Garmin® helicopter avionics suite selected by Air Evac Lifeteam

Modernized avionics enhances situational awareness, exceeds industry requirements and reduces pilot workload

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced the selection of a completely integrated Garmin avionics suite
by Air Evac Lifeteam for its fleet of Bell 206 and Bell 407 helicopters.
This Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compatible upgrade consists of the G500H
glass flight display, GTN™ 650 touchscreen GPS/NAV/COMM and GTR 225 COMM
radio, as well as the GDL® 88 ADS-B datalink and GRA 55 radar
altimeter. Optimized for rotorcraft, this avionics suite offers robust
features that reduce pilot workload and assure fleet commonality.
Additionally, these avionics fulfill Part 135 radar altimeter and
Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) equipage requirements set forth by the
FAA, as well as Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS)
and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) initiatives. The
Garmin Pilot™ app completes this comprehensive suite by offering unique
helicopter-tailored features so operators are equipped with the latest

“The selection of a fully equipped Garmin avionics suite is a
declaration of the performance and dependability provided by our
equipment and further demonstrates Air Evac’s commitment to providing
its crews and patients with the most advanced technology the industry
has to offer,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales
and marketing. “We are excited the relationship with Air Evac has
expanded with its growing needs to now provide a comprehensive solution
that goes beyond a state-of-the-art avionics suite. Our valued,
long-term relationship has evolved to benefit pilots, patients and crew
alike and we look forward to supporting Air Evac with the most
integrated and advanced avionics suite on the market that enhances
situational awareness for their operations.”

Tony Bonham, senior director of flight operations for Air Evac Lifeteam,
said the company has a long-standing relationship with Garmin. “Our
pilots are excited that Air Evac made a commitment to equip its fleet
with the Garmin G500H and GTN 650,” he said. “They have used Garmin’s
equipment for several years and are confident the new G500H and GTN 650
will bring a new element of situational awareness to the aircraft.”

The G500H is a dual-screen electronic flight display system designed
specifically for the VFR helicopter market. The primary flight display
(PFD) and multi-function display (MFD) within the G500H displays
position, altitude, speed and more, directly in the field of view of the
pilot. The GTN 650 touchscreen GPS/NAV/COM is seamlessly integrated with
the G500H to provide operators with state-of-the-art navigation
capabilities. Crew workload is reduced with the GTR 225 COM radio, which
incorporates frequency lookup and reverse lookup functions via an
internal database on a large, sunlight-readable LCD display.

State-of-the-art HTAWS technology continuously works to monitor
surrounding terrain and obstacles. Operators are provided with visual
and aural alerts of potential terrain and obstacle conflicts, which are
available within the GTN touchscreen navigator and on the PFD of the
G500H. Garmin HTAWS incorporates a five-color terrain scale (red,
orange, yellow, green and black) and provides pilot-selectable voice
callouts when descending from 500 to 100 feet above ground level (AGL).
Furthermore, Garmin’s HTAWS offers Reduced Protection (RP) mode that
allows low-level operations with minimal alerting, while continuing to
provide terrain and obstacle protection. In addition to HTAWS, optional
WireAware™ wire-strike avoidance technology overlays comprehensive power
line location and altitude information on the moving map so they’re
easier to identify relative to the flight path of the helicopter.

Helicopter Air Ambulance requirements are easily met with Garmin’s
high-performance and cost-effective GRA 55 radar altimeter, which
conveniently displays altitudes on the PFD of the G500H. Leveraging
patented digital signal processing, this technology incorporates
built-in self-test monitors that continuously cross-check system and
data integrity, assuring the pilot of an accurate height above ground
measurement. In addition to one hundred foot callouts, the GRA 55 offers
an additional 50-foot callout when paired with HTAWS.

The dual-link GDL 88 ADS-B datalink provides helicopter operators with a
solution to meet ADS-B airspace requirements. For added awareness,
traffic information received by the GDL 88 is conveniently displayed on
the G500H and GTN 650, which also features audible traffic callouts.
Additionally, the GDL 88 receives FAA subscription-free Flight
Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather, displaying graphical
NEXRAD radar information, NOTAMs, METARs, TAFs, TFRs and more on the
G500H and GTN 650.

The Garmin Pilot app leverages unique helicopter-tailored features,
which help Helicopter Air Ambulance operators meet rules recently
established by the FAA. When entering a departure and destination pair,
Garmin Pilot easily identifies the highest obstacle along the route of
flight in mean sea level (MSL) and above ground level (AGL). These
obstacles are easily identified on the flight plan page, as well as the
moving map page. Additionally, Garmin Pilot provides these operators
with convenient access to IFR and VFR Helicopter Route Charts throughout
eight major metropolitan areas within the United States.

The Garmin avionics suite selected by Air Evac is NVG compatible. These
avionics are supported by Garmin’s award-winning aviation support team,
which provides 24/7 worldwide technical and warranty support. For more
information, visit
and for details regarding additional helicopter solutions from Garmin,
email [email protected].

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OEM, aftermarket, military and government customers. Garmin’s portfolio
includes navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, an
expansive suite of ADS-B solutions and other products and services that
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