Garmin® Receives Certification for G1000® Synthetic Vision System

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the
global leader in satellite navigation, announced today that it received
FAA supplemental type certification (STC) for Garmin Synthetic Vision
Technology (SVT™), which is designed to integrate with the acclaimed
G1000 avionics suite. Garmin’s SVT presents a 3D depiction of terrain,
obstacles and traffic on the G1000’s primary flight-display (PFD) so
that the avionics panel replicates what pilots would see outside the
cockpit on a clear day.

“Garmin’s SVT brings an unprecedented level of integration and awareness
to pilots of G1000-equipped aircraft,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice
president of marketing. “SVT transforms the cockpit by accurately
displaying synthetic terrain, flight hazards, flight path marker and
highway-in-the-sky on the PFD so that the pilot maintains excellent
airborne situational awareness even when flying in conditions of reduced
visibility or darkness. This results in reduced pilot workload and safer

Garmin’s SVT seamlessly blends information about the aircraft’s position
with topographic databases to create and display real-time 3D images.
The information is presented on the G1000’s large flight displays with
XGA (1,024×768-pixel) resolution, superior sunlight readability and wide
viewing angles. SVT presents the necessary information in ways that are
easy to understand so pilots feel at ease interpreting the information.

The foundation of SVT is the depiction of 3D terrain, which is displayed
on the PFD(s). Land, water and sky are clearly differentiated with
shading and textures that are similar to the topographical colors found
on the multi-function display (MFD) moving map. SVT works seamlessly to
alert pilots of potential ground hazards by displaying terrain and
obstacles which pose a threat to the aircraft with appropriate TAWS
alert coloring. Those flying with a TAWS-B enabled (optional) G1000
avionics suite also have the benefit of receiving voice alerts. Terrain
warnings are also depicted on the MFD with a traditional, color-coded
“X” symbol. If the aircraft does not have TAWS-B enabled, reduced
capability AC 23-26 compliant terrain alerting is included with SVT.

Numerous other SVT features increase safety of flight and help pilots
fly with greater precision:

Obstacles: Intuitively enlarges obstacle(s) as aircraft approaches; TAWS
based colors are used when the required obstacle clearance is not met or
in the case of potential obstacle impact

Traffic: TCAS traffic symbology represented in 3D that changes size
relative to range

Flight Path Marker: Displays projected path of the aircraft

Zero Pitch Line: Clearly distinguishes aircraft’s altitude in relation
to nearby terrain

Gridlines: Drawn on the terrain surface and enhances distance perception

Runways: Runway designations and thresholds are superimposed on terrain
data; Unique runway highlighting and enhancements improves runway
visibility from a distance

Airport Signs: Depicts identifier of nearby airports

Pilots will also appreciate SVT’spathways, or Highway-In-The-Sky (HITS)
guidance. Depicted as 3D “flying rectangles”, pathway guidance symbols
help pilots stay on course when flying en route legs, VNAV legs,
GPS/WAAS vertical approach procedures, ILS approach procedures, and
arrival and departure procedures. When on an ILS approach, pilots will
take advantage of Garmin’s patent-pending system whereby SVT relies on
ILS signals to position the pathway. Therefore, when pilots fly through
the SVT boxes on an ILS approach, they will automatically fly the
precision glideslope. Pathways may be enabled or disabled via a PFD

“Garmin’s SVT is another example of our commitment to innovation,” said
Kelley. “Because the G1000 is a truly integrated and expandable system,
all major components are designed and manufactured by a single company
so that they work together to give pilots the complete picture. SVT is a
retrofitable system and we are working with OEMs to develop a process
whereby customers will have the option of adding SVT to their aircraft
with very little downtime.”

SVTalso brings MFD enhancements. At the nose of the MFD’s aircraft
graphic, pilots will see the field of view scan (45-degrees lateral
scan) and flight path predictor that displays the aircraft’s anticipated
flight path.

Garmin’s all-glass, fully-integrated G1000 avionics suite is a
revolutionary design that has set a new standard for the aviation
industry. The lightweight and modular design continue Garmin’s tradition
of technology innovation. The system integrates all primary flight,
navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, weather, engine
instrumentation, and crew-alerting system data, and presents the
composite information on various size large-format PFD(s) and MFD. The
G1000 features the GFC 700, the first entirely new autopilot designed
and certified for the 21st century. The GFC 700 is capable of using all
data available to the G1000 including the ability to maintain airspeed
references and to optimize performance over the entire airspeed envelope.

The G1000 avionics suite also integrates Garmin’s SafeTaxi®,
FliteCharts® and ChartView (optional), which simplify operation, enhance
situational awareness, and increase safety during flight and when
taxiing. Garmin ChartView is an electronic version of Jeppesen’s
extensive library of charts and airport diagrams displayed directly on
the G1000’s MFD. FliteCharts is an electronic version of the National
Aeronautical Chart Office (NACO) U.S. Terminal Procedures Publication
and lets pilots quickly find and view all NACO Departure Procedures
(DP), Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs), approach charts, and
airport diagrams on the MFD. Garmin SafeTaxi helps pilots navigate
unfamiliar airports while taxiing by identifying runways, taxiways, and
hangars, as well as the aircraft’s exact location on the field.

SVT is expected to be available on G900X™ equipped aircraft by July 2008
and on the G1000 King Air C90 retrofit in 2009. Integration of SVT into
existing G1000 systems or yet-to-be-delivered G1000 equipped aircraft is
being coordinated with each aircraft manufacturer. Contact the
individual aircraft manufacturer for SVT price and availability. The
G1000 and SVT are backed by Garmin’s standard warranty and award-winning
product support team. Additional information is available at

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 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
or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin,
G1000, SafeTaxi and FliteCharts are registered trademarks, and G900X and
SVT are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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