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December 01, 2000

Garmin® Avionics Talk to Analog Systems with GAD 42

OLATHE, Kan. – Garmin International, a leading avionics manufacturer for the general aviation industry, is pleased to introduce its new digital-to-analog interface adapter—the GAD 42. Essentially an input/output box, the GAD 42 is TSO-certified to communicate between Garmin's popular panel-mount avionics systems and older systems on many existing aircraft.

Pilots flying turboprop or twin-turbine airframes with older mechanical HSIs, EFIS systems or analog autopilot systems will especially enjoy the reliability and flexibility of Garmin's GNS 430/530 integrated avionics systems by having the GAD 42 installed.

"As a leader in innovation, Garmin has sought solutions to insert our state-of-the-art avionics systems into the cockpits of older corporate aircraft," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International. "Our GAD 42 is the answer to a host of interface challenges in the business aviation market."

The GAD 42 provides several key interfaces, including: ARINC 407 for course, heading and bearing (RMI) data; ARINC 561 for GPS-derived time, distance, speed, and flight plan display and composite roll steering; ARINC 545 for true air speed, enabling wind vector display on the GNS 430 or GNS 530; and RS 422 specifically for Collins compatibility. Though designed for the Garmin product line, the GAD 42 can be installed with any GPS receiver capable of receiving and transmitting the required ARINC 429 information.

The GAD 42 carries a list price of $3,595 and is expected to deliver in December 2000.