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Garmin 797 Update

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Dumb question.  We are relatively new owners of a 2014 CTLSi with a Garmin 796 installed in the dash.  I don't think its been updated since it was new.  My question is how do I update it?  Do I need to remove the unit and take the entire unit to my computer or is there a SD card that can be removed?  I'm sure I can figure it out, but wanted to ask on the forum before I give it a try.

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Doesn't the 796 have wifi?  If so, it should connect to your Garmin account (time to set one up if you don't have one) and update online via the web.

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I updated my 796 recently by taking it out , connecting it to my PC running Garmin update software ( which you can get and install from their site) and then running the software ( which then automatically detected my purchased content - which can be partial, you don't need to update all 796 databases - and then updating the device )

 

Pretty painless once you have their software installed.

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795/6 are Bluetooth with no Wifi.  You need a hardwire USB connection to a PC to update.  US database bundle is $150/year.

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I think $150 is just for navigation data . If you add obstacles, airport directory , vfr charts and safe taxi .. you are looking at few hundred per year.

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BTW..make sure to update your software as well ... my 796 was something like 2 or 3 software cycles behind when I bought the plane. To their credit , Garmin still releases software updates for their older devices.

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Nope.  Literally just bought the US Bundle annual subscription which includes Nav, Flite Charts, obstacle, terrain, IFR/VFR charts, Safe Taxi, AFD and AOPA.

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55 minutes ago, S3flyer said:

Nope.  Literally just bought the US Bundle annual subscription which includes Nav, Flite Charts, obstacle, terrain, IFR/VFR charts, Safe Taxi, AFD and AOPA.

Interesting, the full bundle for a 496 single update for everything is over $300.

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Yeah -- around 4 years ago Garmin came up with relatively reasonable pricing for database bundles on the Aera line.  The 2,3,4 hundred series were not included for some reason.  

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