General Questions
Q: What is your warranty?
A: We think you will love our products, but they might not be for everyone, so we offer our products with a 30 day money back guarantee. If an item doesn't work for you, simply put it in the box and send it back to us for a full refund. After 30 days we assume you really like the product, so if it ever fails you, just return the defective unit to us, and we will send you a new one.
Garmin GPSMap 196/296/396/496 Panel Dock Questions
Q: What is a Garmin 196/296/396/496?
A: Garmin ( makes a family of really nice portable GPS units in a landscape form factor that are just perfect for mounting in the instrument panel of a VFR aircraft.
Q: Why not use the mount that comes from Garmin?
A: The mounts that Garmin supplies with their units are nice for mounting on a yoke, or for putting the GPS on the dash of your car, but they offer no solution for mounting it inside your instrument panel.
Q: What is the Panel Dock™ made of?
A: It is made of black PC/ABS plastic.
Q: Can the mount be painted?
A: Yes, it can be painted with any Automotive quality paint. Urethene, acrylic laquer, or enamel. The Urethene will give the most protection from showing wear. It will need to be primed with an Automotive primer.
Q: Is it okay to use my portable GPS for IFR flights?
A: No.
Q: Is the Garmin 296/396/496 the same size as the 196?
A: No, the 296/396/496 are just a little bit shorter than the 196. They fit nicely in our mount because the clips attach on the sides. There is a picture in the gallery of the 296 in the dock so you can see the size difference.
Q: Will the Panel Dock™ work with the Garmin 396 or 496?

A: Yes. We have a new model that fully supports the Garmin 396 and 496.

If you own one of our 196/296 Panel Docks, and you wish to use it with your Garmin 396 or 496, there are a few extra connectors on the 396/496 that must be taken into consideration. We have written up some instructions for you to follow if you would like to make the necessary modifications. These modifications are minor, and should be easy to complete in just a few minutes. Click here to go to the 396/496 page.