Garmin is out today with word of a new GPS system targeted at pilots. It is known as the Garmin GPSMAP 495 and pricing is set at around $1,595.
The Garmin GPSMAP 495 is designed to help get pilots the information they need to flight safely from start to finish. The unit incorporates a high resolution terrain database and offers options like “terrain and obstacle alerting, pop-up alerts, and customizable minimum clearance limits that give audible terrain alerts at specified altitudes.”
Other features include a database of information about regional taxiways and airports, an increased GPS update rate and a smart function which “automatically highlights airspace close to the pilot’s current altitude and de-emphasizes airspace away from the current altitude.” This will hopefully keep you from flying over the White House. The GPSMAP 495 from Garmin will be available in early April.