Garmin Pilot™ App Adds Dynamic Maps with Track-Up
OLATHE, Kan. -- April 04, 2013
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global
leader in satellite navigation, today announced an updated version of the
Garmin Pilot app for the iPad and iPhone that incorporates Garmin’s
best-in-class dynamic navigation maps. The new dynamic maps enable numerous
capabilities including track-up orientation, faster map rendering, higher
resolution at tighter zoom levels and SafeTaxi® integration on the moving map.
“Garmin has been providing the industry with best-in-class dynamic mapping for
over 20 years. Any pilot who has ever used a Garmin aviation portable is
familiar with the inherent benefits and improved user experience that come
from our dynamic maps,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation
sales and marketing. “We have drawn upon those years of experience to offer
this same capability with our Garmin Pilot app, demonstrating our continued
commitment to bringing industry-leading aviation features to tablets and smart
With the new dynamic maps, pilots can now choose between track-up or north-up
moving map orientation. When in track-up mode, maps will dynamically adjust to
the pilot’s direction of flight, ensuring the maps turn smoothly and labels
are always upright and easy to read. This is in contrast to traditional static
maps where labels appear in a fixed position and orientation, and when the map
is rotated, labels may appear sideways or upside down. Garmin’s dynamic maps
are also highly configurable, giving pilots the ability to tailor it to their
personal preferences including customization of map color, visibility range
and label sizes for airports, NAVAIDs and more. Pilots will now enjoy faster
map rendering and the ability to zoom in tighter with consistent map
resolution. And when zooming into an airport, Garmin’s exclusive SafeTaxi
airport diagrams (subscription required) now automatically appear directly on
the moving map without the need to switch to a dedicated airport diagram page.
In addition to dynamic track-up on the moving map, pilots also now have the
option for track-up orientation on static sectionals and en route charts,
ensuring that sectionals rotate based on the pilot’s direction of flight and
the aircraft is always traveling up the screen.
Cloud Trip Syncing
Enhancements to Garmin Pilot’s cloud computing technology enable seamless
connectivity and information sharing between all Garmin Pilot-enabled mobile
devices. Now all trips, aircraft, bookmarked flight plans, pilot details and
user waypoints are automatically saved to the cloud and tied to the pilot’s
username, so pilots with two devices, like a tablet and a smart phone, can log
in and access their information from each one.
The ability to annotate charts is another new feature of Garmin Pilot that
allows the user to highlight or make notes on approach charts and on the
Airport Facilities Directory. Pilots can highlight relevant information, like
minimums for example, for faster and more intuitive reference. Plus, all
annotations are saved until the next chart cycle.
Every Garmin Pilot release also incorporates customer-requested features and
improvements. This release includes scratch pad improvements, flight
conditions color options and enhanced trip planning capabilities that are a
direct result of customer comments.
The latest version of Garmin Pilot is available immediately as a free update
for existing iOS Garmin Pilot subscribers. For new customers, it is available
in the Apple App Store as a free download for the first 30 days. After that,
pilots can pay a monthly fee of $9.99 or an annual subscription of $74.99.
Pilots can optionally upgrade the standard FliteCharts to geo-referenced
FliteCharts for an additional $49.99 annually. Geo-referenced SafeTaxi
diagrams are available for an additional $24.99 annually. Customers using
Garmin Pilot on the Android platform can expect comparable features later this
year. For more information, visit www.garmin.com.
Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to 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
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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Garmin International Inc.
Mika Cohn, 913-397-8200
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