Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced that it has received several new international validations including approval in Europe for the King Air 300/350 G1000 upgrade as well as the more recent software enhancements for the GTN 750 and 650 series in Europe, Canada, and Brazil. “Garmin continues a legacy of making significant technological investments to ensure its avionics equipment is available to aircraft operators around the globe,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “We design our products with global requirements in mind, and these validations affirm that our products and technologies continue to meet the demands of customers around the world.” Specifically, Garmin has received the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) validation of the U.S. STC (supplemental type certificate) for the installation of the G1000® avionics suite in the King Air 300/350 models. This new approval adds to the existing validations from both Brazil and Canada, and adds to the King Air 200/B200 U.S. STC validations in Europe, Canada, and Brazil. The installation of the G1000 system dramatically modernizes the King Air’s panel and meets current European regulatory requirements including 8.33 kHz VHF Communication, VHF Com Immunity from FM radio broadcasts, B-RNAV, P-RNAV, APV/SBAS, RVSM, SSR Mode S Elementary Surveillance (ELS), SSR Mode S Enhanced Surveillance (EHS), ADS-B (Automatic Dependant Surveillance Broadcast), and TAWS Class A or Class B. Additionally, this validation allows pilots to fly with the best-in-class GFC 700 autopilot as standard equipment. The King Air 300/350 STC also includes approval for Garmin’s synthetic vision technology (SVT™) that presents a 3D depiction of terrain, obstacle, traffic and the runway environment on the G1000’s primary flight display. Other popular options include global connectivity (worldwide weather, voice, and text messaging), as well as TAS and TCAS traffic systems, and more. The entire upgrade has the potential to increase the useful load by approximately 250 pounds.
Also in Europe, Garmin is working with EASA to validate the U.S. STC for the GTN™ series v4.1 software, which builds on the popular features from v3.0 including display support for an optional weather radar, optional global connectivity, including worldwide weather, 3D audio, GNS 530W/430W cross fill, and the ability to toggle on and off the depiction of certain European airspace. Version 4.1 software also adds new features for helicopters like high resolution 2.5 arc second terrain data for HTAWS, as well as support for metric fuel units. Combining the latest in multi-function display (MFD) features with touchscreen data entry and integrated radio tuning – as well as an optional remote transponder– the GTN series offers amazing, simple-to-use, technology.Similarly in Canada, Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) has also validated the STC for GTN series v4.1 software, and in Brazil, the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) has validated the U.S. STC for the GTN series v3.0 software. Garmin is also working with EASA on an AML minor change approval for the GTR and GNC series of VHF radios that will provide airworthiness approval for hundreds of makes and models of aircraft. This broad approval will help reduce the cost of installation on these radios. For more details on the availability for installation, pilots should contact their local dealer. Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to OEM, aftermarket, military and government customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, surveillance, 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, www.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garmin. About Garmin International Inc. Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, 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, G1000, and FliteCharts are registered trademarks and SVT and GTN 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.
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