Meet our ultimate portable MFD: the GPSMAP 696, an all-in-one navigator designed exclusively for aviation. Featuring a large screen, detailed electronic charts and weather data, the 696 is your own personal avionics system.
See the Big Picture
The GPSMAP 696’s bright 7" diagonal high-definition sunlight-readable display makes detailed mapping easy to see day or night — you can even view an entire approach plate on the large-format display. For easy operation, the bezel around the screen includes soft keys and a joystick control. And the internal GPS provides position updates five times per second (5 Hz), allowing the 696 to present flight data smoothly and continuously.
No Chart? No Problem.
With the addition of IFR map mode, Garmin FliteCharts® and ChartView™, the GPSMAP 696 provides key functions of a Class 1/Class 2 electronic flight bag (EFB), reducing the use of paper charts in the cockpit. When in IFR map mode, the 696 can display victor airways, jet routes, minimum enroute altitudes and leg distance, much like what’s found on traditional enroute charts. With geo-referenced FliteCharts, you can quickly find and view all U.S. AeroNav Services, standard terminal arrival routes (STARs), approach charts and airport diagrams. For pilots who prefer Jeppesen charts and diagrams, Garmin also offers ChartView. The ChartView service utilizes Jeppesen’s extensive library to provide global geo-referenced charting capabilities (Chartview activation instructions).
Add Weather and Radio
The optional GXM 42 smart antenna gives you access to high-resolution weather and audio entertainment right in the cockpit (XM subscription required). XM WX™ Satellite Weather includes next generation radar (NEXRAD), aviation routine weather reports (METARs), terminal aerodrome forecasts (TAFs), temporary flight restrictions (TFRs), lightning, winds aloft and more for the U.S. and Canada. In addition, the 696 can receive PIREPs, turbulence forecast and icing forecast information. The weather data can be laid directly over the unit’s navigation and topographic map databases. With 170+ channels of digital music, news and programming through your aircraft headset or cabin audio system, you’ll stay informed and entertained.
Enhance Situational Awareness
The GPSMAP 696 features a high-resolution terrain page showing hazards relative to your altitude and a vertical profile of terrain along your route of flight. It comes with a built-in Jeppesen database, and an Americas, Atlantic or Pacific terrain database. It also includes an obstacles database for the U.S., Canada or Europe. Using this information, the 696 displays your flight route over contour terrain mapping. With information from the terrain and obstacles databases, the 696 monitors your current position in relation to surrounding terrain to provide alerts. To help keep pilots aware of special airspace activity, over 683 parachute drop zones are detailed in the Americas navigation database. You can even customize your own minimum clearance levels to receive terrain cautions. The 696 also comes with a realistic “view from space” satellite imagery basemap.
Like other portable Garmin devices, the 696 includes the following enhanced aviation databases:
Provides detailed taxiway diagrams and position information for many U.S. or European airports. Preloaded on the unit, this information helps you navigate unfamiliar airports with confidence and shows your aircraft’s exact position on the field.
AOPA Airport Directory
Offers detailed information for more than 5,300 U.S. airports, along with the names and phone numbers of thousands of FBOs. Easily look up taxi services, plan an overnight, and choose fuel stops, plus find ground transportation, lodging, restaurants, local attractions and more.
Private Airports and Heliports
Provides data on private airports and heliports throughout U.S. and Europe, and materially expands your list of navigation and emergency "nearest" options.
Receive Altitude-Sensitive Alerts
When in the air, Garmin’s new Smart Airspace™ feature makes it easier than ever to identify what airspace lies ahead. Smart Airspace automatically highlights airspace close to your current altitude and de-emphasizes airspace away from the current altitude, which gives you increased situational awareness.
Expand Your Portable
The GPSMAP 696 includes an SD™ card slot for extra memory and updates. Keep track of the databases on your GPSMAP 696 through www.fly.garmin.com, our online manager that helps you update, manage and purchase the latest aviation data for your Garmin device, all in one place.
*GPS receiver has a nominal operating velocity range of 0 – 800 kts (411 m/s).
Physical & Performance
5.7"W x 7.7"H x 2.0"D (14.5 x 19.5 x 5.1 cm)
Display size, WxH
3.6"W x 6.0"H (9.1 x 15.2 cm); 7.0" diag (17.78 cm)
Display resolution, WxH
480 x 800 pixels
bright, color WVGA TFT with adjustable backlighting
35.7 ounces (1012 g) with battery pack; 22.4 ounces (635 g) without battery pack; 12.7 ounces (361 g) RAM mount
rechargeable, replaceable Nickel-Metal Hydride
up to 2.5 hours with full backlight and GXM 40 connected (8 hours with 50% backlighting and XM connected)
high-sensitivity with WAAS position accuracy
SiriusXM™ Weather & Radio compatible
IFR or VFR
Traffic Information Services (TIS) alerts compatible
Maps & Memory
Ability to add maps
internal solid state
Accepts data cards
yes (SD cards)
Navigation database (includes Jeppesen® data)
Navigation database coverage areas
Americas or Atlantic or Pacific
Types of Jeppesen data
full and ARTCC, FSS frequencies and final approach waypoints
Preloaded Terrain database
Preloaded Obstacle database
Yes (U.S. and Europe only)
Preloaded SafeTaxi™ airport diagrams
Yes (U.S. only)
Preloaded AOPA Airport Directory
Yes (U.S. only)
Preloaded Garmin FliteCharts®
Yes (U.S. only)
Preloaded low & high altitude enroute airways
Preloaded private airports
Yes (U.S. only)
Aviation Portable Features
Patented panel page
IFR map mode
Audible terrain alerts
Smart Airspace Feature (generates and displays altitude-sensitive alerts)
Separate serial and USB interfaces
GPS receiver has a nominal operating velocity range of 0 – 800 kts (411 m/s)
In the Box
Free single database update
XM USB extension cable
GA 25 remote antenna with suction cup mount
12/24 volt power cable
AC power adapter
MapSource® Trip & Waypoint Manager
Quick reference guide
Free single FliteCharts® update certificate
Maps for New Regions
Need maps for other regions? See all maps that are compatible with this device.
Need a map update?
Update the maps that came with your device for the best navigation experience.