SimFlyer has produced a model of the Garmin 296 GPS to install in any FS2004 aircraft. SimFlyer is Keith Giveans' company (Keith is also known as Captain Keith on the simFlight forums and a real world pilot) and this is one of his first products. The unit can be easily installed and adds more realism to your flying experience by providing you with most functions the real thing offers you too.
FS2004 is one of the most widely used FS products and FS aircraft is available in both payware and freeware add-ons. Airbus', CLS Boeing 767 and 747, Wilco 737, Wilco Boeing 777 and Wilco E-Jets for FS2004 are some of the aircraft you can purchase to add on to FS2004.
Some airliner freeware available to download would be the Lockheed Martin F-16 by Kirk Olsson with an outstanding virtual cockpit, or, the T-33 with virtual cockpit and liveries which include USAF, FAC, ROKAF and NASA which is noted for its accuracy. Vistaliners' Boeing 727-200 boasts amazing textures, while the F-86 Sabre includes two wing versions and twenty-six paint schemes and there is the POSKY Boeing 747-xxx that also comes as a freeware add on.
So, with the Garmin 296 GPS available for enhancing your aircraft you are in for the most authentic cockpit experience ever. Garmin GPS is a leader in geospatial technology in many markets whether you are talking marine, recreation, aviation, tracking or mobile apps. Implementing these features of the most technologically advanced GPS systems around into your control panel gives you the edge in experience whether you are flying or doing something closer to ground level.
Even if you are a regular connoiseur of GPS use before you sit in the pilot's seat you cannot have the same experience as you will have when using the technology while actually in flight anywhere else as you can have with FS software unless you are actually a real life pilot in the first place. Now, if you would like help in understanding your GPS 296 you can download the User Guide Manual free of charge.
In this manual you find chapters on 'getting started,' 'learning about the keypad,' or 'using the GPSMAP 296.' More chapters go on to instructions about your 'Simulator Mode,' 'basic operation in aviation mode,' 'marking a way point,' the 'terrain page,' the 'panel page,' or the 'position data page,' as well as chapters on 'creating routes,' 'editing routes' and so on.