Garmin® Team X introduces new, full featured GMA™ 245/245R audio panels

Combines Bluetooth® wireless music, phone, 3D Audio and more

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced the GMA 245 and GMA 245R, all-digital, Bluetooth audio panels
designed for experimental amateur-built (EAB) and light sport aircraft
(LSA). The GMA 245 is a panel-mount audio panel with a rich set of
convenient and simple-to-use controls, while the GMA 245R is a
remote-mount audio panel, both designed to interface with the G3X™ Touch
flight display. These Bluetooth-enabled audio panels boast superior
sound quality and an impressive list of additional features, such as
advanced auto squelch, music bass boost, advanced equalizer settings, 3D
Audio processing, wireless integration with the VIRB® XE
action camera and more. When interfaced to the G3X Touch flight display,
both audio panels introduce more capabilities and offer advanced
integration potential to provide pilots with an exclusive in-flight

“Team X, our dedicated experimental engineering team, continues to
expand the unique feature set of G3X Touch with the GMA 245/245R by
bringing home theater sound quality to the cockpit,” said Carl Wolf,
Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “When selecting
an audio panel for their homebuilt aircraft, pilots no longer have to
settle for a minimal feature set due to price or lack of integration.
With the new GMA 245/245R, pilots can take advantage of advanced audio
capabilities with optimal integration and an intuitive user interface –
all for a great price.”

G3X Touch meets Bluetooth wireless audio

Wireless communication further expands the utility of G3X Touch by
allowing pilots the capability to connect a smartphone or tablet to the
GMA 245/245R to easily make or receive phone calls and stream audio
entertainment via Bluetooth. Incoming phone calls are annunciated by
both visual and aural cues so pilots can easily make, receive or
complete phone calls without significantly diverting their attention
from the flight display. The remote-mounted GMA 245R merges seamlessly
with G3X Touch for a sleek installation. For pilots who wish to
integrate a dedicated audio panel alongside a G3X Touch flight display,
the panel-mount GMA 245 incorporates dedicated music and intercom volume
control knobs, a backlit keypad and more.

Innovative audio feature set

Music effects add to the rich audio characteristics provided by the GMA
245/GMA 245R, allowing pilots to select bass boost levels, as well as
equalizer effects, including rock, classical and pop. Advanced auto
squelch automatically adapts to the volume level within the cockpit and
allows for natural conversation through headsets at all ambient noise
levels. Expanding upon the exceptional quality and G3X Touch integration
of the existing GTR 20/GTR 200 series radio/intercoms, the GMA 245/245R
includes a six-place stereo intercom and support for up to three stereo
music inputs. Additionally, a built-in digital clearance recorder can
record up to 60 seconds of selected COMM radio transmissions so pilots
can play back difficult clearances.

Garmin was the first to introduce 3D Audio technology to general
aviation and the GMA 245/245R includes this capability, which mimics how
pilots hear and process multiple audio sources. With stereo headsets,
incoming audio is spatially separated to reflect how people process
sound and conversation by differentiating audio sources and their unique
locations or seat position. For example, sound from COMM 1 will come
from the left, whereas sound from COMM 2 will sound as though it’s
coming from the right.

VIRB XE integration

Bluetooth connectivity offered by the GMA 245/245R is further extended
to integrate with Garmin’s HD action camera, VIRB XE. In place of a VIRB
XE headset cable, the GMA 245/245R and VIRB XE connect wirelessly to
allow pilots the option to overlay intercom audio and air traffic
control communications while capturing high definition video. With the
GMA 245/245R, pilots are offered the option of remotely mounting VIRB XE
within Bluetooth range to capture HD video at the perfect angle, without
concern of the camera being in reach of a headset cable.

Contributing to an easy and convenient upgrade path, the GMA 245/245R is
rack and pin-compatible* with the GMA 240, GMA 340 and third-party audio
panels for experimental aircraft. For pilots seeking a stand-alone or
remote-mount solution, the GMA 245/245R offers seamless integration with
G3X Touch. The GMA 245R is expected to be available in April 2016
starting at $1,199**, while the GMA 245 is expected to be available in
May 2016 starting at $1,325**. For additional information, visit
or contact a local Garmin authorized dealer.

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*Addition of CAN bus wiring required for G3X Touch integration
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