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New Features, Capabilities Available for Garmin Pilot™ App

23 July 2012 @ 6:00 AM  / Aviation /


Supports Subscription-Free Weather, Datalink Traffic, Split-Screen and more

OLATHE, Kan./July 23, 2012/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced new features and capabilities for the Garmin Pilot app for iOS® and Android™ including support for the GDL® 39 portable ADS-B receiver. When paired with a GDL 39, Garmin Pilot can display subscription-free weather and ADS-B datalink traffic information for even greater situational awareness in flight.

“Garmin Pilot now offers more valuable, safety-enhancing information than ever before,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “ADS-B weather and traffic, high-integrity GPS position information and capabilities like split-screen have all been integrated to provide the best picture of the pilot’s operational environment – from the time the flight plan is filed to the time the aircraft lands and everywhere in between.”

The GDL 39 combines a dual-link ADS-B receiver and a GPS receiver into a single product that wirelessly streams ADS-B traffic and weather information to the Garmin Pilot compatible mobile device via built-in Bluetooth® connection. Subscription-free weather information is continuously broadcast using the FAA’s 978 MHz UAT uplink and is similar to the basic services offered by leading commercial satellite weather providers. Weather services include access to NEXRAD imagery, METARs, TAFs, winds and temperatures aloft, PIREPs, NOTAMs and more.

Pilots can also receive ADS-B traffic information and alerts to help identify potential traffic conflicts. In addition to the ability to receive traffic data from TIS-B ground stations, the dual-link GDL 39 offers direct air-to-air ADS-B reception on both ADS-B frequencies (1090 ES and 978 UAT) to provide a more comprehensive view of potential flight path conflicts. Through this integration, Garmin Pilot is the first Garmin product available that supports the display of advanced traffic awareness features like TargetTrend™ relative motion technology. TargetTrend helps the pilot visualize the trend of the traffic threats as it relates to their aircraft to allow an instantaneous view of the traffic picture without any interpretation needed. This results in faster decision making and reduced pilot workload in dense traffic environments.

The iOS version of the Garmin Pilot also now includes split-screen capability, which allows the pilot to split the display in half to view the moving map simultaneously with charts, SafeTaxi®, the Panel Page, weather widgets or active navlog. With this feature, the pilot has access to more information at any given time without having to switch between displays.

Garmin Pilot for Android also has a number of new capabilities including the ability to graphically edit flight plans on the moving map page and support for the Baron MobileLink™ for XM weather reception (sold separately, subscription required).

Garmin Pilot is available today in the App Store and Google Play as a free download for the first 30 days. After that, it is available for a limited-time price of $49.99 per year (regularly $99.99). Pilots can upgrade the standard FliteCharts® to geo-referenced FliteCharts for an additional $49.99 annually, and geo-referenced SafeTaxi diagrams are available for an additional $29.99 annually. For more information, visit www.garmin.com/apps.

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.

About Garmin
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/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin Pilot and TargetTrend are trademarks and Garmin, GDL, FliteCharts and SafeTaxi are registered trademarks 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983).  A copy of such Form 10-K 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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