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December 01, 2015 10:30 PM ET

Communications Equipment

Company Overview of Garmin International, Inc.

Company Overview

Garmin International, Inc. designs, manufactures, markets, and sells navigation, communication, and information devices for automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. It offers on road products, such as automotive, motorcycle, trucking, and traffic receivers; in sports products for golfing, running, and cycling; on the trail devices, including basic handhelds, mapping handhelds, two-way radios, dog tracking systems, and electronic dog training systems; and devices used on water, such as sounders, fish finders, handhelds, radars, autopilots, and marine networking devices, as well as touch screen controlled marine chart plotters. It provides on ai...

1200 East 151st Street

Olathe, KS 66062-3426

United States

Founded in 1989





Key Executives for Garmin International, Inc.

Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Age: 77
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Age: 52
Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Age: 59
Vice President of Worldwide Sales
Age: 65
Vice President of Communications
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Garmin International, Inc. Key Developments

Garmin International, Inc. Announces GAD 27

Garmin International Inc. announced the GAD 27, a small, lightweight and solid state integrated controller that provides a solution to many of the typical airframe interfacing needs. With the GAD 27, pilots are provided a consolidated system that would otherwise require multiple adapter modules, which streamlines configuration of their experimental amateur-built (EAB) and light sport aircraft. Enhanced capabilities include a programmable flap controller, multiple lighting bus outputs, pilot/co-pilot trim mixing, taxi and landing light control options including automatic flashing, a voltage stabilizer and additional discrete inputs. These features are enabled by the GAD 27 adapter and give pilots additional configuration options among various systems and functions via the G3X Touch system, streamlining the installation process. With the GAD 27, Team X has brought smarter technologies that effectively combines five individual modules into one small adapter so installation is easier, configuration is simple and loyal customers save time and receive more options with G3X Touch. Programmable Flap Controller: Discrete flap positions are easily programmed from the G3X Touch display to conveniently control the flap motor and to automatically drive the flaps to pre-programmed positions based on pilot input. Additionally, with airspeed inhibit, the system also helps protect the airframe by preventing inadvertent flap deployment at high airspeeds. Programmable Lighting Circuits: The addition of one to three dimmer knobs provide input to the GAD 27 and can be mapped to any of the six configurable lighting circuits, offering additional lighting options when configuring a G3X Touch installation. Pilots may assign specific dimming functions to individual knobs, which are all programmed on the G3X Touch display. Preset lighting options, including avionics lights, map lights, interior light circuits and more, are all pilot-configurable for installation and operational convenience. Wig-Wag Lights: For added visibility in-flight and within the terminal environment, the GAD 27 provides configuration of the landing and taxi lighting system via the G3X Touch flight display. Compatible with all light installations including HID and LED, the GAD 27 offers optional control to alternate the landing and taxi lights, commonly referred to as wig-wag lighting, which can be switch activated or automatically turned on/off based on airspeed. Pilots may also configure a warm-up time before starting the wig-wag function to protect lamps that require a warm-up period, such as HID plasma lamps. Voltage Stabilizer: Essential avionics receive stable power during engine start without the need for a back-up battery when integrating the GAD 27 adapter into a new or existing avionics installation. Sufficient power is provided to operate a single G3X Touch display, ADAHRS module and engine interface module with probes. Aircraft Trim Switch Mixing: The GAD 27 accepts trim switch inputs from both the pilot and co-pilot controls to provide trim mixing capability. Switches used on the pilot/co-pilot controls are connected to simple discrete inputs and no longer supply trim motor power or control relays.

Garmin International, Inc. Announces Terminal Safety Solutions

Garmin International Inc. announced Terminal Safety Solutions, a unique set of technologies that provide a better state of situational awareness to pilots throughout the airport terminal environment, including SurfaceWatch, TerminalTraffic and SafeTaxi. These safety enhancing tools provide pilots with a clear understanding of their location within the terminal environment relative to traffic on the ground and in the air, while also proactively providing notifications of potential runway incursions or surface incidents. SurfaceWatch provides visual and aural tools to help prevent pilots from taking off and landing on a taxiway, on a runway that is too short or on the wrong runway. SurfaceWatch is offered through Garmin’s Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) network and is available as an option with select G2000, G3000 and G5000 Integrated Flight Decks. TerminalTraffic provides pilots with the most comprehensive picture of ADS-B-equipped aircraft and ground vehicles in the airport environment. ADS-B-equipped ground vehicles and taxiing aircraft are easily distinguished from aircraft in-flight, which are displayed using distinct colors and symbols. Audible traffic alerts further enhance situational awareness to ensure traffic conflicts are not overlooked throughout critical operations such as takeoff and landing. All of this information is presented to the pilot on a simple, easy to understand SafeTaxi diagram with reference to runways, taxiways, hangar locations and more. Pilots can receive the benefits of safety enhancing TerminalTraffic by pairing the GDL 88/GDL 84 ADS-B datalink or GDL 39/GDL 39R/GDL 39 3D portable ADS-B receiver with compatible Garmin displays. Recognizing the unique operations performed by helicopters within the airport environment, TerminalTraffic has been optimized to minimize nuisance alerts while maintaining awareness of potential traffic conflicts. When operating in the airport environment, alerts from fixed-wing aircraft are minimized and abbreviated while performing unique helicopter maneuvers such as hovering. These tailored alerts are accompanied by an abbreviated aural “traffic” alert when operating below 400 feet and 40 knots to minimize audio traffic in the cockpit during critical times. The GDL 88H is a variant of the GDL 88, which is designed specifically for helicopter applications and displays TerminalTraffic tailored to these operators on compatible Garmin displays. Pilots can navigate airports with ease using geo-referenced Garmin SafeTaxi airport diagrams, which display runways, taxiways, FBOs, and hangars, relative to the aircraft’s location on the field. Hot Spots identifying confusing or complex taxiway and/or runway intersections, as well as hold short lines are overlaid on SafeTaxi diagrams to provide pilots with added situational awareness. SafeTaxi is seamlessly integrated with existing basemap data so airport information automatically appears at the appropriate map range setting and increases in detail when the map is scaled accordingly. SafeTaxi airport diagrams are available for over 2,000 airports in the U.S., Canada and Europe and the database continues to grow. Geo-referenced SafeTaxi diagrams can optionally be displayed on a wide variety of Garmin Integrated Flight Decks, certified avionics and portables.

Garmin International Inc. Increases Mission Effectiveness for the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk Fleet with the GSX 70 Weather Radar

Garmin International Inc. announced the selection of the GSX 70, a full-featured solid-state weather radar by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force fleet of RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Equipped to fly at a maximum altitude of 60,000 feet with an endurance of 32+ hours, the Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance UAS. The GSX 70 provides operators with real-time weather information to help analyze convective weather threats and make confident decisions as the mission progresses. The Doppler-enabled weather radar also provides exceptional range and adjustable scanning profiles with precision target definition tailored to the Global Hawk. The GSX 70 will further increase mission effectiveness, safety and reliability, reduce operational costs and expand the overall utility of these aircraft.

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