographic,
marine charts and maps with auto-routing capability.
Use the ROCKER to highlight a map and press
ENTER to show it on the map screen or turn it off.
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Main Pages > Pressing MENU shows list of options for managing
maps.
Map Information
Options Menu
Points—Text Setup
Use the Map Points—Text Page to select the text size
for descriptions of items on the Map Page. You can
select from Small, Medium, or Large.
The Map
Information Map
Setup Page
Points—Zoom Setup
The Map Points—Zoom Page allows you determine
the map zoom range at which various map features
appear. You turn off the screen, set it to Auto or select
a value from 20 feet to 500 miles.
The Points—Text Map Setup Page
SUAs Setup
The SUA’s Page of the map setup feature allows you
determine the map scale at which various Special Use
Airspace areas shown. You can turn off the screen, set
it to Auto or select a value from 20 feet to 500 miles.
The Points- Zoom Map Setup Page
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Main Pages > Airport—Text Setup
The Airport—Text Page of the map setup feature
allows to select the text size for descriptions of
airports and runways on the Map Page. You can select
from Small, Medium, or Large.
The SUA’s Map Setup Page
Airport—Zoom Setup
The Airport Zoom Page of the map setup feature
allows you determine the map zoom range at which
various airports and runway features shown. You can
turn off the screen, set it to Auto or select a value from
20 feet to 500 miles.
The Airport - Zoom Map Setup Page
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The Airport—Text Map Setup Page
Aviation Navigation—Zoom Setup
Use the Avtn Nav—Zoom Page to determine the map
scale at which various aviation navigation features
shown. You can set it to Auto or select a value from
20 feet to 500 miles.
The Aviation Navigation—Zoom Setup
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Main Pages > Aviation Navigation—Text Setup
Use the Avtn Nav—Text Page to select the text size
for descriptions of aviation navigation features on the
Map Page. You can select from Small, Medium, or
Large.
The Aviation Navigation—Text Map
Marine Setup
The Marine Settings Page is used to control the screen
of marine chart items when using downloaded marine
charts (i.e. MapSource BlueChart® marine mapping
data).
Obstacle Data
Obstacle on the map Page are shown in red, yellow,
and gray and dark gray, light gray, and white for
the GPSMAP 96C and GPSMAP 96 respectively.
References to obstacle icon gray tones for GPSMAP
96 units are in parentheses for this section. Standard
aeronautical chart symbols are used for lighted or
unlighted obstacles above and below 1000 ft Above
Ground Level (AGL). Upcoming obstacles, as you
approach them, are marked by an “X” symbol.
Lighted Obstruction 1000 ft. AGL and higher.
Unlighted Obstruction 1000 ft AGL and higher.
Lighted Obstruction below 1000 ft AGL .
Unlighted Obstruction below 1000 ft AGL.
Obstacle Icons
The Marine Settings Map Setup Page
Obstacles appearing in red (dark gray) are predicted
to be within 100 ft elevation of your flight path. Those
colored yellow (light gray) are more than 100 ft, but
less than the elevation in the user defined “Caution
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Main Pages > Elevation” field below your flight path. You can
change the Caution Elevation from the default of 1000
ft to 750 ft or 500 ft. Obstacles below your currently
selected caution elevation threshold are shown in gray
(white).
Obstacle warnings are dependent upon the user
defined parameters on the Obstacle Data Setup. The
GPSMAP 96/96C evaluates obstacles, according to
the parameters set, within a proximately one mile
on either side of your projected flight path. Obstacle
warnings appear in either red with white lettering
(black with white lettering) indicating a red (dark
gray) obstacle is in range or black with white lettering
(white with black lettering) indicating a yellow (light
gray) obstacle. The obstacle warning remains on the
screen until the flight path has cleared the obstacle or
you have pressed Enter.
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Obstacle Warning
The GPSMAP 96/96C “Look Ahead Time” for
obstacles determines the maximum time frame when
an annunciation (a pop up window with tone) occurs.
The default setting is 120 Seconds, however you have
the option in the Obstacle Data Setup for 90 or 60
Seconds.
“Obstacle Alert Sensitivity” determines what level
of alerts are annunciated. The GPSMAP 96/96C
defaults to high sensitivity, which annunciate all red
(dark gray) and yellow (light gray) obstacles at the
look ahead time set. The Obstacle Data Setup allows
you the option of high, medium, or low. Medium
sensitivity annunciates all of the red (dark gray) and
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Main Pages > the highest priority of yellow (light gray) obstacles,
where low only annunciates red (dark gray) obstacles.
Obstacle Data Setup Page
To setup obstacle data:
1. Access the Obstacle Data Setup Page.
2. Highlight the first field, and press ENTER to
show the options for setting the minimum
difference in elevation for upcoming obstacles
contained in the mapping database.
3. Use the second field to set the “Look Ahead
Time.” The time before reaching the obstacle.
4. The third field is used to determine the
alert sensitivity threshold for the size of the
obstacle.
5. Use the ROCKER to select options, and press
ENTER.
Obstacle Data Setup
The Obstacle Data Setup Page allows you to set the
levels for alerting you to obstacles in or near your
flight path. This setup page can also be accessed from
the Map Page Options Menu.
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Main Pages > The Highway Page
When you are navigating a route, the Highway Page
can guide you to the destination using data fields and
a graphic highway. Up to four user-selectable data
fields show information such as speed, distance,or
time to next point on the route. The list of data to
show and the method of selection is the same as for
the HSI/Pointer Page and is explained in detail on
page 67.
Highway Page with
an Active Route
The Highway graphic provides visual guidance,
taking you point by point to your final destination.
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Your course is represented by a center line down the
middle of the graphic. As you move toward each point
on your route, the graphic shows the direction you
should move to stay on course to the point. Five scale
settings allow you to zoom in or out on the highway.
To navigate using the Highway Page:
1. While navigating, access the Highway Page
from the Main Menu and observe your path of
travel shown on the highway graphic.
2. Press MENU to show the options menu. You
can do the following:
Set Up Page Layout allows you to configure
data fields from four to three. Change the Data
Fields allows you to select the type of data
to show in each field. Refer to page 66 for
instructions on changing data fields. To restore
defaults for the data fields press MENU with a
data field highlighted and the press ENTER.
To show the Highway Page:
1. Press MENU twice to show the Main Menu.
2. Use the ROCKER to highlight the “Highway
Page” icon and press ENTER. This page can
be shown for all three operating modes.
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Main Menu > Main Menu
The Main Menu is the directory for all unit features
not in the Main Page sequence with the exception
of Mark Waypoint, which is accessed by pressing
ENTER. The Time and Date can be found at
the bottom of this page. A detailed discussion of
each of the Main Menu features follows this brief
introduction. Use the ROCKER to highlight a feature
name and then press ENTER to show the feature
page.
Main Menu
• Find—This feature provides a convenient
method for searching for cities, airports.
• Tracks—This feature allows you to maintain a
record of your movements (track log).
• Routes—Create a list of points that you wish to
navigate to and save for later use.
• E6B—Calculates winds aloft, density altitude,
and true airspeed based on entered data.
• Flights—Shows a log of the flights you have
taken using the GPSMAP 96/96C.
• Timers—Allow for timing in flight functions,
such as flights and batteries.
• Aircraft—Allows you to enter custom
information about your aircraft.
• Setup—Controls the settings for many of the
unit operating system features.
• Proximity—An Alarm feature for a defined
circle around a specified waypoint.
• Calendar—A calendar with data access as well
as waypoint association.
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Main Menu > • Alarm Clock—This feature allows you to use
the GPSMAP 96/96C as an Alarm Clock.
• Nav/Sonar Alarms—This feature allows you
to select from a variety of navigation alarms for
aviation and maritime use.
• Calculator—A standard or scientific calculator
for measurement conversions, etc.
• Stopwatch—A multi-featured stopwatch.
• Sun & Moon—Sunrise and sunset times, moon
phases and sun and moon location for any given
date and time.
• Hunt & Fish—A table of time frames for best
hunting and fishing opportunities for any given
location and date.
• Message Log—Allows you to view a list of
messages received. This feature also includes
filters to exclude messages by type.
• Highway—A useful graphic perspective with
configurable data fields for navigating a route.
Find
The Find Feature provides you with a method for
searching for Waypoints, Airports, Cities, and Exits
which are included in the GPSMAP 96/96C basemap
and Jeppesen database. You can also find a Waypoint
you have saved. If you have downloaded Garmin
MapSource® mapping data that contains additional
map detail, you can search for and find Points of
Interest, Addresses and Intersections. If you download
BlueChart® data, you can find Marine Points such
as Wrecks and Obstructions, NAVAIDS, and
Anchorages. If this additional data is not loaded, these
options are not available.
Options
Menu for
Waypoints
Find Menu
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Main Menu > Searching for a map item is simplified by separating
the map database into groups which are shown as
icons on the Find Menu Page.
• When you access a Find group list, by default
it contains only those items near your current
location or the Panning Arrow (if active).
• To save effort in searching again for an item
already found, you can use the “Recent Finds”
group which contains a list of 50 last found
items of all categories. Pressing and holding
DIRECT TO key also shows this category at
any time when in Automotive or Marine Mode.
The options menu for each map item group offers its
own unique search options such as “Find By Name,”
“Find Nearest,” “Select Symbol” (for Waypoints),
“Change Reference” (by moving the map Panning
Arrow to a new location), “Nearest Containing” (a
key word you enter), “Select Category” (for those
groups such as Food and Drink, Lodging, etc.). Using
these options can effectively shorten your search.
Searching for a Location
If you know the name of the location you want to find,
the Find By Name search option can be the easiest
method of searching.
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Main Menu > To find a location using Find By Name:
1. Press DIRECT TO D to show the Find Menu.
2. Use the ROCKER to highlight the icon for the
type of item you want to search for, and press
ENTER to show the page.
Or
If you want to search the entire item database,
select All Points of Interest.
3. Press MENU to select Find By Name.
4. Use the ROCKER and ENTER keys to enter
the name of the location, when the list shows a
match, highlight OK and press ENTER to go a
list where you can select the item.
5. With the item selected, press ENTER to shows
the Information Page for that item.
Recent Finds
The Recent Finds Page saves all of your most recent
searches on a list that places your last found location
at the top of the list. When you exceed the number of
entries the list can hold, the oldest is deleted.
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To return to a recently found item:
1. With the Find Menu shown, use the ROCKER
to highlight the Recent Finds icon, and press
ENTER to show the Recent Finds List.
2. Use the ROCKER to select the list item you
want view, and press ENTER to show the
Information Page for that item.
Using the Find Item Information Page
When you have selected a Find item and pressed
ENTER, an Information Page shown with detailed
information about the item. This page contains:
• A title (if a waypoint, it can be renamed and a
map symbol assigned)
• An information field (if a waypoint,
information you add, if a map item, an address
or other description)
• Location coordinates, if the item is a waypoint.
• Elevation and depth if a waypoint.
• Direction and distance from current location or
the map pointer
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Main Menu > At the bottom of the page are three on-screen buttons,
these buttons appear differently depending on whether
you are selecting a Find item to navigate to or adding
a Find item to a route list as a waypoint.
Selected as a
destination
Information Page for a Waypoint
• If selecting an item as a destination, the three
buttons appear as:
Save/Delete—Add to or Remove from the
Waypoints list.
Map—show on the Map Page.
Go To—start a Go To navigation.
• If selecting an item to add to a list of points,
these three buttons appear.
Save–save as a waypoint.
Map–show on the Map Page.
Use–insert into a list of points on a route.
Selected as
a Point on
a Route or
Track
Information Page for a Map Item
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Main Menu > The Find Item Information Page
Options Menu
The Find Information Page Options Menu offers eight
options for using a Find Item as a tool for navigation.
Waypoint Information
Page Options include
“Average Location”
• Average Location—used with waypoints only,
it samples a waypoint location over time and
averages the result for a more accurate position
reference.
• Project Waypoint—create a new waypoint
by referencing another location by entering
a bearing and distance from the referenced
location (present position or Find Item
location)
• Find Near Here—returns you to the Find
Menu where you can search for map items
near the item defined on the Information Page.
• View Sun and Moon—view the Sun and
Moon tables for this item location.
To use the Find Item Information Page
Options Menu:
1. With an Information Page appears for a Find
item, press MENU to show the Options Menu.
2. Use the ROCKER to highlight the an option,
and press ENTER start:
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Main Menu > • View Hunt and Fish—view the Hunt and Fish
tables for this item location.
(Refer to page 121 for detailed information about the
Hunt and Fish Tables)
• Map Information—show the map that the map
item originated from. (Refer to page 129 for
information about downloading detailed maps.)
• Change Reference—point to a new location
on the map Page using the Panning Arrow, and
press ENTER.
• Set Proximity—program an alarm to sound
when you are within a specified radius of an
item defined by the Information Page.
(Refer to the Section on Proximity Waypoints on
page 113 for detailed information.).
• Add To Route—include this item on a New
Route or add it to an existing route.
(See Creating and Using a Route page 49 on for
details)
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Main Menu > Tracks
The Tracks feature creates an electronic trail on the
map Page as you travel about and is referred to as a
Track Log. A track log contains information about
points along its path, including time, position, altitude
and depth.
Use a Track Log to:
• Record your movements for a given time and
place and save it.
• Measure the area of any space you encircle with
a track.
• Retrace your path in either direction.
To create a Track Log:
1. Press MENU twice to show the Main Menu.
Use the ROCKER to highlight the Tracks icon.
2. Press ENTER to show the Tracks Page. The
page contains On and Off buttons to start or
cancel the Track Log and a Track Log meter
which shows the percentage of track log space
used.
3. Beneath the Track Log field are four onscreen buttons to: Setup, Clear, Save, and
TracBack® feature for the current log.
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Main Menu > 4. To setup a track log, highlight Setup, and
press ENTER to show the Setup Page. The
first item on the page is Wrap When Full. If
you don’t check this item, then the track log
stops recording when full instead of overwriting
the oldest data with new data.
5. Highlight the Record Method field, and press
ENTER to open the Distance, Time and Auto
options. Because a track is made of a series of
points that define your path of travel, they can
be placed a specified Distance apart or placed
at a Time interval you specify. The “Auto”
option allows you choose from five intervals.
6. Set the interval for setting track points. You
can choose from distance, time, or frequency
values.
7. The last item is the Active Track Color Options
list.
8. When completed, press QUIT to return to the
Track Log Page.
To Save a Track Log:
1. With the Tracks Page open, highlight Save,
and press ENTER, you are asked “Do You
Want To Save the Entire Track?”. If you select
Yes, a Saving Track message appears
followed by the Saved Track Page. The new
saved track is a representation of the entire
track log from beginning to end.
2. If you select No a map showing the entire
track appears and prompts “Select the
beginning point for the saved track.” Use the
ROCKER to move the Panning Arrow to the
point on the track line that you want to become
the beginning of the Saved Track, and press
ENTER.
Saved Track on the
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Main Menu > 3. The next prompt asks you, “Select the ending
point for the saved track.” Use the Panning
Arrow to identify a point on the track that you
want as the End Point, and press ENTER. A
Saving Track message appears followed by
the Saved Track Page.
4. The Saved Track Page allows you to: Rename
the track, view the track distance, view the
calculated area encircled by the track (an area
is defined even if the track is open ended),
specify a color for the track when shown on the
map page (Show On Map). On-screen buttons
at the bottom of the page allow you to Save
the track OK, Delete, View it on the Map, and
TracBack.
To view a Track on the Map:
1. With the Saved Tracks Page for the track or
the Track Log shown, highlight Map, and press
ENTER to show the Map Page.
2. A map showing the entire track appears with
Begin and End markers. Any User Waypoints
added to the Track is shown as well.
To calculate the area of a Track:
1. With the Track Log Page shown, and the
Track Log On, press MENU to show the Area
Calculation option.
2. Highlight the option, and press ENTER to
show the calculation Start Page. Press ENTER
to start the calculation as you begin to move
and define the area’s boundaries. The page
now shows a Stop button.
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Main Menu > 3. When you have completed defining the area,
press ENTER to show the page with a Save
button.
4. Press ENTER again to save the new track to
the Saved Tracks List.
To Use the TracBack feature:
3. Select either Follow Road to route back to
the selected point using available roadways or
Follow Track to retrace your original path of
travel. Highlight the Don’t ask Again option,
and press ENTER if you want to use the same
option the next time you use TracBack.
4. When the TracBack Navigation Page shows,
directions to the first turn on the track appears
at the top of the page. Move in the direction of
the first turn. When you reach the first turn, the
screen provides directions for the next turns,
and until you have reached your destination.
5. To exit a TracBack, press the MENU, and
select Stop Navigation.
1. With the Saved Tracks Page for the track or
the Track Log shown, highlight the TracBack
button, and press ENTER to show the
TracBack Page.
2. A map showing the entire track appears and
you are prompted to select the point you want
to TracBack to. Use the ROCKER to move
the Panning Arrow to a point on the map, and
press ENTER to start navigating the TracBack.
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Main Menu > To Create a User Waypoint on a Saved
Track:
1. With a saved track shown on the map, use the
ROCKER to move the Panning Arrow to the
point on the track that you want to mark as a
user waypoint. Press ENTER to show the Mark
Waypoint Page.
2. To customize the user waypoint explained on
page 38, then highlight OK, and press ENTER
to save.
E6B Flight Computer
The E6B Flight Computer in the Main Menu
calculates Density Altitude, True Airspeed, and Winds
Aloft (Head Wind, Tail Wind, Wind From, and Wind
Speed), based upon information you enter.
To open the E6B Page of the Main Menu:
1. Press MENU twice to open the Main Menu.
2. Highlight the E6B icon from the vertical list of
tabs using ROCKER, and press ENTER to
show the setup page.
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Indicated Altitude—required entry for density
altitude/true airspeed calculation. Enter the aircraft’s
altimeter reading.
Calibrated Airspeed—required entry for density
altitude/true airspeed calculation. Enter the aircraft’s
airspeed indicator reading.
Baro Pressure—required entry for density altitude/
true airspeed calculation. Use current altimeter
setting (barometric pressure).
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Main Menu > Total Air Temperature—required entry for
density altitude/true airspeed calculation. Total
Air Temperature (TAT) is the temperature of the air
including the heating effect caused by speed.
Heading—required entry for winds aloft calculation.
Use heading from the aircraft’s heading indicator or
directional gyro.
True Airspeed (calculated figure or user entered)—
from entry of calibrated airspeed, baro pressure, and
total air temperature. Also can be entered directly for
winds aloft calculations.
Head Wind (calculated figure)—from entry of
heading and true airspeed.
Wind From (calculated figure)—from entry of
heading and true airspeed.
Wind Speed (calculated figure)—from entry of
heading and true airspeed.
To calculate true airspeed and density
altitude:
1. From the E6B Page, use the ROCKER to
highlight the Indicated Altitude field at the top
of the page, and press ENTER.
2. Use the ROCKER to enter the altitude shown
on your altimeter. Press ENTER when finished.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to enter the Calibrated
Airspeed, Baro Pressure, and Total Air
Temperature. (For Calibrated Airspeed,
use the speed shown on your airspeed
indicator. Use the current altimeter setting for
Baro Pressure. Total Air Temperature is the
temperature of the outside air including the
heating effect caused by speed. For most
aircraft, this is the temperature reading on a
standard outside air temperature gauge.)
4. The calculated figures for True Airspeed and
Density Altitude are shown in the designated
fields.
Density Altitude (calculated figure)—from entry
of indicated altitude, baro pressure and total air
temperature.
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Main Menu > 2. Use the ROCKER to highlight the Heading
field, and press ENTER.
3. Use the ROCKER to enter the aircraft heading
shown on your directional gyro or Pointer.
Press ENTER when finished.
The figures for Head Wind, Wind From, and
Wind Speed are shown.
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Note: If Cardinal letters are selected for the
“Direction Display” field of the “Units” setup
page, the “Heading’ and “True Airspeed” fields
can not be configured.
To calculate winds aloft:
Note: If a True North reference is currently
selected (as the heading reference) on your
GPSMAP 96/96C, you must enter “Heading”
using a True North reference to accurately
determine winds.
To restore defaults:
1. Open the E6B page of the Main Menu.
2. Press MENU to open the Options Menu.
3. Press ENTER when Restore Default is
highlighted.
1. Follow the steps above to determine true
airspeed.
Or
Use the ROCKER and ENTER to manually
enter a true airspeed figure in the True
Airspeed field.
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Main Menu > Flight Log
The Flight Log shows a list of any recorded flights,
including date, route of flight, and flight time. The
GPSMAP 96/96C saves up to 50 recorded flights.
Entries on this list are automatically created for each
flight (but only in Aviation Mode). Recording begins
when your speed exceeds 30 knots and you gain
500’ of altitude. The Route of Flight information
uses the nearest airport as the departure airport. The
destination airport is continuously updated as your
flight progresses. If you land and groundspeed drops
below 30 knots, the flight entry is saved and a new
entry is recorded when you depart the airport. (Touchand-goes or brief stops of less than ten minutes
append to the current flight record, rather than start a
new entry.) Select any listed item to view additional
flight information.
Flight Log Page
To view details for a saved flight:
1. Press MENU twice to open the Main Menu.
2. Highlight the Flights icon using the ROCKER,
and press ENTER to open the page.
3. Use the ROCKER to highlight a flight, and
press ENTER.
4. With OK highlighted, press ENTER to return to
the Flight Log.
Selected Flight Log
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Main Menu > An optional FlightBook software package is available
to further simplify your flight record keeping. For
additional detail about FlightBook, visit the Garmin
Web site at www.garmin.com/aviation.
Flight Log Options Menu
The following options are available by pressing
MENU:
Delete Flight—deletes the highlighted flight record
from memory.
Delete All Flights—deletes all flight records from
memory.
Battery—allows you to set the battery useful life
timer to Off, On, or Reset.
Fuel Tank—allows you to set a reminder for
switching fuel tanks. Timing automatically starts
at the beginning of your flight, and the reminder
message repeats at the specified interval.
Last Flight—shows the length of time the unit was
turned on during the last flight.
Since Midnight—shows the time the unit has been
turned on since midnight. This resets at midnight.
Timers
To open the Timers Page, press MENU twice to open
the Main Menu. Select the Timers icon and press
ENTER to show the Timers Page.
User—allows you to set the timer to Count Up or
Count Down. You can also Reset the timer and turn it
Off. Enter a time to use when counting up or down to
the right. Can be used for any application.
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Main Menu > To use the Flight Timers feature:
1. Press MENU twice to open the Main Menu.
2. Highlight the Timers icon using the ROCKER,
and press ENTER to open the page.
3. Use the ROCKER to highlight a timer field,
and press ENTER to view options for that field.
The User field can be used for any function
you wish to time.
4. Use the ROCKER to select an option, and
press ENTER.
5. Use the ROCKER to highlight the numeric field
adjacent to each topic, and press ENTER to
highlight the first character. User the ROCKER
to enter a value.
Aircraft Profile
The Aircraft Profile Page consists of two separate
sections: Aircraft Profile and Weight & Balance.
Aircraft Profile Setup
The Aircraft Profile allows you to define cruising
speed, maximum speed, and fuel flow for up to ten
aircraft that you regularly fly.
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Aircraft Profile Page
To enter an aircraft profile:
1. On the Aircraft Profile Page, use the ROCKER
to highlight the New, and press ENTER.
2. Highlight the Current Aircraft field, and press
ENTER.
3. Use the ROCKER to enter the aircraft tail
number (or other identifying information) in the
Current Aircraft field. Press ENTER when
finished.
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Main Menu > 4. Use the ROCKER enter information for the
cruising and maximum speeds for your aircraft,
the your aircraft’s fuel flow, and the symbol for
your aircraft.
To select a saved aircraft profile:
1. On the Aircraft Profile Page, use the ROCKER
to highlight the Current Aircraft field, and
press ENTER.
2. Use the ROCKER to select an aircraft profile
and press ENTER.
To create a new profile, rename or delete a
saved aircraft profile:
1. Use the ROCKER to highlight the New, Edit,
or Delete buttons at the bottom of the page,
and press ENTER.
2. Use the ROCKER to select the on-screen
RENAME or DELETE button, and press
ENTER. If Rename is selected, use the
ROCKER and ENTER to enter a new tail
number.
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Weight & Balance
Weight & Balance can be used during your preflight preparations to verify the weight and balance
conditions for your aircraft. By entering the weight
and arm values on this page, the GPSMAP 96/96C
can calculate the total weight, moment and center of
gravity (CG) figures, ensuring a safe flight every time.
Before entering the various figures, you need to
determine the basic empty weight of the airplane
and the arm (or station) for each weight entered.
These figures should be determined using the pilot’s
operating handbook for your airplane. The pilot’s
operating handbook also notes the weight limitations
and fore/aft CG limits. Compare those figures to the
values calculated by the GPSMAP 96/96C.
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Main Menu > To perform weight and balance
calculations:
Weight & Balance Page
Empty Aircraft—retains aircraft empty weight and
arm figures, retains other arm figures, but zeros all
other weight values.
Restore Default—restores all settings to zero.
Options Menu
1. From the Aircraft Profile Page, use the
ROCKER to select Weight & Balance at the
top of the page.
2. Use the ROCKER to highlight a weight field,
and press ENTER.
3. Use the ROCKER to enter the weight figure.
Press ENTER when finished.
4. Use the ROCKER to highlight the
corresponding arm field, and press ENTER.
5. Use the ROCKER to enter the arm figure.
Press ENTER when finished.
6. Repeat steps 2 through 5 above until all
figures are entered. The calculated moment,
weight, and CG figures appear at the bottom
of the page. Keep in mind that the “Aircraft”
(empty weight/arm) figures must be entered
as a reference to calculate a valid moment,
weight, and CG.
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Main Menu > Setup
The Setup Menu allows you to customize the
GPSMAP 96/96C to your personal preferences. Each
setup page is identified by an icon, Highlight an icon,
and press ENTER to view that setup page. The setup
pages are arranged with features and data fields that
can be changed to meet your requirements.
System Setup
The System Setup Page allows you to choose from
three modes of GPS operation, enable/disable
WAAS, designate battery type, choose an on-screen
text language, and choose what happens when the
GPSMAP 96/96C is disconnected from an external
power source.
To access the Setup Menu:
1. From the Main Menu select the Setup icon,
and press ENTER.
2. With the Setup Menu shown, select the feature
you want to modify, and press ENTER.
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Main Menu > To change a System Setup feature:
1. Use the ROCKER, and ENTER keys to select
the feature field and setup options.
2. With an option for a field highlighted, press
ENTER to select. To view the software version,
press MENU, and select Software Version.
Display Setup
The Display Setup Page allows you to select a screen
display color scheme for day and night viewing.
You can set the backlight timeout and the level of
brightness which can significantly save on battery
power.
To change a System Setup feature:
1. Use the ROCKER and ENTER keys to select
the feature field and setup options menus.
2. With an option for a feature field highlighted,
press ENTER to select. Use the ROCKER to
slide the brightness level selector.
System Setup Page
and Options
Display Setup Page
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Main Menu > Interface Setup
The Interface Setup Page allows you to control the
input/output format used when connecting your unit
to a computer, external NMEA devices, and a DGPS
beacon receiver using a USB or Serial Port Cable.
Interface Setup Page
The following settings are available:
GARMIN—the proprietary format used to exchange
waypoint, route, track log and MapSource data with
a PC.
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GARMIN DGPS—the proprietary format used with
a Garmin differential beacon receiver (e.g., GBR 21).
Provides for tuning of the beacon receiver directly
from the GPSMAP 96/96C.
Data Format Page for
GARMIN DGPS
Aviation In—the proprietary format used for
connection to a Garmin panel-mounted GPS receiver.
Allows Go To or route selection on the panel-mount
to be automatically show on the GPSMAP 96/96C.
NMEA In/NMEA Out—supports input and output of
standard NMEA 0183 version 3.01 data.
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Main Menu > Text Out—allows ASCII text output of location and
velocity information. No input.
RTCM In—provides DGPS input using a standard
RTCM SC-104 format. No output.
NOTE: When the USB cable is connected
to the GPSMAP 96/96C, it is automatically
detected and communicates only in Garmin
Format. When the USB is connected, Garmin
format does not communicate through the Serial
connection, while all other formats can be used
by the Serial connection with the USB still
connected.
To change an Interface Setup feature:
Interface Setup—RTCM In/NMEA Out
RTCM In/NMEA Out—allows DGPS input using a
standard RTCM SC-104 format and supports the output of
standard NMEA 0183 version 3.01 data.
RTCM In/Text Out—allows DGPS input using a standard
RTCM SC-104 format and supports the output of simple
ASCII text output of location and velocity information
1. Access the Interface Setup Page as explained
at the beginning of this section.
2. Highlight a setting, and press ENTER.
3. When you select Text Out and /or RTCM In,
additional fields appear. Use the ROCKER to
highlight Baud Rate, and press ENTER. Use
the ROCKER to highlight a setting, and press
ENTER.
4. For Garmin DGPS or RTCM In/NMEA Out, use
the ROCKER to highlight Beacon, and press
ENTER. Use the ROCKER to select Scan or
User, and press ENTER.
None—provides no interfacing capabilities.
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Main Menu > If Scan is selected, the GPSMAP 96/96C
automatically directs the beacon receiver to
scan for available beacon transmitters.
If User is selected, select the Freq, and Bit
Rate fields, and enter the appropriate settings.
The beacon status, signal-to-noise ratio and
distance to beacon are shown in the bottom of
the page.
Tones Setup
The Tones Setup Page allows you to customize the
signal tones for a variety of unit features.
To use the Tones Setup feature:
1. Access the Tones Setup Page.
2. Use the ROCKER to highlight the feature
for which you want to set a tone, and press
ENTER to show the options menu.
3. Highlight a option, and press ENTER. As
you move down the list, each different tone
sounds.
Page Sequence Setup
The Page Sequence Setup Page allows you to reorder
any of the Main Pages, or add pages when you press
PAGE. If you add a page to the sequence, it no longer
appears in the Main Menu.
Tones Setup Page
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Main Menu > To move, insert or remove a page:
1. Access the Page Sequence Setup Page.
2. To move a page in the order, highlight the
page, and press ENTER. Select Move, then
move up or down until a position is shown, and
press ENTER.
3. To insert a new page, highlight the page you
what to insert the new page before, and press
ENTER. Select “Insert,” then choose a page
from the list, and press ENTER.
4. To remove a page, highlight the page, and
press ENTER. Select Remove, and press
ENTER.
Routing Setup
The Routing Setup Page allows you to customize
how the routing functions behave. There are setup
and option menus for route creation and methods of
navigation.
Routing Setup Page
To Use Routing Setup Options:
1. Access the Routing Setup Page.
2. Select the Guidance Method and choose
Prompted if you want to be asked to a method
(“Follow Road” or “Off Road”) each time a
route is calculated. Otherwise, the chosen
method always is used for navigation.
3. If you chose Follow Road, a field offers a
similar choice of Prompted, Faster Time or
Shorter Distance.
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Main Menu > Airspace Alarms Setup Page
You can select and start the following airspace alarms:
Class B, CTA/ Class C, TMA/Towers, Cntrl Zones/
Restricted Area/MOAs/Mode C Veils/Other SUAs—
enables and disables the alarms. Select On to enable
or Off to disable. Altitude Buffer—sets the buffer for
the altitude alarm. Highlight and press ENTER to
enter a different value.
Follow Road Options
4. If you want the Next Turn Preview Page to
show just before each turn on the route, select
On from the Next Turn field.
5. When using the Follow Road guidance
method, select the Follow Road Options
on-screen button, and press ENTER to choose
from a page of options.
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Main Menu > To set an alarm:
1. Access the Setup page.
2. Use the ROCKER to highlight the field to the
right of the alarm name you want to start, and
press ENTER.
3. Highlight the next field to the right, and press
ENTER to start.
3. Highlight the Time Zone field, and press
ENTER to choose the correct zone for your
location. If you selected Other, you must enter
the correct Universal Time Coordinate (UTC)
for your location.
4. Daylight Savings Time offers choices of Yes or
No.
When an alarm goes off, the alarm message appears
on the screen and the unit emits five (5) beeps. Press
ENTER to acknowledge.
Time Setup
The Time Setup Page allows you to set the time for your
location.
To use the Time Setup feature:
1. Access the Time Setup Page.
2. Highlight the Time Format field, and press
ENTER to choose from 12 or 24 (Military Time)
hour formats.
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Main Menu > Units Setup
The Units Setup Page allows you to select the units of
measurement for your GPSMAP 96/96C.
Location Setup
The Location Setup Page allows you to define settings
for Position Format, Map Datum, Heading, and
Magnetic Variation. To open the Location tab, press
MENU twice to open the Main Menu. Select Setup
from the vertical tab list. Then select Location from
the row of tabs along the top of the page.
Refer to the Appendix of this guide for more
information about location formats and map datum.
Also visit the National Imagery and Mapping Agency
at http://www.nima.mil, for more information on grids
and datum.
To use the Units Setup feature:
1. Access the Units Setup Page.
2. Use the ROCKER and ENTER keys to
highlight the various units fields, and select a
unit from the lists.
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Position Format—changes the coordinate system in
which a given position reading is shown. You should
only change the position format if you are using a
map or chart that specifies a different position format
or wish to use a format you are familiar with. The
default format is latitude and longitude in degrees,
minutes, and thousandths of a minute (hddd°mm.
mmm). For additional information on Loran TD setup,
see the Appendix.
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Main Menu > Map Datum—allows you to manually select the
datum reference used to determine a given position.
The default setting is WGS 84. The unit automatically
chooses the best datum depending upon your
chosen position format. Datums are used to describe
geographic positions for surveying, mapping, and
navigation and are not actual maps built in the unit.
Although over 100 datums are available (as listed in
the Appendix), you should only change the datum if
you are using a map or chart that specifies a different
datum.
WARNING: Selecting the wrong map datum
can result in substantial position errors. When in
doubt, use the default WGS 84 datum for best
overall performance.
Heading—allows you to select the reference used in
calculating heading information. You can select from
Auto Mag Var, True, Grid, and User Mag Var. Auto
Mag Var provides magnetic north heading references
that are automatically determined from your current
position. True provides headings based upon a true
north reference. Grid provides headings based on
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Main Menu > a grid north reference (and is used in conjunction
with the grid position formats). User Mag Var
allows you to specify the magnetic variation at your
current position and provides magnetic north heading
references based upon the variation you enter. Enter
the magnetic variation of your current position in the
Magnetic Variation field if you have selected User
Mag Var for the heading.
WARNING: The unit does not automatically
calculate and update the magnetic variation at
your present position if User Mag Var is selected.
You must periodically update the magnetic
variation as your position changes. Failure
to update this setting can result in substantial
differences between the information shown
on your unit and external references, such as a
magnetic Pointer.
Welcome Page Setup
The Welcome Page Setup Page allows you to insert
a message on the Welcome Page (the first page to
appear when you turn the unit on).
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To setup the Welcome Page:
1. Access the Welcome Page Setup Page.
2. Press ENTER to highlight the first character
space of the message block. Use the
ROCKER to select and enter text.
3. When completed, press ENTER, and then
QUIT to close.
4. Turn you unit Off and then On again to view
your Welcome Page message. You can edit
the message by following steps 1 through 3
again.
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Main Menu > Proximity Waypoints
The Proximity Waypoints Page allows you to
establish waypoints that have alarm circles around
them at specified distances. The alarm helps you to
avoid locations that are restricted or hazardous.
Proximity Waypoints List
To use the Proximity Waypoint feature:
1. Access the Proximity Waypoints Page from the
Main Menu by highlighting the Proximity icon,
and pressing ENTER.
2. With the Name field highlighted, press ENTER
to show the Find Menu. (See page 84 for
details on using the Find Feature.)
3. Select a waypoint from the Waypoints List
or from any other group of map points in the
Find Menu, and press ENTER to show the
Information Page for that item.
4. Highlight the Use button at the bottom of the
page and, press ENTER to place the point in
the list on the Proximity Waypoints Page.
5. Use the ROCKER to highlight the Radius field
if you want to enter a value different than the
default of 1 mile.
6. Highlight the Proximity Alarms check box,
and press ENTER to start the alarm feature.
When you trigger an alarm, a tone sounds and
a Near Proximity Point message appears.
When you move outside the set radius, a
Leaving Proximity Point message appears.
7. To remove or review a single entry, press
ENTER. To remove all waypoints from the list,
press MENU, and choose Remove All.
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Main Menu > Flight Planner
The Flight Planner allows you to view the following
for any given day and location: Sunrise/Sunset times,
moon phase flight plans saved as routes and a day,
week or month calendar format.
3. Press MENU to show the Options Menu.
Highlight Add Route, and press ENTER to
show the Saved Routes Page.
Planner: Month Format
Planner: Week Format
To use the Flight Planner feature:
1. Access the Flight Planner from the Main Menu.
The current week is shown.
2. To add a flight plan, use the ROCKER to
highlight the day you want, and press ENTER
to show the Page for that day.
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4. Select the type of route (flight plan) you
want to place on the Day Format Page. (See
page 72 for details on using the Saved Routes
Page.) With the selected route highlighted,
press MENU to show the Options Menu.
Select Add To Planner, and press ENTER
to place the point reference on the Day
Format Page.
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Main Menu > 5. To remove points from a Day Format press
MENU to show the Options Menu. Select
Remove Points, and press ENTER to show
the Remove Points Options List.. Select
Remove All or one of the Older Than... time
frames, and press ENTER.
6. To view other calendar type formats, and Sun
and Moon data for a specific date and location,
press MENU. Use ROCKER to make your
choice.
Alarm Clock
The Alarm Clock Feature allows you to use your
GPSMAP 96/96C as an alarm clock. You can choose
from different alarm tones, and use the Snooze feature
to delay the alarm for an additional seven minutes.
To set the Alarm Clock:
1. Access the Alarm Clock from the Main Menu.
2. Highlight the Alarm Time field, and press
ENTER to show the Number Keypad, and set
the alarm time.
3. Highlight the Alarm Mode field, and press
ENTER to show the On switch.
4. Highlight the Alarm Beep field, and select the
type of alarm tone.
When you turn the alarm On, an “Alarm Set”
message appears and allows you to turn the
unit Off. When the Set Time arrives, the unit
switches On and the alarm beeps. Press any
key to silence the alarm.
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Main Menu > Nav/Sonar Alarms Page
The Navigation/Sonar Alarms Pages of the Main
Menu allows you to define alarm settings for
navigation and sonar.
To access the Alarms Tab of the Main
Menu:
To set a persistent alarm:
Use the ROCKER to highlight the check box
adjacent to those alarms that offer this feature
and press ENTER to place a check mark in
the box. To remove the check mark, repeat this
process.
1. Press MENU twice to open the Main Menu.
2. Highlight the Nav/Sonar Alarms icon, and
press ENTER to show these pages. To cycle
between the pages, press the ROCKER left or
right.
When an alarm is started, the alarm message appears
on the screen and the unit emits five (5) beeps.
When you select an alarm to be persistent, the alarm
message appears on the screen and the unit beeps until
you press ENTER to acknowledge the alarm.
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Main Menu > Nav (Navigation) Alarms
Next Turn—sets an alarm to indicate next turn in
route. Select Off for no Next Turn alarm. Select Dist
to enter a specific distance. Select Time to enter a
specific time before the turn for the alarm to go off.
Select Auto for the unit to provide a Next Turn alarm
at its discretion.
Arrival—sets an alarm to sound when you are a
specified distance or time away from a destination
waypoint. Select Off for no Arrival alarm. Select Dist
to enter a specific distance. Select Time to enter a
specific time before the destination for the alarm to
go off. Select Auto for the unit to provide an Arrival
alarm at its discretion.
Sonar Alarms
Shallow Water—sets alarms to sound when you enter
an area of water that is too shallow. Select On and
then enter a specific distance. You must be receiving
sonar NMEA data for this function to work.
Deep Water—sets alarms to sound when you enter
an area of water that is too deep. Select On and then
enter a specific distance. You must be receiving sonar
NMEA data for this function to work.
Speed Filter—sets the Time Between Readings to
Off, Auto, or User.
Off Course—sets an alarm to sound when you are
off course. Place a check mark in the box, then enter
a distance.
Anchor Drag—sets an alarm to sound when you
have exceeded a specified drift distance. Place a check
mark to turn this alarm on and then enter a distance.
Sonar Alarms Page
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Main Menu > Calculator
The Calculator Feature allows you to use your
GPSMAP 96/96C as a calculator. You can select either
a Standard or Scientific calculator and you can choose
from degrees or radians using the Options Menu.
Stopwatch
This feature allows you to use the GPSMAP 96/96C
as a stopwatch, which includes a lap timer. You can
choose to have the unit record the lap time based on
distance.
To use the Calculator:
1. Access the Calculator from the Main Menu.
2. Use the ROCKER and ENTER keys to operate
the calculator.
Stopwatch Page
To start the stopwatch:
Use the ROCKER to highlight the Start field,
and press ENTER.
To stop the stopwatch:
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Use the ROCKER to highlight the Stop field,
and press ENTER.
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Main Menu > To use the lap feature:
With the stopwatch running, use the ROCKER
to highlight the Lap field, and press ENTER.
To reset the stopwatch:
With the stopwatch stopped, use the ROCKER
to highlight the Reset field, and press ENTER.
To time lap by distance:
Use the ROCKER to highlight the Options
Menu, and press ENTER. Choose Lap by
Distance and press ENTER. To return to ‘Lap
by Button Press,’ repeat these same steps.
To set a lap distance value:
1. Use the ROCKER to highlight the Options
Menu, and press ENTER. Choose Set Lap
Distance, and press ENTER.
2. Use the ROCKER to highlight the field you
wish to change, and press ENTER. Enter the
new value, and press ENTER. When finished,
highlight OK, and press ENTER.
Setting Lap By Distance
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Main Menu > Sun and Moon
The Sun and Moon Tables provide you with a graphic
depiction of the sun and moon relative to the Earth.
Sun and moon positions can be shown for any time,
date, and location.
The Sun and Moon Page also shows sunrise, sunset,
moonrise and moonset times for the selected time,
date and location. On-screen buttons allow you to
animate the movement of the sun and moon and stop
at a given time/date. The button to the left animates
the sun and moon on the screen. The center button
animates more rapidly, showing the phases of the
moon. The right button stops animation.
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To show sun and moon positions:
1. Access the Sun and Moon Page from the Main
Menu.
2. To view the predictions for a different date and
time, highlight those fields, and press ENTER
to show the Number Keypad.
3. To view the predictions for a different location,
highlight the Location field, and press ENTER
to show the New Location options menu, and
choose from the options shown.
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Main Menu > Hunt and Fish
The Hunt and Fish Tables provide you with a listing
of predicted best times for hunting and fishing for a
chosen date and location.
To show hunting and fishing predictions:
1. Access the Hunt and Fish Page from the
Main Menu. The current date and location are
shown in the date and location fields at the top
of the page.
2. To view the predictions for a different date,
highlight the Date field, and press ENTER to
show the Number Keypad.
3. To view the predictions for a different location,
highlight the Location field, and press ENTER
to show the New Location options menu.
Choose Use Map to select a point on the
map using the Panning Arrow. Then press
ENTER to show the table for that location. The
Location field now states Map Location.
Choose Use Find Menu to select a point from
the Find Feature database. Follow instructions
for using the Find Feature beginning on
page 84. When a find item has been selected,
highlight the Use button at the bottom of the
item information page, and press ENTER. The
Location field now shows the name of the find
item.
4. To return to the current date, press MENU, and
then ENTER.
Hunt and Fish Page
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Main Menu > Messages
To view the messages:
The Message Log of the Main Menu shows a list of
messages generated by your GPSMAP 96/96C. Use
the ROCKER to scroll the entire list of messages on
the Messages Page. You can also use the Message
Filters page to filter the messages to show only a
certain types of messages.
1. Press MENU twice to open the Main Menu.
2. Highlight the Message icon using the
ROCKER and press ENTER to view the list of
messages. By default all messages are shown.
3. Use the ROCKER to highlight the message.
Press ENTER to view detailed information
about that message.
4. To clear the page of old messages, press
MENU and then ENTER.
To show or hide messages using the
Message Filters:
Messages Page
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1. Open the Message Page. Press the ROCKER
left or right to move to the “Message Filter”
Page.
2. Use the ROCKER to highlight the message
you want to hide, and press Enter to remove
the check mark from the box adjacent to the
message type.
3. Highlight the message type again, and press
ENTER to show it again.
4. Access the Options Menu to restore default
settings.
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Appendix > Specifications
Appendix
Physical
Case: Rugged, fully gasketed, water resistant, IEC-529, IPX7
(Submersible 1 meter @ 30 minutes)
Size: 6.2”H x 2.7”W x 1.4”D
Weight: 7.6 ounces (153 g) with batteries installed
Display: GPSMAP 96 1.6”W x 2.2”H, 4-level Gray
Monochrome (180 x 240 pixels) Backlit, High Contrast
GPSMAP 96C 1.5”W x 2.2”H, 256-color, high resolution,
transreflective TFT (160 x 240 pixels) Backlit
Antenna: Built-in quad helix, remote antenna capability
Keypad: Nine multifunction backlit keys
Operating Range: 5 to 158oF (-15 to 70oC)1
Performance
Receiver: WAAS enabled, 12 parallel channel
Acquisition Time: Warm: Approximately 15 seconds
Cold: Approximately 45 seconds
AutoLocate™: Approximately 2 minutes
Update Rate: Once per second, continuous
GPS Accuracy
Position: < 15 meters (49 feet), 95% typical2
Velocity: 0.05 meter/sec steady state DGPS Accuracy
Position: 3-5 meters (10-16 feet), 95% typical3
Velocity: 0.05 meter/sec steady state
Dynamics: Performs to specifications to 6 g’s
Interfaces: NMEA 0183 version 2.3, RTCM SC-104 (for
DGPS corrections) and RS-232 and USB for PC interface
Data Storage Life: Indefinite: no memory battery required
Map Storage: Internal; approximately GPSMAP 96 - 22 MB GPSMAP 96C - 118 MB
Power
Source: Two 1.5 volt AA batteries or 12 V Adapter Cable, or
up to 36 VDC external power
Battery Life: GPSMAP 96 - Up to 25 hours (typical use)4
GPSMAP 96C - Up to 40 hours (typical use)4
Specifications subject to change without notice.
1. The temperature rating of the GPSMAP 96/96C may exceed
the usable range of some batteries. Some batteries can rupture
at high temperatures.
2. Subject to accuracy degradation to 100m 2DRMS under the
U.S. DoD imposed Selective Availability (SA) Program.
3. With optional Garmin GBR 21 Beacon Receiver input.
4. Alkaline batteries lose a significant amount of their capacity
as the temperature decreases. Use Lithium batteries when
operating the GPSMAP 96/96C in below-freezing conditions.
Extensive use of screen backlighting and audible tones
significantly reduce battery life.
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Appendix > Accessories
Auto Navigation Kit—allows installation on a
vehicle dash and includes Garmin MapSource City
Select North America v. 6 CD-ROM.
USB PC Interface Cable—provides connection to a
PC for data transfer. Also includes, MapSource Trip
and Waypoint Manager CD-ROM with USB Drivers.
Marine Mount Kit—allows installation on a boat.
Yoke Mount Kit—provides convenient placement in
an aircraft.
Battery Pack—rechargeable, NiMH, AA battery kit,
USA receptacle.
Cigarette Lighter Adapter—provides auxiliary
power from an automobile cigarette lighter. (Not
shown)
For a complete list of available accessories for use
with GPSMAP 96/96C, refer to the Garmin web site:
http://garmin.com/products/GPSMAP96/96C/
Carry Lanyard—provides convenient method for
carrying the unit.
GA 27C Remote GPS Antenna—allows enhanced
satellite acquisition. Includes suction and magnetic
mount options.
MapSource CD-ROMs—allows transfer of detailed
map data.
Serial Port PC Interface Cable with AC Power—
provides connection to a PC for data transfer.
Carrying Case—provides protection during transport
of the unit.
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Bicycle Handlebar Mount Kit—allows installation
on bicycle handlebar.
CAUTION: Garmin Accessories have been
designed and tested specifically for use with
Garmin products. Accessories offered for sale
by other manufacturers have not necessarily
been tested or approved by Garmin for use with
Garmin Products. Use of such accessories might
cause damage to your Garmin Product and
void the terms of the warranty. Using Garmin
Accessories with other manufacturer’s products
is not recommended.
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Appendix > What are Map Datums?
A datum is a mathematical model of the Earth which
approximates the shape of the Earth and enables
calculations to be carried out in a consistent and
accurate manner. The datum is physically represented
by a framework of ground monuments (i.e. trig.
stations) whose positions have been accurately
measured and calculated on this reference surface.
Lines of latitude and longitude on a map or chart are
referenced to a specific map datum. Every chart has
a map datum reference and the GPSMAP 96/96C can
be set to match most of those commonly used.
If you are navigating and comparing the GPS
coordinates to a map, chart or other reference, the
map datum in the GPS unit should be set to the same
datum as the map or chart to ensure the most accurate
navigation.
What is Position Format?
Your current location can be viewed on the GPS in
the form of coordinates. Since different maps and
charts use different location formats, Garmin GPS
units allow you to choose the correct coordinate
system for the type of map you are using. The most
common format is latitude and longitude, which is
utilized by all Garmin units. On most models, you can
choose to change the position format to use with other
coordinate systems. UTM/UPS (Universal Transverse
Mercator/Universal Polar Stereographic) are easyto-use metric grids that are found on most USGS
topographic quadrangle maps. Several other grids,
including a user-definable grid (for the advanced
user), can also be selected.
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Appendix > What is WAAS?
The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) is
an F.A.A. funded project to improve the overall
integrity of the GPS signal. It is a space-based system
that broadcasts integrity information and correction
data as determined by ground reference stations (see
DGPS below). At this time the system is still in the
developmental stage with a goal of providing reliable
signals with an accuracy of 7 meters (21-22 ft.) both
horizontally and vertically 95% of the time. Current
tests have shown the actual accuracy to be on the
order of 2-3 meters. For more information, Go To http://gps.faa.gov/Programs/WAAS/waas.htm.
In addition to compensating for errors in position,
these corrections signals can also correct for
deliberate degradation of the accuracy of GPS by
the U.S. Department of Defense under their Selective
Availability (SA) program.
Refer to the U.S. Coast Guard’s web site: http://www.
navcen.uscg.gov/ for locations and the status of the
differential sites. Using DGPS requires additional
equipment.
What is Differential GPS (DGPS)?
The U.S. and Canadian governments (among others)
have set up Differential GPS (DGPS) stations to
transmit correction signals. They are operational in
coastal areas and on many navigable river systems.
The DGPS system is available for use without fee.
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Location Setup Page
(Position Format List with Loran TD selected.)
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Appendix > To set up Loran TD from the Setup Menu:
1. Press MENU twice to show the Main Menu,
then press again to show the Setup Menu.
2. Use the ROCKER to highlight the Location
icon and press ENTER to show the Location
Setup Page.
2. Highlight the “Position Format” field, and press
ENTER to show the format list.
3. Highlight “Loran TD” press ENTER to show the
Loran Setup Page.
4. To change the settings of any of the five fields,
highlight the field, press ENTER select or enter
the setting, then press ENTER.
6. When finished, highlight Save, and press
ENTER.
Loran TD Setup Page
If the active GRI Chain, secondary stations, or offsets
have been changed since the waypoint was created,
the waypoint now references the active GRI-chain
and secondary stations and adjust the TD coordinates
accordingly. Remember that the GPSMAP 96/96C
is not relying on the LORAN signal for navigation
and actually converts the TD coordinate to a useful
LAT/LON coordinate before storing the waypoint to
memory or using it for navigation. Because of this,
the unit can navigate to a TD coordinate anywhere in
the world.
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Appendix > You must know your GRI chain number and
secondary stations to create a LORAN TD position.
For more information please read our LORAN TD
Position Format Handbook, available at the Garmin
Web site, at www.garmin.com/support/userManual.
html.
Interface formats are selected from the Interface Setup
on page 104 of this manual. The input/output lines
on your GPSMAP 96/96C are RS-232 compatible,
allowing easy interface to a wide range of external
devices, including PC’s, differential beacon receivers,
marine autopilots and /or a second GPS receiver.
(-) Ground
Data In
Data Out
(+) Power
Unit Connector View
NMEA 0183 Version 3.01 Approved Sentences:
PGGA, GPGLL, GPGSA, GPGSV, GPRMB,
G
GPRMC, GPRTE, GPVTG, GPWPL, GPBOD
The NMEA 0183 version 3.01 interface format is
supported by the GPSMAP 96/96C and enables the
unit to drive up to three NMEA devices.
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Appendix > Garmin Proprietary Sentences:
PGRME (estimated error), PGRMM (datum string),
PGRMZ (altitude), PSLIB (beacon receiver control)
DGPS (Differential GPS) corrections are accepted in
RTCM SC-104 version 2.0 format through the ‘Data
In’ line. The Garmin GBR 21 is the recommended
beacon receiver for use with the GPSMAP 96/96C.
Other beacon receivers with the correct RTCM format
can be used, but may not correctly show status or
allow tuning control from the GPS unit.
The USB Interface Cable provided with this unit
allows you to connect your GPSMAP 96/96C to a PCcompatible computer’s USB port.
Interfacing the GPSMAP 96/96C
The GPSMAP 96/96C is provided with interface
connection to a PC using either a serial port or USB
connector cable. Connection to your computer is
necessary for downloading of detailed map from
Garmin MapSource® and Jeppesen® Map Data CDs.
You can also save routes, waypoints, and tracks
from the GPSMAP 96/96C to MapSource. Refer to
the MapSource User’s Guide provided with your
MapSource CDs.
To connect to your computer using the USB
connector:
1. Lift the USB protective cover from the back of
the GPSMAP 96/96C and insert the smaller
connector on the USB cable (provided with the
unit) into the matching port.
2. Connect the remaining cable end to your PC
USB port.
3. The USB connection is automatically set for
Garmin format.
To connect to your computer using a
Serial Port connector:
1. Lift the Serial Port protective cover from the
back of the GPSMAP 96/96C and insert the
round indexed connector on the cable into the
matching port.
2. Connect the remaining cable end to your PC
Serial port or other appropriate device.
3. Set your GPSMAP 96/96C interface setting
to the appropriate interface format. Refer to
Interface Setup on page 104.
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Appendix > Messages
Dragging Anchor—the distance set in the Anchor Drag Alarm
is exceeded.
Alarm Clock—the alarm clock has sounded.
Drift Alarm—the water depth has changed by the amount
entered in the Drift Alarm setup.
Accuracy Alarm—the GPS accuracy has fallen outside of
user-set value.
Antenna Shorted to Ground—the external GPS antenna has
an electrical connection problem. Contact Garmin Product
Support.
Approaching Target Altitude—within 1,000 feet of final
VNAV target altitude.
Approaching Turn—you are nearing a turn in a route.
Approaching VNAV Profile—you are within one minute of
reaching the initial VNAV decent point.
Arriving at Destination—you are nearing your destination.
Batteries Low—the batteries needs to be replaced.
Basemap Failed Unit Needs Repair—there is an internal
problem with your unit. Contact Garmin Product Support to
have the unit serviced.
Can’t Unlock Maps—no applicable unlock code for one or
more maps was found. All MapSource maps are not accessible.
Database Error—internal problem with the unit. Contact
your dealer or Garmin Product Support to have the unit
repaired.
Detail Maps Don’t Support Routing—maps that are loaded
on the data card do not support automatic route calculation.
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Lost Satellite Reception—the unit is unable to receive
satellite signals.
Memory Full—unit memory is full, no further data can be
saved.
Memory (RAM) Failed Unit Needs Repair—there is an
internal problem with your unit. Contact Garmin Product
Support to have the unit serviced.
Memory (ROM) Failed Unit Needs Repair—there is an
internal problem with your unit. Contact Garmin Product
Support to have the unit serviced.
Near Proximity Point—you have reached the distance set for
a proximity waypoint.
No Diff GPS Location—RTCM is selected but the unit is not
receiving DGPS data.
No Roads Near Destination—the destination for the road
route you tried to calculate is not near any roads. Select a
different destination.
No Roads Near Starting Point—the start location for the
road route you tried to calculate is not near any roads. Select a
different start location.
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Appendix > No DGPS Position—no differential connection data is
available, or not enough data is available to calculate a DGPS
position.
No Tide Stations for that Area—no tide stations within 100
miles of the area.
None Found—no data matched the search criteria.
Off Course—you are off course by the distance set in the Off
Course Alarm.
Proximity Memory Full—no additional proximity waypoints
can be saved.
Proximity Radius Overlaps—the radius of two proximity
waypoints overlap.
Route Already Exists—you have entered a route name that
already exists.
Route Calculation Error—no route can be calculated.
Route Memory Full—no additional routes can be saved.
Route Truncated—uploaded route from another device has
more than 250 waypoints.
Route Waypoint Memory Full—no additional route
waypoints can be saved.
Steep Turn—approaching a turn that requires a bank angle in
excess of 25 degrees to stay on course.
Sunset, Switching to Night Mode—the unit is switching to
Night Mode
Track Already Exists—a saved track with the same name
already exists.
Track Log Full—the track log is full and track recording was
turned off. To record more track points, you need to clear the
track log and turn track recording on.
Track Memory Full—no more track data can be stored.
Delete the old track data to store the new data.
Track Truncated—a complete uploaded track will not fit in
memory. The oldest track log points have been deleted.
Transfer Complete—data transfer was completed.
USB Connected—the USB cable was recently plugged in.
User Timer Expired—the Timer Alarm value has counted
down to zero.
VNAV Cancelled—VNAV function has been cancelled due to
a change in the active route.
Waypoint Already Exists—a waypoint with the same name
already exists.
Waypoint Memory Full—the unit has stored the maximum
number of waypoints.
Sunrise, Switching to Day Mode—the unit is switching to
Day Mode.
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Appendix > Data Field Options
The following list provides a brief description of each
data field option. Some of these options are supported
only by devices interfaced to your GPSMAP 96/96C.
Accuracy—the current accuracy of your GPS determined
location.
Altitude—the current altitude you are at.
Battery Timer—the time remaining on the battery before it is
fully discharged.
Bearing—the compass direction from your current location to
a destination.
Course—the your path of travel from your starting location to
a destination.
Course to Steer—the recommended direction to steer in
order to reduce cross-track error and return to the course line.
Showed as Steer.
Cross Track—the distance you are off your course in either
direction, left or right.
Depth (Marine Only)—the depth of water from sonar NMEA
input.
Dest Wpt—see Waypoint (Destination).
Distance (Destination)—the entire distance, from beginning
to end, of a route.
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Distance (Next)—the distance to the next point on a route.
ETA (Destination)—Estimated Time of Arrival. The
estimated time you will reach your destination.
ETA (Next)—Estimated Time of Arrival. The estimated time
you will reach the next point on your route.
ETE (Destination)—Estimated Time Enroute. The estimated
time required to reach your destination.
ETE (Next)—Estimated Time Enroute. The estimated time
required to reach the next point on your route.
Elevation—the altitude (height) above or below mean sea
level (MSL).
Flight Timer—the time you have been in flight.
GPS Status—the current status of the GPS receiver, such as
“3D GPS.”
Location (Lat/Lon)—your current location as latitude/
longitude coordinates.
Location (Selected)—your current location described in the
selected units of measure (other than lat/lon).
Next Course—the course your route will take you on after
you reach the next waypoint.
Next Turn—the direction of the next turn on an active route.
Next Wpt—see Waypoint (Next).
Odometer—the total distance traveled since the Odometer
was reset.
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Appendix > Pointer—the arrow indicating the direction to travel to the
next point on a route.
Trip Timer (Total)—the total time the unit has been tracking
since the Trip Computer was reset.
Speed—your current vehicle speed can be measured in miles
per hour, kilometers per hour, or knots.
Ttl Avg Spd—see Trip Avg. Speed (Total).
Steer—see Course to Steer.
Sunrise—the time at which the sun rises on this day.
Sunset—the time at which the sun sets on this day.
Time—the current time and date. It can be shown in 12-hour
or 24-hour format in local time or universal (UTC) time.
Track—the direction of movement relative to a ground
position. Also referred to as ground track.
Trip Avg. Speed (Moving)—the average speed while moving
since the last reset of the Trip Computer. Appears as Mov Avg
Spd.
Trip Avg. Speed (Total)—the total average speed traveled
since the last reset of the Trip Computer. Shown as Ttl Avg
Spd.
Trip Odometer—the total distance traveled since the Trip
Computer was reset.
Trip Timer (Moving)—the length of time your vehicle has
been in motion, since the Trip Computer was reset. Appears as
Move Timer.
Trip Timer (Stopped)—the length of time your vehicle has
been stopped, since the Trip Computer was reset.
Turn—the distance between Bearing (BRG) and Track (TRG).
L indicates you should turn left. R indicates you should turn
right. The degrees indicates the difference angle and the
number of degrees you should turn.
User Timer—the timer you set in the Main Menu.
Velocity Made Good—the rate of closure on a destination
based on your current speed and course of travel. Shown as
VMG.
Vertical Speed—the rate of climb or descent.
Voltage—the direct current voltage level of an external power
source.
Water Speed (Marine Only)—the data acquired from
measurement devices interfaced to the unit is used to calculate
your current speed over water.
Water Temperature (Marine Only)—the temperature of water
at a measured depth using measurement devices interfaced to
the unit.
Waypoint (Destination)—the last point on a route, your
destination. Appears as Dest Wpt.
Waypoint (Next)—the next waypoint in your route. Shown as
Next Wpt.
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Appendix > License Agreement and Warranty
This section of the Appendix contains information
about your license agreement and warranty for the
GPSMAP 96/96C.
Software License Agreement
BY USING THE GPSMAP 96/96C, YOU AGREE TO BE
BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE
FOLLOWING SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT.
PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY.
Garmin grants you a limited license to use the software
embedded in this device (the “Software”) in binary executable
form in the normal operation of the product. Title, ownership
rights, and intellectual property rights in and to the Software
remain with Garmin.
You acknowledge that the Software is the property of
Garmin and is protected under the United States of America
copyright laws and international copyright treaties. You further
acknowledge that the structure, organization, and code of the
Software are valuable trade secrets of Garmin and that the
Software in source code form remains a valuable trade secret
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of Garmin. You agree not to decompile, disassemble, modify,
reverse assemble, reverse engineer, or reduce to human
readable form the Software or any part thereof or create any
derivative works based on the Software. You agree not to
export or re-export the Software to any country in violation of
the export control laws of the United States of America.
Product Registration
Help us better support you by completing our online
registration today! Have the serial number of your
GPSMAP 96/96C handy and connect to our Web site
(www.garmin.com). Look for the Product Registration
link on our Home page.
Use this area to record the serial number (8-digit
number located on the back of the box) in case your
GPSMAP 96/96C is lost, stolen, or needs service.
Keep your original sales receipt in a safe place or
attach a photocopy inside the manual.
Serial Number:___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
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Appendix > Contact Garmin
If you should encounter any difficulty while using
your GPS unit, or if you have any questions, in
the U.S.A. contact Garmin Product Support by
phone: 913/397.8200 or 800/800.1020, Monday–
Friday, 8 AM–5 PM Central Time; or by e-mail
at sales@garmin.com. In Europe, contact Garmin
(Europe) Ltd. at 44/0870.8501241.
Limited Warranty
This Garmin product is warranted to be free from defects
in materials or workmanship for one year from the date of
purchase. Within this period, Garmin will at its sole option
repair or replace any components that fail in normal use.
Such repairs or replacement will be made at no charge to the
customer for parts or labor, provided that the customer shall be
responsible for any transportation cost. This warranty does not
cover failures due to abuse, misuse, accident, or unauthorized
alteration or repairs.
THE WARRANTIES AND REMEDIES CONTAINED
HEREIN ARE EXCLUSIVE AND IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER
WARRANTIES EXPRESS OR IMPLIED OR STATUTORY,
INCLUDING ANY LIABILITY ARISING UNDER ANY
WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, STATUTORY OR
OTHERWISE. THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC
LEGAL RIGHTS, WHICH MAY VARY FROM STATE TO
STATE.
IN NO EVENT SHALL GARMIN BE LIABLE FOR
ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, WHETHER RESULTING
FROM THE USE, MISUSE, OR INABILITY TO USE THIS
PRODUCT OR FROM DEFECTS IN THE PRODUCT. Some
states do not allow the exclusion of incidental or consequential
damages, so the above limitations may not apply to you.
Garmin retains the exclusive right to repair or replace the unit
or software or offer a full refund of the purchase price at its
sole discretion. SUCH REMEDY SHALL BE YOUR SOLE
AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY FOR ANY BREACH OF
WARRANTY.
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Appendix > Products sold through online auctions are not eligible for
rebates or other special offers from Garmin. Online auction
confirmations are not accepted for warranty verification. To
obtain warranty service, an original or copy of the sales receipt
from the original retailer is required. Garmin will not replace
missing components from any package purchased through an
online auction.
To obtain warranty service, contact your local Garmin
authorized dealer or call Garmin Product Support for shipping
instructions and an RMA tracking number. The unit should
be securely packed with the tracking number clearly written
on the outside of the package. The unit should then be sent,
freight charges prepaid, to any Garmin warranty service
station. A copy of the original sales receipt is required as the
proof of purchase for warranty repairs.
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Garmin International, Inc.
1200 E 151st Street, Olathe, Kansas 66062 U.S.A.
Tel. 913/397.8200
Fax. 913/397.8282
Garmin (Europe) Ltd.
Unit 5, The Quadrangle, Abbey Park Industrial Estate,
Romsey, SO51 9DL U.K.
Tel. 44/0870.8501241
Fax 44/0870.8501251
The Garmin GPSMAP 96/96C has no user-serviceable parts.
Should you ever encounter a problem with your unit, please
take it to an authorized Garmin dealer for repairs.
The GPSMAP 96/96C is fastened shut with screws. Any
attempt to open the case to change or modify the unit in any
way will void your warranty and may result in permanent
damage to the equipment.
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Appendix > FCC Compliance
The GPSMAP 96/96C complies with Part 15 of the FCC
interference limits for Class B digital devices FOR HOME
OR OFFICE USE. These limits are designed to provide
more reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation, and are more stringent than “outdoor”
requirements.
Operation of this device is subject to the following conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio
frequency energy and may cause harmful interference to
radio communications if not installed and used in accordance
with the instructions. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation.
If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and the
receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
The GPSMAP 96/96C does not contain any user-serviceable
parts. Repairs should only be made by an authorized Garmin
service center. Unauthorized repairs or modifications could
result in permanent damage to the equipment and void your
warranty and your authority to operate this device under Part
15 regulations.
Declaration of Conformity (DoC)
Hereby, Garmin, declares that the GPSMAP 96/96C
is in compliance with the essential requirements and
other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC.
To view the full Declaration of Conformity, see the
Garmin Web site for your Garmin product: www.
garmin.com/products/gpsmap96/ or www.garmin.
com/products/gpsmap96c/. Click Manuals, and then
select the Declaration of Conformity link.
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Index
Index
B
Accessories 124
Active Route Page 70
Options Menu 72
Add Waypoint 72
Aircraft Profile 99
Airport 14
Airport Criteria 25
Airspace 24
Airspace Alarms 108
Airspace Information 27,
28, 62
Alarm Clock 115
Anchor Drag 117
Append Route 36, 37
Approach 16, 18, 19, 72
ARTCC 15, 23, 24
AutoLocate 5
Automotive Mode 15, 23, 64,
67, 68, 70
Automotive mode 59
Aviation Mode 15, 24, 58, 59,
65, 72, 73, 97
Aviation Setup 76
C
A
138
Backlight 4
Batteries 3
Calculator 118
Cautions v
Cities 23
Cleaning vi
Communication Frequencies 27
Compass Page 82
Options Menu 69
Contact Garmin 135
Create
Waypoint 34
Waypoints 33
Current Route Page 72
Cursor 9
Mode 59
D
Data Fields 66, 132
Active Route Page 72
Compass 70
Map Page 65
Position Data Page 73
Deactivate 72
Declutter 64, 65
Deep Water 117
Defaults 9
Delete
Waypoint 39
Density Altitude 95
DGPS 126
Directions 64
DIRECT TO 24, 25
Display Setup 103
FSS 24
Fuel Flow 55, 72
E
Heading 111
Highway Page 82
How To
copy the route 55
create a route 50
find a point of interest 49
reverse the route 55
review a waypoint 55
HSI Page 67
Hunt and Fish 121
E6B 94
Edit
Waypoint 38
Waypoints 38
Edit on Map 72
Entering Data 10, 11
F
FCC 137
Field 9
Find 84
Finding
Point of Interest 48
Find Current Location 5
Flight Log 97
Flight Planner 114
Frequencies 26
Frequency 16
G
Go To 20
Go To Page 18, 20
Options Menu 22
GRI Chain 127
H
I
Initialize 5, 6
Interface 104, 129
Intersection 15
IPX7 vi
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L
Length 17
Lighting 17
Limited Warranty 135
Location 33
Location Setup 110
Longitude 132
M
Magnetic Variation 112
Main Menu 83
MapSource 12
Map Datum 111, 125
Map Page 59
Options Menu 64
Map Scales 63
Map Setup Page 74
Marine Mode 23, 58–59
Measure Distance 65, 66
Messages 8, 122, 130,
134–142
MOB 30
N
New Location 13
New Waypoint 33, 34
Next Turn
Alarm 117
NMEA 128
NRST/FIND key 23
O
Obstacle Data 79
Off Course 117
On-Screen Button 9
On-screen Button 45, 46,
50–53
Options 10
P
Page Layout 66
Compass 70
Page Sequence 106
Persistent Alarm 116
Pointer Page 68
Position Data Page 73
Data Fields 73
Position Format 110, 125
Position Mode 59
Power 5
Project Location 34, 35
Proximity Waypoints 113
R
Ready to Navigate 7
Receive Satellite Signals 5
Registration 134–137
Reset Trip 73
Restore Default 101
Aircraft Tab 101
Review
Waypoint 36
Route
Append 36, 37
Creating 49
Runway
Layout 17
Length 26
S
Safety and Product Information 134–142
Satellite Acquisition 6
Scroll Bar 9
Search 85
Secondary Stations 127
Select Approach 21
Select Item on Map 61
Serial Number 134
Set an Alarm 109
Set Speed and Fuel 72
Set Up 102
Map 64
Shallow Water 117
Signal Strength
Bars 6
Simulate 12
Navigation 14
Simulator Mode 12
Specification 123
Status Bar 7
Stopwatch 118
Stop Navigation 72
Storage vi
Sun and Moon 120
Surface 17
Switch Modes 8
T
Tide Station 23
Time Setup 109
Tracks 90
Track Log 90
True Airspeed 95
Turn On and Off 5
Nav/Sonar Alarms Page 116
U
Navigating 28
Units Setup 110
NDB 14, 23
Usage Mode 58
Nearest Pages 23
Usage Restrictions 17
Nearest Type 73
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Index
User Waypoints 15
V
Vectors 19, 21
View Details 62
View Waypoints on Route 49
VNAV 56
VOR 14, 23
W
WAAS 126
Waypoint
Create 31, 33, 34
Delete 39
Edit 36
Name 38
Searching 40
Symbol 38
Waypoint Information Page
24
Weight & Balance 100
Weight and Balance 100
Welcome Page 112
Winds Aloft 96
Wx 23
Z
Zoom 63
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