Garmin® Enhances New and Existing G500 and G600 Glass Flight Display Systems

Including ADS-B Display Capability, Faster & Modernized Mapping and More

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced enhanced capability and an expanded feature set for the
G500/G600 glass flight display systems. Pilots will experience a faster,
more responsive and modernized mapping display, complete with a number
of enhancements that bring new capabilities to these flight displays. In
addition to a new, vibrant presentation, this update provides support
for the display of advanced Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast
(ADS-B) traffic and weather with the GDL® 88, geo-referenced
FliteCharts®, a number of weather upgrades such as WX 500
Stormscope® support, Canadian weather and more. Approval by
the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) further extends the
validation of this certification to also include hundreds of makes and
models of European-registered general aviation aircraft.

“We continue to make significant enhancements to the G500 and G600
flight displays to ensure those who are considering an avionics upgrade,
as well as our loyal Garmin customers who have invested in a Garmin
glass cockpit, have access to the most forward-thinking capability
available in the industry,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation
sales and marketing. “This update gives these displays a fresh, new look
and expanded capabilities that reduce pilot workload and improve safety
by putting valuable flight and navigation information in the pilot’s
primary field of view. Backed by millions of flight hours, thousands of
installations, hundreds of features, and an award-winning aviation
product support team, the G500 and G600 flight displays give pilots a
number of reasons to upgrade.”

Enhanced Map and Display Functionality

Newly improved dynamic maps expand upon the existing rich and vibrant
mapping display capabilities within the G500/G600 glass flight display
system. Expertise leveraged from incorporating dynamic maps within the
GTN™ 650/750 touchscreen avionics series is integrated into the
G500/G600, resulting in vivid and superior display quality. Pilots will
notice the moving map offers faster display and map rendering and
demonstrates an overall revitalized transformation of the existing
avionics suite. In addition to the newly enhanced display capabilities,
Geo-referenced Garmin FliteCharts terminal approach procedures add an
elevated level of situational awareness. When flying an Instrument
Approach Procedure (IAP), a magenta aircraft icon is overlaid on the
approach plate so pilots can easily identify their location relative to
the approach.

WireAware incorporates wire-strike avoidance technology to graphically
overlay power line locations and altitude information on the moving map.
Altitude is displayed in mean sea level (MSL) and above ground level
(AGL), so power lines are easier to identify relative to the aircraft
flight path. For added protection, Terrain Awareness and Warning System
(TAWS) alerting is also available to provide visual and aural alerting.
The new obstacle database contains Hazardous Obstacle Transmission (HOT)
lines, which typically include those that span rivers, canyons, valleys
or those that are within the vicinity of airports. Single updates for
the new version of the obstacle database, including HOT lines, are
available with U.S. coverage starting at $49.95. Annual subscriptions
and PilotPaks are also available.

Smart Airspace integration makes it easier for pilots to identify what
airspace lies ahead. This feature conveniently highlights the airspace
nearest to the aircraft’s current altitude and de-emphasizes
non-pertinent airspace so pilots can quickly distinguish their location
to the relevant airspace around them. Additionally, newly incorporated
airspace altitude overlays are depicted on the moving map and reduce
pilot workload, particularly in congested airspace. With airspace
altitude overlays, pilots can easily view airspace maximum and minimum
altitudes within the U.S., so it’s easier to identify airspace altitude
limitations at a glance.

Advanced ADS-B Integration

Garmin brings Vantage ADS-B integration to the G500/G600 with the
optional GDL 88 ADS-B datalink, offering pilots the opportunity to
display safety enhancing ADS-B traffic and subscription-free Flight
Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather on these flight displays.
TerminalTraffic™ provides pilots with a comprehensive picture of
ADS-B-equipped aircraft and ground vehicles in the airport environment.
ADS-B-equipped aircraft in-flight are easily distinguished from ground
vehicles and taxiing aircraft, which are displayed using distinct colors
and symbols. Enhancing the traffic display, TargetTrend™ relative motion
technology helps pilots visualize the trend of traffic as it relates to
their aircraft, while innovative dual-link technology provides pilots
with the most comprehensive ADS-B traffic picture available in the
industry. For customers with synthetic vision technology (SVT™) enabled,
traffic targets are also displayed on the PFD. Additionally, weather is
easily accessible on the MFD of the G500/G600, displaying weather
products such as NEXRAD radar, METARs, TAFs, winds and temperatures
aloft, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, PIREPs, as well as datalink TFRs, NOTAMs and
SUA status information. By incorporating the GDL 88 ADS-B datalink,
aircraft owners are provided a simple, rule-compliant ADS-B Out solution
when operating in the U.S. below 18,000 feet, while receiving the safety
benefits of ADS-B In traffic and weather.

Enhanced Weather Support and Compatibility

New weather enhancements offer pilots access to optional weather
products for display on the G500/G600 and provide expanded compatibility
for additional weather radar systems. These new compatibilities include:

  • GWX™ 70 adds optional ground clutter suppression and turbulence
  • GWX 68/GWX 70 enhances existing support for multiple G500/G600 flight
    displays and GTN touchscreen avionics
  • GDL 69® adds support for advanced weather products, such as
    icing, turbulence, PIREPs and Canadian weather
  • WX-500 Stormscope® support

Additional Enhancements

Based on popular customer requests, the G500/G600 flight displays also
offer additional functions and options, including:

  • GRA 55™/ GRA 5500 Radar Altimeter display support
  • GMA 350™ Marker Beacon display
  • Selected altitude arc for easier visualization of desired altitude
    crossing point
  • Pilot-selectable PFD clock/timer
  • Altitude preselect for certain Cessna autopilots
  • Support for full-screen display of external video on the MFD
  • Pilot-selectable outside air temperature (OAT) measurement

EASA Approval

In addition to FAA approval, Garmin has received EASA validation of the
U.S. Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the latest G500/G600
software. With this STC, European customers can take advantage of broad
level aircraft approval using an Approved Model List (AML) containing
hundreds of aircraft makes and models. Customers who have previously
incorporated the G500/G600 flight displays can take advantage of this
approval by upgrading their systems to the latest software.

The new features and capabilities for the G500/G600 are available today
for new installations or as a free software upgrade with a qualifying
ADS-B purchase for existing customers from a Garmin Authorized Dealer
(installation charges may apply). This software upgrade is supported by
Garmin’s award-winning aviation product 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]