aera® 500

Part Number: 010-00836-00
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Overview

Go from Runways to Roadways

  • 4.3" touchscreen display
  • Fast 5 Hz GPS refresh rate
  • Map display with terrain and obstacle warnings
  • Street navigation with preloaded maps
aera 500

Dual-duty GPS Portable

The most affordable model in the series, aera 500 combines the best in moving-map display features with intuitive, menu-driven touchscreen control. Featuring a crisp 4.3" QVGA wide-format touchscreen and preloaded graphical mapping, this versatile, feature-rich navigator comes ready for takeoff, right out of the box.

Fly aera — Anywhere

In aviation mode, aera 500’s detailed chart-style shaded mapping and extensive terrain and aviation databases help you visualize your flight path in relation to nearby navaids, terrain, SUAs and obstructions. To keep you aware of special airspace activity, more than 683 parachute drop zones are detailed in the Americas navigation database. Plus, the addition of private airports and heliports to the database affords even more navigation and emergency “nearest” options.

A database-driven terrain advisory feature offers TAWS-like color coding and pop-up alerts when possible obstructions or ground proximity conflicts loom. And with terrain/obstacle data shown at standard 30 arc-second resolution, you’ll enjoy a surprising level of detail on the display. Its graphical Terrain page offers both overhead and vertical profile views of the topography you’re flying over. IFR map mode lets you display and navigate on high or low enroute airways. You can also pull up MEAs (Minimum Enroute Altitudes) and distances between intersections by touching the airway on the map.

The internal GPS updates at a rate of 5 times per second (5 Hz), which allows your moving map and flight data to display smoothly and continuously. And for added safety, an optional power/data cable (sold separately) makes it easy to interface aera 500 with the GTX 330 Mode S transponder in your aircraft, so you can access and display TIS traffic alerts in busy terminal airspace. You can also use the aera to load communications frequencies into your SL 40 Comm or SL 30 Nav/Comm transceiver.

Built to Fly

On the ground, aera navigation continues with full automotive GPS capability and preloaded City Navigator® NT street maps. Just like our nüvi® line of touchscreen automotive navigators, aera 500 offers voice-guided turn-by-turn directions with text-to-speech audio technology that calls out streets by name. There’s built-in Bluetooth® support for wireless hands-free calling with your compatible mobile phone. And built-in points of interest include millions of motels, restaurants, gas stations and ATMs. To speed your transition from aircraft to automotive mode, a unique smart mount offers instant clip-and-go car navigation.

Online Jeppeson NavData WAAS enabled

Specs

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Physical & Performance

Physical dimensions 5.3"W x 3.3"H x .9"D (13.5 x 8.4 x 2.3 cm)
Display size, WxH 3.81"W x 2.25"H (9.7 x 5.7 cm); 4.3" diag (10.9 cm)
Display resolution, WxH 480 x 272 pixels
Display type touchscreen WQVGA color TFT with white backlight
Weight 9.5 ounces (270 g)
Battery removable, rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life up to 5 hours (less with full backlight and options)
Water rating IPX7
Voltage range 11-35
SBAS/WAAS receiver high-sensitivity with WAAS position accuracy
IFR or VFR VFR

Maps, Databases & Memory

Basemap Yes
Navigation database (includes Jeppesen® data) Yes
Types of Jeppesen data full and ARTCC, FSS frequencies and final approach waypoints
Navigation database coverage areas Americas or Atlantic or Pacific
Preloaded Terrain database Yes
Preloaded Obstacle database Yes (U.S. and Europe only)
Preloaded SafeTaxi™ airport diagrams Not available
Preloaded AOPA Airport Directory Not available
Preloaded Garmin FliteCharts® No
Preloaded low & high altitude enroute airways Yes
Preloaded private airports Yes (U.S. only)
Preloaded street maps Yes
Ability to add maps Yes
Accepts data cards yes (microSD™ cards)
Built-in memory internal solid state
Waypoints/favorites/locations 3,000 (aviation mode); 1,000 (automotive mode)
Routes 50

Features & Benefits

Moving map Yes
Patented panel page Yes
HSI (GPS-based) Yes
IFR map mode Yes
Traffic Information Services (TIS) alerts compatible Yes
Audible terrain alerts Yes
Terrain resolution standard
Smart Airspace Feature (generates and displays altitude-sensitive alerts) Yes
Automatic logbook Yes
Separate serial and USB interfaces Yes
Voice prompts (e.g. "Turn right in 500 ft.") Yes (Auto mode)
Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.") Yes (Auto mode)
Lane assist (guides to proper lane for navigation) No
3-D map view Yes (Auto mode)
Bluetooth® wireless technology yes (auto mode)
Speed limit indicator (displays speed limit for most major roads in the U.S. and Europe) No
Traffic compatible (routes around traffic with a receiver and subscription) No
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest) Yes (Auto mode)
SiriusXM™ Weather & Radio compatible No

In the Box

  • aera 500
  • Free single database update
  • Yoke mount with power cable
  • Battery pack
  • Portable friction mount
  • USB cable
  • Vehicle power cable
  • Pilot's guide and owner's manual

Maps

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