Garmin® Delivers High-Performance, All-Digital Radar Altimeter
OLATHE, Kan. -- February 13, 2013
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global
leader in satellite navigation, today announced the GRA 5500, a
high-performance, all-digital radar altimeter for transport category,
helicopter, business and general aviation aircraft. Using patent-pending
digital signal processing technology, the GRA 5500 works to provide smooth
altitude tracking resulting in a consistent and highly accurate altitude above
ground indication, even over the most challenging environments like rough
terrain, tree canopies, sand and choppy water.
“The GRA 5500 meets the highest altitude accuracy standards only previously
seen in products for transport and military aircraft, providing pilots
unprecedented confidence in their actual altitude,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s
vice president of aviation sales and marketing.
Because of its all-digital design, the GRA 5500 is able to intelligently
process hundreds of altitude measurements per second and apply advanced
digital filters to help detect and mitigate false altitude returns. In
addition, the robust and rugged hardware is designed to withstand even the
harshest environmental conditions, meeting the latest, more rigorous flight
test standards recently issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Patent-pending technology in the GRA 5500 incorporates built-in self-test
monitors that continuously cross check the data and system integrity, assuring
the pilot of an accurate measurement of the height above ground. This
technology also provides for a simpler installation, with easy calibration,
and eliminates the requirement for long lengths of antenna cables that are
traditionally required in the installation of radar altimeters.
An industry-standard ARINC 429 interface allows the GRA 5500 to integrate with
a breadth of Garmin integrated flight decks and flight displays, as well as
third-party products. Compatible Garmin displays include the G1000®, G1000H,
G2000, G3000, G5000, G5000H, G600, G500 and G500H. It can also integrate with
existing systems to enhance NVIS operations and fulfill the radar altimeter
requirements for Class A TAWS, CAT II ILS operations and TCAS II/ACAS II. The
GRA 5500 is also compatible with Garmin’s new TCAS II/ACAS II solution. A
number of aircraft manufacturers have already selected the GRA 5500 as
standard equipment on new aircraft including the Cessna Citation X, Citation
Sovereign, Citation Latitude, Citation Longitude and the Bell Helicopter 525
The GRA 5500 has received the FAA’s Technical Standard Order (TSO)
authorization and is available immediately for $13,995^1 (antennae sold
separately). For more information, visit garmin.com.
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.
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. A component of the S&P 500
index, Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
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^1 Prices indicated are MSRP for equipment only.
Garmin International Inc.
Mika Cohn, 913-397-8200
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