Garmin(®) Avionics Selected for the Cirrus Vision Personal Jet

OLATHE, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today that it has been selected by Cirrus Aircraft as the avionics provider for the innovative new Cirrus Vision SF50, a single-engine personal jet.

“We are very pleased that Cirrus has selected Garmin avionics for the Vision,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “Garmin has repeatedly designed and delivered reliable, industry-leading technology to general aviation pilots, and the Cirrus Vision avionics suite will leverage Garmin’s innovation and cockpit management system.”

“Cirrus Aircraft and Garmin share a philosophy of technical innovation and continual product improvement in General Aviation,” said Brent Wouters, Cirrus Aircraft president and CEO. “With the selection of Garmin for the Vision personal jet, we provide great benefit to all Cirrus customers as we now have Garmin’s depth and breadth of avionics’ leadership across the entire Cirrus product line.”

The Cirrus Vision flight deck will include the leading-edge technology that customers expect from Garmin:

  • One primary flight display (PFD) that digitally integrates flight information on a large-format display for easy interpretation by the pilot. The PFD interfaces with Garmin’s Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS), which features rapid, in-motion alignment — and can reliably align, even while the aircraft is in flight.
  • A multifunction display (MFD) that puts aircraft systems monitoring synoptics and flight-planning functions at the pilot’s fingertips. The MFD depicts a composite view of the aircraft’s environment, enhancing situational awareness to provide the pilot with key information to make safe decisions during each phase of flight. Engine performance and situational data such as location, terrain, traffic, weather and airport information are all graphically depicted and can be easily interpreted at a glance on the large-format display.
  • Included will be the seamless integration of Garmin’s automatic flight control system, a fully digital, fail-passive, AHRS based, dual channel, three-axis autopilot that makes it possible for pilots to maintain airspeed references and optimize performance over the entire airspeed envelope.
  • It will support Garmin’s synthetic vision technology (SVT™) that presents a 3D depiction of terrain, obstacles, traffic and the runway environment so that the image on the display replicates what pilots would see outside the cockpit on a clear day. 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, as well as voice alerts. SVT also includes pathways (or Highway-In-The-Sky) that are depicted as 3D “flying rectangles” and 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.

Garmin originally teamed with Cirrus in the late 1990s when the GNS 430 was selected for the SR20. Today, the Cirrus fleet includes Cirrus Perspective, Garmin’s all-glass, fully-integrated flight deck for the SR22 and TURBO models.

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 at or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark, and SVT is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

About Cirrus Aircraft

Cirrus Aircraft, a member of the global portfolio of Arcapita companies, is a recognized leader in personal aviation aircraft. Its popular SR20, SR22 and TURBO composite airplanes incorporate innovative and advanced performance and safety technologies, including the unique Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS™). As of April 2009, total time on the worldwide Cirrus Aircraft SR-series fleet surpassed three million hours. The Cirrus Aircraft Vision Jet, with nearly 500 positions reserved to date, will provide a new personal and regional business transportation solution, the ‘personal jet’. Cirrus has a direct sales force in North America and sales centers in more than 40 countries around the world. For additional information on Cirrus Aircraft and its products please visit:

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This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. All statements regarding the company’s future product introductions are forward-looking statements. 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, 2008, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of Garmin’s Form 10-K can be downloaded at 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.



Garmin International Inc.Jessica Myers, [email protected]