Part Number: 010-00301-00


The GPSMAP 196 is a powerful aviation portable that acts like a panel but goes from cockpit to land to water without missing a beat. With its crisp, grayscale screen, the 196 is an affordable introduction to Garmin's portable aviation products.

Enhance Situational Awareness

The WAAS-capable GPSMAP 196 has detailed map graphics, HSI steering guidance, Jeppesen® database and all the other pilot-friendly features you’ve come to expect from Garmin. Steering guidance is clearly presented through a graphic HSI with VNAV indicator offering a full range of horizontal and vertical awareness. Extended runway centerlines help orient pilots to the runway. The 196 even supports a comprehensive U.S. database of obstacles (upgradeable via the Internet) to help you see and avoid high-rise structural hazards in the vicinity of your flight path.

View Images in Sharp Detail

GPSMAP 196 features a 320 x 240 pixel, 12-level grayscale display with exceptional resolution and contrast. This display with backlighting showcases crisp graphics which redraw with incredible speed thanks to a fast processor.

Automate Your Logbook

A built-in logbook tracks your flying hours and automatically records departure and arrival locations. When used with Garmin's free logbook software FlightBook, this feature simplifies record keeping. Flightbook software allows you to create, manage, analyze, save and print flight data from GPSMAP 196's logbook.

Navigate by Air, Land or Sea

Simply press a button to switch GPSMAP 196 to automotive or marine mode. The 196 comes with a built-in routable basemap. Add optional MapSource® detailed street maps for street navigation. Or, for a great day on the water, customize the waterproof 196 with optional marine cartography. Easily add detailed maps with plug and play Garmin data cards.

GPSMAP 196: Go from plane to boat to automobile without missing a beat.


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Physical & Performance

Physical dimensions 6.18"W x 3.4"H x 2.25"D (15.7 x 8.6 x 5.7 cm)
Display size, WxH 3.02"W x 2.27"H (7.7 x 5.8 cm); 3.8" diagonal
Display resolution, WxH 320 x 240 pixels
Display type 12 gray high-contrast FSTN LCD with backlighting
Weight 24 ounces (680.4 g)
Battery four "AA" batteries
Battery life up to 16 hours (Battery Saver mode, no backlighting)
SBAS/WAAS receiver 12 channel
Voltage range 10-40

Maps & Memory

Ability to add maps
Built-in memory internal solid state
Accepts data cards yes (Garmin data cards)
Waypoints/favorites/locations 1,000
Routes 50


Navigation database (includes Jeppesen® data)
Navigation database coverage areas Americas, Atlantic International or Pacific International
Types of Jeppesen data full and ARTCC, FSS frequencies and final approach waypoints
Preloaded Obstacle database

Aviation Portable Features

Moving map
Patented panel page
HSI (GPS-based)
Terrain resolution not available
Automatic logbook

In the Box


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.

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Additional Software