April 11, 2001
Garmin® First to Bring WAAS to Aviation Portables
Leading avionics manufacturer adds WAAS capabilities to popular
OLATHE, Kan. Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin
Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the leading avionics manufacturer for the
general aviation market, is pleased to offer pilots improved GPS
accuracy for its GPSMAP 295 by enabling the popular portable to
accept enhanced position data from the Wide Area Augmentation
"We are excited to offer this capability to pilots across
North America," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director
of marketing. "Pilots will appreciate the precise lateral
positioning and stable altitude readings that WAAS will bring
to the GPSMAP 295."
In August 2000, the FAA approved WAAS for VFR use only. One of
the greatest benefits of WAAS is enhanced vertical navigation.
The system has yet to be certified for IFR flight.
With WAAS enabled on their GPSMAP 295, VFR pilots will notice
an observable improvement in GPS altitude readings on a brilliant
color moving map for incredible situational awareness. Pilots
can see their position over landmarks using the GPSMAP 295's
built-in basemap, while viewing critical Jeppesen® data on its
unique moving map/HSI split screen. Pilots can also move the GPSMAP
295 from the cockpit to their car for easy navigation down the
highway using any number of mapping products from Garmin's
exclusive MapSource® line.
Garmin has already made its WAAS solution available to GPSMAP
295 owners as a software update on its corporate website.
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