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Garmin(R) Introduces Helicopter-Specific ADS-B Solutions with Industry-First Features

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Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) , today announced the GDL 84H and GDL 88H Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink. Helicopter owners and operators are offered added safety benefits with the GDL 84H and GDL 88H, which meet equipage requirements for ADS-B Out while receiving ADS-B In traffic and weather on a mobile device or compatible display in the cockpit. Industry leading ADS-B In technology provided by the GDL 84H and GDL 88H offer safety enhancing features specifically for helicopters such as TerminalTraffic, On Scene mode, TargetTrend and more. These products meet the unique and stringent demands encountered by helicopter operators, while providing them with a timely solution to meet airspace modernization initiatives.

Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics (Photo: Business Wire)

Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics (Photo: Business Wire)

“We have leveraged our expertise in the helicopter industry to develop these optimized solutions that offer immediate benefits for helicopter operators today, while allowing them to meet the requirements of ADS-B Out by December 31, 2019,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The universal adoption of ADS-B promises to bring widespread access to traffic and weather information that was previously out of reach for many helicopter operators due to cost, availability and installation concerns. Garmin continues to invest in innovative and forward-thinking technology by offering affordable and scalable ADS-B solutions that enhance safety and situational awareness for our customers.”

The GDL 84H and GDL 88H provide a rule-compliant ADS-B Out solution for helicopter operators in the U.S., while offering state-of-the-art traffic alerting capabilities tailored to these operators and their unique operations. Beneficial traffic and Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather allow pilots to easily access the safety benefits offered by ADS-B on an installed compatible display or mobile device in the cockpit using Garmin PilotTM. Enhancing the traffic display, TargetTrend relative motion technology helps pilots visualize the trend of the traffic threats as it relates to their aircraft, while innovative dual-link technology provides pilots with the most comprehensive ADS-B traffic picture available in the industry.

On Scene mode minimizes nuisance traffic alerts when intentionally operating in close proximity to other helicopters during hovering operations such as Electronic News Gathering. This pilot-activated sophisticated technology acknowledges nearby traffic by reducing alerts while still providing alerts for new traffic threats. Pilot action is not required when resuming normal flight operations. On Scene mode is available with the GTNTM 650/750 touchscreen avionics and GDL 88H.

As part of Garmin’s Terminal Safety Suite, TerminalTraffic provides pilots with the most comprehensive picture of ADS-B-equipped aircraft and ground vehicles in the airport environment. ADS-B-equipped aircraft in-flight are easily distinguished from ground vehicles and taxiing aircraft, which are displayed using distinct colors and symbols. All of this information is presented to the pilot on a simple, easy to understand SafeTaxi(R) diagram with reference to runways, taxiways hangar locations and more. Additionally, when configured for helicopter operations, TerminalTraffic helps pilots easily distinguish potential traffic conflicts while in the airport environment by minimizing nuisance alerts from fixed-wing aircraft and abbreviating select alerts while performing unique helicopter maneuvers such as hovering.

Flexibility and versatility provided by the GDL 84H and GDL 88H give operators a wide range of display choices to receive the safety and operational benefits offered by these products. The GDL 88H conveniently interfaces with the GTN touchscreen series or GNS WAAS navigators to display ADS-B traffic and weather in the cockpit. For operators without a compatible display, the GDL 84H wirelessly transmits weather and traffic information to a mobile device using Garmin Pilot when paired with the Flight Stream 110/210 Bluetooth(R) wireless gateway. Additionally, for helicopters that do not already have an approved WAAS position source on board, the GDL 84H and GDL 88H are optionally equipped with a built-in WAAS GPS receiver. These straightforward solutions give operators an easy path to meet airspace requirements, which provide innovative traffic alerting capabilities and give operators a variety of display configurations to receive the benefits of ADS-B traffic and weather.

Garmin is expecting to receive Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the installation of the GDL 84H and GDL 88H in several popular helicopter models in Q2 2015. The GDL 84H system with an internal WAAS receiver and Flight Stream 110 Bluetooth wireless gateway is expected to be available starting at $5,995*. Additionally, the GDL 88H is expected to be available starting at $4,795*. For additional information regarding ADS-B, visit Garmin’s ADS-B Academy at: www.garmin.com/ads-b or contact a Garmin Authorized Dealer.

Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to OEM, aftermarket, military and government customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes Integrated Flight Decks, navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, an expansive suite of ADS-B solutions and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and value. For more information about Garmin’s full line of avionics, go to www.garmin.com/aviation.

For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin.

About Garmin

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin, GDL, SafeTaxi and Bluetooth are registered trademarks and Garmin Pilot, GTN and TerminalTraffic are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:

This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2014, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (installation not included).

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