June 5, 2003
Garmin® Announces Enhancements for 400/500 Avionics
OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International
Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today unveiled the
company’s plans to upgrade its 400 and 500 avionics series,
including the feature-rich, integrated GNS
430 and GNS 530. These
upgrades refer to specific avionics units [see below] and include
terrain advisories, certified Terrain Avoidance and Warning System
(TAWS) and precision landings via the Wide Area Augmentation
System (WAAS). The company plans to start implementing its internal
terrain and TAWS upgrades later this year.
It has always been a goal of ours to add terrain, TAWS-B and
WAAS to our popular line of panel-mount avionics, and we’re
excited to deliver these internal upgrades to our popular 400
and 500 series," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director
of marketing. "Pilots can expect true-to-form Garmin innovation
in the way that our MFD-like GNS 430 and GNS 530 will display
critical information about the terrain below and ahead of them,
improving overall flight safety."
Garmin is committed to continuously improving
its avionics as a service to current and future 400/500 series
maps out further enhancements to its avionics product line, the
company plans to offer the following upgrades to owners of its
GPS 400, GNC® 420, GNS 430, GPS 500 and
GNS 530 avionics units. These upgrades follow respective timelines:
- Garmin will offer terrain advisories as an internal upgrade
on its 400/500 avionics in the fourth quarter of 2003. This upgrade
will cost $500 and will enable the 400/500 series to identify
potential hazards, displaying them in yellow and red, so the
pilot can avoid possible CFIT accidents.
- Additionally, current Garmin 500 series owners can opt for
a Class-B TAWS upgrade starting in the fourth quarter of 2003.
This upgrade will cost $6,495 for orders placed through the
of the year. TAWS upgrades must be completed at Garmin's
factory overhaul facilities in Olathe, Kan., and Romsey,
U.K. This upgrade meets an important FAA mandate requiring
for turbine-powered aircraft with six or more passenger seats.
- Garmin is committed to offering WAAS upgrades for the 400/500
series and plans to provide the benefits of WAAS on these
products for less than $1,500 by the end of 2004. This upgrade
be completed at Garmin's overhaul facilities in the
U.S. and U.K.
Garmin: General Aviation's Stack
avionics have been installed on nearly three-fourths of all U.S.
single- and twin-engine piston and turbine aircraft
retrofitted since 2000. The company’s panel-mount avionics
have also gained significant market share among factory-installed
equipment on general aviation aircraft during that same time
period. The typical Garmin avionics stack includes the GNS 430/530,
GTX™ 330 and GMA 340.
At the heart of the industry’s
leading avionics suite are the Garmin GNS 430 and GNS 530. The
GNS 430/530 integrates IFR GPS; VHF navigation with VOR, instrument
landing system (ILS) with glideslope; and VHF communication in
either 10- or 16-watt configuration with 8.33-kHz channel spacing — and
presents this information on a four-inch and five-inch (diagonal)
color, moving-map display, respectively. Both units display critical
Jeppesen® data, which is overlaid on a detailed basemap of cities,
highways, rivers, lakes and geopolitical borders. The GNS 430/530
also provides interface capabilities for weather data link via
the Garmin GDL 49, lightning detection and traffic. The GNS 430
and GNS 530 are compatible with aircraft with 14- or 28-volt
electrical systems and carry list prices of $9,250 and $14,995
for 10-watt COM units, respectively, and $14,250 and $19,995
for 16-watt COM units, respectively.
The GTX 330 is a solid-state, digital Mode S transponder with
an interface for traffic awareness via the FAA’s Traffic
Information Service (TIS). Garmin was the first manufacturer
to certify a TIS-enabled Mode S transponder, giving pilots the
ability to receive traffic updates within 60 miles of nearly
120 participating airports in the U.S. The data is transferred
to the display of the GNS 430/530, including flight-path vectors — allowing
the pilot to see what the ATC sees. Like all solid-state Garmin
transponders, the GTX 330 uses less power, reduces heat emissions
and requires no warm-up time. Its yellow-on-black digital display
allows for easy viewing and operation when entering squawk codes
and flight IDs. Further, the GTX 330 can display outside air
temperature, altitude and density altitude. It also features
a voice annunciator, which alerts the pilot when pre-set altitude
limits have been exceeded. Garmin also offers the GTX 330D, which
takes all of the features of the GTX 330 and adds another receiver
and antenna for improved visibility to TCAS-equipped aircraft
flying overhead. The GTX 330 and GTX 330D have list prices of
$4,995 and $9,995, respectively.
The GMA 340 Audio Panel rounds out the Garmin avionics suite.
The GMS 340 is designed to offer pilots reliable and versatile
audio-switching functions in a user-friendly front panel layout.
Among other things, the GMA 340 offers a six-position stereo
intercom, three COM positions with split COM, marker beacon
with audio-muting, TX indication, and a speaker output for radios
and PA function. The GMA 340 has a list price of $1,650.
International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq:
GRMN) group of companies, which
designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information
devices — most
of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader
in the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products
serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless
and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman
Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the
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 and GNC are registered trademarks, and GNS 430, GNS 530,
400, GNC 420, GPS 500, GDL 49. GTX 330 and GMA 340 are trademarks
of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. All other trademarks may
be the property of their respective owners.
Notice on forward-looking statements:
This release includes projections and other forward-looking
statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Any
the company’s future financial position, revenues, earnings,
product introductions, plans and objectives are forward-looking
statements. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed
in this release may not occur and actual results could differ
materially as a result of risk factors affecting Garmin. Information
concerning risk factors that could affect Garmin's actual
results is contained in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for
the year ended December 28, 2002, 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