Garmin® Brings Safety Enhancing Electronic Stability and Protection To G3X™ And G3X Touch Systems That Utilize Garmin Autopilot

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced the availability of Electronic Stability and Protection
(ESP-X) technology for aircraft using Garmin’s G3X autopilot servos.
This electronic monitoring and stability augmentation system works to
assist the pilot in maintaining the aircraft in a stable flight
condition. Available for the first time in this market, ESP-X functions
independently of Garmin’s G3X autopilot system and works in the
background to provide an extra envelope of protection to help avoid
inadvertent flight attitudes and provide airspeed protection while the
pilot is hand-flying the aircraft.

“Until today, the safety benefits offered by electronic stability
protection have not been available to the experimental and light sport
market and we are thrilled to now provide this technology to our loyal
G3X and G3X Touch customers,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation
sales and marketing. “Garmin ESP-X brings a new level of capability and
layer of protection to customers flying with our autopilot and we are
excited to be the first to bring this technology to this market, which
at one time was only available on certified aircraft.”

Should the pilot become inattentive, Garmin ESP-X provides pilots with
an added measure of protection and correction to enhance in-flight
safety. When a pilot exceeds user-selected pitch, roll or airspeed
limitations, Garmin ESP-X provides gentle nudges on the flight controls
to lessen the aircraft’s pitch attitude or bank angle. Even further, the
correcting force becomes stronger if the aircraft pitch, bank or
airspeed exceedance grows further away from the preset limits. While
ESP-X adds a substantial margin of safety to the wide range of flight
regimes within its designed operational limits, there are in-flight
situations that can exceed the recovery capabilities of ESP-X technology.

As the pilot takes corrective action to reduce the abnormal flight
attitude or airspeed, the influence of Garmin ESP-X eventually fades and
turns off when the aircraft returns to its normal flight envelope.
Conversely, should the pilot become incapacitated and the system detects
it has been activated for more than fifteen seconds, the autopilot
engages with the flight director in Level Mode, bringing the aircraft to
level flight until the pilot commands otherwise. In addition to flight
control corrections, pilots are also provided visual cues on the
displays of G3X and G3X Touch indicating ESP-X is engaged. Yellow
chevrons provide visual pitch guidance and configurable roll limit
indicators indicate where ESP-X engages to provide bank guidance.

Garmin ESP-X goes beyond providing pitch and bank envelope protection to
also offer high and low airspeed protection. In a high airspeed
situation, Garmin ESP-X engages the Garmin G3X autopilot servos to apply
back pressure to increase the aircraft’s pitch attitude. Built-in
parameters further prevent the aircraft from exceeding G-limit load
factors as the pitch attitude increases. In low airspeed situations,
Garmin ESP-X engages to provide a gentle pitch-down force to reduce the
possibility of stalling the aircraft. Furthermore, when the aircraft is
operating within 200 feet of the ground, Garmin ESP-X automatically

Utilizing Garmin’s G3X autopilot servos, Garmin ESP-X continuously
monitors attitude and airspeed while the pilot hand flies the aircraft
to provide pre-determined correcting inputs should they be needed.
Pitch, roll and airspeed envelope protection parameters are customizable
on the displays of G3X and G3X Touch, so pilots can select what
limitations best suit their individual flying habits. For flight
training or aerobatics, Garmin ESP-X can easily be inhibited within the
automatic flight control system (AFCS) menu of G3X and G3X Touch or by
installing an optional dedicated switch in the panel.

Garmin ESP-X is available as a software update at no cost for customers
with G3X and G3X Touch flight display systems with Garmin’s integrated
autopilot. For additional information or to download this software
upgrade, visit:

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Garmin International Inc.Jessica Koss, [email protected]