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Old March 27th 08, 03:02 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Marco Leon[_5_]
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Like Piper and the Matrix, Garmin has stripped-out the expensive items in
the 496 and offering the 495 without weather and the automotive package at
$1,595 as opposed to the $2,395. I don't want to underestimate Garmin's
ability to price their products appropriately but I don't think this is a
winner. Essentially, you'd be paying +$400 for the SafeTaxi, better
processor, higher terrain resolution, asn AOPA directory.

To me, it doesn't seem like a big jump in capability over the 296 to justify
a 1/3 increase in cost. Maybe I'm just coming from the wrong angle as an IFR
flyer...

Marco


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Old March 27th 08, 03:07 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Dan[_10_]
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Default Garmin GPSMAP 495

On Mar 27, 10:02 am, "Marco Leon"
wrote:
Like Piper and the Matrix, Garmin has stripped-out the expensive items in
the 496 and offering the 495 without weather and the automotive package at
$1,595 as opposed to the $2,395. I don't want to underestimate Garmin's
ability to price their products appropriately but I don't think this is a
winner. Essentially, you'd be paying +$400 for the SafeTaxi, better
processor, higher terrain resolution, asn AOPA directory.

To me, it doesn't seem like a big jump in capability over the 296 to justify
a 1/3 increase in cost. Maybe I'm just coming from the wrong angle as an IFR
flyer...

Marco


I thought the salient selling point of the 496 is XM Weather
availability.

SafeTaxi and AOPA are nice, but nowhere near the utility of XM wx.


Dan Mc

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Old March 27th 08, 03:08 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
es330td
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Default Garmin GPSMAP 495

On Mar 27, 10:02*am, "Marco Leon"
wrote:
Like Piper and the Matrix, Garmin has stripped-out the expensive items in
the 496 and offering the 495 without weather and the automotive package at
$1,595 as opposed to the $2,395. I don't want to underestimate Garmin's
ability to price their products appropriately but I don't think this is a
winner. Essentially, you'd be paying +$400 for the SafeTaxi, better
processor, higher terrain resolution, asn AOPA directory.

To me, it doesn't seem like a big jump in capability over the 296 to justify
a 1/3 increase in cost. Maybe I'm just coming from the wrong angle as an IFR
flyer...

Marco


My Dad flies with a 496 and the weather is worth the cost. Unless
that is provided through something else in the plane I cannot see not
getting that for something of this level.
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Old March 27th 08, 03:14 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Marco Leon[_5_]
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Default Garmin GPSMAP 495

"es330td" wrote in message
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My Dad flies with a 496 and the weather is worth the cost. Unless
that is provided through something else in the plane I cannot see not
getting that for something of this level.


I jumped from the GPS Pilot III to the 496. It STILL amazes me that we can
have this much capability in a single unit. I mean, this stuff would have
cost you over $30K less than 10 years ago.

Marco


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Old March 27th 08, 04:26 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Ron Lee[_2_]
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Default Garmin GPSMAP 495

"Marco Leon" wrote:

"es330td" wrote in message
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My Dad flies with a 496 and the weather is worth the cost. Unless
that is provided through something else in the plane I cannot see not
getting that for something of this level.


I jumped from the GPS Pilot III to the 496. It STILL amazes me that we can
have this much capability in a single unit. I mean, this stuff would have
cost you over $30K less than 10 years ago.

Marco


Plus you can integrate the Zaon XRX into the 496 to get traffic
alerts. Very cool.

Ron Lee
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Old March 27th 08, 04:29 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
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Default Garmin GPSMAP 495

Marco Leon wrote:
Like Piper and the Matrix, Garmin has stripped-out the expensive items in
the 496 and offering the 495 without weather and the automotive package at
$1,595 as opposed to the $2,395. I don't want to underestimate Garmin's
ability to price their products appropriately but I don't think this is a
winner. Essentially, you'd be paying +$400 for the SafeTaxi, better
processor, higher terrain resolution, asn AOPA directory.

To me, it doesn't seem like a big jump in capability over the 296 to justify
a 1/3 increase in cost. Maybe I'm just coming from the wrong angle as an IFR
flyer...

Marco



I agree that the drop should have been more than $400. But don't
undervalue that faster processor and 5x faster refresh rate.

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Old March 27th 08, 05:17 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Marco Leon[_5_]
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Default Garmin GPSMAP 495

"Ron Lee" wrote in message
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Plus you can integrate the Zaon XRX into the 496 to get traffic
alerts. Very cool.


I saw the clip explaining the integration on YouTube. Would you (or anyone
reading) know if you can have the 496 hooked up to a GNS430 for flightplan
crossfill purposes AND a ZOAN XRX for traffic at the same time? I'm planning
on getting the 496 integrated with my 430 while I'm getting a WAAS upgrade
and it would be great to have the wiring configured for possible future
integration with a XRX.

Marco


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Old March 27th 08, 05:52 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
G Paleologopoulos
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Default Garmin GPSMAP 495

"Dan" wrote
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I thought the salient selling point of the 496 is XM Weather
availability.

SafeTaxi and AOPA are nice, but nowhere near the utility of XM wx.


Dan Mc




GARMIN does not sell to the US alone.
Europe has no XMwx.
Their move was brilliant, IMHO, as rest-of-the-world sales must have been
pretty dismal due to no weather availability.

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Old March 27th 08, 07:42 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Dan[_10_]
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Default Garmin GPSMAP 495

On Mar 27, 12:52 pm, "G Paleologopoulos"
wrote:

Europe has no XMwx.


Why not???

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Old March 27th 08, 10:00 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
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Default Garmin GPSMAP 495

Dan wrote:
On Mar 27, 12:52 pm, "G Paleologopoulos"
wrote:

Europe has no XMwx.


Why not???


Because the XM satellites are parked above the western hemisphere. You
can't see them from Europe.

There is a satellite radio service called Worldspace that covers Europe,
Africa and Southern Asia. I'm surprised that Garmin hasn't tried to work out
some kind of deal with them.

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