aerobatic pilot Bob Hoover visits Garmin®, sees the birthpace of
his avionics stack
Kan.-- It's not every day that a legend walks through your front
door. So when Bob Hoover decided he wanted to visit the headquarters
of Garmin International, the staff rolled out the red carpet for
this acclaimed pilot.
visited with many friends and admirers on staff and toured the
manufacturing plant April 5 to witness the birthplace of his avionics
stack. He and his associates walked along assembly lines, viewed
testing areas, and visited the construction site for Garmin's
140,000 square-foot expansion.
International has enjoyed a rewarding relationship with Hoover
over the years, serving as his primary avionics sponsor. And considering
recent events, his visit was even more memorable.
the rest of the aviation world, we were saddened to learn that
Bob Hoover has suspended his airshows this year," said Gary Kelley,
director of marketing, Garmin International. "His decision to
visit us before he prepares to retire his Shrike Commander at
this year's Sun 'N Fun Fly-In was truly an honor."
will navigate his final approach into Lakeland, Fla., this Sunday,
using dual Garmin GNS 430s and a GTX™ 320 transponder. Hoover's
aircraft and Garmin's avionics will be on display at Sun 'n Fun
for the next two years, pending acceptance into the Smithsonian
National Air & Space Museum.