Published On: May 2nd, 2021By Categories: Feature, New, News4.3 min read

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the GWX™ 8000 StormOptix weather radar that delivers an extensive weather threat analysis and depiction to the cockpit. The system reduces pilot workload by providing an automated clear representation of weather by using an enhanced color palette now offering 16 colors, 3D volumetric scanning, hail and lightning prediction, advanced ground clutter suppression, and optional predictive wind shear detection. The GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar
provides pilots with a complete picture of weather while eliminating the requirement to manually adjust
the radar, resulting in easier weather interpretation and a more simplified operation.

The development process for the GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar involved complex research and
flight test programs, including five years of development to optimize StormOptix™ autoscan technology
and enable simplified operation. Garmin thoroughly flight tested the technology in the most challenging
operational conditions including strati-form rain, mild rain, severe thunderstorms, hail, lightning,
windshear conditions, and more to verify performance. Further, Garmin tested the technology in
environments conducive to producing ground clutter in order to verify the GWX 8000 StormOptix
weather radar can consistently eliminate nonweather returns, ultimately offering pilots a cleaner, clear
image that allows them to focus on navigating challenging weather conditions. The tireless effort of
developing and rigorously testing the GWX 8000 StormOptix results in a solution that brings an easy to
use weather radar solution to a broader array of aircraft, from turbine-powered Part 25 platforms to
high-performance Part 23 aircraft.

“We are excited and proud to offer owners and operators an advanced weather radar solution that
provides a comprehensive and clear depiction of weather with virtually no effort from the pilot,” said
Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The StormOptix weather radar can
go beyond many popular weather radar systems by leveraging its autoscan technology to display
severe storm cells in unparalleled detail in addition to depicting storms which may contain wind shear,
turbulence, as well as lightning and hail prediction. With these advanced technologies, pilots can
reduce workload while making timely decisions to more confidently navigate around significant

StormOptix automated weather radar

The GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar features an advanced automation technology which allows
the pilot to more easily manage the weather radar while in-flight. StormOptix merges 3D volumetric
scanning with advanced ground clutter suppression and automatically adjusts the tilt of the weather
radar to simplify operation and create the most representative depiction of flight hazards near or along
the flight path of the aircraft.

Enhanced color palette

A high-definition color palette provides greater color contouring to help pilots more easily interpret the
severity of an individual storm cell or multiple storm cells in an area, without requiring the pilot to adjust
the radar gain. This enhanced color palette incorporates 16 colors, four times more than typically found
in other weather radars on the market to provide a clearer picture for operation around significant
weather, ultimately enhancing safety by simplifying the interpretation of information.

Other important features of the GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar to owners and operators include:

• Turbulence detection and hail/lightning prediction
As a standard feature, GWX 8000 StormOptix provides owners and operators a unique
technology that detects certain atmospheric conditions that can lead to hail and lightning
development within a cell. For a more comfortable passenger experience, turbulence detection
helps pilots more easily identify turbulence inflight by recognizing air that contains moisture or

• Identify shadowing effects
Weather Attenuated Color Highlight (WATCH®) technology helps pilots identify shadowing
effects of cell activity and highlights areas where radar returns are weakened or attenuated by
intense precipitation, giving pilots added confidence when navigating weather threats.

• Lightweight design
The GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar is also among the lightest weather radar in its class
at 12.9 lbs (6.3 kg) for the 14-inch version, providing additional savings in weight compared to
other weather radar systems on the market.

• Multiple antenna array sizes
The GWX 8000 StormOptix will be available in a 10-, 12-, 14-, and 18-inch model to meet the
demands of several aircraft configurations.

• Predictive wind shear identification
Optional predictive wind shear provides pilots with an additional look into the storm by detecting
a combination of updrafts and downdrafts and Doppler-effect that result in wind shear formation,
which is fully automated throughout the take-off and landing phases of flight. Pilots receive aural
wind shear notifications, as well as visual indications on a dedicated Garmin display using a
standard format.

The GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar will be available on select G5000 platforms in Q2, with
compatibility for other Garmin avionics systems expected to follow later this year. For additional
information on the GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar and other Garmin solutions, visit

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