Garmin, TV Show “Extreme Makeover” Refurbish A 1970 Skymaster


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Garmin, TV Show “Extreme Makeover” Refurbish A 1970 Skymaster

By Daniel Baxter

February 10, 2011 - Garmin International Inc. has teamed with ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to help a Florida family get the airplane makeover they need and deserve. For over 25 years, Joe, a pilot and the tireless founder of Air Mobile Ministries and his wife Cindy, a former nurse, have been on a quest to provide clean water to a thirsty world.  

Joe has flown all over the world in his 1970 Cessna Skymaster delivering water purifiers and supplies to those in need. After a pipe burst and destroyed their home, Joe, Cindy and their three children were forced to live in the damaged home and use the same water purification system they had delivered to so many in need. 

Garmin was honored to help refurbish this family’s airplane and outfit it with a complete line of Garmin avionics, including a G500 and dual GNS 430Ws. A team from Orlando Aircraft Services, an authorized Garmin dealer, worked around the clock to rewire and install the new panel in three days. Don’t miss the amazing makeover of this family’s damaged home and complete transformation of their Cessna Skymaster. 

Tune in this Sunday, February 13 at 8/7c on ABC to watch the amazing makeover

Tune in this Sunday, February 13 at 8/7c on ABC to watch the amazing makeover. The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now in its 8th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC. 

Garmin Ltd. incorporated in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, is the parent company of a group of companies founded in 1989 by Gary Burrell and Min Kao (hence the name GarMin), that develops consumer, aviation, and marine technologies for the Global Positioning System.  

Its subsidiary Garmin International, Inc. serves as headquarters for the Garmin Limited companies and is located in Olathe, Kansas, which is located in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area in the United States. The largest operating subsidiary and primary production facility of Garmin Limited is Garmin (Asia) Corporation, located in Sijhih City, Taiwan, a suburb of Taipei. 

Garmin has a dedicated division for aviation products, such as integrated cockpits, panel mount displays, multi-function displays (MFD), transponders, radar and other related avionics. For example, the G1000 is an all-glass avionics suite for OEM aircraft. The G900X is similar to the G1000 but designed for use in experimental aircraft, and the G600 is a retrofit solution for several certificated aircraft.


Garmin entered the aviation market in 1991 with the GPS-100AVD panel-mounted receiver. Their first portable unit, the GPS-95, was introduced in 1993. In 1994, the GPS-155 panel-mounted unit was the first GPS receiver on the market to receive full FAA certification for instrument approaches.  In 1998 Garmin introduced the GNS-430, an integrated GPS navigation receiver/communications transceiver.  

Garmin expanded its presence in the aviation market in 2003 through acquisition of UPS Aviation Technologies, thereby acquiring the latter's II Morrow Apollo line of aircraft GPS/NAV/COMM units, complementing its existing aviation product line. II Morrow was founded in Salem, Oregon in 1982 as a manufacturer of LORAN C marine and general aviation products.


In 1986, United Parcel Service (UPS) purchased the company to expand the use of electronic technology in the package delivery and tracking business and renamed it UPS Aviation Technologies in 1999. It soon phased out of the marine business and focused on development of technology for UPS and general aviation.

In April 2007 the Oregon-based aircraft company Epic AIR (subsidiary of Aircraft Investor Resources (AIR) LLC — United States) announced that it would use Garmin glass panel cockpits and related avionics in all of its certified and experimental very light jets and turboprop aircraft. The Garmin G900X will be used in the company's owner-built airplanes, while the Garmin G1000 will be used in certified Epic aircraft.

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