September 30, 2003
Diamond Aircraft Adds Garminís G1000 Avionics System to the DA40
OLATHE, Kan./September 30, 2003/PR Newswire — Garmin International
Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced that
Diamond Aircraft Co. has selected the company’s G1000™ integrated
avionics system for the 2004 DA40 Diamond Star. The DA40 will
feature a dual-display G1000 system, boasting a 10-inch primary
flight display (PFD) and 10-inch multi-function display (MFD).
The DA40 Diamond Star is serving as the certification aircraft
for Garmin’s G1000 system.
"This announcement demonstrates that our G1000 avionics
system can be scaled for a range of applications and affordably
to a single-engine piston aircraft with the performance and pricing
of the DA40," said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director
of marketing. "The exciting news is that DA40 owners will
enjoy the same glass-cockpit functionality reserved until recently
only for the turbine market."
The G1000 replaces most of the analog gauges and separate radio
modules on the DA40’s panel with two large-format, XGA-resolution
(1,024 x 768 pixels) color TFT displays. The integrated avionics
system is mounted in the rear of the aircraft and is linked to
the displays via high-speed databus technology. The end result
is that the G1000 gives the pilot the "big picture" on
situational awareness by putting all flight-critical information
at the DA40 pilot’s fingertips on the PFD/MFD combination.
Garmin has integrated the following components into the G1000
system to deliver a robust glass cockpit:
- Digital audio control panel
- Dual integrated radio modules that provide IFR oceanic-approved
GPS; VHF navigation with ILS; and VHF communication with
16-watt transceivers and 8.33-kHz channel spacing
- Mode-S transponder with Traffic Information Service
- Solid-state Attitude and Heading Reference System
- Digital air data computer
"Garmin's all-glass cockpit offers an increased level of
situational awareness, further enhancing the many safety advantages
Diamond Star," said John Gauch, Diamond's vice president
of sales and marketing for North America. "The G1000 avionics
system is revolutionizing the way aircraft are being designed
and we are proud to be the first to offer this exciting equipment
in an aircraft positioned to serve both the recreational and
A composite four-seater, the DA40 remains one of the safest,
most affordable single-engine piston aircraft in its class.
It offers 145-kt. cruise speed, while consuming only 9.5 gallons
of fuel per hour. DA40 aircraft equipped with Garmin’s
G1000 system are expected to begin delivery in 2004.
Garmin 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 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 G1000 is a trademark of Garmin
Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
Diamond Aircraft is a leading manufacturer
of composite aircraft that use new technology when appropriate
to significantly benefit
their customers. As the only manufacturer offering both two-
and four-seat certified aircraft, the company is geared to serving
both the training market as well as the recreational flying market.
For information on Diamond Aircraft or its line of aircraft,
call 888-359-3220 or visit the website at www.diamondair.com.
Notice on forward-looking statements:
This release includes forward-looking
statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Any statements
regarding the company’s
product introductions 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 from www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html.