Garmin® Brings High-End Flight Deck Technology and Animated NEXRAD to GTN™ 650/750 Touchscreen Series

Sixth major GTN update also incorporates customized holds, fuel range rings and more

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced an expanded feature set and new enhancements for the GTN
touchscreen avionics. These new capabilities include customer-requested
features such as creating and executing customized holding patterns,
search and rescue patterns, as well as animated NEXRAD weather imagery
from a variety of weather sources. The GTN 650/750 incorporate enhanced
navigation functions that are commonly found within popular Garmin
Integrated Flight Decks, including the display of fuel range rings, the
ability to fly Instrument Approach Procedures (IAPs) with radius-to-fix
(RF) leg types and the option to load a secondary approach while flying
a missed approach segment. Many of these new features are enabled by a
free software update to bring advanced capabilities and even more
functionality to the existing GTN 650/750 touchscreen avionics.

“The GTN touchscreen series has been built upon our innovative culture,
heritage in providing reliable, highly capable avionics and dedication
to give our loyal customers more features, while increasing the utility
of the GTN through software updates,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of
aviation marketing and sales. “We’ve listened to our customers and
incorporated a number of their requests to give them what they want out
of their GTN 650/750 – and more. We’ve gone one step further and raised
the bar by incorporating capabilities that surpass other navigators on
the market, which is what customers have come to know and expect from

Customized Holds

Pilots who fly with the GTN touchscreen series now have the flexibility
to quickly build customized holding patterns. These holds may be created
over an existing fix in the navigation database or over a user-defined
waypoint and inserted into a flight plan or via direct-to navigation.
When creating a hold, pilots can easily input inbound or outbound course
guidance, select left or right turns and specify leg length in time or
distance. Additionally, pilots may input an Expect Further Clearance
(EFC) time, which populates a message on the display of the GTN as a
reminder to depart the hold or contact ATC. Unpublished holds or those
assigned by air traffic control are easily created and displayed on the
GTN 650/750 to simplify the process of flying a holding pattern. With a
compatible autopilot, this process is further simplified to support
flying the entry of the hold and the holding pattern.

NextGen Navigation Capability

Garmin is thrilled to offer radius-to-fix (RF) leg support within a
retrofit navigator, providing customers with the GTN 650/750 additional
instrument approach options. With the GTN touchscreen series and a
digital Horizontal Situation Indicator (HSI), including the G500 or G600
flight displays, pilots can now fly RF leg types, which are sometimes
found in complex Instrument Approach Procedures. This new capability
provides pilots and operators with greater access to airports in areas
of the world where instrument approaches are nestled among
terrain-challenged environments.

Additional instrument approach enhancements include the option to load a
secondary approach during the missed approach segment, so pilots can
have ample time to prepare for the next approach sequence. For added
situational awareness, waypoints prior to the final approach fix (FAF)
are also displayed when selecting a vectors-to-final (VTF) transition.
Additionally, smoother flight plan mapping takes aircraft speed into
consideration, resulting in newly designed curved flight plan segments,
as opposed to rigid, point-to-point flight plan connections. These new
curved segments allow pilots to better anticipate turns based on

Animated NEXRAD Radar

Weather-related decision-making is easier with the GTN 650/750, which
helps pilots interpret datalink radar imagery more easily by animating a
variety of radar sources. The GTN animates precipitation from several
weather sources, including Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B)
Regional and CONUS radar imagery from the GDL® 88 ADS-B
datalink. Additional weather sources include SiriusXM US and Canada
NEXRAD radar information received from the GDL 69® SXM
receiver, as well as precipitation imagery received from the GSR 56®
Iridium datalink transceiver.

Fuel Range Ring

Popular among Garmin’s Integrated Flight Deck product line, the GTN
series can now overlay an optional fuel range ring overtop the moving
map, displaying the remaining flight distance for the given amount of
fuel on board. Aircraft range until operating on reserve fuel and total
endurance are displayed as a green dashed line and yellow solid line,
respectively. Reserve fuel times are configurable so they can be
tailored to each particular flight or operation. The addition of a fuel
flow sensor is required to display fuel range data.

Search and Rescue Patterns

For operators conducting SAR missions, the GTN 650/750 can automatically
generate flight plans for four search patterns: Parallel Line Search,
Expanding Square, Orbit or Sector Search patterns. These search patterns
may be inserted directly into the flight plan or via direct-to
navigation. SAR is available as an option and aids in crew situational
awareness during these missions by streamlining the process of entering,
managing and flying search patterns. Even more, SAR patterns can be
flown by a compatible autopilot, so pilots can more easily focus on the
task at hand.

Customer-Requested Features

Based on a number of customer requests, additional features provide
pilots with a variety of enhancements to their existing GTN 650/750
series products. These new options include:

  • GTN COMM/NAV control from G3X™ Touch display
  • Additional Metric and Imperial unit display options
  • Updated ownship fixed-wing aircraft icons
  • LP+V approach support

These new features are expected to be available Q3 2015 from Garmin
Authorized Dealers for hundreds of aircraft makes and models, including
popular helicopter models (installation and optional feature charges may
apply). The GTN software upgrade is supported by Garmin’s award-winning
aviation support team, which provides 24/7 worldwide technical and
warranty support. For additional information, visit

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Garmin International Inc.Jessica Koss, [email protected]