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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. The company provi...

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: 76
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Age: 51
Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Age: 58
Vice President of Worldwide Sales
Age: 64
Vice President of Communications
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Garmin International, Inc. Key Developments

Garmin International Announces GDL 84H and GDL 88H Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Datalink

Garmin International Inc. announced the GDL 84H and GDL 88H Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink. Helicopter owners and operators are offered added safety benefits with the GDL 84H and GDL 88H, which meet equipage requirements for ADS-B Out while receiving ADS-B In traffic and weather on a mobile device or compatible display in the cockpit. ADS-B In technology provided by the GDL 84H and GDL 88H offer safety enhancing features specifically for helicopters such as TerminalTraffic, On Scene mode, TargetTrend and more. These products meet the unique and stringent demands encountered by helicopter operators, while providing them with a timely solution to meet airspace modernization initiatives. The GDL 84H and GDL 88H provide a rule-compliant ADS-B Out solution for helicopter operators in the U.S., while offering traffic alerting capabilities tailored to these operators and their unique operations. Beneficial traffic and Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather allow pilots to easily access the safety benefits offered by ADS-B on an installed compatible display or mobile device in the cockpit using Garmin Pilot. Enhancing the traffic display, TargetTrend relative motion technology helps pilots visualize the trend of the traffic threats as it relates to their aircraft, while innovative dual-link technology provides pilots with the most comprehensive ADS-B traffic picture available in the industry. On Scene mode minimizes nuisance traffic alerts when intentionally operating in close proximity to other helicopters during hovering operations such as Electronic News Gathering. This pilot-activated sophisticated technology acknowledges nearby traffic by reducing alerts while still providing alerts for new traffic threats. Pilot action is not required when resuming normal flight operations. On Scene mode is available with the GTN 650/750 touchscreen avionics and GDL 88H. As part of Garmin Terminal Safety Suite, TerminalTraffic provides pilots with the most comprehensive picture of ADS-B-equipped aircraft and ground vehicles in the airport environment. ADS-B-equipped aircraft in-flight are easily distinguished from ground vehicles and taxiing aircraft, which are displayed using distinct colors and symbols. 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. Additionally, when configured for helicopter operations, TerminalTraffic helps pilots easily distinguish potential traffic conflicts while in the airport environment by minimizing nuisance alerts from fixed-wing aircraft and abbreviating select alerts while performing unique helicopter maneuvers such as hovering. Flexibility and versatility provided by the GDL 84H and GDL 88H give operators a wide range of display choices to receive the safety and operational benefits offered by these products. The GDL 88H conveniently interfaces with the GTN touchscreen series or GNS WAAS navigators to display ADS-B traffic and weather in the cockpit. For operators without a compatible display, the GDL 84H wirelessly transmits weather and traffic information to a mobile device using Garmin Pilot when paired with the Flight Stream 110/210 Bluetooth® wireless gateway. Additionally, for helicopters that do not already have an approved WAAS position source on board, the GDL 84H and GDL 88H are optionally equipped with a built-in WAAS GPS receiver. These straightforward solutions give operators an easy path to meet airspace requirements, which provide innovative traffic alerting capabilities and give operators a variety of display configurations to receive the benefits of ADS-B traffic and weather.

Garmin International Inc. Selects Garmin for G200 Business Jet

Garmin International Inc. announced the selection and certification of a Garmin Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast solution by Gulfstream for the G200 business jet. The Garmin GTX 3000 Mode S Extended Squitter (ES) transponder and GDL 88 ADS-B datalink combine to fulfill global ADS-B requirements which meet the stringent demands of a variety of aircraft types. This solution addresses the necessary airspace requirements to give business and transport category aircraft operators an immediate path to compliance.

Garmin International Introduces Panoptix™ All-Seeing Sonar

Garmin International Inc. announced Panoptix All-Seeing Sonar, a revolutionary sonar technology that gives mariners the ability to see all around their boat in real-time – forwards, backwards, sideways, and down – even while stationary. Garmin Panoptix is a multi-beam transducer that utilizes a phased-array scanning sonar technology, ideal for near-shore or freshwater fishermen and previously only available in the offshore commercial market. With Panoptix Forward, fishermen can see the bottom, structure, and fish swimming around in front of the boat – in real time – even while stationary. See what’s in front of the boat with the Panoptix Forward Transducer using LiveVü Forward or RealVü 3D Forward modes. LiveVü Forward provides a more live-video look that shows fish swimming and moving toward or away from the boat. Updates are provided with a single ping, providing real-time moving images of what’s in the water. With LiveVü Forward, users can even cast a lure out and watch it as it’s reeled back towards the boat right on the screen. RealVü 3D Forward digitally scans the area in front of the boat, creating a forward-looking 3D view of the bottom, structure and fish. The user can control how quickly the forward area is scanned to provide greater or less detail, making it very easy to identify where the fish really are. Panoptix Down provides a look at what’s swimming below the boat in any direction – in real time – even while stationary. With a Panoptix Down Transducer, fishermen can utilize three remarkable views: LiveVü Down, RealVü 3D Historical or RealVü 3D Down. LiveVü Down provides real-time moving sonar images below the boat. With LiveVü Down, see small baitfish and large target fish swimming around and pinpoint their distance left or right, and their depth. RealVü 3D Historical gives the user a wealth of sonar data. It scrolls through the data as the boat moves to show the history of entire water columns – from the bottom to the surface and all of the fish in between. Bottom contours and fish pop in vivid color in three dimensions. RealVü 3D Down digitally scans the area below the boat from front to back and side to side. A full 3D view of the area under the boat is constructed, showing bottom contour changes, fish and structure, even while stationary. Both the PS31 Panoptix Forward Transducer and PS30 Panoptix Down Transducer are equipped with an internal Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) sensor that constantly adjusts sonar beams to compensate for boat motion. They are compatible with Garmin’s GPSMAP® 7400/7600 series, GPSMAP 8000/8500 series and GPSMAP 7x1, 8x0, and 10x0 series chartplotters, as well as the echoMAP™ 70s and echoMAP 70dv. The Panoptix Forward Transducer is available with an included trolling motor mounting kit and a transom mounting kit, and the Panoptix Down Transducer is sold with the transom mounting kit included. Garmin Panoptix Forward and Down Transducers are expected to be available in the spring of 2015.

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