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Garmin® G3X™ Experimental and LSA Glass Cockpit Adds Engine Sensors and Autopilot Interface

20 January 2010 @ 7:00 AM  / Aviation /


6a00d83451bb7069e20115723bb391970b-200wi OLATHE, Kan./January 20, 2010 — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced details for G3X engine information system (EIS) and integrated autopilot interface. The EIS and autopilot are designed specifically for the G3X and are an affordable way for experimental and light sport aircraft (LSA) pilots to bring Garmin integration and quality into their cockpit. The sensor kits are expected to be available for all popular Lycoming, Continental, Rotax, and Jabiru engines in February 2010.


The G3X is a non-TSO’d, fully-customizable glass cockpit for installation in experimental/kitbuilt and LSA. This announcement was made in conjunction with the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, and the G3X system will be on display in the Garmin, Flight Design, Gobosh Aviation, Jabiru USA, and Tecnam exhibits. 

“The G3X is the ideal glass cockpit for the experimental and LSA market because it gives customers the flexibility they need to customize their aircraft’s panel, while simultaneously offering the advantages that Garmin brings such as innovation, integration, quality, reliability and support,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “Regardless of the type of aircraft a customer operates, they should never have to sacrifice features or services that enhance situational awareness, improve safety of flight, or receive 24x7 customer support – and with Garmin, they don’t have to.”

The G3X is a customizable PFD/MFD combination that features one, two or three all-glass displays; magnetometer; ADAHRS (combined air data and AHRS unit) and engine monitoring. Thanks to its building block design, customers can create a high performance panel that is tailored to their aircraft.

The added EIS software capability is expected to be available in February to all current G3X customers through a free software download. The G3X EIS software allows user customization of engine gauges, color bands, and audible/visual alerts, and supports the following sensor types:
•    RPM
•    Manifold pressure
•    Oil temperature and pressure
•    Coolant temperature and pressure
•    Fuel pressure
•    Up to six cylinder head temperature (CHT) inputs
•    Up to six exhaust gas temperature (EGT) inputs
•    Dual turbine inlet temperature
•    Carburetor temperature
•    Dual voltage inputs
•    Dual current measurements (shunt or Hall effect)
•    Fuel flow (single or differential)
•    Trim position (three-axis)
•    Flap position
•    Up to four discrete (contact closure) inputs
•    Up to four resistive fuel quantity inputs
•    Up to two capacitive fuel quantity inputs

To support EIS features, complete sensor kits for all popular Lycoming, Continental, Rotax, and Jabiru engines are expected to be available in February 2010.

In addition to gaining engine monitoring capabilities, G3X customers will also have the benefit of an integrated autopilot interface that brings tried, tested and proven G1000-like features to LSA and experimental aircraft owners. Customers who select the TruTrak GX Pilot autopilot, which has been designed to integrate seamlessly with the G3X, will enjoy advanced autopilot features that can be operated right from the PFD. Using controls and status indications derived from Garmin’s certified GFC 700, the G3X autopilot interface implements sophisticated flight control modes including altitude preselect and capture, heading hold, GPS navigation with turn anticipation, and coupled VNAV descents. When used in conjunction with a GNS 430W or 530W, the G3X can also fly coupled holding patterns, procedure turns, and WAAS approaches.

The basic G3X system is available at a starting street price of $9,995 and includes a GDU 370 glass display, GSU 73 ADAHRS and engine interface unit, GMU 44 magnetometer and GTP 59 air temperature probe. The G3X engine sensor kits for Lycoming, Continental, Rotax and Jabiru engines are sold separately. A software update that adds EIS and autopilot features is expected to be available for free from www.garmin.com in February 2010. 

Additional information about Garmin’s complete avionics products is available at www.garmin.com.
 
About Garmin International Inc.
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. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark, and G3X is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. All statements regarding the company’s future product introductions are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on management's current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2008, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of Garmin’s Form 10-K can be downloaded at www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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