aera® 550

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Overview

Enjoy High-resolution Navigation

  • 4.3" touchscreen display
  • Fast 5 Hz GPS refresh rate
  • High-resolution map display
  • Terrain and obstacle warnings
  • Advanced street navigation
aera 550

Dual-duty GPS Portable

Stepping up from the aera 500 model, aera 550 brings added features, performance, and more advanced pilot/motorist capabilities to the overall product design. Terrain/obstacles graphics are shown in higher-resolution 9 arc-second detail on the aera 550's 4.3" QVGA wide-format display (providing more than 11 times the onscreen resolution than the standard 30 arc-second versions).

As in all the aera models, 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. In addition to detailed flight mapping, the aera 550 also comes fully preloaded with SafeTaxi® charts for many U.S., European or Canadian airports — while an included AOPA Airport Directory database gives you detailed listings, phone numbers, facilities and fuel location information on more than 7,400 U.S. landing sites, as well as airports of entry for Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. A full year of prepaid database updates is included.

Elevate Your Expectations

To enhance situational awareness, the aera 550’s graphical Terrain page offers both overhead and vertical profile views of the topography you’re flying over. To keep you aware of special airspace activity, more than 683 parachute drop zones are detailed in the Americas navigation database. Plus, a database-driven terrain advisory feature offers TAWS-like color coding and pop-up alerts when obstructions or ground proximity conflicts are projected to impact your flight path. There’s an IFR map mode that lets you navigate on high or low enroute airways. And for help with traffic separation, an optional power/data cable (sold separately) makes it easy to interface your aera 550 with the GTX 330 Mode S transponder in your aircraft, thus enabling you to access and display TIS traffic alerts in busy terminal airspace throughout the U.S. You can also use the aera to load communication frequencies into your SL 40 Comm or SL 30 Nav/Comm transceiver.

Attention Road Warriors

When it’s time to hangar the airplane and head for the open road, aera 550 never misses a beat. It’s “dual boot” design enables full automotive GPS capability, graphically supported by preloaded City Navigator® NT street mapping. Operating much like our popular nüvi® line of touchscreen auto navigators, aera 550 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. Other premium features available on aera 550 include Lane Assist with junction view, speed limit notification and traffic alerts¹. Plus, there’s a unique smart mount that helps get you on your way with instant clip-and-go transition from aircraft to automotive mode.

*GPS receiver has a nominal operating velocity range of 0 – 800 kts (411 m/s).

¹NAVTEQ traffic alerts require the GTM 20 (sold separately). Traffic content not available for all areas. See www.navteq.com/rdstraffic for traffic coverage areas.

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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
SBAS/WAAS receiver high-sensitivity with WAAS position accuracy
Voltage range 11-35
IFR or VFR VFR
Traffic Information Services (TIS) alerts compatible

Maps & Memory

Basemap
Preloaded street maps
Ability to add maps
Built-in memory internal solid state
Accepts data cards yes (microSD™ cards)
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest) Yes (Auto mode)
Waypoints/favorites/locations 3,000 (aviation mode); 1,000 (automotive mode)
Routes 50

Databases

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 low & high altitude enroute airways
Preloaded private airports Yes (U.S. only)

Navigation Features

Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.") Yes (Auto mode)
Traffic compatible (routes around traffic with a receiver and subscription) Yes (Auto mode)
Lane assist (guides to proper lane for navigation) 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) Yes (Auto mode)

Aviation Portable Features

Moving map
Patented panel page
HSI (GPS-based)
IFR map mode
Audible terrain alerts
Terrain resolution high
Smart Airspace Feature (generates and displays altitude-sensitive alerts)
Automatic logbook
Separate serial and USB interfaces
3-D map view Yes (Auto mode)

Additional

Additional

GPS receiver has a nominal operating velocity range of 0 – 800 kts (411 m/s)

In the Box

  • aera 550
  • 1 year of prepaid database updates
  • Yoke mount with power cable
  • Battery pack
  • Portable friction mount
  • USB cable
  • AC adapter
  • Vehicle power cable
  • Carry case
  • Pilot's guide and owner's manual

Maps

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