Keeping your 696 EFB current
A couple of weeks ago we posted about keeping your cockpit paper free with electronic charts on the G1000 and GMX 200. With last week’s GPSMAP 696/695 announcement, we now have an electronic flight bag (EFB) to add to that list. The 696/695 are class I/class II EFB’s set forth by AC 120-76A for certification and AC 91-78 for use of EFB. That means that from pre-flight to shut down, all the charts you’ll need are available at the touch of a button. Now that we have our first EFB, we’ve received a lot of questions regarding how to keep it current as required by the Advisory Circular. Portables don’t normally need to be updated, but the 696/695 will need to be current to use as an EFB. Here are some of the most common Q&A’s:
Which databases do I need to keep current? The FliteCharts databases needs to be current since it updates the approach plates, arrival / departure procedures, takeoff minimums, alternate minimums, and airport diagrams.
How much is the database? The FliteCharts database is $95 for single update and $395 for an annual subscription.
How do I update the database? The databases are available for download from www.fly.garmin.com.
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