Garmin® Introduces Helicopter-Specific ADS-B Solutions with Industry-First Features

New GDL® 84H and GDL 88H Offer On Scene Mode, TerminalTraffic™ and More

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced the GDL 84H and GDL 88H Automatic Dependent
Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink. Helicopter owners and operators
are offered added safety benefits with the GDL 84H and GDL 88H, which
meet equipage requirements for ADS-B Out while receiving ADS-B In
traffic and weather on a mobile device or compatible display in the
cockpit. Industry leading ADS-B In technology provided by the GDL 84H
and GDL 88H offer safety enhancing features specifically for helicopters
such as TerminalTraffic, On Scene mode, TargetTrend and more. These
products meet the unique and stringent demands encountered by helicopter
operators, while providing them with a timely solution to meet airspace
modernization initiatives.

“We have leveraged our expertise in the helicopter industry to develop
these optimized solutions that offer immediate benefits for helicopter
operators today, while allowing them to meet the requirements of ADS-B
Out by December 31, 2019,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation
sales and marketing. “The universal adoption of ADS-B promises to bring
widespread access to traffic and weather information that was previously
out of reach for many helicopter operators due to cost, availability and
installation concerns. Garmin continues to invest in innovative and
forward-thinking technology by offering affordable and scalable ADS-B
solutions that enhance safety and situational awareness for our

The GDL 84H and GDL 88H provide a rule-compliant ADS-B Out solution for
helicopter operators in the U.S., while offering state-of-the-art
traffic alerting capabilities tailored to these operators and their
unique operations. Beneficial traffic and Flight Information
Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather allow pilots to easily access the
safety benefits offered by ADS-B on an installed compatible display or
mobile device in the cockpit using Garmin Pilot™. Enhancing the traffic
display, TargetTrend relative motion technology helps pilots visualize
the trend of the traffic threats 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.

On Scene mode minimizes nuisance traffic alerts when intentionally
operating in close proximity to other helicopters during hovering
operations such as Electronic News Gathering. This pilot-activated
sophisticated technology acknowledges nearby traffic by reducing alerts
while still providing alerts for new traffic threats. Pilot action is
not required when resuming normal flight operations. On Scene mode is
available with the GTN™ 650/750 touchscreen avionics and GDL 88H.

As part of Garmin’s Terminal Safety Suite, TerminalTraffic provides
pilots with the most 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. All of
this information is presented to the pilot on a simple, easy to
understand SafeTaxi® diagram with reference to runways,
taxiways hangar locations and more. Additionally, when configured for
helicopter operations, TerminalTraffic helps pilots easily distinguish
potential traffic conflicts while in the airport environment by
minimizing nuisance alerts from fixed-wing aircraft and abbreviating
select alerts while performing unique helicopter maneuvers such as

Flexibility and versatility provided by the GDL 84H and GDL 88H give
operators a wide range of display choices to receive the safety and
operational benefits offered by these products. The GDL 88H conveniently
interfaces with the GTN touchscreen series or GNS WAAS navigators to
display ADS-B traffic and weather in the cockpit. For operators without
a compatible display, the GDL 84H wirelessly transmits weather and
traffic information to a mobile device using Garmin Pilot when paired
with the Flight Stream 110/210 Bluetooth® wireless gateway.
Additionally, for helicopters that do not already have an approved WAAS
position source on board, the GDL 84H and GDL 88H are optionally
equipped with a built-in WAAS GPS receiver. These straightforward
solutions give operators an easy path to meet airspace requirements,
which provide innovative traffic alerting capabilities and give
operators a variety of display configurations to receive the benefits of
ADS-B traffic and weather.

Garmin is expecting to receive Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for
the installation of the GDL 84H and GDL 88H in several popular
helicopter models in Q2 2015. The GDL 84H system with an internal WAAS
receiver and Flight Stream 110 Bluetooth wireless gateway is expected to
be available starting at $5,995*. Additionally, the GDL 88H is expected
to be available starting at $4,795*. For additional information
regarding ADS-B, visit Garmin’s ADS-B Academy at:
or contact a Garmin Authorized Dealer.

Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to
OEM, aftermarket, military and government customers. Garmin’s portfolio
includes Integrated Flight Decks, navigation, communication, flight
control, hazard avoidance, an expansive suite of ADS-B solutions and
other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability,
and value. For more information about Garmin’s full line of avionics, go

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wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live
an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units,
including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.
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About Garmin

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN).
Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United
Kingdom. Garmin, GDL, SafeTaxi and Bluetooth are registered trademarks
and Garmin Pilot, GTN and TerminalTraffic are trademarks of Garmin Ltd.
or its subsidiaries.

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*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (installation not included).


Garmin International Inc.Jessica Koss, [email protected]