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February 27, 2004

Garmin’s G1000™ Integrated Avionics System Aboard the HondaJet

OLATHE, Kan./February 27, 2004/PR Newswire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced that the Garmin® G1000 integrated avionics system is onboard and flying in the experimental HondaJet, a prototype compact business jet from Honda Motor Co., Ltd. The experimental HondaJet is equipped with a three-panel configuration of the G1000 system — a 10-inch multi-function display (MFD) flanked on either side by 10-inch primary flight displays (PFDs).

" We are pleased to be associated with the experimental HondaJet program, because it represents multiple technology innovations that hold much promise," said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. "The G1000 offers leading-edge integration, quality engineering, system reliability and low cost of ownership — attributes that perfectly complement this exciting bizjet."

Garmin’s all-glass flightdeck in the experimental HondaJet presents all flight-critical data — from engine and flight instrumentation to navigation, communication, weather, terrain and traffic data — digitally on three large-format, high-resolution displays and puts all primary controls within the pilot’s reach. The result is increased situational awareness and reduced pilot workload. The brilliant flight displays feature XGA (1,024x768-pixel) resolution and superior sunlight readability, as well as wide viewing angles. The G1000 boasts a lightweight, modular design, making it an ideal fit for Honda’s compact jet. Additionally, the HondaJet’s G1000 cockpit includes the following system components:

  • Dual digital audio control panels
  • Dual integrated radio modules that provide WAAS-capable IFR oceanic-approved GPS; VHF navigation with ILS; and VHF communication with 16-watt transceivers and 8.33-kHz channel spacing
  • Dual Mode-S transponders with Traffic Information Service
  • Dual digital Attitude and Heading Reference Systems
  • Dual RVSM-compliant digital air data computers
  • Three-axis digital Automatic Flight Control System
  • Four-color digital weather radar
  • Integrated Class-B Terrain Awareness and Warning System with worldwide terrain and obstacle database

The experimental HondaJet is a six-seat compact jet that offers superior fuel efficiency and best-in-class cabin space. Its fuel-efficient HF118 turbofan engines are mounted in a unique over-the-wing configuration. The HondaJet also incorporates a new fuselage design, airfoil innovations and improved aerodynamic performance.

The Garmin G1000-equipped HondaJet completed its first flight in December 2003, and is currently undergoing 200 hours of additional flight-testing at Piedmont Triad Airport in Greensboro, N.C.

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 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.
Honda (NYSE: HMC) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automobiles and power products and the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world. Honda has always sought to provide genuine satisfaction to customers worldwide. The result is more than 120 manufacturing facilities in 30 countries worldwide, producing a wide range of products, including motorcycles, ATVs, generators, marine engines, lawn and garden equipment and automobiles that bring the company into contact with over 17 million customers annually.
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