Garmin® celebrates a milestone in aviation, delivers one-millionth certified product

Garmin International, Inc. a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
celebrated the delivery of the one-millionth certified avionics product
from its manufacturing facility in Olathe, Kansas. The milestone product
was a GTX™ 3000 DO-260B compliant Mode S Extended Squitter (ES)
transponder, which enables ADS-B Out transmissions and features TCAS
II/ACAS II compatibility for a wide range of business and transport
category aircraft.

“Since our inception over 28 years ago, Garmin has been committed to
providing superior products that are known for their innovation,
reliability and intuitive design,” said Phil Straub, Garmin executive
vice president, managing director of aviation. “This milestone is a
testament to our long-established commitment to making significant
investments in research and development, as well as the hard work and
dedication of thousands of passionate Garmin team members that I have
the pleasure of working with every day.”

“As we celebrate this exciting accomplishment, I am very proud of how
our teams have managed such significant growth while maintaining the
culture of our company as our founders set forth,” said Carl Wolf, vice
president of aviation marketing and sales. “The breadth and depth of our
certified aviation product line has expanded greatly over the years,
allowing us to develop new markets for Garmin. This incredible milestone
doesn’t even include the hundreds of thousands of portable and other
non-certified products that our customers use every day. On behalf of
Garmin, I wish to express my utmost gratitude to our loyal customers,
our dealers and the aircraft manufacturers all around the globe who have
helped us to accomplish such a tremendous achievement in Garmin’s

In conjunction with innovative advancements made in general aviation,
Garmin continues to broaden its pioneering vision into the Part 25
business and transport aircraft market. Garmin boasts a number of
retrofit installation approvals in a variety of aircraft that span from
the King Air series to the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP. Forward-fit
products such as the milestone GTX 3000 provide operators with a
transponder-based product that is flexible enough to interface with the
G5000 integrated flight deck on the Citation Longitude or provide a path
to continued ADS-B compliance for legacy aircraft such as an ATR 42/72,
a DC-9 or Falcon 900.

Established by co-founders Gary Burrell and Dr. Min Kao in 1989 in
Lenexa, Kansas, Garmin was founded with its core roots in aviation.
Today, Garmin has grown to comprise of five business segments and over
11,000 employees around the globe. From a single product, the evolution
of Garmin avionics solutions has grown to serve multiple segments within
the aviation industry, including general aviation, business aviation,
helicopter, experimental amateur-built (EAB), defense and air transport.

The success of the aviation business segment within Garmin has been
built through numerous achievements over the last 28 years including:

  • The GPS 100 AVD, a navigator dedicated for visual flight, which was
    described as, “one of the most intuitively designed new avionic
    products to reach the general market in years,” by Fred George in the
    1991 December issue of Flying Magazine. The GPS 100 AVD laid the
    ground work for future milestones and set the standard for product
    development at Garmin.
  • In 1994, the GPS 155 TSO was the world’s first GPS navigation product
    to be fully certified (FAA TSO-C129, Class A1 standards) for
    non-precision instrument approach use. For the first time, pilots
    could fly in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) throughout the
    departure, enroute and approach phases of flight utilizing GPS as
    their primary source of navigation.
  • Four years later in 1998, Garmin introduced another first: an
    integrated GPS, COM, VOR, LOC and glideslope product complete with a
    color moving-map, the GNS® 430. When the GNS 430 and GNS
    530 received Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) certification in
    2006, the popular IFR certified GPS gave pilots even greater
    instrument approach capabilities. Today, over 125,000 GNS navigators
    are installed in a variety of aircraft throughout the world.
  • As part of the vision since Garmin’s inception, the G1000®
    integrated flight deck was introduced in 2003 when Cessna announced
    the selection of G1000 on the Citation Mustang. Since its
    introduction, G1000 has brought many safety-enhancing benefits to the
    general aviation market, including synthetic vision technology (SVT™),
    automatic flight control integration, Class A/B and helicopter Terrain
    Awareness and Warning System (TAWS), WAAS, geo-referenced charts,
    Electronic Stability Protection (ESP) and more. Over the years, the
    G2000®, G3000® and G5000®, as well as
    the G1000H® and G5000H joined the Garmin integrated flight
    deck family. Growing the suite even further earlier this year, Garmin
    introduced the successor to the admired G1000, the G1000 NXi. Today,
    over 16,500 Garmin integrated flight deck systems are flying
    worldwide, which have been certified in 70 aircraft models ranging
    from single-engine and multi-engine piston aircraft, turboprops,
    rotorcraft and business jet aircraft from 20 different aircraft
  • The successor to the ever-popular GNS 430W/530W came to market in
    2011, when the first touchscreen avionics certified for general
    aviation aircraft were announced at the Aircraft Electronics
    Association (AEA) National Convention – the GTN™ 650 and GTN 750.
    Today, these navigators continue to bring a host of additional
    capabilities, including touchscreen graphical flight plan editing,
    wireless database loading and flight plan transfer, high-resolution
    mapping, advanced traffic and weather benefits, including Automatic
    Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) overlay and more. Most
    recently, the touchscreen evolution has grown to include the new G500
    TXi, G600 TXi, G700 TXi and engine information system (EIS) TXi flight
  • Garmin has also helped pioneer the development and initial deployment
    of ADS-B technology, including Capstone. These experiences led Garmin
    to unveil the industry’s most popular ADS-B solutions, such as the GTX
    345 series of ADS-B transponders, which includes Garmin’s patented
    TargetTrend™. That innovation continues as Garmin introduced the GDL®
    82 in July, which is expected to be one of the most cost-effective and
    easiest to install ADS-B solutions. Today, Garmin has fielded more
    certified ADS-B products than anyone in the industry and offers
    compelling solutions for all segments of aviation.

Through a series of strategic acquisitions and satellite facilities
around the globe, including that of Garmin AT in Salem, Oregon (formerly
known as UPS Aviation Technologies, Inc.) in 2003, Garmin has been able
to achieve greater levels of product innovation while providing a higher
level of service to its aviation customer base. The recent completion of
a $14 million and 66,000 square foot expansion at the Garmin AT facility
is representative of that commitment. That dedication persists as Garmin
embarks on a $200 million expansion at its Olathe, Kansas campus.
Encompassing two phases, construction is already underway for the first
phase that includes an approximately 720,000 square foot manufacturing
and distribution center that will significantly expand the company’s
aviation business segment. This expansion is expected to be completed in
late 2020 and will provide the capacity needed to serve aviation
customers well into the future.

Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to
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
are known for innovation, reliability, and value. For more information
about Garmin’s full line of avionics, go to

For decades, 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. For more
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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, G1000, G2000, G3000, G5000, G1000H, GDL and GNS are
registered trademarks and GTX, GTN, TargetTrend and SVT are trademarks
of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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