Garmin’s Avionics Are First to Meet the FAA’s ADS-B Requirements

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the
global leader in satellite navigation, continues to develop products
that promote the advancement of Automatic Dependent
Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) avionics, and has recently supported its
local Kansas City aviation community by assisting to equip six law
enforcement and news helicopters with ADS-B avionics.

“Garmin has proven its commitment to ADS-B by participating in the
development of innovative avionics equipment to enhance flight safety as
part of the FAA’s SBS Program Office and Alaskan Capstone projects,”
said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing.

Garmin was the first company to certify and deploy ADS-B avionics for
both air transport and general aviation customers:

  • The GDL® 90 is aviation’s first certified ADS-B UAT datalink
    transceiver. Designed as a remote-mounted unit, the GDL 90 broadcasts
    position, velocity and vector information and receives ground and air
    based data and transfers that data in the form of weather data,
    traffic and TFRs to the Garmin GMX 200 multi-function display. The GDL
    90 is the first TSO C154-certified Universal Access Transceiver (UAT)
    and includes a TSO C145a WAAS GPS sensor that offers outstanding
    position accuracy and integrity. Garmin has delivered over 1,800 GDL
    90 transceivers since the first delivery in 2004.
  • In addition to the GMX 200, other cockpit display of traffic
    information (CDTI) options for the GDL 90 include the G1000 integrated
    flight deck, the popular GNS™ 430 and GNS 530 panel mount products as
    well as the GPSMAP® 396 and 496 portable products.
  • Garmin recently announced the GTX™ 330 and GTX 33 transponders with
    1090 MHz extended squitter (ES) capabilities that are ADS-B
    compatible, so that general aviation aircraft can automatically
    transmit position, velocity and heading information. The 1090 MHz ES
    (TSO-C166a) builds upon the existing system by transmitting pertinent
    aircraft information independent of being interrogated.

“We encouraged and assisted the Kansas City Police Department and four
local TV stations to install ADS-B equipment because we believe this
technology is indispensable and lifesaving,” said Kelley. “When a
breaking news story or accident occurs, news and law enforcement
helicopter pilots must fly in the exact same airspace. Previously, they
relied on visual contact and progressive radio calls to maintain
in-flight separation but now they can see each other using the ADS-B
equipment, which we believe will significantly increase the overall

The FAA is beginning to implement a nationwide ADS-B infrastructure of
ground stations to improve traffic efficiency and improve situational
awareness in the cockpit. The ADS-B ground stations can track aircraft
movement and will eventually be used to provide radar-like traffic
separation services. Additionally, these ground stations will broadcast
graphical and textual weather information via the FAA’s Flight
Information Service (FIS-B), traffic targets being tracked by air
traffic control (ATC) via the FAA’s Traffic Information Service (TIS-B),
and graphical TFR information. The federal government currently plans to
offer all of these services free of charge to general aviation and
commercial operators.

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,
GPSMAP and GDL are registered trademarks, and GTX and GNS are trademarks
of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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