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Garmin® announces the G1000H™ for Helicopters

6 March 2011 @ 10:30 AM  / Aviation /


All-glass, integrated avionics with synthetic vision, HTAWS, weather and more

OLATHE, Kan./March 6, 2011/BUSINESS WIRE — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the G1000H, an all-glass avionics system designed specifically for the VFR Part 27 helicopter market. The G1000H provides important flight data — flight instrumentation, navigation, communication, weather, terrain, traffic, identification, and diagnostics and maintenance computer — and presents it digitally to the pilot on large, high-resolution displays.

“The G1000H is a highly flexible and scalable solution designed to fit a broad range of helicopter manufacturers panels and configurations,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “It brings an unprecedented level of safety, simplicity and situational awareness within reach of new helicopter buyers.”

Leveraging the best features from its fixed-wing G1000 counterpart, the G1000H seamlessly integrates control and presentation of virtually all flight data, sensor and instrument functions in one comprehensive “big picture” package. The G1000H includes features like single or dual integrated solid-state attitude and heading reference systems (AHRS) that can align while in motion, including in-flight dynamic restarts and handle highly dynamic flight maneuvers; full reversionary capabilities allowing all flight-critical data to transfer seamlessly to a single display; integrated digital audio control system; and integrated Mode S transponder that interfaces to Garmin’s TIS capable transponders and ADS-B transceivers.

The physical architecture of the G1000H uses modern data-bus technology that reduces wire count and overall weight and simplifies installation and maintenance. Line-replaceable units (LRUs), which have been designed to withstand helicopter vibration levels, are integrated with sensors throughout the aircraft and transfer data seamlessly from these sensors to the PFD/MFD to deliver real-time information to the pilot.

The robust G1000H also has numerous optional features that are also available to manufacturers:

• HSVT displays an “out-the-window” view of the surroundings, regardless of the weather conditions. This synthetic vision seamlessly blends information about the rotorcraft’s position with topographic databases to create and display real-time 3D images. Land, water and sky are clearly differentiated with shading and textures that are similar to the topographical colors found on the MFD moving map. HSVT alerts pilots of potential ground hazards by displaying terrain and obstacles which pose a threat to the aircraft. (optional)
• HTAWS provides graphical and audible alerts of potential terrain and obstacle conflicts along the flight path. Garmin’s HTAWS includes forward looking terrain avoidance (FLTA) capability with visual and aural advisories to keep pilots informed of hazardous terrain and obstacles. (optional)
• GDL® 69AH enables the display of graphical XM WX weather including NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, TFRs, winds aloft, echo tops, precipitation type at the surface, lightning strikes, storm-cell data, AIRMETs, and SIGMETs. It also supports digital-quality audio via XM radio. (optional)
• GTS series traffic systems offers TAS or TCAS I capability and combines active and passive surveillance data to pinpoint specific traffic threats. (optional)
• GSR 56H Iridium datalink and GDL 59H data logger and Wi-Fi datalink are independent systems that offer features like worldwide weather, voice communication, text messaging and data communication (optional).
• GMA 350H digital audio panel with voice recognition, 3D spatial audio processing, advanced auto squelch, three COM support, night vision compatibles green annunciation and backlighting, and new split-COM modes (1/3 and 2/3), and ambient noise based volume adjustment so that pilots’ workload is decreased while increasing their situational awareness.

Bell Helicopter is the first manufacturer to select the G1000H and it will be installed on the Bell 407GX. The Garmin avionics system tailored to Bell’s 407GX includes advanced capabilities like HSVT, HTAWS and tail rotor camera. Additional information about the G1000H or Garmin’s complete line of helicopter products is available at garmin.com/helicopters.

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 Switzerland, 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/pressroomor contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and GDL are registered trademarks, and G1000H is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. 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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 26, 2010, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983).  A copy of such Form 10-Q is available 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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