Garmin expands global aviation charting portfolio with European VFR and IFR charts for aera GPS

OLATHE, Kan., 17 Dec. 2012. Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) has expanded its line of worldwide aviation charting products with European (visual flight rules) VFR and instrument flight rules (IFR) charts for the aera 795/796 aviation portable global positioning system (GPS).

“Having information available electronically in the cockpit offers pilots more immediate access to the information they need to make good decisions,” says Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing.

VFR data is sourced directly from Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS). These charts are the most recent addition to the growing available from Garmin. “Pilots have flown behind DFS paper charts for years, but the ability to display the charts electronically is something our European customers have been asking for,” Wolf adds. “We’ve listened to that feedback and have made significant investments over the last year to expand our electronic chart offerings for customers worldwide.”

Earlier this year, Garmin introduced European VFR terminal (Bottlang) charts from Jeppesen for the aera 795/796, with colored visual approach, landing, and area charts, as well as general- and country-related text sections, such as Regulations, Communications, Meteorology, Aerodrome Directory, and more for the planning and execution of flights within Europe under VFR.

Garmin also expanded its SafeTaxi database to include geo-referenced airport diagrams for more than 1,000 U.S. airports, nearly 500 European airports and over 250 Canadian airports. This database is complemented by an electronic AC-U-KWIK global airport directory that includes information about nearly 8,000 airports worldwide.

The new European VFR and IFR charts for the aera 795/796 are available as a combination subscription for $410. Customers may purchase only the IFR charts for $155 for an annual subscription. VFR charts are available as a one-time purchase of a single country ranging from $32 to $90, or as a one-time purchase for all of Europe for $205. The charts are available from flyGarmin.com.

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