Garmin® Introduces New Series of Aviation VHF Radios

  Garmin® Introduces New Series of Aviation VHF Radios

Business Wire

OLATHE, Kan. -- January 15, 2013

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global
leader in satellite navigation, today announced a new series of aviation VHF
COM and NAV/COM radios, the GTR and GNC series. As the replacement products
for the popular SL 30 and SL 40 models, the GTR series COM transceivers and
GNC series NAV/COM radios include a breadth of new features to reduce pilot
workload, while also offering an affordable solution to meet the requirements
of the 8.33 kHz channel spacing mandate recently enacted by the European Union
under the Single European Sky (SES) initiative.

“These products have truly reinvented the stand-alone COM and NAV/COM radios
with novel features like reverse database look-up and the COM monitor
function, which bring new efficiencies to cockpit radio management,” said Carl
Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “But beyond
that, these products demonstrate Garmin’s commitment to aviators worldwide by
providing the solutions they need to meet the latest regulatory requirements
in their regions, such as the recent SES mandate.”

The SES mandate aims to enhance safety and efficiency of air transport in
Europe by tripling the number of channels available for aircraft
communications. This mandate requires all aircraft using European airspace to
be equipped with 8.33 kHz radios by December 31, 2017. Select GTR and GNC
models offer both 25 kHz and the 8.33 kHz operational capabilities required to
comply with the law.

The series offers a variety of original features never seen before in a
stand-alone COM and NAV/COM radios. A unique frequency database makes it easy
to find frequencies associated with a given airport or facility just by
entering the location name or station ID. And when manually tuning a
frequency, the reverse look-up function will automatically provide the navaid
or airport identifier. Pilots can also find the nearest airport, area control
center, flight service station, weather frequencies and VORs. All models also
include a COM monitor function, which provides the utility of two receivers in
one, allowing the pilot to listen to ATIS transmissions without leaving the
active ATC frequency, as one example.

The GTR and GNC series automatically store the 20 most recently used
frequencies. Plus, the radios allow for storage of up to 15 most-used
frequencies such as the pilot’s home airport or other frequently visited
destinations. A familiar flip-flop feature allows channels to be entered in a
standby window, and then activated with a press of a button. All models also
include a built-in, voice-activated two-place intercom.

The GNC series NAV/COM radios offer all of the same COM features, while also
adding navigation capability with VOR/ILS with Glideslope. The GNC series also
works well with select Garmin flight displays including the G500, G600, G500H
and G3X™ to display the NAV indicators in the primary field of view, as well
as integrate with most autopilots.

The GTR and GNC series are more powerful than their SL-series predecessors
with versions available with 10- or 16-watt transmit power, allowing for
increased range. The GTR 225 includes 10 watts of transmit power and 25 kHz
frequency spacing for $1,995. The GTR 225A adds 8.33 kHz frequency spacing for
$2,995. And the GTR 225B includes 8.33 kHz spacing and 16-watt transmit power
for $3,995. The GNC 255A includes 10 watts of transmit power for $4,495 and
the GNC 255B includes 16 watts of transmit power for $5,495. Both GNC models
include 8.33 kHz spacing.^1

All products in the series have received the Federal Aviation Administration’s
(FAA) Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorization and are expected to be
available in February to U.S. and global destinations accepting FAA TSO. The
GTR and GNC series will be available in Europe upon European Technical
Standard Order (ETSO) authorization, expected in first quarter 2013.

Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), aftermarket, military and government
customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes navigation, communication, flight
control, hazard avoidance, surveillance, and other products and services that
are known for innovation, reliability and value.

About Garmin

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the
global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has
designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and
information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS
technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor
recreation, marine, aviation and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated
in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United
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^1 Prices indicated are MSRP for the equipment only.

Contact:

Garmin International Inc.
Mika Cohn, 913-397-8200
media.relations@garmin.com
 
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