Garmin® introduces major enhancements to Garmin Pilot™ for European operators

New update brings free global VFR flight plan filing, additional overlays to profile view and more

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced new enhancements made available within the Garmin Pilot app
for iOS mobile devices. Pilots flying around the globe, including
Europe, are now offered the option of filing VFR flight plans for free
directly with the country Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) with a
Garmin Pilot subscription. Additional features for iOS include a flight
profile view, new VFR charts for the United Kingdom and France,
customized personal minimums, preferred runway selection based on
favorable winds, aera® 660 integration and new,
cost-effective pricing subscriptions.

“We’re dedicated to growing our global presence with Garmin Pilot by now
offering pilots the capability to file their flight plans directly
within the app, while also expanding chart availability within select
European countries,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation
sales and marketing. “In addition to making a series of enhancements
within Europe, we’ve incorporated many safety-minded features, including
the option of displaying METAR’s within the flight profile view and
incorporating customized personal minimums. All of these new features
combined into a single app give customers added reassurance that
flight-critical items are not overlooked during pre-flight planning and
in-flight navigation.”

Global VFR flight plan filing and expanded European chart coverage

Garmin Pilot streamlines pre-flight planning and now flight plan filing
within Europe, allowing pilots to file a VFR flight plan within the
application direct with the country Aeronautical Information Service
(AIS). Rich, interactive maps integrated within Garmin Pilot offer
comprehensive coverage throughout Europe, so flight planning is simple.
Unique to Garmin Pilot, a radial menu provides easy on-screen access to
create user waypoints, navigate direct-to, graphically edit flight
plans, view weather conditions and airport information at a glance.
Weather radar and satellite imagery throughout Western Europe can be
overlaid on the moving map so pilots can easily discern if precipitation
or cloud cover will impact a particular flight. METARs, TAFs, AIRMETs,
SIGMETs, NOTAMs and winds aloft throughout Europe may be displayed
graphically as an overlay on the moving map, within the airport
information page and as a widget in split-screen mode on an iPad, aiding
in the pre-flight planning and VFR flight plan filing processes.

VFR chart coverage within France adds to the list of recent enhancements
made within Garmin Pilot. France VFR charts join the recent addition of
United Kingdom VFR charts, so pilots can easily reference important
information for navigating within these countries under Visual Flight
Rules. Garmin Pilot encompasses a library of over 50 VFR and IFR charts
throughout Europe, which are geo-referenced so it’s easy to determine
aircraft location relative to navigation fixes. Additionally, traffic
and weather information overlay on these charts to provide optimal
situational awareness.

Flight profile view

The flight profile view has been expanded to include both iPad and
iPhone mobile devices, displaying a vertical cross section of airspace,
terrain, obstacles and weather to give pilots a more detailed look at
their intended route of flight based on a selected altitude. New display
options include the capability to overlay aviation routine weather
reports (METARs) and bodies of water within the profile view for at a
glance interpretation while connected to the Internet. When paired with
the GTX 345 ADS-B transponder, Flight Stream 210 or the GDL®
39 3D, ADS-B In traffic can be viewed within profile view while
in-flight. Back-up attitude information received by these products can
also be viewed within the synthetic vision (SVX) page and the
split-screen panel page of Garmin Pilot.

Customized personal minimums

Pilots can establish personal minimums or flight operations minimums as
part of their pilot profile within the Garmin Pilot app, serving as an
extra margin of safety during the planning phase of flight. Cloud
ceiling and visibility minimums, as well as maximum crosswind components
can be tailored to each pilot profile and differentiated between day or
night. While flight planning, if weather minimums may be exceeded,
pilots will be notified within the trip planning form, on the trip
planning icon and within the upcoming trip sections. Once minimums have
been selected, they are stored in the cloud and synced across all mobile

Preferred runway selection

Selecting the most favorable runway based on the current headwind or
crosswind components at a departure or destination airport is easier
with Garmin Pilot. Wind direction is color-coded red and green to
identify the most favorable runway and can be viewed on the airport
page, within the radial menu and split screen widget to assist pilots in
selecting the best runway at a given airport.

aera 660 integration

Wireless flight plan transfer is enabled between Garmin Pilot and the
new aera 660 aviation portable. When both products are connected via
Bluetooth, pilots can input flight plan information on one product and
wirelessly transfer it to the other to ensure flight plans match,
minimizing pilot workload.

New, cost-effective subscription options

Garmin is pleased announce new, lower pricing of the Garmin Pilot base
subscription, which provides worldwide navigation and weather for
$149.99 annually. Additionally, value-added VFR and IFR charts are
attractively priced to enhance the functionality of the application.

Garmin Pilot 8.2 for iOS is available immediately as a free update,
providing existing customers access to these latest features. For new
customers, Garmin Pilot is available in the Apple App Store as a free
download for the first 30 days. After the 30-day trial period, customers
may purchase an annual subscription of Garmin Pilot for the U.S.
starting at $74.99. Annual subscriptions for worldwide navigation and
weather coverage now starts at $149.99, with affordable options to
purchase country-specific VFR and IFR charts. Visit the Apple App store
to download Garmin Pilot and visit
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Garmin International Inc.Jessica Koss, [email protected]