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 G36: -- 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 http://www.garmin.com/pressroom 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. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. Notice on forward-looking statements: This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. All statements regarding the company's future product introductions and expected product availability dates 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 25, 2004 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 http://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.
SOURCE Garmin Ltd.