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aera® 550

Part Number: 010-00836-20
Suggested Retail Price: $ 1399.00 USD

Leveraging Garmin’s industry-leading expertise in both Aviation and Automotive GPS, the versatile aera series of touchscreen portables take fingertip navigation to a whole new level. Featuring crisp 4.3-inch QVGA wide-format displays, all four aera models come with preloaded automotive maps, a built-in terrain/obstacles aviation database, patented Panel Page instrument display, and more. So, wherever you fly or drive, you can count on aera to provide the complete door-to-door guidance package.

The aera 550: A Premium Choice

Stepping up from the aera 500 model, the 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 display (providing over 11 times more onscreen resolution than the standard 30 arc-second versions).

As in all the aera models, the internal GPS updates at a rate of five 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 Garmin SafeTaxi® charts for over 950 U.S. airports – while an included AOPA Airport Directory database gives you detailed listings, phone numbers, facilities and fuel location information on over 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 with your aera 550 purchase.

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 overflying. To help keep pilots aware of special airspace activity, over 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 Garmin 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. Moreover, you can also use the aera to load communication frequencies into your Garmin 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, your Garmin 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 Garmin’s popular nüvi® line of touchscreen auto navigators, the aera 550 offers voice-guided turn-by-turn directions with text-to-speech audio technology that calls out streets by name. In addition, there’s built-in Bluetooth® support for wireless hands-free calling with your compatible mobile phone. Other premium features available on the aera 550 include lane assist with junction view, speed limit notification, Navteq traffic alerts¹, and more. Plus, there’s a unique ”smart mount” for the aera that helps get you on your way with instant clip-and-go transition from aircraft to automotive mode.

Garmin aera series: It’s the ultimate fly/drive option.

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.

Online Jeppeson NavData WAAS enabledSafeTaxi

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Physical & Performance:

Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 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)
Waterproof: yes (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: yes (U.S. only)
Preloaded AOPA Airport Directory: yes (U.S. only)
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: high
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): yes (auto mode)
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): yes (auto mode)
Traffic compatible (routes around traffic with a receiver and subscription): yes (auto mode)
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest): yes (auto mode)
XM WX Weather & Radio for U.S. & Canada compatible: no

What'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

This product is sold only through authorized Garmin dealers. Package contents may vary per version. See your local dealer for details.

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MSRP

aera 550 with Americas database 010-00836-20 $ 1399.00 USD
aera 550 with Atlantic database 010-00836-21  
aera 550 with Pacific database 010-00836-22  
Compatible accessories for this item are: Accessory Kits
Battery Pack Combo with Battery Charger
010-11143-01
$ 64.00 USD
Mounts
Dashboard Mount
010-10747-02
$ 23.00 USD
Vehicle Suction Cup (replacement)
010-10747-00
$ 14.00 USD
Yoke Mount (Bracket Only)
010-11385-00
$ 49.99 USD
Aviation Mount with Power Cable and Audio Jack
010-11385-01
$ 49.99 USD
aera 5XX,Aviation Mount,Bare Wires
010-11385-03
$ 64.99 USD
Portable Friction Mount
010-10908-02
$ 24.99 USD
Unit Mount (does not include suction cup)
010-11455-00
$ 34.99 USD
Portable Friction Mount
010-11280-02
$ 24.99 USD
Cables
External Microphone
010-10804-00
$ 14.55 USD
Vehicle Power Cable
010-10747-03
$ 28.00 USD
USB Cable
010-10723-01
$ 14.99 USD
Cases and Covers
Carrying case
010-11270-00
$ 24.99 USD
Battery Cover (aera™ 550/560)
010-11384-01
$ 9.99 USD
Carrying Case
010-10231-01
$ 32.00 USD
Adapters
AC Adapter
010-11385-04
$ 49.99 USD
AC Adapter with International Adapter
010-11385-05
$ 49.99 USD
AC to 12V power adapter
010-10723-08
$ 24.99 USD
Antennas
GA 25MCX Remote GPS Antenna (Low Profile)
010-10702-00
$ 31.49 USD
GA™ 27C Low Profile Remote Automobile Antenna
010-10052-05
$ 99.99 USD
Extension Cable (GA 27 Series Antenna)
010-10157-00
$ 38.09 USD
Suction Cup Mount for GA 25 External Antenna
010-10871-00
$ 11.45 USD
Batteries
Lithium-ion Battery (Replacement)
010-11143-00
$ 39.99 USD
Traffic Receivers
GTM™ 20 with Lifetime Traffic
010-00544-13
$ 119.99 USD
GTM™ 20
010-00544-01
Temporarily out of stock
Other
Cleaning Cloth
010-11755-00
$ 5.00 USD
Dashboard Disc
010-10646-01
$ 7.99 USD

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