Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the
global leader in satellite navigation, today announced a new series of
aviation VHF COM and NAV/COM radios, the GTR and GNC series. As the
replacement products for the popular SL 30 and SL 40 models, the GTR
series COM transceivers and GNC series NAV/COM radios include a breadth
of new features to reduce pilot workload, while also offering an
affordable solution to meet the requirements of the 8.33 kHz channel
spacing mandate recently enacted by the European Union under the Single
European Sky (SES) initiative.
"These products have truly reinvented the stand-alone COM and NAV/COM
radios with novel features like reverse database look-up and the COM
monitor function, which bring new efficiencies to cockpit radio
management," said Carl Wolf, Garmin's vice president of aviation sales
and marketing. "But beyond that, these products demonstrate Garmin's
commitment to aviators worldwide by providing the solutions they need to
meet the latest regulatory requirements in their regions, such as the
recent SES mandate."
The SES mandate aims to enhance safety and efficiency of air transport
in Europe by tripling the number of channels available for aircraft
communications. This mandate requires all aircraft using European
airspace to be equipped with 8.33 kHz radios by December 31, 2017.
Select GTR and GNC models offer both 25 kHz and the 8.33 kHz operational
capabilities required to comply with the law.
The series offers a variety of original features never seen before in a
stand-alone COM and NAV/COM radios. A unique frequency database makes it
easy to find frequencies associated with a given airport or facility
just by entering the location name or station ID. And when manually
tuning a frequency, the reverse look-up function will automatically
provide the navaid or airport identifier. Pilots can also find the
nearest airport, area control center, flight service station, weather
frequencies and VORs. All models also include a COM monitor function,
which provides the utility of two receivers in one, allowing the pilot
to listen to ATIS transmissions without leaving the active ATC
frequency, as one example.
The GTR and GNC series automatically store the 20 most recently used
frequencies. Plus, the radios allow for sorage of up to 15 most-used
frequencies such as the pilot's home airport or other frequently visited
destinations. A familiar flip-flop feature allows channels to be entered
in a standby window, and then activated with a press of a button. All
models also include a built-in, voice-activated two-place intercom.
The GNC series NAV/COM radios offer all of the same COM features, while
also adding navigation capability with VOR/ILS with Glideslope. The GNC
series also works well with select Garmin flight displays including the
G500, G600, G500H and G3X™ to display the NAV indicators in the primary
field of view, as well as integrate with most autopilots.
The GTR and GNC series are more powerful than their SL-series
predecessors with versions available with 10- or 16-watt transmit power,
allowing for increased range. The GTR 225 includes 10 watts of transmit
power and 25 kHz frequency spacing for $1,995. The GTR 225A adds 8.33
kHz frequency spacing for $2,995. And the GTR 225B includes 8.33 kHz
spacing and 16-watt transmit power for $3,995. The GNC 255A includes 10
watts of transmit power for $4,495 and the GNC 255B includes 16 watts of
transmit power for $5,495. Both GNC models include 8.33 kHz spacing.1
All products in the series have received the Federal Aviation
Administration's (FAA) Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorization and
are expected to be available in February to U.S. and global destinations
accepting FAA TSO. The GTR and GNC series will be available in Europe
upon European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) authorization, expected in
first quarter 2013.
Garmin's aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), aftermarket, military and
government customers. Garmin's portfolio includes navigation,
communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, surveillance, and other
products and services that are known for innovation, reliability and
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 Switzerland, and its
principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the
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1 Prices indicated are MSRP for the equipment only.
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