Garmin® Unveils Vantage, the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Line of ADS-B Solutions

And Offers Generous Rebates For Select Vantage Solutions

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
unveiled Garmin Vantage, a family of existing Automatic Dependent
Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solutions designed to exceed the needs of
aircraft owners and operators around the world. These ADS-B solutions
serve a diverse number of aircraft and their operators, including
experimental, general aviation, helicopter, business and transport
category aircraft. Garmin Vantage encompasses the industry’s most
comprehensive line of ADS-B solutions that are presently available to
address air traffic modernization initiatives around the world, while
offering safety enhancements to aircraft owners.

“As the market leader, Garmin was the first to develop an ADS-B solution
well over a decade ago and today we are proud to have more compliant
solutions and more aircraft flying with ADS-B than anyone else in the
industry,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and
marketing. “Garmin’s heritage of innovation has paved the way for
thousands of pilots to realize the immediate safety benefits of ADS-B
today. Regardless of what type of aircraft you fly, where you fly or
what you’re looking to get out of ADS-B, pilots can depend on a Garmin
Vantage ADS-B solution to exceed their needs and keep them flying.”

Vantage ADS-B Solutions for General Aviation are Timely and Simple

For aircraft without modern display technologies, the GDL® 84
presents many aircraft owners with a cost-effective solution to meet
NextGen requirements without the need to overhaul the panel of the
aircraft. The GDL 84 offers experimental and general aviation aircraft
an all-inclusive option to wirelessly display weather and traffic on a
mobile device, while meeting regulatory requirements for ADS-B Out when
operating below 18,000 feet. Additionally, for aircraft owners who do
not already have a compatible WAAS GPS position source on board their
aircraft, the GDL 84 offers a built-in WAAS GPS receiver. The GDL 88
goes one step further to provide the benefits of ADS-B on a compatible
display installed in the panel. These Garmin Vantage ADS-B solutions are
approved for hundreds of aircraft makes and models and provide pilots
operating in the U.S. with a simple, straightforward option to meet
airspace requirements.

Thousands of Garmin-Equipped Aircraft Owners Worldwide Are Close to
ADS-B Compliance

Thousands of customers already equipped with Garmin avionics in their
panel are provided an easy upgrade path to meet ADS-B airspace
requirements around the globe, thanks to our heritage of scalable and
upgradable product designs. Aircraft owners who already have a GTX 330
or GTX 33 transponder can optionally pursue a simple Extended Squitter
(ES) upgrade for $1,200* (plus installation). When paired with a
compatible WAAS position source, this quick and easy upgrade provides
the transponder with the appropriate transmission capabilities to meet
ADS-B Out requirements. For GNS non-WAAS customers, a path is available
to upgrade existing avionics to WAAS for use as an approved ADS-B Out
position source.

Industry-First Features Optimized for Helicopters

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. As part of Garmin’s Terminal Safety Solutions,
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. Additionally, while operating in the airport environment,
nuisance alerts from fixed-wing aircraft are minimized and abbreviated
while performing unique helicopter maneuvers such as hovering. On Scene
mode also works in the background to minimize nuisance traffic alerts
when intentionally operating in close proximity to other helicopters
during hovering operations such as Electronic News Gathering. On Scene
mode is available with the GTN™ 650/750 touchscreen avionics and GDL 88H.

Solutions for Business and Transport Aircraft

As part of Garmin’s expansive ADS-B portfolio, the GTX 3000 meets
current compliance standards as a certified ADS-B Out solution when
paired with a WAAS position source such as the GDL 88, allowing this
cohesive system to meet ADS-B requirements for a variety of business and
transport category aircraft. With this Vantage solution, owners and
operators can satisfy global ADS-B requirements and receive the benefits
of ADS-B without the need to pursue costly Flight Management Systems
(FMS) or cockpit display upgrades. Utilizing the internal WAAS/SBAS
receiver within the GDL 88, the GTX 3000 transponder broadcasts aircraft
identity, state and intent data (DO-260B compliant) to air traffic
control, while integrating with existing equipment such as TCAS systems
and transponder controllers. This Vantage ADS-B solution is currently
certified for the Gulfstream G150 and G200 business aircraft and is
available at the Gulfstream Service Center in Dallas, Texas.

Additionally, Garmin is currently working with select Garmin Authorized
Dealers to approve this Vantage solution via Supplemental Type
Certificate (STC) in the following aircraft, which will be made
available to the Garmin Dealer Network:

  • Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP; Elliott Aviation
  • Hawker 750, 800A/XP, 850XP; 900XP; Elliott Aviation
  • Citation V; Executive Aircraft Maintenance
  • Learjet 60; Butler National Corporation
  • Learjet 35A; Butler National Corporation

Integrated Flight Deck Upgrades

Many aircraft manufacturers are pursuing transponder-based solutions
such as the GTX 33 ES, which are becoming available as an ADS-B Out
compliant option for aircraft with a WAAS-enabled Integrated Flight
Deck. For aircraft without WAAS, the GDL 84 can offer ADS-B Out
compliance and ADS-B In capabilities for display on a mobile device.
Garmin continues to work on solutions for Integrated Flight Decks that
will be made available to aircraft manufacturers.

Garmin Vantage ADS-B solutions are further extended to experimental
amateur-built and light sport aircraft (LSA). Pilots who install the
non-certified G3X™ and G3X Touch systems can become ADS-B Out compliant
with the remote-mounted GTX 23 ES transponder, when paired with an
approved WAAS position source, such as a GTN touchscreen navigator.
Transponder control is provided on the display of G3X and G3X Touch,
giving pilots convenient access to this remotely installed solution.

Preserve the Panel of the Aircraft

Minimally intrusive ADS-B solutions provided by Garmin Vantage are
available to aircraft owners who do not wish to modify the panel of
their aircraft. The GDL 84 and GDL 88 contains patented AutoSquawk
wireless interrogation technology, which interfaces with existing
equipment to synchronize the squawk code between the transponder and the
ADS-B Out solution, eliminating the need to install a separate dedicated
UAT control panel. These Garmin Vantage ADS-B solutions interface with a
wide range of general aviation transponders so pilots are offered
flexibility without the cost of a major installation.

Superior ADS-B In Features with Garmin Vantage

Dual-link technology offered by the GDL 84 and GDL 88, provides pilots
with the most comprehensive traffic picture available in the industry
today as these solutions receive on both approved ADS-B frequencies.
Enhancing the traffic picture, TargetTrend™ offers pilots a heightened
state of situational awareness. Traffic trajectories and potential
conflicts are easier to identify with TargetTrend, which incorporates
relative motion technology to help pilots visualize closure rate of
nearby traffic targets. The traffic picture is further enhanced during
taxi, takeoff and landing with TerminalTraffic, which detects and
displays other aircraft or ground vehicles on runways or taxiways who
are also broadcasting their ADS-B position information. 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.

Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather products are
another example of the many benefits offered by receiving ADS-B In.
Select Garmin Vantage ADS-B solutions take advantage of
subscription-free weather, including NEXRAD imagery, METARs, TAFs, winds
and temperatures aloft, PIREPs, NOTAMs and more within the U.S. These
weather products are accessible on a variety of certified displays and
mobile devices, offering pilots a number of possibilities when it comes
to receiving the benefits of weather and traffic in the cockpit.

Discover Educational Tools, Plan Your Installation, Save Money

Garmin Vantage is backed by decades of experience resulting in superior
integration, industry leading technology and exclusive features
unmatched by any other ADS-B solution available on the market. Aircraft
owners can discover which Garmin Vantage solution best suits their needs
by visiting our newly redesigned ADS-B website, which provides owners
with the tools needed to make informed decisions regarding their
individual installations. Garmin’s new website guides pilots through a
series of graphics, videos and also features an interactive installation
planner to suggest a Garmin Vantage solution tailored to their
individual aircraft and operations. For a limited time, the installation
planner concludes by supplying a $200 discount certificate good toward
the purchase of select Garmin Vantage ADS-B solutions. Visit our updated
website at:

Additionally, Garmin plans to conduct a series of online ADS-B webinars
for customers. The first webinar will be hosted on March 18, 2015 at
7:00 PM CDT. These webinars will discuss the technicalities surrounding
ADS-B, address commonly asked questions and highlight a variety of
Garmin Vantage ADS-B solutions that can help aircraft owners receive
added safety benefits while satisfying global ADS-B requirements. To
register for one of Garmin’s webinars or to attend a regional ADS-B
seminar conducted by a Garmin aviation regional sales manager, visit:

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

For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and
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, SafeTaxi GDL are registered trademarks and TargetTrend,
TerminalTraffic, GTN and G3X are trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its

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expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in
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*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price


Garmin International Inc.Jessica Koss, [email protected]