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    Garmin 396 & Datalink Weather

    I spent a lot of time at Oshkosh investigating the new Garmin 396
    which is just starting to ship. Got mine on order but haven't
    recieved it yet. I attended two seminars including a seminar by
    Garmin and another one by sim instructor and GPS expert Richard
    Kaplan. It's nothing less than phenomenal. While many are familiar
    with this unit, some aren't. Here are some observations, as well as
    some directly related to our particular cockpits.

    I've been trying to rationalize putting weather in my Sundowner ever
    since I saw the first prototypes of Datalink weather at Oshkosh
    several years ago. That's one reason why I installed a Garmin GNS 530
    instead of the 430 with a smaller screen. I've been tracking the
    advances in onboard weather ever since. When Garmin announced the GLD
    69 reciever for WxWorx a few months ago I thought, "Well now is the
    time." After learning that it would cost $5,500 to install the
    system, I had second thoughts. Hard to rationalize that kind of
    expenditure on a feature you might use a half dozen times a year if
    you're a weekend pilot like me.

    Good thing I waited. Good thing we all waited. For less than half
    the price of adding weather to the 530 (or 430) you can have a
    remarkably adept and versatile GPS that actually displays far more
    information than the 530 and weather, to boot. Including lightning,
    Metars, echo tops and winds aloft and terrain like the 296. The 396
    even has audio to warn you of potential terrain conflict and will give
    you a 500' call out at approaching your destination. Wire it into
    your audio panel and you'll hear the warnings through your headset.
    Along with XM satellite radio for an additional $6.95 per month. XM
    weather subscription service comes in two degrees of completeness.
    One is about $25 per month, the version with the whole weather kit and
    kaboodle is about $50.

    If you already have a Garmin panel mount, you're in even better shape.
    Very few people realize that you can cross-feed the data from your
    Garmin panel mount to the 396 (and most other Garmin portables) so the
    portable shows precisely the same data as the panel mount.

    One of the best advantages of this Garmin portable/panel mount combo
    is that many Garmin portables have an HSI page. Terrific at my home
    airport of Pontiac, Michigan where the most used approach is a back
    course. The HSI gives you almost all of the features of a panel mount
    HSI, except for glideslope and the ability to easily dial in a course
    to intercept (other than the one programmed into your panel mount).
    You can still do it, but it requires a fair amount of button pushing.

    The only issue with this unit in a Musketeer is the size. It's the
    same size as the 296. Quite a bit bigger than the GPS III I'm
    currently using. If you're like me and would prefer to have it
    mounted to your yoke instead of blocking the windshield, it's a bit of
    a problem, but one than can be overcome. The yoke mount that comes
    with the 196/296/396 is not very versatile. I would recommend either
    the R-A-M mount or Versatrue systems which allow you much greater
    flexibility.

    Once this unit is installed the Sundowner, I'll let you know how it's
    working out.

    -Jim Gorman
    N321MJ




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    Garmin 396 & Datalink Weather

    If you go to the Photo Gallery at BAC and go to Member Photos\N6993R New
    Interior\Picture 16 of 16, you can see how I mounted my 296. I have a RAM
    mount on the right hand side of the panel and it works great.

    Jeff Bryant
    Southwest Regional Director
    Beech Aero Club


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    I spent a lot of time at Oshkosh investigating the new Garmin 396
    which is just starting to ship. Got mine on order but haven't
    recieved it yet. I attended two seminars including a seminar by
    Garmin and another one by sim instructor and GPS expert Richard
    Kaplan. It's nothing less than phenomenal. While many are familiar
    with this unit, some aren't. Here are some observations, as well as
    some directly related to our particular cockpits.

    I've been trying to rationalize putting weather in my Sundowner ever
    since I saw the first prototypes of Datalink weather at Oshkosh
    several years ago. That's one reason why I installed a Garmin GNS 530
    instead of the 430 with a smaller screen. I've been tracking the
    advances in onboard weather ever since. When Garmin announced the GLD
    69 reciever for WxWorx a few months ago I thought, "Well now is the
    time." After learning that it would cost $5,500 to install the
    system, I had second thoughts. Hard to rationalize that kind of
    expenditure on a feature you might use a half dozen times a year if
    you're a weekend pilot like me.

    Good thing I waited. Good thing we all waited. For less than half
    the price of adding weather to the 530 (or 430) you can have a
    remarkably adept and versatile GPS that actually displays far more
    information than the 530 and weather, to boot. Including lightning,
    Metars, echo tops and winds aloft and terrain like the 296. The 396
    even has audio to warn you of potential terrain conflict and will give
    you a 500' call out at approaching your destination. Wire it into
    your audio panel and you'll hear the warnings through your headset.
    Along with XM satellite radio for an additional $6.95 per month. XM
    weather subscription service comes in two degrees of completeness.
    One is about $25 per month, the version with the whole weather kit and
    kaboodle is about $50.

    If you already have a Garmin panel mount, you're in even better shape.
    Very few people realize that you can cross-feed the data from your
    Garmin panel mount to the 396 (and most other Garmin portables) so the
    portable shows precisely the same data as the panel mount.

    One of the best advantages of this Garmin portable/panel mount combo
    is that many Garmin portables have an HSI page. Terrific at my home
    airport of Pontiac, Michigan where the most used approach is a back
    course. The HSI gives you almost all of the features of a panel mount
    HSI, except for glideslope and the ability to easily dial in a course
    to intercept (other than the one programmed into your panel mount).
    You can still do it, but it requires a fair amount of button pushing.

    The only issue with this unit in a Musketeer is the size. It's the
    same size as the 296. Quite a bit bigger than the GPS III I'm
    currently using. If you're like me and would prefer to have it
    mounted to your yoke instead of blocking the windshield, it's a bit of
    a problem, but one than can be overcome. The yoke mount that comes
    with the 196/296/396 is not very versatile. I would recommend either
    the R-A-M mount or Versatrue systems which allow you much greater
    flexibility.

    Once this unit is installed the Sundowner, I'll let you know how it's
    working out.

    -Jim Gorman
    N321MJ




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