Press Release

Garmin’s Avionics Are First to Meet the FAA’s ADS-B Requirements

July 31, 2008 3:45 PM EDT

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, continues to develop products that promote the advancement of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) avionics, and has recently supported its local Kansas City aviation community by assisting to equip six law enforcement and news helicopters with ADS-B avionics.

“Garmin has proven its commitment to ADS-B by participating in the development of innovative avionics equipment to enhance flight safety as part of the FAA’s SBS Program Office and Alaskan Capstone projects,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing.

Garmin was the first company to certify and deploy ADS-B avionics for both air transport and general aviation customers:

  • The GDL® 90 is aviation’s first certified ADS-B UAT datalink transceiver. Designed as a remote-mounted unit, the GDL 90 broadcasts position, velocity and vector information and receives ground and air based data and transfers that data in the form of weather data, traffic and TFRs to the Garmin GMX 200 multi-function display. The GDL 90 is the first TSO C154-certified Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) and includes a TSO C145a WAAS GPS sensor that offers outstanding position accuracy and integrity. Garmin has delivered over 1,800 GDL 90 transceivers since the first delivery in 2004.
  • In addition to the GMX 200, other cockpit display of traffic information (CDTI) options for the GDL 90 include the G1000 integrated flight deck, the popular GNS™ 430 and GNS 530 panel mount products as well as the GPSMAP® 396 and 496 portable products.
  • Garmin recently announced the GTX™ 330 and GTX 33 transponders with 1090 MHz extended squitter (ES) capabilities that are ADS-B compatible, so that general aviation aircraft can automatically transmit position, velocity and heading information. The 1090 MHz ES (TSO-C166a) builds upon the existing system by transmitting pertinent aircraft information independent of being interrogated.

“We encouraged and assisted the Kansas City Police Department and four local TV stations to install ADS-B equipment because we believe this technology is indispensable and lifesaving,” said Kelley. “When a breaking news story or accident occurs, news and law enforcement helicopter pilots must fly in the exact same airspace. Previously, they relied on visual contact and progressive radio calls to maintain in-flight separation but now they can see each other using the ADS-B equipment, which we believe will significantly increase the overall safety.“

The FAA is beginning to implement a nationwide ADS-B infrastructure of ground stations to improve traffic efficiency and improve situational awareness in the cockpit. The ADS-B ground stations can track aircraft movement and will eventually be used to provide radar-like traffic separation services. Additionally, these ground stations will broadcast graphical and textual weather information via the FAA’s Flight Information Service (FIS-B), traffic targets being tracked by air traffic control (ATC) via the FAA’s Traffic Information Service (TIS-B), and graphical TFR information. The federal government currently plans to offer all of these services free of charge to general aviation and commercial operators.

About Garmin International Inc.

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin, GPSMAP and GDL are registered trademarks, and GTX and GNS are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. All statements regarding the company’s future product introductions are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on management's current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2007, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of Garmin’s Form 10-K can be downloaded at No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.