Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the
global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the GRA 5500, a
high-performance, all-digital radar altimeter for transport category,
helicopter, business and general aviation aircraft. Using patent-pending
digital signal processing technology, the GRA 5500 works to provide
smooth altitude tracking resulting in a consistent and highly accurate
altitude above ground indication, even over the most challenging
environments like rough terrain, tree canopies, sand and choppy water.
"The GRA 5500 meets the highest altitude accuracy standards only
previously seen in products for transport and military aircraft,
providing pilots unprecedented confidence in their actual altitude,"
said Carl Wolf, Garmin's vice president of aviation sales and marketing.
Because of its all-digital design, the GRA 5500 is able to intelligently
process hundreds of altitude measurements per second and apply advanced
digital filters to help detect and mitigate false altitude returns. In
addition, the robust and rugged hardware is designed to withstand even
the harshest environmental conditions, meeting the latest, more rigorous
flight test standards recently issued by the Federal Aviation
Patent-pending technology in the GRA 5500 incorporates built-in
self-test monitors that continuously cross check the data and system
integrity, assuring the pilot of an accurate measurement of the height
above ground. This technology also provides for a simpler installation,
with easy calibration, and eliminates the requirement for long lengths
of antenna cables that are traditionally required in the installation of
An industry-standard ARINC 429 interface allows the GRA 5500 to
integrate with a breadth of Garmin integrated flight decks and flight
displays, as well as third-party products. Compatible Garmindisplays
include the G1000®, G1000H, G2000, G3000, G5000, G5000H, G600, G500 and
G500H. It can also integrate with existing systems to enhance NVIS
operations and fulfill the radar altimeter requirements for Class A
TAWS, CAT II ILS operations and TCAS II/ACAS II. The GRA 5500 is also
compatible with Garmin's new TCAS II/ACAS II solution. A number of
aircraft manufacturers have already selected the GRA 5500 as standard
equipment on new aircraft including the Cessna Citation X, Citation
Sovereign, Citation Latitude, Citation Longitude and the Bell Helicopter
The GRA 5500 has received the FAA's Technical Standard Order (TSO)
authorization and is available immediately for $13,9951
(antennae sold separately). For more information, visit garmin.com.
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. A component of the S&P 500 index, Garmin Ltd. is
incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located
in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more
information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom
or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and
G1000 are registered trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service
marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd.
and its business. 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 31, 2011, filed
by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file
number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html.
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.
1 Prices indicated are MSRP for equipment only.
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