Garmin® Expands Radar Altimeter Product Line With Complete Low-Cost Solution Featuring the GRA 55 and Stand-Alone GI 205

  Garmin® Expands Radar Altimeter Product Line With Complete Low-Cost Solution
  Featuring the GRA 55 and Stand-Alone GI 205 Indicator

Business Wire

OLATHE, Kan. -- March 13, 2014

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global
leader in satellite navigation, today announced a comprehensive radar
altimeter solution that expands upon Garmin’s high-performance, all-digital
GRA 5500 radar altimeter to include the GRA 55, a best-in-class and
cost-effective radar altimeter designed specifically for helicopters and
general aviation aircraft. The GRA 55 leverages Garmin’s patent-pending
digital signal processing technology that works to provide smooth altitude
tracking and results in a consistent and highly accurate above ground level
indication, even in the most challenging environments such as rough terrain,
tree canopies, sand and choppy water. The new GI 205 stand-alone indicator,
designed to pair with the GRA 55 or GRA 5500, provides a comprehensive,
stand-alone radar altimeter solution for operators seeking a cost-effective

GI 205 Stand-Alone Radar Altimeter Indicator (Photo: Business Wire)

GI 205 Stand-Alone Radar Altimeter Indicator (Photo: Business Wire)

“Garmin is excited to extend our industry-leading radar altimeter products to
a broader range of markets, while meeting the latest design standards and
ultimately providing pilots with rock-solid confidence of their altitude above
ground,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and
marketing. “In addition to meeting the most rigorous altitude accuracy
requirements only previously seen in products for transport and military
aircraft, the GRA 55 and GI 205 help fulfill recent FAA requirements for radar
altimeter equipage in commercial helicopter operations.”

Patent-pending technology in the GRA 55 incorporates built-in self-test
monitors that continuously cross check system and data 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.

The GI 205 stand-alone indicator features a vibrant OLED display with full
180-degree viewing angle, allowing radar altimeter indications to be seen
easily in all types of flight conditions, day or night. Visual and audible
alerts are available to ensure all altitude indications are clearly presented
in-flight. Pilot-selectable decision height (DH) is easy to adjust using a
knob and upon arrival at the DH, a “minimums, minimums” voice callout or
traditional audible tone is available. Adding to situational awareness, an
intuitive graphical trend indicator displays vertical velocity information,
such that altitude trend can be monitored at a glance and corrections can be
made promptly to avoid inadvertent climbs or descents.

For Part 135 helicopter operators, the GRA 55 fulfills the radar altimeter
equipage requirement recently established by the FAA. When paired, the GRA 55
and GI 205 provide the best-in-class solution to meet these new requirements.
Coupled with the GI 205 stand-alone indicator, operators can incorporate a
complete, cost-effective radar altimeter solution into their flight deck.

The GRA 55 is expected to be available in the 2^nd quarter of this year for a
list price of $6,995 and is compatible with select Garmin integrated flight
decks and flight displays, as well as some third-party displays. The GI 205 is
anticipated to be available in the 4^th quarter of this year for a list price
of $3,995. A complete GRA 55 and GI 205 package (including antennas) will be
available for an introductory list price of $11,995. For complete
compatibility details and additional information contact a Garmin authorized

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
value. For more information about Garmin’s full line of avionics, go to, and

About Garmin International Inc.

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global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has
designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and
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