Garmin Pilot™ adds suite of new tools for pre-flight planning and in-flight operations to Apple mobile devices

Introduces weight & balance, aircraft performance tables, checklists, Freehand™ flight plan and more

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced integrated weight and balance calculations, as well as
aircraft performance tables and calculations within the Garmin Pilot app
on Apple mobile devices. Also new to Garmin Pilot, Freehand flight
planning allows for quick and easy flight plan editing from the moving
map page. Pilot-configurable checklists are also integrated within
Garmin Pilot, providing pilots the option to create custom checklists
that are accessible within the app. These new features and more are
available as a free update for existing customers and provide pilots
with even more tools to aid in flight planning and in-flight navigation
all within a single mobile application.

“We continue to pack more features and incorporate more capabilities
into Garmin Pilot to provide our customers with a premier, all-inclusive
application,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales
and marketing. “Pilots have been requesting an all-in-one app that
merges their flight plan with other information pertaining to the
flight, such as performance calculations, weight and balance and more.
We’re excited to be the first to bring our customers this fully
integrated experience so pilots have everything they need – from
pre-flight to post-flight – all within Garmin Pilot.”

Integrated weight & balance

Garmin Pilot is the first application that incorporates weight and
balance calculations into a flight plan or a saved trip, taking into
account fuel burn and more for a comprehensive look at weight and
balance characteristics throughout an entire flight. Pilots can take
advantage of pre-loaded aircraft types or enter aircraft weight and
balance figures manually, noting the arm, moment and station of each
point from the Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH). Figures such as center
of gravity (CG) are easily referenced in the application relative to an
active flight plan. In the event CG limits entered within the app are
exceeded, pilots receive a visual alert. Additionally, customized weight
and balance profiles can be shared across multiple Garmin Pilot
accounts. For example, pilots that operate a single airplane in a club
can easily share the same weight and balance profile across different
Garmin Pilot accounts.

Enhanced performance calculation

New performance tables conveniently calculate climb, cruise and decent
profiles so pilots can easily reference performance characteristics
specific to their aircraft within Garmin Pilot. Pilots are provided with
an interactive and graphically-rich interface to input figures that
calculate aircraft performance, including variables such as power
setting, fuel and distance to climb and cruise. All aircraft performance
calculations also take into account pertinent factors such as outside
air temperature (OAT) and altitude. Several of the most popular
fixed-wing aircraft models among Garmin Pilot users are pre-populated
within the app, however, similar to weight and balance data, aircraft
performance tables that are manually created may be shared across
multiple Garmin Pilot accounts. Additional aircraft types are expected
to be added to the aircraft library in upcoming Garmin Pilot releases.

Additional flyGarmin

Enhanced flyGarmin integration provides customers with more
opportunities to easily customize and save data within the Garmin Pilot
app. Pilots now have the option to input and save their own aircraft
performance characteristics manually within the flyGarmin website, which
can be shared across individualized aircraft profiles with other pilots
across different accounts. Customized checklists can also be created
within flyGarmin and synced to the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device.


With a single tap pilots can utilize new Freehand flight plan editing,
which can be quickly accessed via the radial menu within Garmin Pilot.
Freehand allows pilots to easily plan or fly around weather, airspace,
terrain or other pertinent features without leaving the moving map.
Simply access Freehand by long-pressing over an active flight plan route
on the map. By selecting the graphically edit icon within the radial
menu, pilots can either tap individual waypoints or utilize Freehand
mode to dynamically draw a route, which uses a combination of NavAids,
intersections and airports to generate a new flight plan with a simple
finger swipe across the map.

Customized Checklists

Checklists can now easily be created and displayed within the Garmin
Pilot app. Similar to an aircraft POH, these checklists can be
categorized by normal, abnormal and emergency and then sorted even
further by phase of flight, such as preflight, before take-off and
before landing. Customized checklists are also interactive, allowing
pilots to select each individual checklist item. When selected, the
checklist item turns green and a green checkmark confirms the step has
been completed.

Additional features

  • Pilots can easily import multiple user-defined waypoints into Garmin
    Pilot using a CSV file format from a computer.
  • Flight plans can now be created online using AOPA’s Flight Planner or
    SkyVector on a computer and sent to Garmin Pilot on a mobile device.
  • Pilots can configure home screen icons to suit their flight planning

Garmin Pilot 8.5 for Apple mobile devices 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
StoreSM 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. For additional
information, visit:

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Garmin International Inc. Jessica Koss, 913-397-8200 [email protected]