Garmin Receives STC for Autopilot on Raytheon's Beechcraft Bonanza G36

Sep 29, 2005, 01:00 ET from Garmin Ltd.

    OLATHE, Kan., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Garmin International
 Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq:   GRMN), today announced that the company
 received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation
 Administration (FAA) for the GFC 700 autopilot for Raytheon's Beechcraft
 Bonanza G36.
     "The integration of the GFC 700 with the G1000 is seamless and pilots will
 be amazed at its rich feature set and high level of performance in handling
 the aircraft," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing.
 "Today's announcement is an historic day for us and for general aviation. In
 addition to being the first entirely new autopilot designed and certified in
 the 21st century for this class of airplane, the GFC 700 marks the first time
 general aviation pilots will have the option of flying with a completely
 integrated cockpit -- where every element of the avionics panel was designed
 to communicate with each other for the purpose of reducing pilot workload and
 enhancing safety of flight."
     As general aviation's first and only fully integrated avionics system, the
 GFC 700 is capable of using all of the data available to the G1000. This
 includes the ability to maintain airspeed references and to optimize
 performance over the entire airspeed envelope.
     "We are very pleased to be the first manufacturer to offer Garmin's
 autopilot on the G1000 equipped Bonanza G36," said Randy Groom, Beechcraft
 president and general manager.  "No other four- or six-seat aircraft provides
 such a combination of performance, comfort and integrated avionics."
     The Garmin G1000 integrates all primary flight, navigation, communication,
 terrain, traffic, weather, engine instrumentation, and crew-alerting system
 data and presents the composite information in brilliant, sunlight-readable
 color on two 10.4-inch, high-definition displays.  Following are some of the
 standard system components and features of the G1000 on the Beechcraft Bonanza
      -- The primary flight display (PFD) replaces many of the traditional
         cockpit instruments and presents this information in an integrated
         fashion on a large-format display, and the multi-function display
         (MFD) puts all aircraft-systems monitoring and flight-planning
         functions at the pilot's fingertips
      -- Integrated solid-state Attitude and Heading Reference System, which
         can align while in motion, including in-flight dynamic restarts
      -- Integrated digital air-data computer
      -- Integrated engine-monitoring display
      -- Integrated three-axis automatic flight control system
      -- Integrated Mode S transponder with Traffic Information Service
      -- Dual integrated radio modules that provide WAAS-upgradeable IFR
         oceanic-approved GPS; VHF navigation with ILS; and VHF communication
         with 16-watt transceivers and 8.33-kHz channel spacing
      -- Integrated Class-B Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) with
         worldwide terrain and obstacle database
      -- Integrated satellite weather datalink and digital-quality audio via XM
         Satellite Radio
      -- Integrated digital audio control system
      -- Integrated design with reversionary capabilities, allowing all flight-
         critical data to transfer seamlessly to a single display for added
         safety during flight
     Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq:   GRMN)
 group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication
 and information devices -- most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin
 is a leader in the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products
 serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless 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 and G1000 are registered trademarks, and GFC 700 is a
 trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Anticipated product availability
 dates are based on management's current expectations and are not guaranteed.
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