Piper Selects the Garmin G1000 Avionics Suite for Aircraft

The all-glass, fully integrated Garmin G1000 avionics suite is available as an option on the Saratoga II TC and Piper 6X as announced at Sun N Fun.

LAKELAND, Fla., April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced that Piper Aircraft, Inc. has made the all-glass, fully integrated Garmin G1000 avionics suite available as an option on the Saratoga II TC and Piper 6X. Piper's G1000 avionics suite is WAAS certified and includes Garmin's latest G1000 enhancements including Garmin SafeTaxi and FliteCharts, which simplify operation, enhance situational awareness and increase safety during flight and when taxiing.

"Piper aircraft are legendary for their ease of use and smooth flying characteristics," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "We believe the G1000 will further enhance that reputation thanks to its straight-forward interface and full integration. We look forward to working with Piper on these great aircraft."

"We have enjoyed a long-standing and rewarding relationship with Garmin," said James K. Bass, President and CEO of Piper Aircraft, Inc. "Adding the G1000 to our PA-32 aircraft is yet another of the many excellent steps we have taken together and will continue to take in the future."

The G1000 is the only general aviation cockpit system that can provide all essential cockpit technologies in a single, highly integrated system including all primary flight, navigation, autopilot, terrain avoidance, communication, engine, and aircraft sensor data on the dual 10-inch, XGA-resolution(1,024x768-pixel) displays. The physical architecture of the system lends itself to easy installation and service, which lowers ownership costs. The G1000 is backed by Garmin's award winning, worldwide customer support that is unmatched by any other avionics manufacturer. The system is also expandable, making it possible to add new technologies and capabilities, as they become available. The avionics suite is WAAS certified and offers outstanding situational awareness for flight management, aircraft control, traffic, terrain and weather. Features of Piper's G1000 fully integrated flightdeckinclude,

• The primary flight display (PFD) and multi-function display (MFD) present traditional cockpit information in an integrated fashion on a large-format display, and puts all aircraft-systems monitoring and flight-planning functions at the pilot's fingertips

• Solid-state Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS), which can align while in motion, including in-flight dynamic restarts and full reversionary capabilities, allowing all flight-critical data to transfer seamlessly to a single display for added safety during flight

• Digital air-data computer

• Engine-monitoring display with full screen engine graphics

• Mode S transponder with Traffic Information Service

• Dual integrated radio modules that support VHF communications, VHF navigation with ILS and Class Gama 3 WAAS that provides the capability to execute LPV approaches

• Garmin SafeTaxi(TM) and FliteCharts(TM). SafeTaxi is a built-in database of over 750 U.S. airport diagrams that provide the capability to view aircraft position on taxiways. FliteCharts is an electronic version of the Departure Procedures, Standard Terminal Arrival Routes, approach charts and airport diagrams, and may be viewed directly on the MFD

• Optional ChartView(TM) brings an electronic version of Jeppesen's extensive library of charts and airport diagrams to the G1000's MFD. ChartView displays approach charts, geopolitical features, airspace, airways and airport diagrams.

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